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Nguyen scores 2 second-half goals to lead New England past Houston, 2-1

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HOUSTON — Lee Nguyen scored twice in the second half to lead the New England Revolution to a 2-1 victory over the Houston Dynamo on Thursday night.

New England (16-13-4) is three points behind Eastern Conference leader D.C. United and three points ahead of third-place Sporting Kansas City.

In the 65th minute, Nguyen received a back-pass from Kevin Alston, took one touch to elude a defender and curled in a shot. He scored his 17th goal of the season in the 87th minute. A rebound fell to Darrius Barnes and he found an open Nguyen at the top of the 6-yard box.

Giles Barnes followed up Omar Cummings' blocked attempt and slotted it home in the 37th minute for Houston (11-16-6).

Dominic Kinnear's coached his final home game with Houston after nine seasons. He announced Wednesday that he will leave at season's end to coach the San Jose Earthquakes.

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