Alston and Domi to return for Revs in home opener

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Alston and Domi to return for Revs in home opener

By DannyPicard
CSNNE.com

Saturday marks the home opener for the New England Revolution, as they host D.C. United in the first game of the 2011 regular season at Gillette Stadium.

The Revs are coming off a 1-1 draw with the Los Angeles Galaxy on the West Coast, Sunday, and welcomed the season-opening point with open arms.

Seeing D.C. United in town isnt the big news, though. Instead, all eyes will be on New Englands potential return of defenders Kevin Alston and Didier Domi.

Both Alston (hamstring) and Domi (knee) missed Sundays season opener in Los Angeles, but both re-joined the teams full training sessions earlier in the week, and Revolution coach Steve Nicol said that he expects each player to be available for Saturdays match with D.C. United.

Alston and Domi have each been ailing since the preseason, with Alston straining his hamstring just 10 minutes into the Revs first preseason game of the year, back in February, and Domi injuring his right knee during the teams preseason trip to Georgia.

Ive been running for a couple of weeks, so I think its just getting back up to speed, said Alston. But its felt good. I still think I have a ways to go, but Im working on it.

I was feeling nothing when I was playing, said Domi. It was just swelling a bit. Its still a bit swollen, but it doesnt hurt.

The Revs will need both back in the lineup as soon as possible, because the D.C. United enter Saturdays game at Gillette Stadium coming off a second-half surge that saw three goals in the final 45 minutes to give the United a win over the Columbus Crew.

Revolution fans will notice some changes at Gillette Stadium when they show up on Saturday. The venues seating arrangement has changed for 2011, as there will be a new seating configuration that will shorten the size of the sections by 10-15 rows, opening up the seats all around the bowl.

In the past, one entire side of the field was blocked off with a tarp, but that will no longer be the case, beginning with the teams first home game of the season on Saturday.

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Wright-Phillips scores 16th goal, Red Bulls beat Revs 1-0

Wright-Phillips scores 16th goal, Red Bulls beat Revs 1-0

HARRISON, N.J. - Bradley Wright-Phillips scored his 16th goal of the season in the 55th minute and the New York Red Bulls beat the New England Revolution 1-0 on Sunday.

Revs goalkeeper Brad Knighton saved Alex Muyl's shot and Wright-Phillips put back the deflection with a half-volley into the right corner. Wright-Phillips has 61 goals in 100 career MLS games.

The Red Bulls (11-9-7) extended their undefeated streak to nine games and moved into a third-place tie in the East with the Philadelphia Union. The Revolution (6-12-9) are winless in their last six.

Draw with Earthquakes extends Revolution's winless streak

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Draw with Earthquakes extends Revolution's winless streak

SAN JOSE, Calif. - David Bingham had his sixth shutout of the season and the San Jose Earthquakes tied New England 0-0 on Wednesday night, extending the Revolution's winless streak to five games.

Bingham, who was tied for second in MLS soccer with 12 shutouts last season, had three saves - including a stop on Diego Fagundez's shot in the 86th minute.

The Revolution haven't scored since a 3-1 victory over Chicago on Aug. 9, a stretch of more than 270 minutes.

New England (6-11-8) had beaten San Jose three straight times.

San Jose (7-7-10) has just one loss in its last seven matches.