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Quick start helps Revolution jolt FC Dallas

Jun 7, 2008 - 1:58 AM FOXBOROUGH, Massachusetts (Ticker) -- Adam Cristman scored in the fifth minute and Steve Ralston converted a penalty kick 17 minutes later to propel the New England Revolution to a 2-1 triumph over FC Dallas on Friday.

Matt Reis finished with a career-high 10 saves before surrendering a goal to Arturo Alvarez in the 90th minute to narrowly miss recording his fifth shutout of the season and 38th career for New England (7-3-2). The Major League Soccer-leading Revolution own a 21-9-1 record in their all-time series against FC Dallas (3-5-4).

"(I'm) doing what I have to do," Reis said matter-of-factly. "If I have to make 15 (saves), if I have to make 20, if I have to make two, that is what I am there for. I'm not really counting, I just knew it was a lot."

"We are relying at the moment on commitment and attitude and players stepping up big time, ala Matt Reis again," New England coach Steve Nichol said. "We can only get away with that for so long. We have to sharpen up on the other aspects of the game."

The game was played as the first half of a special doubleheader at Gillette Stadium. The national teams from Brazil and Venezuela competed in a friendly in the nightcap.

The Revolution rushed out to an early advantage as Cristman accepted a beautiful cross from Sainey Nyassi and headed it past Ray Burse and into the right corner of the net. It was Cristman's third tally of the season and second in as many contests.

After the tally, Cristman promptly jumped over the guardrail and celebrated with the fans.

"Early on, we were getting some balls over the top," Cristman said. "Sainey got wide and beat his guy, served it across (and) I don't know which Dallas player was near post but he kind of deflected it. I had held my run just a second and it fell perfect for me and headed it down."

After FC Dallas' Drew Moor fouled Cristman in the penalty area, Ralston converted the penalty kick to double New England's advantage in the 22nd minute. After missing five contests with a dislocated shoulder, Ralston has two goals this campaign.

The Revolution held on to their two-goal advantage until Alvarez's tally in the 90th minute.

"The boys put everything they had into it - and the second half showed that," FC Dallas coach Marco Ferruzzi said. :I think in the second half we had New England on their heels, (and we) might have been able to end up with a tie but Matt Reis made some fantastic saves (and) kept them in the game - and that's the difference."

Playing in place of injured goalkeeper Dario Sala, Burse finished six saves.








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