Revolution-Sounders preview


Revolution-Sounders preview

By Danny Picard Follow @dannypicard
FOXBORO The New England Revolution know what lies ahead.

They realize that five of their next six games are on the road. And theyre well aware that theyre 0-5-2 away from Gillette Stadium this season.

The Revolution look to pick up their first road win of the season on Sunday afternoon in Seattle, against the Western Conferences second-place Sounders FC, after having seven days off.

The Sounders have 28 points this season, with a 7-4-7 record, while the Revs are in seventh place in the Eastern Conference with only 15 points, and a 3-7-6 record.

While New England is winless in its last six games with two draws and four losses, Seattle hasnt lost since May 25, and is 3-0-2 in its last five matches. In order for the Revs to break their own skid and the Sounders streak, theyre going to have to put the ball in the net, which was once again the main focus at practice all week.

New England coach Steve Nicol believes his teams desperation to score goals and get a win will eventually work in their favor.

I think anybodys whos been here the last few games, can see that the effort and the commitment and attitude is spot on, said Nicol. Everybodys left it on the field by the
end of the game. So I think that tells you all you need to know about the psyche of the team. Everybodys desperate to do well, and were putting everything into it.

-- Heres a look at New Englands latest injury report, as of Friday:

Ryan Cochrane (L hamstring strain)
Benny Feilhaber (R ankle sprain)

Ousmane Dabo (R quadriceps strain)
Alan Koger (L Ankle Contusion)

Chris Tierney (L foot contusion)

-- OUT:
Didier Domi (R Achilles tendonitis)
Kheli Dube (whiplash)
Stephen McCarthy (L Shoulder Subluxation)
Marko Perovic (L knee surgery)

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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.