Revs prepare for expansion Timbers

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Revs prepare for expansion Timbers

By Danny Picard
CSNNE.com

Saturdays match between the New England Revolution and the Portland Timbers will be a tale of two stories.

The Revs enter the game unbeaten through their first two contests, with a 1-0-1 record, and are in a three-way tie for second place in the Eastern Conference, with the Chicago Fire and the New York Red Bulls. Each team has four points.

The Timbers, on the other hand, enter Saturday nights match winless through their first two games, and are tied with Chivas USA for last place in the Western Conference. They are the only two teams in the MLS that have zero points.

Portland is an expansion team. New England is an improving team. Saturday will be the first time these two organizations meet.

That bodes well for the Revolution, because since the MLS got serious about expansion in 2005, the Revs are 5-0-2 in their first meetings with expansion teams. They outscored their expansion opponents 14-3 in those seven matches.

--New England will be without defender Franco Coria (hamstring), and midfielders
Ousmane Dabo (quadriceps) and Marko Perovic (hamstring).

Perovic trained at one point during the week, but Revolution coach Steve Nicol said
its unlikely that hell play against Portland on Saturday.

--The Revolution announced Thursday that they have signed defender Otto Loewy. He is a permanent U.S. Resident and will count as a domestic player on the roster. He will join the team following next weeks trip to Vancouver.

The Revs also announced on Thursday that they have waived second-year defender Seth Sinovic.

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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.