By Danny Picard
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The New England Revolution stressed the fact that they had to open up each others chest and see what was inside, prior to Wednesday nights match on the road against D.C. United.
What they found was a Revolution team that still had some fight left. As a result, the Revs went into Washington D.C. and won their first game since May 14, defeating United 1-0, thanks to a Stephen McCarthy header in the 73rd minute.
The three points moved New England from last place (ninth) in the Eastern Conference, to seventh.
Now, the Revs have another quick turnaround, as they travel to Colorado to take on the Rapids on Saturday night.
The defending MLS Cup champion Rapids are in fifth place in the Western Conference. Their last meeting with the Revolution came back on May 7 at Gillette Stadium, where the two teams settled for a scoreless draw.
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Nemanja Nikolic and Luis Solignac scored and the Chicago Fire handed the New England Revolution their first home loss of the season, 2-1 on Saturday night.
Nikolic scored his MLS-leading 13th goal in the 18th minute, beating an offside trap and, after having his initial shot blocked by goalie Cody Cropper, firing in the rebound.
Three quick passes found Solignac in front of the goal as he finished from close range in the 61st for his fourth goal.
New England scored in the 70th when Juan Agudelo kept the ball alive with a header off a cross with Antonio Mlinar Delamea then heading in the ball for his first MLS goal.
New England, which outshot Chicago 24-8, spent the remaining minutes on the attack but failed to get the equalizer despite several frantic moments in front of Chicago's net.
New England (5-6-5) had five wins and two draws at home before the loss. Chicago (9-3-4) is unbeaten in eight matches.
Jay Heaps talks with Brad Feldman and Paul Mariner about the preparation and gameplan that the players bought into that gave the Revs the win.