Revs open preseason with scoreless draw


Revs open preseason with scoreless draw

The New Revolution and Sporting Kansas City met in what was both teams' first preseason action on Friday morning, and played to a scoreless draw in Casa Grande, Arizona.

The Revs opened their preseason camp last week and used the game as a chance to see their new players in action. The game format consisted of three 30-minute periods, allowing both teams an opportunity to focus on conditioning and tactics.

New England opened each period with three distinctly difference lineups, and made an effort to see as many of their players in as many situations as possible.

Midfielder Kelyn Rowe had the games first chance within the first 10 minutes of action, forcing Sporting KC keeper Jimmy Nielsen into a low save to his left. New England's Diego Fagundez had a chance in the 55th minute, breaking in on back-up goalkeeper Erik Kronberg.

The Revs will play their next preseason friendly on Tuesday, Jan. 29, when they face Vancouver Whitecaps FC at Grande Sports World.

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.