Revs notes: Reis makes his first appearance

Revs notes: Reis makes his first appearance

By Danny Picard
CSNNE.com

FOXBORO -- Revolution goalkeeper Matt Reis made his first appearanceof the season Sunday night, playing the entire first half and allowing one goalon three shots. Reis has spent the entire season rehabbing from offseasonshoulder and knee surgeries, and his return is welcomed with open arms.

Obviously the experience hes got, the ability hes got, itmakes everybody feel good around him, said Nicol.

He brings another dimension to our team, in terms ofleadership, said Revs captain Shalrie Joseph. And having him in the back, hiscommunication, hes been in the league so long, he brings that kind ofstability that we need in the back.

Backup goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth replaced Reis athalftime, and allowed two goals on the only two shots he faced.

The Revolution suffered another serious injury on Sundaynight, when veteran midfielder Steve Ralston dislocated his left elbow in the72nd minute. The injury came not even a minute after Ralston checked into thegame, making his season debut.

Ralston signed with the Revs on Tuesday, but his return tothe organization was short-lived, as he fell on his left arm moments after hereplaced Marko Perovic in the second half.

I dont know what to tell you, said Nicol. I mean, itsjust frightening, frightening.

As for the teams other, less serious injury, Revsmidfielder Khano Smith suffered a sprained right ankle in the first half, andleft the game in the 30th minute. Smith was seen leaving Gillette Stadium on crutchesand sporting a boot on his right foot. Some players said after the game thatthey expect him to be back with the team when they return from the World Cupbreak on June 27.

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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.