Boggs retires; accepts Fulbright Scholarship

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Boggs retires; accepts Fulbright Scholarship

FOXBOROUGH - While many of today's youth are forgoing years of college to become professional athletes, Zak Boggs is headed in the opposite direction.

The third-year midfielder has retired from the New England Revolution in order to accept a Fulbright Scholarship to study medical sciences at Englands Leicester University, beginning this fall.

We want to wish Zak the best of luck as he re-enters the academic world, Revolution General Manager Michael Burns said. Zak has had a passion for medical research his entire time with us, which he was able to balance with his playing career. But this is an outstanding opportunity for him, and one which allows him to continue his cancer research at a higher level.

Boggs, 25, was drafted in the second round (31st overall) in 2010. In three years, he played in 29 games, recording three goals and an assist. Two of those goals came in his first career start, in a game against Columbus.

But this season was a bit of a disappointment for Boggs, who had yet to get on the field for the Revs after suffering a severe ankle sprain in February.

Boggs' trophy case includes the 2011 MLS Humanitarian of the Year award, which he won for his ongoing volunteer research at Boston Childrens Hospital. Since 2010, Boggs has assisted in research of potential cancer diagnostics and prognostics.

Diego Fagundez scores two goals; Revs rally to beat Crew, 2-1

Diego Fagundez scores two goals; Revs rally to beat Crew, 2-1

FOXBORO -- Diego Fagundez scored two goals in 10 minutes and the New England Revolution rallied from an early deficit to beat the Columbus Crew 2-1 on Sunday.

Fagundez has scored all three of his goals this season in the last two games. The Revolution (3-4-4) have back-to-back wins, for the first time this season, after a five-match winless streak.

A 22-year-old homegrown, Fagundez ran onto a free ball on the left flank, sped up and pushed home the finish into the far corner in the 34th minute to cap the scoring.

Just outside the box, Ola Kamara side-netted a running half-volley - off a perfectly placed pass by Wil Trapp from well-beyond midfield - to give Columbus (6-5-1) a 1-0 lead in the 20th minute. After a turnover by the Crew in their own territory, Fagundez tied it moments later. Kelyn Rowe won the ball, tapped it to Lee Nguyen, who hit a streaking Kei Kamara for a one-timer that set up a tap-in half-volley.

Cody Cropper had his second consecutive shutout, including four saves, for New England.

Andrew Farrell was sent off for a stud-up challenge on Waylon Francis in the third minute of injury time.