Revs face tough challenge in K.C.


Revs face tough challenge in K.C.

By Danny Picard Follow @dannypicard
FOXBORO The New England Revolution conclude a three-game road trip on Saturday night, when they take on Sporting Kansas City at Livestrong Sporting Park.

Its a place where Sporting just doesnt lose. In fact, Kansas City is unbeaten in their state-of-the-art stadium, since it opened in early June.

Sporting K.C. is also riding a hot streak no matter where they play. Since May 21, and after starting the season with a 1-6-1 record, they are 5-0-7 in their last 12 games, and enter Saturdays match as the fourth-place team in the Eastern Conference with 26 points.

New England is coming off a pair of road games in which they snapped a brutal nine-
game winless skid with a 1-0 win against D.C. United on July 20. The Revs followed that up with a 2-2 draw against Colorado last Saturday, and have moved from last place in the East (out of nine), to seventh.

Needless to say, its given the Revolution a whole lot more confidence.

Any confidence is always good, said Revs coach Steve Nicol. And to get it away
from home, is even better. Weve had a tough stretch of away games, which means were going to get some home games. But we need to capitalize on that and get some wins.

We have to get Kansas City on the back foot, said Nicol. If theyre on the back foot, theyre not going to cause us problems. I think thats the key to the start of the game.

--Zak Boggs (ankle) and Ryan Cochrane (foot) were both listed as probable on Fridays injury report, while Kevin Alston (Hallux Rigidus) was listed as questionable and Kheli Dube (whiplash) and Alan Koger (heel) were ruled out.

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Drew Moor, Sebastian Giovinco score, Toronto FC beats Revolution, 2-0

Drew Moor, Sebastian Giovinco score, Toronto FC beats Revolution, 2-0

TORONTO - Drew Moor scored early and Sebastian Giovinco struck late and Toronto FC overcame a tight schedule turnaround to beat the New England Revolution 2-0 on Friday night.

Toronto was coming off a 1-1 tie Wednesday night in Montreal in the first leg of the Canadian Championship final. The Revs had been off since a 2-1 home loss to Chicago on Saturday.

Moor's 11th-minute goal looked to be enough, with Toronto goalkeeper Alex Bono preserving the win with a save on Teal Bunbury's header in the 88th minute. But Giovinco added an insurance goal deep into stoppage time, bringing down a high ball before beating a defender and banging a left-footed shot home for his 50th goal in MLS regular-season and playoff action.

MLS leading Toronto (10-2-5) has won seven straight at home. New England (5-7-5) is 0-6-3 on the road.

Nikolic, Solignac score in Fire's 2-1 win over Revolution


Nikolic, Solignac score in Fire's 2-1 win over Revolution

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.