Revs look to strike first in Dallas

Revs look to strike first in Dallas

By Danny Picard

The goal on Wednesday night for the New England Revolution is simple: score first.

Easier said than done, of course, but when the Revs allow the first goal this season, they are 2-11-1. And two of those 11 losses, while allowing the opponent to score before them, have come in the last two games a 2-0 loss to Chivas USA on Sept. 10, and a 3-0 loss to Colorado last Saturday.

Losing on the road is also a trend New England would like to avoid on Wednesday night, as they travel to FC Dallas. The Revs have a league-worst 1-10-1 road record this season, and after Wednesday nights match in Dallas, theyll only have two more games away from home the rest of the season.

But at this point, the results of the teams three remaining home games may not matter, as the Revs enter Wednesdays match as the seventh-place team (out of eight) in the Eastern Conference, with playoff hopes quickly fading away with each game that doesnt end with a win.

Dallas, meanwhile, is right in the thick of a playoff race, entering its match with New England as the third-place team in the Western Conference.

Still, the Revs will be looking to provide offense on Wednesday night, and will be looking for only their second win in their last eight matches.

Once again, easier said than done, as Dallas hasnt lost a match in its last 15 games (8-0-7 during that span).

If anything at all, at least the Revolution can try and play the role of spoiler.

Danny Picard is on Twitter at http:twitter.comDannyPicard.

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


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.