Revs return to MLS play after SuperLiga success

Revs return to MLS play after SuperLiga success

By Danny Picard

After 10 days off, the New England Revolution will get back to work when they travel to Philadelphia to face the Union on Saturday afternoon. It marks the Revs first league match since a 2-0 win over the Los Angeles Galaxy back on July 10 at Gillette Stadium.

The Revolution have been more recently involved in SuperLiga 2010, where they won all three of their group stage matches. Following Saturdays MLS match with Philadelphia, New England will host a SuperLiga 2010 semifinals match with Puebla FC on Wednesday at Gillette Stadium.

But with regards to the league standings, Saturdays match means more than any SuperLiga match. And the standings are something these Revs should be most concerned about.

Entering Saturdays match with the Union, the Revolution stand in seventh place (out of eight) in the Eastern Conference, with a 4-9-2 record (14 points). The Union are tied with the Revs in points, but Philadelphia has played one less game and holds a 4-8-2 record.

New England is looking to ride a four-game winning streak (including their three SuperLiga victories) into Philly by relying on strong finishes from Marko Perovic, and continuing their shutdown defense.

Perovic has provided three goals in the last four games, and havent allowed a goal since July 2. The return of veteran defender Cory Gibbs (left quad strain) should certainly make New Englands solid defense even stronger.

Just four days after releasing 24-year-old midfielder Michael Videira, the Revolution announced on Friday that theyve signed Serbian forward Ilija Stolica and Brazilian forwardmidfielder Roberto Linck.

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Royer's late goal rallies Red Bulls past Revolution, 2-1

Royer's late goal rallies Red Bulls past Revolution, 2-1

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.

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.