Revs searching for complete effort

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Revs searching for complete effort

FOXBORO -- The New England Revolution are happy with a shutout. But unless they combine that with some offense, the Revs aren't going to be snapping their 10-game winless skid anytime soon.

"Goalkeeper Matt Reis had a good game," said Revolution coach Jay Heaps afterwards. "Unfortunately, I don't think we created enough chances to win the game. But, on a positive note, we still got the shutout."

Saturday night's scoreless draw to the Philadelphia Union at Gillette Stadium was just another example of a "missing element" that's led New England to an 0-7-3 record in the last 10 matches, with its last win coming back on July 8.

In their latest draw, goalkeeping was the only element that wasn't missing, as Reis made seven saves in the shutout.

"He was our best player," said Heaps. "He made good saves. He came out for crosses and made some plays. It wasn't an easy night for him, and he did well."

"Matt bailed us out," said Revolution defender Darrius Barnes. "He's been bailing us out all year. He's come up with big saves, and that's what we expect from our veteran keeper."

But offense was lacking on Saturday night, as the Revs had only three shots on goal.

And it won't get any easier, offensively, for New England. It was announced before the game that the team's leading goal scorer -- Saer Sene -- would miss the rest of the season with a torn left ACL.

"Guys have to step up up," said Heaps. "This is a good opportunity for players.

"It's a tough blow, because it's an 11-goal season for him. It's an opportunity for others to step up, but it certainly is tough."

As for who steps up in Sene's absence, remains to be seen. But that someone will need to step up soon, and it will have to come without any other missing elements.

"This is hard," said Barnes. "We've got to piece together our defensive effort -- that we had tonight -- with our offensive effort we had for the past couple games. Hopefully we can try to put that together on Wednesday. I think Wednesday's definitely a must-win for us. We keep saying that, but we definitely have to try to get three points by whatever means necessary to go out there and take it. Whether it's pretty or ugly, we've got to try to get the ball in the back of the net and try to keep a clean sheet like we did tonight."

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.