Revolution prepare to take on Colorado Rapids


Revolution prepare to take on Colorado Rapids

By DannyPicard

Coming off a 3-0 loss to Chivas USA on Saturday night, the New England Revolution realize theyll be in another physical battle this weekend when they host the Colorado Rapids on Saturday at Gillette Stadium.

Entering the game, New England (2-3-3) is in sixth place in the Eastern Conference, while Colorado (4-3-1) is in second place in the Western Conference, and only two points out of first place, behind the Los Angeles Galaxy.

Thats one of their strengths is their physicality, and the way they tackle and get into people, said Revs captain Shalrie Joseph. Its very important that we come out ready to play because we know its going to be a physical battle. We have to match their intensity.

The Revolution last won an MLS match on April 23. It was a 3-2 win over Sporting Kansas City.

But whats in the past is in the past, and New England is looking to prove that on Saturday night, when they try to quickly put their latest defeat -- against Chivas USA -- in the rearview mirror.

Thats the good thing about this team, said Joseph. We have a great mentality that we leave the last game behind us. Whether we win or lose, we try to look forward to the next one, so we have to leave what happened in LA behind us and try to move forward. We have a huge game against Colorado on Saturday and we have to get three points.

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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.