Revs improve their finish to earn shutout win


Revs improve their finish to earn shutout win

By Danny Picard

FOXBORO -- @font-face font-family: "Times New Roman";p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman"; table.MsoNormalTable font-size: 10pt; font-family: "Times New Roman"; div.Section1 page: Section1; It wasnt pretty, but then again, it doesnt have to be.

The New England Revolution entered Saturday nights matchwith the Vancouver Whitecaps at Gillette Stadium, knowing they had to improveon the creativity of their offense, after being shut out in two straight games.

That creativity was supposed to lead to more scoringchances, and eventually, more goals.

The Revolution were out-shot 6-4 by the Whitecaps onSaturday night, and while the offensive chances werent created at the ratethey had hoped, there was one major difference in New Englands attack in thefinal third on Saturday.

They finished.

Shalrie Josephs goal on a penalty kick in the 49th minutewas all the Revs needed on this night, as they defeated the expansion Whitecaps1-0 to earn their third win of the season.

I feel like we created more chances against Colorado lastSaturday, but it was about actually putting the ball in the net today, saidRevolution midfielder Benny Feilhaber after the win. And we were able to dothat. So I think the one thing we can say is that we were able to score, andthats what we improved on.

Feilhaber should have made it 2-0 in the 56th minute, butthe officials blew the play dead because he was off-side.

Off-side, according to the officials. Not to anyone else whosaw Feilhaber accept a lead ball up the left wing, beat the defense, and flip ashot up and over Vancouver goalkeeper Jay Nolly and into the net.

There was my play, from which Ive heard was notoff-sides, said Feilhaber. I dont know if it was. You guys can tell me.

So that should have been 2-0 right there, and that wouldhave made the game easier.

The first half, without a shadow of a doubt, we justencouraged them by giving the ball away, said Revolution coach Steve Nicol.The second half was better. I mean, the second goal was a great move, a greatfinish. And hes onside. But were looking to do more of that.

Josephs goal on the penalty kick signified what theRevolution are trying to do. Theyre trying to score. Because defensively, theRevs have been pretty stingy as of late. And with Saturdays win, New Englandhas now posted two straight shutouts their first two shutouts of the season.

But unlike last weekends scoreless draw with Colorado, theRevs picked up three pointd on Saturday night against Vancouver. They did thatbecause Joseph was able to finish.

And penalty kick or not, at this point, theyll take it.

Tonight, when I went up, I knew what corner I was goingto, said Joseph after the win, who put the penalty kick into the low-leftcorner of the net. I picked it out already in my mind. I just wanted to put itthere, low and hard, and tonight it went in for me, and it felt great.

--Revolution forward Rajko Lekic left Saturday nights gamein the 81st minute with a left knee contusion.

Nicol didnt seem too worried after the game.

It shouldnt be too bad, said the Revolution coach. Justa tweak. Precautionary, more than anything else. So it shouldnt be bad.

Danny Picard is on Twitter at http:twitter.comDannyPicard.

Diego Fagundez scores twice, Revolution top 10-man NYC 2-1

Diego Fagundez scores twice, Revolution top 10-man NYC 2-1

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - Diego Fagundez scored two goals in the second half and the New England Revolution beat 10-man New York City FC 2-1 on Sunday.

New England (12-15-6) set a club record with 12 wins at home. NYC (16-9-8) had several possibilities to clinch a bye in the playoffs but needed at least a draw.

Fagundez opened the scoring in the 51st minute and made it 2-0 in the second minute of stoppage time with his sixth goal of the season. Andrew Farrell set up the first goal by dribbling into the area and finding Fagundez at the top of the box. It was his first goal since June 3. Fagundez's next goal was a tap-in after his breakaway shot was knocked back to him.

Khiry Shelton scored for NYC in the third minute of extra time by getting past the defense for a long ball and heading it in.

NYC's Jack Harrison was shown a straight red card in the 26th minute for a late challenge on Teal Bunbury. It was Harrison's first red card of his professional career and he'll miss the regular-season finale against Columbus Crew SC next weekend.


United States fails to qualify for World Cup for first time since 1986


United States fails to qualify for World Cup for first time since 1986

COUVA, Trinidad — The United States has been eliminated from World Cup contention, a shocking loss at Trinidad ending the Americans’ streak of seven straight appearances at soccer’s showcase.

Twenty-eight years after a stunning victory at Trinidad put the Americans back in the World Cup after a four-decade absence, their chances for next year’s tournament in Russia ended on this island nation off the coast of Venezuela.

Trinidad and Tobago scored a pair of first-half goals, and the United States was eliminated with a 2-1 defeat Tuesday night — the first time missing the World Cup since 1986.

The U.S. entered its final qualifier with a berth uncertain for the first time since 1989. Home losses to Mexico last November and Costa Rica left the Americans little margin for error.

The 28th-ranked Americans needed merely a tie against 99th-ranked Trinidad, which lost its sixth straight qualifier last week. But the defeat — coupled with Honduras’ come-from-behind 3-2 win over Mexico and Panama’s 2-1 victory over Costa Rica on Ramon Torres’ 88th-minute goal — dropped the Americans from third place into fifth in the six-nation final round of the North and Central American and Caribbean region.