Revolution still looking for scoring touch


Revolution still looking for scoring touch

By Danny Picard Follow @dannypicard
BOSTON The New England Revolution will be looking to score their first goal since May 21 on Friday night at Red Bull Arena as they travel to New York to take on the Red Bulls.

New England has lost three consecutive MLS matches, with its latest being a 1-0 loss in Dallas on Saturday. Coming with those losses has been the inability to put the ball in the back of the net, something the Revolution have done only twice in their last six games.

This week at practice, the Revs once again focused on possession. They just hope that this time, the work carries over onto the scoreboard Friday night.

Weve been trying to concentrate on possession a lot this week, said Revolution coach Steve Nicol. Not anymore than we normally do, but just trying to emphasize that if we do possess it, then we will create chances.

Those possessions and chances will once again come without midfielder Benny Feilhaber, who will most likely miss a couple more weeks after spraining his right ankle. It continues to be a tough loss, considering that forward Marko Perovic is now out for the season after knee surgery.

The Red Bulls wont have their complete roster on Friday night, either.

Juan Agudelo (United States), Dwayne De Rosario (Canada), Rafa Marquez (Mexico), Tim Ream (United States), and Dane Richards (Jamaica) are all currently playing for their national teams in the 2011 Gold Cup.

It should give the Revs a little more confidence going into Fridays game with the Red Bulls, who are in second-place in the Eastern Conference with 19 points. The Revs have 13 points, which puts them in sixth place in the East.

The Revolution made a few roster moves prior to Fridays game, waiving midfielder Michael Augustine on Wednesday, and signing midfielder Ryan Guy from Irelands Saint Patricks Athletic on Thursday.

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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.