MLS Snapshot: New England Revolution 2-4 FC Dallas (video)

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The game in 100 words (or less): When the New England Revolution traded for Kei Kamara late last week, the embarrassment of attacking riches at the disposal of head coach Jay Heaps reached laughable levels. Struggle to score goals, they would not (they’ve scored four in the two games since Kamara’s arrival, and he’s yet to score one of his own). However, the acquisition of Kamara wouldn’t do anything to improve the third-worst defense in MLS (20 goals conceded through 12 games coming into Saturday), and that seems to be a far more pressing issue in Foxboro these days. On Saturday, the Revs went down a goal inside the first five minutes before blowing a 2-1 lead of their own and losing to FC Dallas, 4-2. The loss keeps the Revs from hopping over D.C. United for the sixth and final playoff place in the Eastern Conference, while FCD have reclaimed the top spot in the Western Conference, two points clear of the Colorado Rapids, who play later on Saturday.

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Three Four Five moments that mattered

2′ — Shuttleworth takes Barrios down, Tesho converts the PK — Bobby Shuttleworth was very nearly sent off with fewer than 120 seconds on the clock. If Barrios’s first touch is to the inside, it might have been red.

23′ — Agudelo’s heads home from a free kick — Lee Nguyen served the free kick into the box, and Agudelo duly bagged his third goal in his last four games. Is it finally happening?

26′ — Nguyen gets kicked in the box, converts the PK — No penalty kick controversy for Kei Kamara this time. Nguyen earned the spot kick, and Nguyen took the spot kick.

36′ — Harris heads off/past Shuttleworth for 2-2 — Shuttleworth got his hand all over this header by Atiba Harris, but couldn’t keep from crossing the goal line.

70′ — Castillo gets in behind, finishes for 3-2 — Don’t let Fabian Castillo get in behind with a through ball played ahead of him. Just don’t do it.

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Man of the match: Tesho Akindele

Goalscorers: Akindele (4′ – PK, 90′), Agudelo (23′), Nguyen (26′ – PK), Harris (36′), Castillo (70′)