Crew hands Revs first exhibtion loss

Crew hands Revs first exhibtion loss

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KENNESAW, Ga. Tommy Heinemann had a pair of goals and Bernardo Anor registered one goal and one assist as the Columbus Crew handed the New England Revolution their first loss of the exhibition season, 3-1, on Wednesday night in the first game ever played at the Atlanta Pro Soccer Challenge at Kennesaw State University Soccer Stadium.

Ilija Stolica scored for the Revs, who had opened the preseason with four consecutive wins.

Columbus wasted little time jumping out to an early 2-0 lead, scoring with each of its first two shots on target in the 16th and 17th minutes. Anor struck first for the Crew, placing a header inside the left post. The Crew doubled their advantage just seconds later when Heinemann chipped a shot over New England goalie Matt Reis and dropped it just under the crossbar.

The Crew stretched their lead to 3-0 in the 53rd minute. An extensive string of passes through midfield opened up the Revolution backline, finishing with Anor sliding a pass across the face of goal for Heinemann to tap into an empty net.

Stolica scored for the Revolution in the 62nd minute, capping a fine piece of interplay which involved Chris Tierney, Shalrie Joseph and Zack Schilawski. The final ball came from Schilawski as the second-year forward slipped a clever pass inside to Stolica, who finished high past Crew goalkeeper Alex Riggs from 12 yards out.

Left back Didier Domi returned for the Revolution after recovering fromswelling in his right knee, while fellow newcomers Franco Coria(central defense), Ryan Kinne (right midfield), Stephen McCarthy(central midfield) and A.J. Soares (central defense) maintained theirspots in the starting lineup.

The Revs will conclude the Atlanta Pro Soccer Challenge on Sunday when they battle the Houston Dynamo in both clubs final preseason match. Kickoff from KSU Soccer Stadium is set for 3 p.m. ET and will be televised live on Comcast SportsNet New England.

Drew Moor, Sebastian Giovinco score, Toronto FC beats Revolution, 2-0

Drew Moor, Sebastian Giovinco score, Toronto FC beats Revolution, 2-0

TORONTO - Drew Moor scored early and Sebastian Giovinco struck late and Toronto FC overcame a tight schedule turnaround to beat the New England Revolution 2-0 on Friday night.

Toronto was coming off a 1-1 tie Wednesday night in Montreal in the first leg of the Canadian Championship final. The Revs had been off since a 2-1 home loss to Chicago on Saturday.

Moor's 11th-minute goal looked to be enough, with Toronto goalkeeper Alex Bono preserving the win with a save on Teal Bunbury's header in the 88th minute. But Giovinco added an insurance goal deep into stoppage time, bringing down a high ball before beating a defender and banging a left-footed shot home for his 50th goal in MLS regular-season and playoff action.

MLS leading Toronto (10-2-5) has won seven straight at home. New England (5-7-5) is 0-6-3 on the road.

Nikolic, Solignac score in Fire's 2-1 win over Revolution

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Nikolic, Solignac score in Fire's 2-1 win over Revolution

Nemanja Nikolic and Luis Solignac scored and the Chicago Fire handed the New England Revolution their first home loss of the season, 2-1 on Saturday night.

Nikolic scored his MLS-leading 13th goal in the 18th minute, beating an offside trap and, after having his initial shot blocked by goalie Cody Cropper, firing in the rebound.

Three quick passes found Solignac in front of the goal as he finished from close range in the 61st for his fourth goal.

New England scored in the 70th when Juan Agudelo kept the ball alive with a header off a cross with Antonio Mlinar Delamea then heading in the ball for his first MLS goal.

New England, which outshot Chicago 24-8, spent the remaining minutes on the attack but failed to get the equalizer despite several frantic moments in front of Chicago's net.

New England (5-6-5) had five wins and two draws at home before the loss. Chicago (9-3-4) is unbeaten in eight matches.