Rev-Galaxy preview

Rev-Galaxy preview

By Danny Picard

Just over a week after an embarrassing 5-0 loss at Real Salt Lake, the New England Revolution will not only try to win their first game since May 29, but theyll also try to score their first goal since that 3-2 victory over the New York Red Bulls, when they host the Los Angeles Galaxy on Saturday night at Gillette Stadium.

Neither feat will be easy for the 3-9-2 Revs. The Galaxy enters Saturdays match as MLS best team. Los Angeles' 11-1-3 record gives them 25 more points than the Revolution, who have only 11 points thus far.

Los Angeles has already beaten New England this season. It was a 1-0 defeat in the season opener on the West Coast. Edson Buddles goal in the sixth minute made the difference. He currently leads MLS in goals with 10, five of which are game-winners, which also leads the entire league.

Buddles partner-in-crime, Landon Donovan leads MLS in assists, with 10. However, New England might not have to worry about him. Los Angeles head coach Bruce Arena said after his teams last game that Donovan may stay on the West Coast in order to get some extra rest following his World Cup appearance.

With Donovan, they are the most dangerous team in the league. The Galaxys 25 total goals in 15 games ranks second in MLS, just three behind Real Salt Lake. And L.A.s play on the defensive end is just as dominant, as it boasts the league-best goals-against average of 0.33.

Now, back to the Revs. Theyll have to defend Los Angeles powerhouse offense without Cory Gibbs, who was downgraded to out on Fridays injury report with a left quadriceps strain. Gibbs did not participate in competitive training activities this week, and will be a big loss to a team that clearly doesnt have enough offensive fire power to compete in a shootout of any kind.

If theres anything positive at all entering Saturdays game with the Galaxy, its the potential return of second-year defender Darrius Barnes, who has missed the last two months with a right foot injury.

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Royer's late goal rallies Red Bulls past Revolution, 2-1

Royer's late goal rallies Red Bulls past Revolution, 2-1

HARRISON, N.J. - Daniel Royer finished a nice sequence in the 74th minute, Luis Robles made a diving save in the closing minutes and the New York Red Bulls rallied to beat the New England Revolution 2-1 on Saturday night.

Felipe sent the ball left to Kemar Lawrence alongside the box and he put a cross to Royer on the back post for an easy finish on his fourth goal.

Robles, who only allowed Lee Nguyen's penalty kick in the ninth minute, preserved the win with his fourth save, diving to his left to block Diego Fagundez's shot from outside the box.

Bradley Wright-Phillips tied it for New York (6-6-2), which was winless in its last four matches, when he pounced on a loose ball and backheeled it into the net. New England goalkeeper Cody Cropper had pounced on a cross by Kemar Lawance, but Cropper could hold on and Wright-Phillips was there to clean up for his sixth goal.

Damien Perrinelle fouled Fagundez in the penalty area after a great pass from Kei Kamara, allowing Nguyen to step up for his sixth goal. New England (4-5-4) had won two straight and lost just one of its previous six. It is 0-5-2 on the road.

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.