Revs-Real Salt Lake preview

Revs-Real Salt Lake preview

By Danny Picard

To say its been a long season for the New England Revolution is an understatement. And last Saturdays 2-2 draw with the Columbus Crew sealed the deal on what seemed like an inevitable conclusion to the Revs season. In other words, the Revolution have been mathematically eliminated from playoff contention.

It marks the first time since 2001, that New England will not be a part of the MLS Cup Playoffs, snapping a streak of eight consecutive postseason appearances for the organization.

So now, the Revs have four regular-season games left; four games in which you can bet heavily on coach Steve Nicol testing out new strategies in preparation for the 2011 season.

And that road to 2011 officially begins on Saturday night at Gillette Stadium, as the Revolution host Real Salt Lake in their second-to-last home game of the year.

Real Salt Lake enters the game as the second-place team in the Western Conference, with 48 points. And in case youre taking tabs, the Revs enter the game as the seventh-place team (out of eight) in the Eastern Conference, with 26 points.

New England finishes the regular season with games at Houston, against Kansas City at home, and in New York.

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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.