Revs-Dynamo preview

Revs-Dynamo preview

By Danny Picard

HOUSTON -- Veterans Shalrie Joseph and Matt Reis made it clear after last Saturdays 2-1 loss at home to Real Salt Lake: immaturity is the New England Revolutions biggest issue.

So with nothing but pride at stake in Sundays game at Houston, the Revs younger players and theres a lot of them -- can get to working on their leadership and accountability.

Sundays match against the Dynamo marks New Englands third-to-last game of the season; a season that will see no playoffs for the Revolution for the first time since 2001. And Sunday presents a great opportunity for the Revs to begin improving for next season.

The Dynamo arent much better than the Revs, if theyre even better at all. Houston
enters Sundays game as the seventh-place team in the Western Conference (out of eight) with 27 points. Thats only one point better than New England, which enters the match as the seventh-place team in the Eastern Conference (out of eight) with 26 points.

If the rest of the season is all about pride, the Revs hope to use Sunday as an opportunity to snap a five-game winless skid. In fact, the Revs only have one win in their last 10 matches. But there is one bit of good news; New England is 1-0 against Houston this season. So the Revolution have that going for them, at least.

After Sunday, the last two games on New Englands schedule are against the Kansas City Wizards at Gillette Stadium next Saturday, followed by the season-finale on Oct. 21 in New York against the Red Bulls.

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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.