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Sunday, June 28, 2009
Kenny Mansally sends Revs past Atlas in SuperLiga

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Kenny Mansally scored to send the New England Revolution into the semifinals of the SuperLiga tournament with a 1-0 win over Atlas on Sunday.

The Mexican side finished the group stage of the second-tier tournament for North American club teams without scoring a goal. The side from Guadalajara went 0-1-2.

Mansally scored for the defending champion in the 32nd minute on a cross-field pass from Kheli Dube, giving the MLS team a 2-0-1 record.

The undermanned Revolution had seven players on the injured list for the game, and midfielder Michael Videira was suspended, leaving just four reserves on the bench.

"Whether you have your whole squad or you don't, there are certain things you have to do," New England coach Steve Nicol said.

The Revolution will be without two other players for the Superliga semifinal. Defender Emmanuel Osei's two yellow cards Sunday earned him a one-game suspension and defender Jay Heaps will be playing for the U.S. team in the CONCACAF Gold Cup.

Substitute Dario Bottinelli injected some second-half life to the Atlas attack, and the visitors pressed for the equalizer. In the 61st minute, Edgar Pacheco rang a shot off the left post. Two minutes later, Hebert Alferez's shot forced Matt Reis to make a sliding save, and seconds after that, Atlas' 17-year-old defender, Darvin Chavez banged a shot off the crossbar.

Atlas' Geraldo Espinosa earned an 85th minute red card after he kneed the Revolution's Wells Thompson.

Atlas Coach Ricardo La Volpe declined to speak with the media after the game.

Nicol said given his squad's overall condition, winning home field for the rest of the tournament is a huge plus.

"With the shape we're in, the last thing we want to do is travel," Nicol said. "But we have to get some players back or we'll run out of steam."




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