Revs exercise options on 15 players

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Revs exercise options on 15 players

The New England Revolution on Friday exercised the 2013 options on 15 players from its 2012 roster, while declining options on four others.

Coming back to the Revs are goalkeepers Matt Reis and Bobby Shuttleworth.

The defense will look familiar with the return of Kevin Alston, Darrius Barnes, Stephen McCarthy, A.J. Soares and Chris Tierney.

The returning midfielders are Ryan Guy, Lee Nguyen, Sainey Nyassi, Clyde Simms and Juan Toja.

Up front, forwards Diego Fagundez, Dimitry Imbongo and Saer Sene will also be back in New England.

But not everyone had their options picked up. The Revs declined the options on midfielders Fernando Cardenas, Benny Feilhaber and Blair Gavin, as well as goalkeeper Tim Murray.

Three players were already until contract for next season: forward Jerry Bengtson, midfielder Kelyn Rowe, and defender Tyler Polak.

The roster currently has 20 players, including two who already signed this off-season: Kalifa Cisse and Andy Dorman.

The coaching staff saw a shake up as well with the Revs parting ways with reserve team coach David Vaudreuil. There is currently a search for a new assistant coach.

Drew Moor, Sebastian Giovinco score, Toronto FC beats Revolution, 2-0

Drew Moor, Sebastian Giovinco score, Toronto FC beats Revolution, 2-0

TORONTO - Drew Moor scored early and Sebastian Giovinco struck late and Toronto FC overcame a tight schedule turnaround to beat the New England Revolution 2-0 on Friday night.

Toronto was coming off a 1-1 tie Wednesday night in Montreal in the first leg of the Canadian Championship final. The Revs had been off since a 2-1 home loss to Chicago on Saturday.

Moor's 11th-minute goal looked to be enough, with Toronto goalkeeper Alex Bono preserving the win with a save on Teal Bunbury's header in the 88th minute. But Giovinco added an insurance goal deep into stoppage time, bringing down a high ball before beating a defender and banging a left-footed shot home for his 50th goal in MLS regular-season and playoff action.

MLS leading Toronto (10-2-5) has won seven straight at home. New England (5-7-5) is 0-6-3 on the road.

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.