Strong 'Public' show
The Revolution, tied for the best record in Major League Soccer, fell to Joe Public FC, 2-1, last night, in a preliminary-round game of the CONCACAF Champions League at Macoya, Trinidad.
But all is not lost for New England.
Mauricio Castro, who earned a recall with Khano Smith lost to Bermuda national team duty, scored on a penalty kick for the Revolution in the 76th minute.
While New England could not notch the equalizer, Castro's goal was critical in that it was scored away from home, giving the Revolution the possible edge in the first tiebreaker should the teams finish even on aggregate in the second leg.
The second game of the total-goals series will be Tuesday at Gillette Stadium.
Joe Public got goals from Gregory Richardson in the 51st minute and Jamal Gay in the 70th before 2,100 at Marvin Lee Stadium.
There were 18 fouls in the contest, and Joe Public's Gay, Carlyle Mitchell, and Wolry Wolfe and the Revolution's Wells Thompson and Michael Parkhurst each received cautions.
With the Revolution in a 4-4-1-1 formation, the Trinidad and Tobago champions dominated the first half, outshooting New England, 11-2. It didn't help the Revolution that Steve Ralston limped off (back spasms) after just 25 minutes.
But Joe Public didn't get on the board until Richardson tallied into an empty net from about 6 yards off a cross from Kerry Baptiste six minutes after halftime.
Gay entered for Reon Nelson in the 69th minute and quickly made his mark, scoring on his first touch. He sent a cross from Baptiste past goalkeeper Doug Warren from close range a minute later.
Castro's penalty kick, his first goal with the Revolution, came after Mitchell brought down Shalrie Joseph.
It is the first season for the new tournament and format, which replaced the CONCACAF Champions Cup.
The winner will represent CONCACAF in the 2009 FIFA Club World Cup in Dubai.
This is the third in-season tournament of the year for New England. The Revolution were semifinalists in the US Open Cup and won the SuperLiga Tournament, in which four Mexican clubs competed against four MLS teams.
The Revolution will host David Beckham and the Los Angeles Galaxy Saturday night.
Tauro 2, Chivas USA 0 - Edwin Aguilar scored in the sixth and 68th minutes for Tauro at Estadia Rod Carew just outside Panama City.
Tauro FC, the seven-time Panamanian champions, controlled the pace from the start.
On the first goal, Luis Escobar dribbled along the end line and slipped it through traffic to Aguilar, who booted it past goalkeeper Zach Thornton.
On the second, Aguilar capped an unmarked 35-yard run by chipping Thornton from 16 yards out.
Material from wire services and the Internet was used in this report.