Revs-Sounders preview

Revs-Sounders preview

By Danny Picard
CSNNE.com

FOXBORO The New England Revolution get back to league play on Saturday night, as they host the Western Conferences Seattle Sounders FC. It comes just three nights after the Revolution lost to Monarcas Morelia in the SuperLiga Finals at Gillette Stadium on Wednesday night.

It marked the fourth straight loss for the Revs, and the fourth straight game they scored only one goal.

Wednesday nights game against Monarcas Morelia had meaning, sure. But the MLS season isnt played with the ultimate goal being a SuperLiga championship. Its played to win an MLS championship.

So while losing in the SuperLiga Finals may have been painful, missing out on the MLS playoffs would result in a whole lot more sorrow. And entering Saturday nights match with Seattle at Gillette Stadium, thats exactly where the Revolution stand: on the outside looking in at the MLS playoff picture.

The Revs (6-12-3) are in sixth place (out of eight) in the Eastern Conference standings with 21 points. The Sounders (9-8-5) are in fourth place in the West with 32 points. Clearly, the Revolution have more of an uphill climb to the postseason.

Its something that, we have a handful of games left, and were pretty far out of the playoff picture, but weve really got to hunker down and get some results, said Revs goalkeeper Matt Reis after Wednesday nights loss. Were probably going to have to win 90 percent of the games left.

After Saturdays match with Seattle, New England has just eight regular-season games left on the schedule, with only three of those at home.

Still, Revolution coach Steve Nicol believes the mentality of his club will stay the same.

Same as it always is, said Nicol. Were playing to win. That doesnt change.

As the Revs have found out this season, thats easier said than done.

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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.