Revs-Dynamo preview

Revs-Dynamo preview

By Danny Picard
CSNNE.com

FOXBORO -- The last time Steve Ralston was at Gillette Stadium, in a public setting anyways, was July 20. It was a Tuesday night, and the New England Revolution had just defeated Monarcas Morelia in the final group-stage game of SuperLiga 2010.

Ralston didnt play that night. He didnt even dress. And after the Revs win, he officially announced his retirement in what seemed like the most-bizarre setting in which one could announce their retirement; bizarre because Ralston was supposed to play for the Revs on that night, and it was supposed to be his last game. Heck, he didnt even prepare a farewell speech for his press conference, because he said he went through all of his usual pre-game rituals, and preparing a speech was not one of them.

When asked why he didnt play, Ralston responded, Some things came up.

Those things, as we would later find out, were league-related, and in a way, unofficially confirmed the rumors that Ralston would become the next assistant coach of the Houston Dynamo.

And on Saturday, Ralston returns to Gillette Stadium, not as a member of the Revolution, but as Houston Dynamos assistant coach.

The Revs (5-9-3, 18 points) host the Dynamo (5-9-5, 20) on Saturday night, and look to win their second straight game, having defeated D.C. United last weekend, 1-0.

New England hasnt lost a match since July 2, a 5-0 loss at Real Salt Lake, which also extended its losing skid to four games. But since then, the Revolution have gone seven games without a loss, going 2-0-1 in league competition.

The Revolution enter Saturdays match as the sixth-place team (out of eight) in the Eastern Conference. The Dynamo arent much better, as theyre currently in seventh place (out of eight) in the Western Conference.

With Marko Perovic back in the fold after missing last weekends game because of a calf strain, and the debut of Serbian forward Ilija Stolica in the starting lineup, the Revs seem to be in pretty good shape, and should be able to handle Houston, which is missing starting goalkeeper Pat Onstad, defender Adrian Serioux, and midfielder Brad Davis for Saturday nights match.

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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.