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Twellman is done for the season

FOXBOROUGH -- Taylor Twellman seemed to be regaining his scoring touch, but he scored his Major League Soccer-leading 14th and 15th goals with a broken left foot in Dallas last Saturday and will be out for at least two months. Twellman suffered a stress fracture of the fifth metatarsal, but the break was not revealed until X-rays were taken Wednesday.

"I knew it right away," said Twellman, who attended practice yesterday on crutches, his foot immobilized. "I planted and went around [goalkeeper] Jeff Cassar and I felt it. At halftime, I said I think I broke my foot. I knew something was weird."

But Twellman, whose 44th-minute goal tied the score, returned for the second half and converted again in the 60th minute before being replaced by Dario Fabbro 18 minutes later in a 4-1 victory.

If Twellman's foot is placed in a cast, it would remain on until Dec. 8. The Revolution have three regular-season matches remaining, starting against D.C. United at Gillette Stadium tomorrow, and are 5 points away from clinching a playoff spot. The playoffs start Oct. 31 and conclude with the MLS Cup game in Carson, Calif., Nov. 23.

This has been a difficult year for Twellman, who has been sidelined with two concussions, a form of walking pneumonia called sinusitis, and broken cheekbones and nose. Twellman went nearly two months without scoring, after being kicked in the face in Los Angeles Aug. 23. Twellman returned and missed a penalty kick in a 0-0 tie against Colorado Sept. 18 and played all 97 minutes in a 3-2 overtime win over Columbus Sept. 28.

"It hasn't hit me yet, it will probably hit me [tomorrow]," said Twellman, who has played 22 games this season. "It's going to be tough. But I have to be mature and stay out of it. If there was even a slight chance I could play, I'd play. It's really going to be tough when the playoffs start. The whole point of playing is playing in the playoffs at the end of the year."

Twellman's foot will undergo a bone scan in six weeks. Twellman's wedding is Dec. 20.

"I probably came back earlier than I should have with my face, and this is a sign that my body needs some healing," Twellman said. "I talked about it with my father, about icing it down before every game. It's been a wacky year and this was a freakish thing. It's a good sign that I don't need surgery. Maybe I will be stronger when I come back. I don't want to rush back and have this become a nagging injury."

Twellman believes the artificial turf at Dragon Stadium in Southlake, Texas, may have helped cause the injury. The Revolution's Joe-Max Moore did not play rather than risk aggravating a left knee strain.

The Revolution have also lost striker Chris Brown (broken left foot) and defenders Joe Franchino (left calf strain) and Carlos Llamosa (left knee). Franchino is questionable for tomorrow and Llamosa is expected to return for the Revolution's visit to the MetroStars Oct. 18. . . .

Coach Steve Nicol (illness) missed practice for the second successive day. Assistant coach John Murphy conducted the 90-minute session . . . D.C. United's Marco Etcheverry (Bolivia) and Ryan Nelsen (New Zealand) have been named to their national teams for exhibition games, but Etcheverry likely will not be released to play against Honduras at RFK Stadium tomorrow. New Zealand meets Iran in Tehran Sunday.

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