Revs look to strike first in Dallas

Revs look to strike first in Dallas

By Danny Picard

The goal on Wednesday night for the New England Revolution is simple: score first.

Easier said than done, of course, but when the Revs allow the first goal this season, they are 2-11-1. And two of those 11 losses, while allowing the opponent to score before them, have come in the last two games a 2-0 loss to Chivas USA on Sept. 10, and a 3-0 loss to Colorado last Saturday.

Losing on the road is also a trend New England would like to avoid on Wednesday night, as they travel to FC Dallas. The Revs have a league-worst 1-10-1 road record this season, and after Wednesday nights match in Dallas, theyll only have two more games away from home the rest of the season.

But at this point, the results of the teams three remaining home games may not matter, as the Revs enter Wednesdays match as the seventh-place team (out of eight) in the Eastern Conference, with playoff hopes quickly fading away with each game that doesnt end with a win.

Dallas, meanwhile, is right in the thick of a playoff race, entering its match with New England as the third-place team in the Western Conference.

Still, the Revs will be looking to provide offense on Wednesday night, and will be looking for only their second win in their last eight matches.

Once again, easier said than done, as Dallas hasnt lost a match in its last 15 games (8-0-7 during that span).

If anything at all, at least the Revolution can try and play the role of spoiler.

Danny Picard is on Twitter at http:twitter.comDannyPicard.

Lewis scores in stoppage time, NYCFC beats Revolution, 2-1

Lewis scores in stoppage time, NYCFC beats Revolution, 2-1

NEW YORK - Jonathan Lewis scored in stoppage time to help New York City FC beat the New England Revolution 2-1 on Sunday for its third straight victory.

The 20-year-old rookie has scored his only two MLS goals in back-to-back games.

Villa trapped a long cross from RJ Allen on the left side and dropped it to Ben Sweat, who first-timed a left footer to Lewis at the top of the 6-yard box for the finish in the fourth minute of injury time.

Teal Bunbury put away a rebound to open the scoring for New England (8-11-5) in the 57th minute. Andrew Farrell's shot from distance backed up goalkeeper Sean Johnson against the goal line, where he spilled the stop and Bunbury scored from point-blank range. It was his fifth goal in the last five games. Villa tied it for NYC (14-7-4) in the 77th with his MLS-leading 19th goal.

The Revolution are winless in their last 14 road games, a franchise record.

Bunbury, Revolution beat Whitecaps, 1-0


Bunbury, Revolution beat Whitecaps, 1-0

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - Teal Bunbury scored his fourth goal in five matches, helping the New England Revolution beat the Vancouver Whitecaps 1-0 on Saturday night.

Each of New England's seven wins has come at home. The Revolution (7-10-5) are 0-8-3 on the road.

Bunbury finished a nice passing sequence in the 53rd minute. Kelyn Rowe, near midfield, tapped a goal kick by Vancouver's Stefan Marinovic to Kei Kamara, who tapped it back to Rowe on the right side for the feed to a charging Bunbury just outside the 6-yard box.

Cody Cropper had two saves for his sixth shutout of the season.

Vancouver (9-8-4) had its three-game road unbeaten streak snapped.