Revs focus within before game with Timbers

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Revs focus within before game with Timbers

By DannyPicard
CSNNE.com

FOXBORO Following Saturdays 2-1 win over D.C. United, everyone in the New England Revolution locker room had the same feeling: theres plenty of work to be done.

The Revs are thrilled to have four points through their first two games, and have embraced their early success while continuing to learn and improve.

So its no surprise that when watching film of their own game and their next opponents previous game, that the Revs are focusing more on themselves than what the expansion Timbers will be doing on Saturday night at Gillette Stadium.

We try to pick up some areas that we think we can capitalize on, said Revolution assistant coach Stephen Myles after Wednesdays shortened training session. But the biggest thing is, if Im being honest, we dont really worry a lot about what other teams do. We more worry about what we do.

Myles said that most of the preparation this week has involved the coaching staff keeping it simple for his players who are still trying to gel with each other.

The main focus is just to carry on what weve been doing, said Myles. Try and look at one or two little areas when we have a look at the game tape. There are little things that wed like to tighten up on. But more than anything, just to continue doing the right things.

We dont try and complicate things, we just try and keep it as simple as possible. And if the players do the right things, at the right times, and doing them the right way, then well be fine.

After looking at the tape of their own game against the United last weekend, the Revs coaching staff enjoyed the end result just as much as when they saw it live. But after seeing the games ball possession go in favor of D.C., it was something they knew they had to address this week.

I thought we worked hard, said Myles on last weekends win. We worked hard, and I think we could maybe pass it a little bit better, and keep possession of it a little bit better. I was looking at the possession stats, and obviously D.C. had more possession in the game than we did. But at the end of the day, you look at it, and would you rather take the result and take the three points, and have less possession, or do you think possessions the name of the game?

Obviously when youve got more possession, and your on top, it helps. But sometimes its a little bit of negative possession. The games about sticking the ball in the back of the net, and stopping them.

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

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.