Preview: Revs at Real Salt Lake

Preview: Revs at Real Salt Lake

By Danny Picard

It's no secret the New England Revolution's biggest issue lies in the offensive end of the pitch. Their coach, Steve Nicol, expressed his disappointment in the team's lack of finish after Sunday's 1-0 loss to the Chicago Fire at Gillette Stadium.

Goals were "staring them right in the face," according to Nicol after the loss. But the ability to perfect their service into the box, or even put the ball into the goal when it got there, was nowhere to be found.

In fact, goal scoring has been non-existent for quite a while for the Revs. To be exact, New England hasn't scored a goal since May 29 in a 3-2 win over the New York Red Bulls at Gillette.

To be fair, the Revs (3-8-2, 11 points) have only played two official MLS games since then, thanks to a three-week World Cup break. In the only other league match since May 29, the Revs were shut out 3-0 by Seattle on May 5. So the opportunities to get back on track, offensively, haven't really been there, with regards to a consistent schedule.

They'll try to break the drought on Friday night in Utah against the Western Conference's Real Salt Lake (7-3-3, 24). It's the same Real Salt Lake team that defeated New England 6-0 last regular season, and then went on to win the 2009 MLS Cup championship.

The Revs enter Friday night's game as the sixth-place team in the Eastern Conference, just one point out of last. Meanwhile, Real Salt Lake is in second place in the West, nine points behind the Los Angeles Galaxy.

Following Friday's match with Real Salt Lake, New England returns home to host the Galaxy, making for two teams you don't necessarily want to face in back-to-back weeks if you're still trying to find your offense.

But if the Revs can out-play either one of those teams like they out-played the Fire last weekend, they'll have a chance to turn things around.

They just have to finish.

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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.