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February 15, 2017
Revolution drop Desert Diamond Cup opener

TUCSON, Ariz. -- The New England Revolution lost for the first time in the preseason, sustaining a 2-0 defeat against the Houston Dynamo in the Desert Diamond Classic Wednesday.

Goals by Erick “Cubo” Torres (54th minute) and Alberth Elis (89th) made the difference, the Revolution (2-1-1) nearly equalizing as Tristan Bowen hit the post in the 68th minute.

Torres took possession from Revolution defender Trevor Haberkorn and went in alone to score past Brad Knighton. Elis finished into an open net off a feed from midfielder Alex, who beat an offside trap on the left flank and ran into the penalty area. Bowen collected a long ball behind the defenders, his shot beating Joe Willis and hitting the right post, then cleared by former Brown University defender Dylan Remick.

Revolution defender Andrew Farrell cleared a Vicente Sanchez 11th-minute attempt. Brad Knighton, who replaced Cody Cropper after halftime, made an early second-half save on Romell Quioto, and also made stops on Torres and Elis.

Midfielder Xavier Kouassi, recovering from knee surgery, made his Revolution debut, replaced by Daigo Kobayashi in the 18th minute.

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