Revs hope Fire don't extinguish playoff chances


Revs hope Fire don't extinguish playoff chances

By Danny Picard Staff Reporter Follow @dannypicard

FOXBORO Believe it or not, the last-place New England Revolution have not been officially eliminated from a potential playoff berth, even with just five games left in the regular season.

Two of those five games are on the road, including Sunday nights match with the Fire in Chicago. So while the Revs are barely holding on to their postseason hopes, they will unfortunately have to face a team that they havent beat in their last nine regular season games.

At 5-12-12, New England could be officially eliminated on Sunday, with a loss to the Fire combined with either a Portland Timbers win over the New York Red Bulls, a Philadelphia Union win or draw against Sporting Kansas City (they played to a 1-1 draw on Saturday), or a Houston Dynamo win or draw against FC Dallas.

New Englands remaining four games after Sunday night will be against the Seattle Sounders, the San Jose Earthquakes, the Columbus Crew all at Gillette Stadium while the final game of the regular season is in Canada against Toronto FC.

But the Revs must take it one game at a time from here on out, and that begins Sunday in Chicago.

Theyll be without Rajko Lekic (ankle), Stephen McCarthy (shoulder), Sainey Nyassi (hamstring), A.J. Soares (adductor) on Sunday against the Fire, while Monsef Zerka (quadriceps) is doubtful.

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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.