State of the Revs: Oct. 16

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State of the Revs: Oct. 16

The Revolution are one point out of the final playoff spot in the East heading into their regular-season home finale Saturday against the Columbus Crew at Gillette Stadium.

The Revs will have to make their final playoff push without forward Saer Sene, who sustained a devastating leg and ankle injry in a 1-0 victory in Montreal and faces a 4-6 month rehab after surgery.

Revs coach Jay Heaps talked with Jessica Camerato about the loss of Sene on this week's edition of "State of the Revs."

"It was a devastating moment for both teams," Heaps said of the Sene injury. "He such an important part of our team. You feel for the player but you know you have a job to do. It would be a double hit if you don't go out and perform as best you can when a player is hurt."

Heaps said he tried to make the injury a unifying factor for the Revs.

"We faced it head on," he said. "You acknowledge it and use it to bring everyone together."

As for the last two regular season games, Heaps said the Revs approach has been not to overlook the little things.

"Attention to detail is really key for these last few games," he said.

Meanwhile, it's taken some time, but Revs 18-year-old midfielder Diego Fagundez is already sporting a playoff beard.

In reflecting on his whirlwind first season, Fagundez said the Revs "knew to take my development slow, step by step. I knew I had to wait for my time."

"When I got my chance, I knew I needed to shine," he said.

Fagundez has done that with 12 goals and five assists in 29 games.

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.