Revs prepare for expansion Timbers


Revs prepare for expansion Timbers

By Danny Picard

Saturdays match between the New England Revolution and the Portland Timbers will be a tale of two stories.

The Revs enter the game unbeaten through their first two contests, with a 1-0-1 record, and are in a three-way tie for second place in the Eastern Conference, with the Chicago Fire and the New York Red Bulls. Each team has four points.

The Timbers, on the other hand, enter Saturday nights match winless through their first two games, and are tied with Chivas USA for last place in the Western Conference. They are the only two teams in the MLS that have zero points.

Portland is an expansion team. New England is an improving team. Saturday will be the first time these two organizations meet.

That bodes well for the Revolution, because since the MLS got serious about expansion in 2005, the Revs are 5-0-2 in their first meetings with expansion teams. They outscored their expansion opponents 14-3 in those seven matches.

--New England will be without defender Franco Coria (hamstring), and midfielders
Ousmane Dabo (quadriceps) and Marko Perovic (hamstring).

Perovic trained at one point during the week, but Revolution coach Steve Nicol said
its unlikely that hell play against Portland on Saturday.

--The Revolution announced Thursday that they have signed defender Otto Loewy. He is a permanent U.S. Resident and will count as a domestic player on the roster. He will join the team following next weeks trip to Vancouver.

The Revs also announced on Thursday that they have waived second-year defender Seth Sinovic.

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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.