Revs look to turn up offense in Dallas


Revs look to turn up offense in Dallas

By DannyPicard

FOXBORO The New England Revolution travel to Texas to take on FC Dallas on Saturday night, and theyll do so knowing that their defense has been pretty good in league competition as of late.

But their offense? Not so much.

The Revolutions 10 goals scored through 12 regular season games is tied for the lowest total in the MLS, with Real Salt Lake.

That number will have to improve if they want to get back in the win column on Saturday, after dropping their last two MLS matches.

But the key on Saturday isnt just scoring. Its scoring first.

Goals, creating chances, and keeping the ball, possessing the ball well, said Revolution captain Shalrie Joseph. I think its just creating more chances and getting that first goal. If we do, its going to help our confidence.

As you saw earlier in the season, when we scored first, we were such a better team. We were a more confident team, and we played better. So if we can get that first one, its going to help us to relax and be a little bit better with the ball.

The Revs will be without one of their best players in Benny Feilhaber, for a few weeks. Feilhaber sprained his right ankle last Saturday night, and according to coach Steve Nicol, will not be available for this weekend or the following weekend, or the following weekend, definitely.

Obviously he has qualities that not too many have, said Nicol on Thursday. But well compensate for that in other ways.

One way theyve tried to compensate is by testing themselves with mother nature. Knowing that it will be extremely hot in Dallas on Saturday, the Revs have been training extra hard this week, and in a sense, simulating their efforts in rough weather conditions.

Nicol has been pushing us this week in practice, and has made practice go a little bit longer, telling guys to stay concentrated, said Joseph. Because we know its going to be hot down there.

What they dont know, is if their scoring touch will remain on a cold streak. And unfortunately for the Revolution, finishing in a game is not something you can simulate at practice.

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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.