By Danny Picard
The New England Revolution open the 2011 regular season on Sunday night, when they travel to Los Angeles to face the Galaxy at 8 p.m.
Steve Nicols squad is anxious to begin their new schedule, after missing out on the playoffs last year, for the first time since 2001. The Revs also look to begin this season differently than last, when they lost to the Galaxy in the 2010 season opener, 1-0, in Los Angeles.
The Galaxy have already opened their season with a 1-0 win last Sunday against the Sounders, in Seattle.
New England is looking to improve on both the offensive and defensive ends this season. But in Sundays season opener, the Revs coach wants his team to attack-first, and believes the rest of their game will come.
We think we have a fairly positive way of playing on Sunday, said Nicol. We dont
want to go there and defend. We want to go there and try to put some pressure on them, worry about ourselves and get ourselves playing.
After Sunday, the Revolution return home next Saturday to host D.C. United at Gillette
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HARRISON, N.J. - Daniel Royer finished a nice sequence in the 74th minute, Luis Robles made a diving save in the closing minutes and the New York Red Bulls rallied to beat the New England Revolution 2-1 on Saturday night.
Felipe sent the ball left to Kemar Lawrence alongside the box and he put a cross to Royer on the back post for an easy finish on his fourth goal.
Robles, who only allowed Lee Nguyen's penalty kick in the ninth minute, preserved the win with his fourth save, diving to his left to block Diego Fagundez's shot from outside the box.
Bradley Wright-Phillips tied it for New York (6-6-2), which was winless in its last four matches, when he pounced on a loose ball and backheeled it into the net. New England goalkeeper Cody Cropper had pounced on a cross by Kemar Lawance, but Cropper could hold on and Wright-Phillips was there to clean up for his sixth goal.
Damien Perrinelle fouled Fagundez in the penalty area after a great pass from Kei Kamara, allowing Nguyen to step up for his sixth goal. New England (4-5-4) had won two straight and lost just one of its previous six. It is 0-5-2 on the road.
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.