Revolution unveil 2012 schedule

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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."

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.