Revs-Dynamo preview

Revs-Dynamo preview

By Danny Picard
CSNNE.com

FOXBORO -- The last time Steve Ralston was at Gillette Stadium, in a public setting anyways, was July 20. It was a Tuesday night, and the New England Revolution had just defeated Monarcas Morelia in the final group-stage game of SuperLiga 2010.

Ralston didnt play that night. He didnt even dress. And after the Revs win, he officially announced his retirement in what seemed like the most-bizarre setting in which one could announce their retirement; bizarre because Ralston was supposed to play for the Revs on that night, and it was supposed to be his last game. Heck, he didnt even prepare a farewell speech for his press conference, because he said he went through all of his usual pre-game rituals, and preparing a speech was not one of them.

When asked why he didnt play, Ralston responded, Some things came up.

Those things, as we would later find out, were league-related, and in a way, unofficially confirmed the rumors that Ralston would become the next assistant coach of the Houston Dynamo.

And on Saturday, Ralston returns to Gillette Stadium, not as a member of the Revolution, but as Houston Dynamos assistant coach.

The Revs (5-9-3, 18 points) host the Dynamo (5-9-5, 20) on Saturday night, and look to win their second straight game, having defeated D.C. United last weekend, 1-0.

New England hasnt lost a match since July 2, a 5-0 loss at Real Salt Lake, which also extended its losing skid to four games. But since then, the Revolution have gone seven games without a loss, going 2-0-1 in league competition.

The Revolution enter Saturdays match as the sixth-place team (out of eight) in the Eastern Conference. The Dynamo arent much better, as theyre currently in seventh place (out of eight) in the Western Conference.

With Marko Perovic back in the fold after missing last weekends game because of a calf strain, and the debut of Serbian forward Ilija Stolica in the starting lineup, the Revs seem to be in pretty good shape, and should be able to handle Houston, which is missing starting goalkeeper Pat Onstad, defender Adrian Serioux, and midfielder Brad Davis for Saturday nights match.

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Ola Kamara scores twice as Crew beat Revs, 2-0

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Ola Kamara scores twice as Crew beat Revs, 2-0

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ola Kamara scored his 14th and 15th goals of the season and the Columbus Crew beat the New England Revolution 2-0 on Sunday night to keep their playoff hopes alive. 

Columbus (7-11-11), which played in the 2015 MLS Cup, is ninth in the Eastern Conference, but only five points behind D.C. United for the final playoff spot. New England (9-13-9) is seventh, one point back. 

In the 42nd minute, Kamara slid a shot through the legs of defender Darrius Barnes and it got past a diving Brad Knighton. Kamara added a penalty-kick goal in the 84th after he was nudged from behind by London Woodberry. 

Kamara has scored five times in the last three games and leads all MLS newcomers for goals scored this season. He trails New York's Bradley Wright-Phillips by five goals for the MLS Golden Boot. 

Revolution forward Kei Kamara made his return to Mapfre Stadium after being traded from the Crew in May. 

Rowe scores twice, Revolution beat Impact, 3-1

Rowe scores twice, Revolution beat Impact, 3-1

MONTREAL - Kai Kamara scored in the first minute and Kelyn Rowe added two goals to help the New England Revolution beat the Montreal Impact 3-1 on Saturday night.

The Revolution (9-12-9), who lost to Dallas in the U.S. Open Cup final this week, posted a third straight win in Major League Soccer play with only their second road victory of the season. New England moved two points behind fifth-place Montreal in the Eastern Conference playoff race.

Didier Drogba scored on a penalty for Montreal (9-9-4), which has only one win in seven games. Perhaps more alarmingly, the Impact are 0-3-1 and have conceded 11 goals in their last four home games.