Revs in Dallas, looking for third straight win


Revs in Dallas, looking for third straight win

After losing their first two games of the 2012 season, the New England Revolution used a huge 3-1 win over the Los Angeles Galaxy last weekend to get back to .500, and moving them up to fifth place (out of 10) in the Eastern Conference standings.

The Revs lost their first two games -- in San Jose and Kansas City -- but then followed that up by defeating the Portland Timbers at home and the Galaxy in LA, marking their first back-to-back wins since 2010.

New England remains on the road for a match against FC Dallas on Thursday night. And FC Dallas is a team that's looking for its firs win since their season opener. Dallas enters Thursday's match with a 1-2-1 record and is the seventh-place team (out of nine) in the Western Conference.

Dallas will be without Jair Benitez and Daniel Hernandez, who are both suspended for Thursday night's game. Dallas will also be without 2010 league MVP David Ferreira, who is out for 6-8 weeks after having foot surgery.

The Revolution will be without defender Kevin Alston (hamstring), Benny Feilhaber (peroneal strain), John Lozano (hip flexor), Zak Boggs (ankle) and Sainey Nyassi (hamstring).

Following their match with Dallas, the Revs return home on April 14 to host D.C. United.

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.