Revs look to right the ship Wednesday vs. Houston


Revs look to right the ship Wednesday vs. Houston

By Danny Picard Staff Reporter Follow @dannypicard

After Benny Feilhabers 45th-minute goal gave the New England Revolution a 1-0 halftime lead over the Eastern Conferences top team the Columbus Crew it looked as if the Revs would steal at least a point on Saturday night, prior to their two-game homestand which begins Wednesday night at Gillette Stadium against the Houston Dynamo.

But the Crew showed why theyre where they are in the standings, and the Revolution showed why theyre where they are in the standings eighth place in the East after New England allowed three second-half goals, and lost to Columbus 3-1.

If soccer games were 45 minutes, wed be in first place right now, said midfielder Pat Phelan after Saturdays loss. We said it in the locker room at halftime, We cant fall into a shell, we have to keep attacking. I thought up until their first goal we were kind of getting at them.

But once they gave up that lead, it was all downhill from there.

The Revolution have now gone winless in their last four games, and they would like to prevent themselves from getting any closer to another nine-game winless skid that saw two whole months go by without a win a few months ago.

Theyll get back to action on Wednesday night against the Eastern Conferences fourth-place Houston Dynamo. Three days later, theyll host the third-place New York Red Bulls.

Keys to both games will be getting the first goal, but also, to play smarter with a lead than they did on Saturday in Columbus.

Its down to making decisions, said Revolution coach Steve Nicol after Saturdays loss. When youre defending, if you make good decisions and get in good positions, it makes it straightforward. When you dont get yourself in a good position defensively, theres going to be holes and that just encourages the other team to go into them. Thats pretty much what we did.

They better not be feeling sorry for themselves, because weve got a game on Wednesday, said Nicol. So we better get after it.

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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.