Revs shut out by Cruzeiro in friendly

Revs shut out by Cruzeiro in friendly

By Danny Picard

FOXBORO --It didnt count in the MLS standings, and the New EnglandRevolution will sleep better on Sunday night knowing so, after losing toBrazilian club Cruzeiro EC 3-0 at Gillette Stadium.

The friendly match marks the last match the Revolution willplay until June 27, when they resume league play at home against the ChicagoFire.

Until then, the Revs will have to sit with the fact thattheyve been outscored 6-0 in their last two games entering the World Cupbreak. But at least they can go into that break knowing they put up a bettereffort in this friendly than their last friendly, a 4-0 loss to Portuguese clubSL Benfica at Gillette on May 19.

Still, a loss is a loss, and the difference on Sunday nightwas each teams play in the final third. Cruzeiro finished, and New Englanddidnt.

The biggest thing was what was going on in the finalthird, said Revolution coach Steve Nicol after the game. I think we gotourselves forward just as much as they did. We just couldnt produce anythingin the final third, and they did.

I think we competed. The score line would suggest that itwas pretty easy, but I dont think it was an easy game for them. So therespositives to be taken out of it.

Cruzeiro forward Welington Paulista did all of the damage onhis own Sunday night against the Revs, scoring all three goals in the match.His first came in the 24th minute following a New England defensive breakdownthat allowed Jonathan to send a long lead pass up the middle through severalRevs players, right on the mark to Paulista, who beat Revolution goalkeeperMatt Reis with a quick deke to the right.

Paulista added the second goal in the 49th minute, as he puthome a corner kick from the left corner with his right foot. He then completedthe hat trick in the 83rd minute, putting a header into the net after ThiagoRibeiro made a nice cross pass out front from the right wing.

The second goals a terrible goal, said Nicol. Werebasically giving them it. The first goal was avoidable. But the third goal wasjust a great goal.

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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.