Revs return to MLS play after SuperLiga success

Revs return to MLS play after SuperLiga success

By Danny Picard

After 10 days off, the New England Revolution will get back to work when they travel to Philadelphia to face the Union on Saturday afternoon. It marks the Revs first league match since a 2-0 win over the Los Angeles Galaxy back on July 10 at Gillette Stadium.

The Revolution have been more recently involved in SuperLiga 2010, where they won all three of their group stage matches. Following Saturdays MLS match with Philadelphia, New England will host a SuperLiga 2010 semifinals match with Puebla FC on Wednesday at Gillette Stadium.

But with regards to the league standings, Saturdays match means more than any SuperLiga match. And the standings are something these Revs should be most concerned about.

Entering Saturdays match with the Union, the Revolution stand in seventh place (out of eight) in the Eastern Conference, with a 4-9-2 record (14 points). The Union are tied with the Revs in points, but Philadelphia has played one less game and holds a 4-8-2 record.

New England is looking to ride a four-game winning streak (including their three SuperLiga victories) into Philly by relying on strong finishes from Marko Perovic, and continuing their shutdown defense.

Perovic has provided three goals in the last four games, and havent allowed a goal since July 2. The return of veteran defender Cory Gibbs (left quad strain) should certainly make New Englands solid defense even stronger.

Just four days after releasing 24-year-old midfielder Michael Videira, the Revolution announced on Friday that theyve signed Serbian forward Ilija Stolica and Brazilian forwardmidfielder Roberto Linck.

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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.