Revs notes: Reis makes his first appearance

Revs notes: Reis makes his first appearance

By Danny Picard
CSNNE.com

FOXBORO -- Revolution goalkeeper Matt Reis made his first appearanceof the season Sunday night, playing the entire first half and allowing one goalon three shots. Reis has spent the entire season rehabbing from offseasonshoulder and knee surgeries, and his return is welcomed with open arms.

Obviously the experience hes got, the ability hes got, itmakes everybody feel good around him, said Nicol.

He brings another dimension to our team, in terms ofleadership, said Revs captain Shalrie Joseph. And having him in the back, hiscommunication, hes been in the league so long, he brings that kind ofstability that we need in the back.

Backup goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth replaced Reis athalftime, and allowed two goals on the only two shots he faced.

The Revolution suffered another serious injury on Sundaynight, when veteran midfielder Steve Ralston dislocated his left elbow in the72nd minute. The injury came not even a minute after Ralston checked into thegame, making his season debut.

Ralston signed with the Revs on Tuesday, but his return tothe organization was short-lived, as he fell on his left arm moments after hereplaced Marko Perovic in the second half.

I dont know what to tell you, said Nicol. I mean, itsjust frightening, frightening.

As for the teams other, less serious injury, Revsmidfielder Khano Smith suffered a sprained right ankle in the first half, andleft the game in the 30th minute. Smith was seen leaving Gillette Stadium on crutchesand sporting a boot on his right foot. Some players said after the game thatthey expect him to be back with the team when they return from the World Cupbreak on June 27.

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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.