Jason Griffiths makes his MLS debut with Revs

Jason Griffiths makes his MLS debut with Revs

By Danny Picard

FOXBORO -- Rookie midfielder Jason Griffiths made his MLS debut on Sunday night after signing with the Revolution during the week. Griffiths had previously seen time as a trialist, back on May 19 against Benfica.

But officially, Griffiths made his first MLS appearance in the 81st minute on Sunday, replacing forward Zack Schilawski.

In a 1-0 game in which the Revs needed a goal to tie, Griffiths was surprised to have been called upon to replace the team's leading goal scorer.

"They told me to go warm up, and I was kind of surprised, but excited," said Griffiths. "So I just went and warmed up, and when I got in I was happy, tried and help the boys get a goal."

Griffiths moved into his usual midfield role when he entered the match, and Revs coach Steve Nicol moved Shalrie Joseph up front, putting pressure on a Chicago team that was stacking 10 players in the box in the final minutes.

"By that stage, obviously we want to try and play football and play through Chicago, and run with all the rest of them," said Nicol after the loss. "When you get into the last 10 minutes of the game, and they're setting back and it's getting desperate, we're basically hoping that Shalrie Joseph can get on the end of something.

"If you ask their back four, they wouldn't want to see Shalrie up against them for balls in the box."

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Agudelo's two goals lead Revs past Minnesota 5-2 in home opener


Agudelo's two goals lead Revs past Minnesota 5-2 in home opener

Juan Agudelo scored two goals to lead the Revolution to a 5-2 victory over Minnesota United in New England's home opener before 11,571 Saturday at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro.

Agudelo scored in the fourth and 41st minutes as the Revs - held to one goal in their first two games - picked up their first points of the season after opening with losses in Colorado and Dallas.

New England's original home opener, two weeks ago against Orlando, was postponed by cold weather. 

After Collen Warner's goal in the 15th minute tied it for expansion Minnesota, Kei Kamara (21st minute) and Lee Nguyen (penalty kick in the 32nd) made it 3-1 before Agudelo completed a four-goal outburst in the first half with his second goal of the game.

Nguyen's tally moved him into a tie with Steve Ralston for second place on the Revs career goals list with his 42nd. They trail Taylor Twellman (101).

Chris Tierney, playing in his 200th MLS game, all with the Revs, capped the scoring with a penalty-kick goal in the 52nd minute.

The Revs next play Sunday, April 2 on the road against the Portland Timbers.