Lekic breaks drought, but draw 'feels like a loss'


Lekic breaks drought, but draw 'feels like a loss'

By Danny Picard
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BOSTON -- @font-face font-family: "Times New Roman";p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman"; a:link, span.MsoHyperlink color: blue; text-decoration: underline; a:visited, span.MsoHyperlinkFollowed color: purple; text-decoration: underline; table.MsoNormalTable font-size: 10pt; font-family: "Times New Roman"; div.Section1 page: Section1; In Steve Nicols eyes, it felt like a loss.

The New England Revolution coach wasnt pleased withSaturday nights 1-1 draw with the Chicago Fire at Gillette Stadium. It gavethe Revs a point, but considering they had eight shots on goal, New Englandscoach thought his team should have walked away with three points.

Instead, the Revolution extended their current winless skidto six games.

Its disappointing because, to be honest, it feels like aloss, said Nicol after the game. We come in at halftime, one down, and weshould be three up.

Defensively, weve been great this year. But tonight wedefended terribly. Saying that, moving forward, we created chances.

At least one of those chances was finished. Revolutionforward Rajko Lekic scored just his second goal of the season on Saturdaynight. It came in the 48th minute, and tied the game at 1-1.

Lekic stood wide open in front of the Chicago goal, andreceived a pass up the middle and through traffic from midfielder Pat Phelan.Lekic took the ball, turned, and fired it into the right side of the net.

On the one hand, it looks simple, but if you panic,certainly it becomes a lot harder, said Nicol on Lekics goal. But he kepthis cool and just stroked it. It was a great finish.

Lekic hadnt scored a goal since April 23, so getting one togo in and break an eight-game drought, was a huge confidence booster.

Im here to score goals, said Lekic after the game. So itwas a tough time for me, and when I saw the ball in the net today, it was a bigtime for me.

I saw that Pat Phelan had the ball, and he was trying toshoot it on goal, and I was thinking, If Chicagos defender missed the ball,Im all alone there. And he missed it.

The Revolution missed many chances on Saturday night. And inthe final 10 minutes, they also took away several high-quality scoring chancesfrom Chicago.

It was a 10-minute span that Nicol said was a result of hisplayers losing their legs.

We were trying to get forward, and you cant do that whenyoure tired, youre going to leave holes, said Nicol. And Matt Reis made acouple saves in the last 10 minutes. Other than that, I thought we pushed thegame, most of the time.

-- Midfielder Benny Feilhaber missed his fourth straight gameon Saturday night. Going into the game, the thought was that Feilhaber wouldreturn coming off the bench from a sprained right ankle against the Fire.

But Nicol and the team are playing it safe, and took thedoctors orders to be cautious.

The doctors looked at him again, and just felt that, thattype of injury, three weeks was pushing it, said Nicol. Had it been the cupfinal, hed have been available. But we always listen to the doctors advice.

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Accam, Fire eliminate Revolution from playoff contention


Accam, Fire eliminate Revolution from playoff contention

BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. - David Accam scored in the 80th minute and the Chicago Fire eliminated the New England Revolution from playoff contention with a 2-1 victory Sunday.

Chicago (7-16-10), already out of the playoff race, won for the first time since Sept. 3. New England (10-14-9) lost for just the second time in its last six games.

Michael de Leeuw opened the scoring in the ninth minute for Chicago. Brandon Vincent rolled a cross into the area and an open De Leeuw redirected it home at the near post. Accam scored his ninth goal of the season when he raced to Jonathan Campbell through ball and finished on a one-on-one opportunity.

New England tied it in the 43rd minute on Diego Fagundez's shot from distance.

There were two red cards in the second half. Luis Solignac was given a straight red for Chicago in the 54th minute after tripping London Woodberry with his studs up. In the 73rd minute, New England goalkeeper Brad Knighton was sent off for taking down Accam in a goal scoring opportunity.

Kamara, Agudelo each have goal, assist; Revs top Sporting KC

Kamara, Agudelo each have goal, assist; Revs top Sporting KC

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - Kei Kamara and Juan Agudelo each had a goal and an assist to help the New England Revolution beat Sporting Kansas City 3-1 on a rainy Saturday night.

New England (10-14-9) remained in seventh place in the Eastern Conference - two points back of sixth-place Montreal for the final playoff spot. Sporting KC (12-13-7) had its three-game undefeated streak snapped.

Kamara opened the scoring in the fourth minute. Agudelo drew three defenders near the left sideline and he found Kamara wide open in the middle for a breakaway goal. It was Kamara's 11th goal this season, but just his second at Gillette Stadium since being traded from the Columbus Crew in May.

New England took a 2-1 lead in the 75th minute on Kevin Ellis' own goal and Agudelo knocked home Kamara's cross 8 minutes later.

Dominic Dwyer tied it at 1 in the 49th minute for Kansas City when knocked in Ellis' glancing header with his knees.