Revs' Feilhaber has words of wisdon for fellow Brazilian Fab Melo


Revs' Feilhaber has words of wisdon for fellow Brazilian Fab Melo

FOXBOROUGH -- When Fab Melo begins his rookie season he will become the tenth Brazilian-born athlete to play in the NBA. As a member of the Boston Celtics, he will also be the second professional athlete in New England from his native country.

Like Melo, New England Revolution midfielder Benny Feilhaber was born in Brazil. Although he moved to the United States at an earlier age than the seven-footer, Feilhaber still has ties to his culture. The 27 year old from Rio de Janeiro offered insight into what Melo, 22, can expect as a Brazilian athlete playing in Boston.

"I'm sure he's learned his way a little bit by playing in the U.S. for a while (Melo attended Syracuse University), but Americans like hard-nosed athletes that work hard," Feilhaber said. "Typically in Brazil a lot of things that are really looked for are technical ability and skill, and you can get away with being really skillful and potentially not working hard. Here, it's not so much like that. You really have to commit full go, and I'm sure he's learned that by now if he's made it to the NBA and done so well in the NCAA. Work hard, keep your nose down, and don't let anything really get to you. Just keep going."

Melo played soccer until in his teenage years before switching to basketball. He moved from his hometown of Juiz de Fora to attend high school in Weston, Florida at the age of 17. His favorite sports organization, though, is still the Brazilian soccer club Flamengo. Feilhaber understands the passion of fans in Brazil and, after attending several Celtics games over the years, believes Melo will enjoy playing in the TD Garden.

"Being a soccer player, I'm probably biased in the sense that there are no fans like soccer fans," Feilhaber said. "In Brazil, everybody lives soccer. That's their religion, really. But Boston Celtics fans are unbelievable. They pack the arena every night so he'll get used to that pretty quickly. It's an awesome environment there."

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.