Revolution unveil 2012 schedule


Revolution unveil 2012 schedule

The New England Revolution have unveiled their 2012 schedule and will open their season on March 10, according to the team.

The league is implementing a regionally-focused schedule, so teams will face intra-conference teams more frequently.

"With the new schedule format, the Revolution will play seven Eastern Conference teams three times each this season: Chicago, Columbus, D.C., Kansas City, Montreal, New York and Philadelphia. The Revs will face Chicago, Columbus and New York twice at home and once on the road, while the club will travel twice to D.C., Kansas City, Montreal and Philadelphia with one return meeting against each in Foxborough. New England will play two-game series with Houston and Toronto. Eastern Conference opponents comprise 25 games of the 34-game schedule.

"The remaining nine games will be played against Western Conference opponents as the Revs will face each Western team only one time apiece in 2012. The Revolution will host Chivas USA, Colorado, Portland, Seattle and Vancouver at Gillette Stadium, and will travel to Dallas, LA, Real Salt Lake and San Jose."

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.