Revs look to right the ship Wednesday vs. Houston


Revs look to right the ship Wednesday vs. Houston

By Danny Picard Staff Reporter Follow @dannypicard

After Benny Feilhabers 45th-minute goal gave the New England Revolution a 1-0 halftime lead over the Eastern Conferences top team the Columbus Crew it looked as if the Revs would steal at least a point on Saturday night, prior to their two-game homestand which begins Wednesday night at Gillette Stadium against the Houston Dynamo.

But the Crew showed why theyre where they are in the standings, and the Revolution showed why theyre where they are in the standings eighth place in the East after New England allowed three second-half goals, and lost to Columbus 3-1.

If soccer games were 45 minutes, wed be in first place right now, said midfielder Pat Phelan after Saturdays loss. We said it in the locker room at halftime, We cant fall into a shell, we have to keep attacking. I thought up until their first goal we were kind of getting at them.

But once they gave up that lead, it was all downhill from there.

The Revolution have now gone winless in their last four games, and they would like to prevent themselves from getting any closer to another nine-game winless skid that saw two whole months go by without a win a few months ago.

Theyll get back to action on Wednesday night against the Eastern Conferences fourth-place Houston Dynamo. Three days later, theyll host the third-place New York Red Bulls.

Keys to both games will be getting the first goal, but also, to play smarter with a lead than they did on Saturday in Columbus.

Its down to making decisions, said Revolution coach Steve Nicol after Saturdays loss. When youre defending, if you make good decisions and get in good positions, it makes it straightforward. When you dont get yourself in a good position defensively, theres going to be holes and that just encourages the other team to go into them. Thats pretty much what we did.

They better not be feeling sorry for themselves, because weve got a game on Wednesday, said Nicol. So we better get after it.

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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.