Revs hope Fire don't extinguish playoff chances


Revs hope Fire don't extinguish playoff chances

By Danny Picard Staff Reporter Follow @dannypicard

FOXBORO Believe it or not, the last-place New England Revolution have not been officially eliminated from a potential playoff berth, even with just five games left in the regular season.

Two of those five games are on the road, including Sunday nights match with the Fire in Chicago. So while the Revs are barely holding on to their postseason hopes, they will unfortunately have to face a team that they havent beat in their last nine regular season games.

At 5-12-12, New England could be officially eliminated on Sunday, with a loss to the Fire combined with either a Portland Timbers win over the New York Red Bulls, a Philadelphia Union win or draw against Sporting Kansas City (they played to a 1-1 draw on Saturday), or a Houston Dynamo win or draw against FC Dallas.

New Englands remaining four games after Sunday night will be against the Seattle Sounders, the San Jose Earthquakes, the Columbus Crew all at Gillette Stadium while the final game of the regular season is in Canada against Toronto FC.

But the Revs must take it one game at a time from here on out, and that begins Sunday in Chicago.

Theyll be without Rajko Lekic (ankle), Stephen McCarthy (shoulder), Sainey Nyassi (hamstring), A.J. Soares (adductor) on Sunday against the Fire, while Monsef Zerka (quadriceps) is doubtful.

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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.