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MLS Game Summary - Dallas at New England



(Saturday, April 4, 2009)

From The Sports Network

Final Score: New England 2, Dallas 1

Foxborough, MA (Sports Network) - The New England Revolution improved to 9-5-0 all-time in their home opener as they downed Western Conference bottom-feeder FC Dallas, 2-1, at Gillette Stadium on Saturday night.

Second-half goals by young winger Sainey Nyassi and versatile veteran Steve Ralston were enough for the Revs (2-0-1) to overcome a first-half deficit and earn the victory, their sixth straight over Dallas.

With the win, New England takes over the top spot in the Eastern Conference table, two points up on D.C. United - which beat Houston on Saturday - ahead of the league's Sunday fixtures.

Dallas (0-3-0) got the game's first goal in the 38th minute when striker Kenny Cooper redirected a Dave van den Bergh cross into the net from close range. It was the struggling side's first goal since the 9th minute of its first game of the season on March 21. Cooper scored that goal as well.

The Revolution made a tactical switch to start the second half, bringing in Ralston for his first action of the season and sending off fullback Chris Tierney. Ralston, who was injured in preseason, took his normal spot in the attacking midfield role and helped the Revs generate a far more consistent attack after the break.

The home side was finally able to capitalize on a chance in the 56th minute when Shalrie Joseph switched the field to Nyassi on the right wing. The young Gambian took on rookie defender George John before cutting inside and unleashing a left-footed laser from about 20-yards out that beat goalkeeper Ray Burse to tie the game at one.

Ralston scored the game-winner on a penalty kick in the 80th minute after referee Silviu Petrescu ruled that John took down Revs striker Kheli Dube in the penalty area.

Ralston cooly slotted the chance past Burse for his first goal of the season.

Dallas will try to earn its first win of the season when it travels to take on Toronto FC next Saturday, while New England plays at D.C. United on April 17 in its next league fixture.

04/04 21:56:19 ET