Revs face Fire before bye week

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Revs face Fire before bye week

The New England Revolution have a bye next weekend, so they'll look to enter the off-week on a positive note, as they try and get back in the win column against the Chicago Fire on Saturday night at Gillette Stadium.

Both the Revolution and Fire are coming off losses in the U.S. Open Cup earlier this week. But it was New England's loss that was the most devastating of the two, as it blew a 3-0 lead to the Harrisburg City Islanders.

As for regular-season games, the Revs are coming off a 3-2 loss to D.C. United at RFK Stadium last weekend. They enter Saturday's match with the Fire as the seventh-place team in the Eastern Conference (out of 10), with 13 points and a 4-7-1 record.

Meanwhile, Chicago is the fifth-place team in the East, with 18 points and a 5-4-3 record.

Revolution coach Jay Heaps hopes his players learn from their blown 3-0 lead in the U.S. Open Cup, and he hopes they learn quickly. Because New England hasn't defeated Chicago in a regular-season match since May of 2007. The Revs are 0-7-3 in their last 10 games against the Fire in regular-season play.

They'll try and snap that winless streak on Saturday without Ryan Guy, who re-aggravated a calf injury last weekend. Also out for the Revs will be Clyde Simms, who will miss his third-straight game with ankle tendonitis.

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

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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.