By Danny Picard
The New England Revolution open the 2011 regular season on Sunday night, when they travel to Los Angeles to face the Galaxy at 8 p.m.
Steve Nicols squad is anxious to begin their new schedule, after missing out on the playoffs last year, for the first time since 2001. The Revs also look to begin this season differently than last, when they lost to the Galaxy in the 2010 season opener, 1-0, in Los Angeles.
The Galaxy have already opened their season with a 1-0 win last Sunday against the Sounders, in Seattle.
New England is looking to improve on both the offensive and defensive ends this season. But in Sundays season opener, the Revs coach wants his team to attack-first, and believes the rest of their game will come.
We think we have a fairly positive way of playing on Sunday, said Nicol. We dont
want to go there and defend. We want to go there and try to put some pressure on them, worry about ourselves and get ourselves playing.
After Sunday, the Revolution return home next Saturday to host D.C. United at Gillette
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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.
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.