Revolution chopped down by Timbers

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Revolution chopped down by Timbers

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) Diego Chara scored in the opening minutes and the Portland Timbers boosted their playoff hopes with a 3-0 win over the New England Revolution Friday night.

Kenny Cooper and Darlington Nagbe added goals for the Timbers (10-12-6), who had their eighth shutout of the season.

Chara's goal came in the ninth minute when he kicked the ball past charging New England goalkeeper Matt Reis.

Cooper scored his fifth goal of the season off a cross from Mike Chabala in the 32nd minute.

Nagbe scored on a header off an assist from Kalif Alhasson in the 65th minute.

The Timbers were the more aggressive team from the beginning, with 13 shots in the first half to New England's seven.

In the second half, Portland showcased a fluid, well-balanced defense that held off any attacks.

The victory pushed the Timbers into an eighth-place tie with Houston and Philadelphia in the playoff race, though it could be temporary with the rest of the league's 18 teams in action on Saturday.

Portland is playing in its inaugural season in Major League Soccer.

The Timbers play San Jose at home Wednesday and then have four of their last five matches away from Jeld-Wen Field.

New England (5-12-12) has gone winless in eight of nine matches, with the only victory coming last Saturday against FC Dallas.

With just 27 points, the Revolution are tied with Chicago and Toronto FC at the bottom of the Eastern Conference.

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

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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.