Revs notes: Fagundez makes history

October, 1, 2011
10/01/11
11:20
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Some postgame notes after the Seattle Sounders beat the New England Revolution 2-1 Saturday night at Gillette Stadium.

-- At 16 years and 229 days, Revolution Homegrown Player Diego Fagundez became the youngest player in team history to record his first MLS start when he stepped onto the pitch as one of the team's two forwards. Prior to Saturday night, Fagundez had made three appearances as a substitute.

-- By failing to beat the Sounders, the Revs were officially eliminated from the postseason race.

-- With the loss, the Revs dropped their first-ever home match to the Sounders (2-1-0).

-- The 2-1 loss marked the first time this season that the Revs failed to get a point at home when scoring the first goal (4-1-3).

-- The Revolution loss extended the team’s losing streak to three.

-- The potent Seattle attack, which had scored a league-high 49 goals going into the game, had to wait 36 minutes to record its first shot. But, they made it count when Fredy Montero slipped through the Revs’ defense and sent it past Matt Reis to level it at 1-1 in the first half.

-- Montero’s two goals (36 feet, 47 feet) was the first two-goal effort given up by the Revs since Sebastien LeToux’s brace helped Philadelphia dig out of a three-goal deficit and earn a 4-4 draw on Sept. 7.

-- After missing last weekend’s match in Chicago, Monsef Zerka and A.J. Soares returned to the pitch for the Revs. Soares took his usual center back slot, while Zerka, who has seen the bulk of his time on the right wing since joining the team in August, was switched over to the left against Seattle.

-- Center back Ryan Cochrane got his first start since the 4-4 draw at Philadelphia on Sept. 7.

-- Hoping to inject some life into the attack, Revolution manager Steve Nicol switched his team’s formation from the 4-4-2 to the 3-5-2 in the 68th minute when he took out Zerka for Pat Phelan, who came on as central midfielder, while left back Chris Tierney pushed up into Zerka’s spot on the left.

-- Saturday night’s match served as the Revolution’s annual Breast Cancer Awareness night. As part of the push to raise awareness, the teams used a pink commemorative ball, while Revolution players displayed a number of pink-themed accessories, including wristbands, scarves, shoelaces and special pink-ribboned jerseys. Many of these items will be auctioned off, with a portion of the proceeds going to Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

-- For the third straight match, the Revs tipped the possession scale in their favor (55 percent) and walked away without a win to show for it.

-- With three games remaining, the five-win Revs must win out to avoid tying or setting the team record for fewest wins in a season. In 2001, the Revs claimed a franchise-low seven victories.

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