Revs look to right ship at home versus Kansas City

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Revs look to right ship at home versus Kansas City

By Danny Picard
CSNNE.com

FOXBORO After beginning the season with at least one point in each of their first four games, the New England Revolution are currently looking at a two-game losing skid, and are winless in their last four matches.

Theyll try to snap that streak on Saturday night when they return home to host Sporting Kansas City at Gillette Stadium.

New England is coming off a 1-0 loss in Houston last weekend, a game in which the Revs were without captain Shalrie Joseph and midfielder Pat Phelan, thanks to straight red cards in their previous game, a 2-0 loss to Real Salt Lake.

But Joseph and Phelan return on Saturday night against Kansas City. And Revolution coach Steve Nicol hopes theyll also be playing with newly acquired midfielder Benny Feilhaber, who signed with the team on Wednesday.

Nicol said after Wednesdays practice that he hopes to get Feilhaber into the starting lineup as soon as possible, which would help the Revs get back on track.

Some of the problems we had last year were a lack of experience and passing the ball, Nicol said after Wednesdays practice. Hes a guy who, without a shadow of a doubt brings loads and loads of both. It makes sense.

Feilhabers veteran presence will start what Nicol calls a healthy competition in the Revs midfield. But the main focus this week was creating chances, in an effort to break the teams two-game scoreless drought.

The big thing for us is, we need to make chances, Nicol said. Were not going to win games, unless we make chances. And that means we have to be in the opposing penalty, to be able to get those chances. Thats really what were looking at.

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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

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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.