Soccer roundup: Diego Fagundez lifts Revolution

Diego Fagundez (left) and Juan Agudelo look for a place to celebrate Fagundez’s second-half score.
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Diego Fagundez (left) and Juan Agudelo look for a place to celebrate Fagundez’s second-half score.

Diego Fagundez scored in the 51st minute to propel the New England Revolution to a 2-0 victory over the host Houston Dynamo on Saturday.

The Revolution (3-4-4) got an insurance goal in the 84th minute, courtesy of a Ricardo Clark own goal.

New England (3-4-4), unbeaten in four of its last five games, took a 1-0 lead on Fagundez’s goal.


The Dynamo, which lost at BBVA Compass Stadium for the first time ever last weekend, fell to 6-4-2 on the year.

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Fagundez worked a give-and-go with Clyde Simms, slicing through the middle of Houston’s defense and appearing in front of Dynamo goalie Tally Hall, who had little chance on Fagundez’s shot inside the right post.

The lead was extended to 2-0 in the 84th on an own goal. Chris Tierney’s shot was deflected by Hall, who challenged the shot to the right, taking him out of the ensuing play. Juan Agudelo, making his Revolution debut, gained possession outside the box and, as Dynamo players swarmed to help, his shot deflected off Clark and over the end line.

The Revolution nearly made it 2-0 in the 71st minute, but Lee Nguyen’s shot from above the half circle ricocheted off the near post and was cleared.

Brian Ching missed a chance to tie the game at 1 in the 81st as his header from outside the goalkeeper’s box was stopped by New England goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth.


The game had its chippy moments as Houston’s Bobby Boswell and the Revolution’s Dimitry Imbongo were handed red cards for dangerous play, Boswell’s apparent head butt followed by Imbongo’s one-armed takedown in the 40th minute.

Houston lost defender and Jamaican national team member Jermaine Taylor in the 10th minute after he went down to the turf with a left shoulder injury following a collision with Imbongo after going up for a 50-50 ball.

Crew 1, Toronto FC 0 — Dominic Oduro scored late in the first half to help visiting Columbus continue its dominance of Toronto.

Federico Higuain, who hit the post and the crossbar on two attempts in the first half, set up Oduro in the 42d minute. Oduro used his speed to beat Doneil Henry to Higuain’s through ball and flicked it past Toronto goalkeeper Joe Bendik for his fifth goal of the season.

Columbus has never lost at BMO Field, going 2-0-5. Toronto has beaten the Crew only once in 17 career meetings (1-9-7).


Rapids 1, Earthquakes 1 — Marvin Chavez scored his first goal of the season to help San Jose pull out a tie against Colorado in Santa Clara, Calif.

Chavez drilled a knuckling free kick from 30 yards out in the 78th minute to beat Colorado goalkeeper Clint Irwin. The Honduran international was only available because MLS commissioner Don Garber upheld an appeal of his two-game suspension Wednesday.

Nathan Sturgis put Colorado ahead in the 26th, neatly turning home a Martin Rivero corner kick at the near post. The shot squirted between San Jose midfielder Rafael Baca, who was manning the post, and goalkeeper Jon Busch.

Sounders 4, FC Dallas 2 — Eddie Johnson scored twice, including the winner early in the 62d minute, and host Seattle ended FC Dallas’s nine-game unbeaten streak in MLS play.

Johnson’s second goal of the game and fourth this season came just one minute after Dallas completed a comeback from a 2-0 deficit when Michel drilled a corner kick from the right side into the upper left roof of the Seattle net to tie it.

The Sounders (4-3-3) stretched their unbeaten streak to six games.

Timbers 2, Whitecaps 2 — Second-half substitute Jose Valencia scored in the 83d minute to give visiting Portland a draw with Vancouver.

Will Johnson also scored for Portland and assisted on the equalizer to help the Timbers (4-1-7) extend their unbeaten streak to 10 games. The tying goal came while Portland was playing with 10 men due to Mamadou Danso’s ejection two minutes earlier.

Union 1, Fire 0 — Jack McInerney scored his league-high eighth goal in the third minute and his teammates made it stand up as Philadelphia (5-4-3) beat Chicago in Chester, Pa.

The Fire played shorthanded for much of the second half after Wells Thompson received his second yellow card — and an automatic ejection — in the 62d.


FC Kansas City 2, Breakers 0 — Renae Cuellar and Lauren Cheney scored as Kansas City (3-1-1) handed Boston (2-1-2) its first loss of the season in front of 4,362 fans in overland Park, Kan.