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Caraglio’s scoring touch not enough

By Frank Dell’Apa
Globe Staff / August 21, 2011

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FOXBOROUGH - Milton Caraglio found his scoring touch, but the Revolution’s playoff hopes continued to fade after a 2-2 tie with the New York Red Bulls last night.

“I’m upset,’’ Caraglio said. “It was an easy match and we ended up making it difficult for ourselves. Obviously, it’s very bittersweet because we didn’t get the victory and we have a lot to work on. We have to work so it doesn’t happen again.’’

Caraglio, who played for Rosario Central last year, scored for the first time since joining the Revolution last month, combining with Rajko Lekic.

“The truth is it felt really good, it’s nice to find a striker who has similar characteristics and a similar style of play,’’ Caraglio said of Lekic.

The Revolution have a 3-4-6 home record and a seven-match (0-3-4) home winless streak since a 1-0 victory over Vancouver May 14. The team last had a losing record at home in 1999 (4-10-2) and has never completed a season with a losing record at Gillette Stadium.

“It’s exactly what you want,’’ Revolution coach Steve Nicol said of Caraglio.

“He’s a center forward and he held the ball up great. We had a huge difference just getting out with him and Rajko for the short time they’ve been together, they look as though they’ll do well together, which is what you hope for.

“And, obviously, scoring two goals is great. A lot of things could have happened, but unfortunately it’s a draw.’’

Sad surrender The Revolution surrendered the tying goal in the final minutes for the second time in four days.

“We made two mistakes and we got punished and that’s kind of been the story so far this season,’’ Nicol said. “When we have made mistakes, we’ve ended up getting punished, which is why we ended up with another point.’’

Said captain Shalrie Joseph: “In the first half we were moving for each other, working hard for each other. I don’t know if it’s our legs or our brains but 10, 15 minutes to go we just start sinking back into a shell, we give them too much time, and space to play and it comes back to hurt us.’’

Red Bulls still hot The Red Bulls were missing leading scorer Thierry Henry (Achilles’) but continued their league-leading scoring pace with 41 goals. New York coach Hans Backe said the Red Bulls could have scored more if a first-half penalty kick had been awarded after Dax McCarty clashed with goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth.

“I think it was probably more about our character, our passion for the game that made the difference in the second half,’’ Backe said. “Conceding those two kind of goals - very, very sloppy individual defending.

“It’s almost killing the game when you’re two down and you don’t get the penalty, which is a 100 percent clear penalty and probably a red card. So, we responded in a good way, quite close to winning the game because we were attacking even when we were one down.’’ . . . When Ryan Cochrane scored in a 1-1 tie against the Houston Dynamo Wednesday, he became one of the few players to convert both for and against the Revolution at Gillette Stadium. Cochrane scored for the Dynamo May 29, 2006.

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

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