Revs shut out by Cruzeiro in friendly

Revs shut out by Cruzeiro in friendly

By Danny Picard
CSNNE.com

FOXBORO --It didnt count in the MLS standings, and the New EnglandRevolution will sleep better on Sunday night knowing so, after losing toBrazilian club Cruzeiro EC 3-0 at Gillette Stadium.

The friendly match marks the last match the Revolution willplay until June 27, when they resume league play at home against the ChicagoFire.

Until then, the Revs will have to sit with the fact thattheyve been outscored 6-0 in their last two games entering the World Cupbreak. But at least they can go into that break knowing they put up a bettereffort in this friendly than their last friendly, a 4-0 loss to Portuguese clubSL Benfica at Gillette on May 19.

Still, a loss is a loss, and the difference on Sunday nightwas each teams play in the final third. Cruzeiro finished, and New Englanddidnt.

The biggest thing was what was going on in the finalthird, said Revolution coach Steve Nicol after the game. I think we gotourselves forward just as much as they did. We just couldnt produce anythingin the final third, and they did.

I think we competed. The score line would suggest that itwas pretty easy, but I dont think it was an easy game for them. So therespositives to be taken out of it.

Cruzeiro forward Welington Paulista did all of the damage onhis own Sunday night against the Revs, scoring all three goals in the match.His first came in the 24th minute following a New England defensive breakdownthat allowed Jonathan to send a long lead pass up the middle through severalRevs players, right on the mark to Paulista, who beat Revolution goalkeeperMatt Reis with a quick deke to the right.

Paulista added the second goal in the 49th minute, as he puthome a corner kick from the left corner with his right foot. He then completedthe hat trick in the 83rd minute, putting a header into the net after ThiagoRibeiro made a nice cross pass out front from the right wing.

The second goals a terrible goal, said Nicol. Werebasically giving them it. The first goal was avoidable. But the third goal wasjust a great goal.

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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.