Revs to face D.C. United without Joseph


Revs to face D.C. United without Joseph

New England Revolution captain Shalrie Joseph has trained all week with his club, but he won't be available for Saturday's match against D.C. United at Gillette Stadium.

Joseph was told by Major League Soccer's Disciplinary Committee on Tuesday, that upon further review of his tackle on FC Dallas midfielder Ricardo Villar last Thurday, he would be suspended for one game.

The Revs fell to FC Dallas 1-0 and enter Saturday's match with a 2-3 record against a D.C. United team that has a 1-2-2 record.

Joseph is just one of two Revolution players who has played in every minute of New England's five regular-season games in 2012. The other player is goalkeeper Matt Reis.

With Joseph out, the Revolution will need Reis to be at the top of his game, even though D.C. United has been shut out in three of its first five games this season.

D.C. United has scored five goals on the year, and four of those came in a 4-1 win over FC Dallas two weeks ago. But last year's league MVP -- Dwayne De Rosario -- has yet to score in five games, after finishing last season with 16 goals and 12 assists.

--New England has listed Reis (knee), Kevin Alston (hamstring), and Clyde Simms (calf) as probable, while Benny Feilhaber (peroneal strain) is listed as questionable. Zak Boggs (ankle), Flo Lechner (metatarsal fracture), Sainey Nyassi (hamstring), and Jeremiah White (headache) have been ruled out.

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.