Revolution vs. Dynamo: Stolica leads Revs to 1-0 win

Revolution vs. Dynamo: Stolica leads Revs to 1-0 win

By Danny Picard

FOXBORO -- Revolution win 1-0

90th minute -- Jason Griffiths replaces Revs forward Marko Perovic.

84th minute -- Roberto Linck replaces Revs midfielder Khano Smith.

77th minute -- Kenny Mansally replaces Ilija Stolica, who was welcomed on the bench with a hug from Revs coach Steve Nicol, whose smile said it all. They're thrilled to have this guy down the stretch.

75th minute -- Revs midfielder Khano Smith has to finish that. Smith missed a wide-open look from the left post, inside the box, after Ilija Stolica and Shalrie Joseph worked to set him up perfectly. Smith's shot went over the net, though. Probably wishes he could have that one back.

62nd minute -- 1-0 REVOLUTION -- Welcome to New England, Ilija Stolica. The Serbian forward made his first start with the Revs tonight, and put one in the back of the net from the top of the box. Credit Revs midfielder Sainey Nyassi with making a good, quick pass in the middle to an open Stolica, who kicked the pass up in the air, and on its way down, quickly put a low shot into the left corner of the net.

59th minute -- Still scoreless. And the only decent scoring chance so far in this second half came off the foot of Houston's Joseph Ngwenya, who let one go from 20 yards out, but it just went wide left. Not even sure if you want to call that a scoring chance. On second thought, let's not even call it that. So far, the most exciting soccer at Gillette Stadium tonight came at halftime, when several New England sports mascots, including Wally the Green Monster, participated in an "everything goes" soccer match at midfield.


Scoreless at halftime

34th minute -- Perhaps Shalrie Joseph was a little too unselfish in the 34th minute. Joseph had a golden opportunity to let an uncontested shot rip from the top of the box, but instead faked the shot and tried to slip a pass down low to streaking Marko Perovic. The play was quickly broken up.

24th minute -- Still scoreless here at Gillette. Houston just had the most dangerous scoring chance of the match. Dynamo midfielder Corey Ashe sent a free kick, from 30 yards out, into the box, and forward Brian Ching re-directed a header wide to the right.

11th minute -- A little pushing and shoving at midfield between Revs captain Shalrie Joseph and Dynamo midfielder Anthony Obodai. Joseph pretty much got the best of it with a hard shove after the whistle. Obodai didn't want anything to do with it after that.


Here are the starting lineups for tonight's game between the New England Revolution and the Houston Dynamo at Gillette Stadium:


GK Reis
DEF Osei
DEF Barnes
DEF Gibbs
MID Nyassi
MID Tierney
MID Joseph (captain)
MID Phelan
MID Smith
FWD Stolica
FWD Perovic

GK Hall
DEF Cameron
DEF Boswell
DEF Mulrooney
DEF Hainault
MID Cruz
MID Obodai
MID Palmer
MID Ashe
FWD Mullan
FWD Ching (captain)

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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.