New England Soccer Today

Revs Drop 1st Preseason Loss to Dynamo

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Erick Torres unlocked a scoreless match just after the break to send the Revolution to a 2-0 loss to the Houston Dynamo in Matchday 1 of the Desert Diamond Cup tournament at Kino Veterans Stadium in Tucson, Ariz. on Wednesday.

Torres dispossessed Revolution trialist Trevor Haberkorn inside the New England end and galloped toward goal before beating Brad Knighton in the 54th minute. Alberth Elis put the match out reach in the 89th minute after Alex beat the offside trap and deferred to the Honduras international for the easy tap in, allowing the Dynamo to breathe easier late.

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— Houston Dynamo (@HoustonDynamo) February 16, 2017

Trialist Tristan Bowen nearly put the Revolution on the board in the 68th minute when he ripped a shot from the left that smacked the bottom of the right post.

Revolution coach Jay Heaps fielded a largely first-team lineup to start the match, including Xavier Kouassi, who made a 15-minute cameo before giving way to Daigo Kobayashi. But the locals were unable to break through a Dynamo squad largely comprised of second teamers and trialists. The first half passed without a single shot on goal from either side.

Predictably, the second half was a much different story for both sides. New England’s second half lineup featured a slew of trialists and second teamers while Houston’s XI was essentially a first choice lineup.

Wednesday’s match did not pass without incident on the injury front. Revolution midfielder Zachary Herivaux, who entered the match at the break, absorbed a heavy challenge from Juan David Cabezas in the 58th minute, and was forced to exit the pitch with a noticeable limp. Academy player Joe Brito was called upon the replace Herivaux in the midfield.

The Revolution, who fell to 2-1-1 on the preseason, return to action on Saturday against the Colorado Rapids at Kino Veterans Stadium. Kickoff is 3:00pm ET.

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