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Penilla's goal late in first half gives Revs a 2-2 tie with Crew

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Penilla's goal late in first half gives Revs a 2-2 tie with Crew

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Cristian Penilla scored the tying goal in the first minute of first-half stoppage time and the New England Revolution held on for a 2-2 draw with the Columbus Crew on Saturday night.

Penilla one-timed Juan Agudelo's arching pass to cap the scoring for New England (3-2-2) on the final play of the first half.

Gyasi Zardes made it 2-1 for the Crew (3-3-2) in the 43rd minute with a right-footed shot from the middle of the 18-yard box for his fifth goal of the season.

Columbus also took the opening lead in the ninth minute when Milton Valenzuela sent Federico Higuain's deep cross back toward the face of the goal and New England's Andrew Farrell inadvertently headed it into the back of his own net.

Teal Bunbury leveled it at 1-all in the 14th minute with a right-footed shot that deflected slightly off defender Jonathan Mensah and bounced in off the far post.

The Crew snapped a three-game losing streak.

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Fagundez, Penilla score as Revs tie Earthquakes, 2-2

Fagundez, Penilla score as Revs tie Earthquakes, 2-2

SAN JOSE - Danny Hoesen scored two goals to help the San Jose Earthquakes tie the New England Revolution 2-2 on Wednesday night.

San Jose (2-9-4) avoided its first five-game losing streak since 2009. New England (6-4-6) is unbeaten in its last six games in the series, with three victories.

Hoesen opened the scoring in the 17th minute. After a defensive turnover, Hoesen dribbled into the penalty area and sent a left-footed shot past Matt Turner. Hoesen tied it at 2-2 in the 51st on a header for his ninth goal of the season.

Diego Fagundez tied it at 1-1 in the 31st by bending a free kick over the wall and inside the near post. Cristian Penilla scored his sixth goal of the season in the 43rd on a fast break to give New England the lead. Penilla dribbled down the left side, cut back his defender inside the box and smashed a shot into the top corner.

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World Cup coming to U.S., and perhaps Foxboro, in 2026

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World Cup coming to U.S., and perhaps Foxboro, in 2026

The World Cup is returning to the United States . . . and perhaps coming to Foxboro.

On Wednesday morning in Moscow, FIFA announced the 2026 World Cup had been awarded to a joint bid from the United States, Mexico and Canada. The U.S. hosted the World Cup in 1994, and that event is often credited with the rise of soccer as a major sport in this country.

Winning the 2026 bid -- United 2026, as it was called, won the vote over the only other challenger, Morocco, by a 134-65 margin -- "is an incredible, and incredibly important, moment for soccer in North America and beyond," said Carlos Cordeiro, the president of U.S. Soccer.

There will be 48 teams in the 2026 field, compared to 32 in recent World Cups, and 60 of the 80 games will be played in the United States. 

Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, which was one of the World Cup venues in 1994, is expected to host games in 2026. Robert Kraft, owner of both the Patriots and MLS's New England Revolution, is the Honorary Chairman of the Board for United 2026. The complete list of U.S. sites is expected to be chosen by 2020.

Canada and Mexico will each hold 10 games. The final is expected to be played at New York/New Jersey's MetLife Stadium.