Revs-Fire preview: Revs look to spark offense

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Revs-Fire preview: Revs look to spark offense

By Danny Picard
CSNNE.com Follow @dannypicard
FOXBOROUGH, Mass -- Call it the battle to get out of the basement, if you want. But Saturdays match between the New England Revolution and Chicago Fire at Gillette Stadium does have plenty of meaning.

Both teams have 14 points, and are tied for second-to-last place in the Eastern Conference.

In order to leap-frog the Fire, the Revolution realize that they have to start scoring goals. Its the teams main flaw at this point of the season, and with only two goals in their last five games, its put them in a five-game winless skid.

After losing four straight MLS matches, the Revs played to a scoreless draw on Wednesday night against Toronto FC. The realize what they have to do, in order to get the full three points, something they havent had since May 14.

Were not blind, we know we have to score goals, said Revolution coach Steve Nicol. The last three games, weve made chances. We just need to take that extra step and finish them. If we do that, then well get the three points.

-- Midfielder Benny Feilhaber missed the last three games with a right ankle sprain, but will be available to come off the bench on Saturday night against the Fire. Feilhaber returned to training late in the week, and will need more time to condition, before he is inserted back into the Revolution starting lineup.

-- Defender Ryan Cochrane (hamstring strain) left Wednesdays draw in the second half, and will not be available against the Fire on Saturday.

-- Midfielder Zak Boggs (MCL sprain) was listed as doubtful on the teams injury report Friday.

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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.