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The game in 100 words (or less)Jay Heaps and the New England Revolution threw away two wonderful plays from Diego Fagundez, and perhaps their playoffs hopes in the process. New England is now eight points back of the sixth spot in the East, while New York stays within shouting distance of the Top Six. Coach Jesse Marsch is now the winningest coach in RBNY history, while Heaps days of adding to his total as Revs boss may be dwindling down to zero.

(Some of) The goals

21′ — Pretty build-up, gutsy finish — The first example of Fagundez’s fantastic playmaking was met by Teal Bunbury’s fearless finish. It’s a shame few fans will be thinking about it following the match.

23′ — BWP’s vicious equalizer — Sometime it’s more power than placement.

26′ — Fagundez wins the ball back, finds Nguyen — Look at this mazey dribble from the 22-year-old Uruguayan.

90′ — Veron gets on the board — Not a banner moment for keeper positioning, but the Argentine from San Lorenzo has his first of the season to just drive a sledgehammer into New England’s collective gut.

Man of the Match: Fagundez.

Fagundez suspended by MLS Disciplinary Committee

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On Friday the MLS Disciplinary Committee has retroactively handed New England Revolution attacker Diego Fagundez a one-match ban for his stamp on Sebastian Giovinco late in the Revs 2-0 loss to Toronto last weekend.

Fagundez was challenged by Giovinco following the clearance of a corner, and the Italian’s challenge was awkward as he slipped and fell to the ground. Fagundez, possibly frustrated with the scoreline, lept and stomped on Giovinco with both feet. Match referee Hilario Grajeda did not card Fagundez for the incident, but the Disciplinary Committee tabbed the action “violent conduct,” believing that Fagundez should have been given a red card.

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The Revolution took exception to the decision, believing that Fagundez’s stamp was no worse than an incident from earlier in the match where Giovinco stuck his boot through the legs of Revs midfielder Gerson Koffie, catching him in a sensitive area. They posted an incredibly salty video on social media, juxtaposing the two decisions to explain their bewilderment.

The Giovinco incident is surely debatable, but there’s no question that Fagundez stamped on the Italian and should have been sent off, with the referee in perfect position to see the action but somehow making no call.

The decision from the Disciplinary Committee comes just two days before the Revs take on the Philadelphia Union on the road, leaving them to decide how to fill the void. The Revs are already without midfielder Kelyn Rowe and striker Juan Agudelo, who are on international duty with the United States. Those two will miss at least three games. New England also lost Antonio Delamea in the match against Toronto to a broken nose.

MLS Snapshot: New England Revolution 2-1 Columbus Crew (video)

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The game in 100 words (or less): Don’t look now but the New England Revolution are starting to play really good soccer. Jay Heaps and his side have won two in a row, scoring a combined six goals in the back-to-back victories, which is good news for an attack that possesses plenty of potent goalscoring power. A pair of finishes from Diego Fagundez were enough to pull the Revs ahead after the after opening 20 minutes, after Ola Kamara had given the Crew the lead early in the first half. Andrew Farrell earned a late and unnecessary red card for the Revs that will surely earn him a lengthy suspension.Meanwhile, the Crew have cooled off after a hot start to the MLS season, with Greg Berhalter’s men losing four of their last six matches.

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Three moments that mattered

20′ — Kamara nets seventh of the season — Wil Trapp’s long ball to find Ola Kamara was brilliant, but the Norwegian striker’s finish… yeah, that was pretty brilliant too!

24′ — Revs level it behind Fagundez tap in — Columbus has been sloppy in their own half at times this season and this was one of those times. Nguyen to Kamara to Fagundez = deadly!

34′ — Fagundez with his second in 10 minutes! — Clever little give-and-go from Kamara and Fagundez, and it’s the speedy attacker with his second of the first half.

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Men of the match: Diego Fagundez

Goalscorers: Ola Kamara (20′), Diego Fagundez (24′, 34′)

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MLS Snapshot: New England Revolution 2-2 Orlando City SC (video)

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The game in 100 words (or less): The New England Revolution and Orlando City SC love a 2-2 draw with each other, don’t they? Two weeks after a 2-2 stalemate at the Citrus Bowl, the two sides split four more goals between them on Saturday at Gillette Stadium. Juan Agudelo came off the bench with the game tied 1-1, 70 minutes on the clock, and scored what the Revolution believed to be the winning goal, if not for Carlos Rivas’s 90th-minute equalizer. Le Nguyen bagged a pair of assists on the day, and it’s little surprise that just as he’s getting things going for the season, the Revs have picked up at least a point in five of their last six games. The draw moves the Revs (10 points) up two spots in the Eastern Conference, to seventh, while the Lions started the day in seventh and finish in fourth.

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Three Four Five moments that mattered

7′ — Fagundez roofs it for the opener — Lee Nguyen and Diego Fagundez working a one-two inside your penalty area is the last thing you want to see if you’re an opposing goalkeeper. They did it to perfection here, and the Revs had an early lead.

20′ — Revs come up empty in the scramble of all scrambles — How in the world did the ball not find the back of the net here? Unbelievable.

30′ — Molino slots home at the back post for 1-1 — Molino is catching a bit of fire of late, with three goals in his last five games, after missing most of last season with a torn ACL. Right place, right time on this one.

71′ — Agudelo slots home from a cross for 2-1 — Agudelo is finally on the board for 2016, about a month and a half later than you’d have hoped. When he’s on, he’s on and he makes it look so easy.

90′ — Rivas pokes it home in the face of goal — Cyle Larin is usually on the other end of crosses into the box, but the big Canadian showed a surprising combination of speed and chance-creating ability in setting Rivas up for the late equalizer.

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Man of the match: Lee Nguyen

Goalscorers: Fagundez (7′), Molino (30′), Agudelo (71′), Rivas (90′)

MLS: FC Dallas 2-0 Union | Dynamo 3-3 NE Revs | Earthquakes 1-0 Rapids

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The game in 100 words (or less): FC Dallas are MLS Cup contenders this year, just as they were in 2015, and they’ve built themselves a fantastic jumping-off point for the 2016 season with a 2-0 home victory over the Philadelphia Union on Sunday. Mauro Diaz assisted on both of FCD’s goals — as he typically does — which were scored by Fabian Castillo and Maximiliano Urruti. For all the praise that FCD’s attack is given — and rightly so — they were oh so good defensively in this one. It’s that kind of balance and ability to win games in so many different ways that’ll make them one of, if not the, team to beat.

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Three moments that mattered

22′ — Castillo turns on the burners, 1-0 to FCD — Diaz -> Castillo. We’ve seen that combination once or twice before, haven’t we? Diaz is the magical no. 10 capable of springing Castillo, the blazing-fast winger into space at the drop of a hat. The Union were the first victims of 2016.

79′ — Urruti bags his first for FCD, courtesy of Diaz — Hey, remember what I just said about Diaz and Castillo? The same looks to already be true of Diaz and Urruti, who arrived this offseason from the Portland Timbers. Diaz crossed from the ball from the right side of the six-yard box and Urruti poked it home from the goalmouth. Argentine connection.

87′ — Castillo stretchered off the field — This is just about the worst possible news, both for FCD fans and fans of MLS in general. Fingers crossed Castillo is OK and doesn’t miss significant time.

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Man of the match: Mauro Diaz

Goalscorers: Castillo (22′), Urruti (79′)


The game in 100 words (or less): The Houston Dynamo blew a pair of second-half leads to drop two points at home against the New England Revolution, going from 2-1 and 3-2 ahead to 3-3 in the end. To their credit, though, they came back from a goal down after three minutes to take their first lead of the season. Giles Barnes scored in his first game as the new Dynamo captain, and Cristian Maidana and Andrew Wenger marked their Dynamo debuts with goals after coming to Houston from Philly in the offseason, but goals by Diego Fagundez, Charlie Davies and Daigo Kobayashi were enough to steal a point for the visitors despite trailing by a goal into the 93rd minute.

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Three moments that mattered

3′ — Fagundez rifles in the opener from 25 yards out — Chest control. Bounce. Fire. Fagundez makes it look oh so easy, doesn’t he? This is how every player would like to open his season — three minutes on the clock, scoring an early Goal of the Year nominee.

77′ — Barnes slots home from outside the box, 3-2 Dynamo — Houston went 2-1 ahead in the 50th minute, but Davies pulled the Revs back level two minutes later. Then, with 13 minutes left in regular time, Will Bruin crossed the ball to the top of the penalty area, Boniek Garcia dummied it and let it run in order for Barnes to apply the deft finish to the far post. Poetry in motion.

90+3′ — Kobayashi heads home for the late equalizer — Fagundez’s cross was pinpoint to the penalty spot, and Kobayashi rose above the crowd to head the ball downward and past Joe Willis for the final-minute-of-stoppage-time equalizer.

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Man of the match: Diego Fagundez

Goalscorers: Fagundez (3′), Maidana (45+1′), Wenger (50′), Davies (52′), Barnes  (77′), Kobayashi (90+3′)


The game in 100 words (or less): It’s going to be a might long season for the Colorado Rapids, and it began in depressing fashion, a 1-0 loss to the San Jose Earthquakes, on Sunday. Sure, Pablo Mastroeni’s men held a significantly larger chunk of the game’s possession than San Jose (58-42) and out-shot the Quakes 18-7 (5-4 on target), but they left Avaya Stadium with nothing to show for it once again. Chris Wondolowski did the damage, scoring the game’s only goal 44 seconds after halftime.

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Two moments that mattered

46′ — Wondo heads home to start the 2nd half — Darwin Quintero provided the cross, Wondolowski provided the textbook header from just about the penalty spot. It’s what he does.

85′ — Bingham stretches to make the big, late save — David Bingham played the role of late hero for the Quakes, as his 85th-minute save to deny Eric Miller’s long-range blast was a thing of beauty.

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Man of the match: Chris Wondolowski

Goalscorers: Wondolowski (46′)