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Revolution wrap up a winning trip

By Frank Dell’Apa
Globe Staff / February 24, 2011

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KISSIMMEE, Fla. — Sainey Nyassi’s 10th-minute goal made the difference as the Revolution took a 1-0 victory over FC Dallas yesterday to conclude their opening preseason trip with a 3-0-0 record.

The Revolution went with Zak Boggs at right back and Stephen McCarthy in central midfield in place of Kevin Alston and Shalrie Joseph, who were suspended because of an off-field incident. Ryan Cochrane paired with A.J. Soares in central defense, their effectiveness improving as the game progressed.

“A lot more positives than last games,’’ said Revolution coach Steve Nicol. “It’s always good to win and it’s always good not to let any goals in.’’

The Revolution created most of their threats on the wings, Boggs and Nyassi advancing on the right, Didier Domi and Chris Tierney on the left.

Nyassi scored after driving in unmarked, taking a diagonal ball from Zack Schilawski, and finishing past Dallas goalkeeper Chris Seitz.

“He does it in practice every day, honestly,’’ Boggs said. “Right foot, left foot, back post — the kid has that move down. We just need him to do it once a game.’’

Boggs joined the Revolution as an attacking player, scoring twice in his first professional start last year.

“Defense comes first for a defensive player, but it depends on how you twist it,’’ Boggs said. “If you twist it like you’re starting the attack, that’s fine. But you’ve got to be patient. I get forward as much as I can. When you’ve got Sainey in front of you, he’s blazing fast, so you can’t overlap him, but I do what I can.’’

FC Dallas, using mostly reserve players, seldom threatened out of a 4-5-1 alignment. But Dallas was able to get a through ball to Maykel Galindo, who went wide (20th). Galindo had a solo effort for a half volley on the left side, New England goalkeeper Matt Reis blocking the shot and Bruno Guarda’s rebound (37th).

The Revolution attempted to play a patient, possession game, conserving energy in 80-degree temperatures.

“We did pass the ball pretty well at times — that’s encouraging,’’ Nicol said. “We were pretty disappointed with what we’d done in the last couple games. I thought we looked much, much better.’’

Tierney broke through and shot wide (27th) and Nyassi had a left-footer saved (42d) just after Dallas’s Bryan Leyva had been floored on a clean takeaway by Cochrane. The Revolution ended the half on the offensive, McCarthy’s header off a corner saved (44th).

“I was thinking, ‘I can’t go in soft on guys,’ ’’ Cochrane said of his tackle on Leyva. “He was the smallest guy out there, but it’s good as a defender to get a nice hard hit like that.’’

Cochrane on combining with Soares: “I’m not sure he needs to work on a whole lot. He’s going to be a good player for a long time.’’

Dallas added Peri Marosevic to the attack in the second half, and nearly scored on a Nyassi back-pass, Reis racing out of the penalty area and making two saves. Dallas’s Bobby Warshaw hit a free kick off the crossbar following a Domi caution in the 81st minute.

Frank Dell’Apa can be reached at f_dellapa@globe.com.

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