Revs face Fire before bye week

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Revs face Fire before bye week

The New England Revolution have a bye next weekend, so they'll look to enter the off-week on a positive note, as they try and get back in the win column against the Chicago Fire on Saturday night at Gillette Stadium.

Both the Revolution and Fire are coming off losses in the U.S. Open Cup earlier this week. But it was New England's loss that was the most devastating of the two, as it blew a 3-0 lead to the Harrisburg City Islanders.

As for regular-season games, the Revs are coming off a 3-2 loss to D.C. United at RFK Stadium last weekend. They enter Saturday's match with the Fire as the seventh-place team in the Eastern Conference (out of 10), with 13 points and a 4-7-1 record.

Meanwhile, Chicago is the fifth-place team in the East, with 18 points and a 5-4-3 record.

Revolution coach Jay Heaps hopes his players learn from their blown 3-0 lead in the U.S. Open Cup, and he hopes they learn quickly. Because New England hasn't defeated Chicago in a regular-season match since May of 2007. The Revs are 0-7-3 in their last 10 games against the Fire in regular-season play.

They'll try and snap that winless streak on Saturday without Ryan Guy, who re-aggravated a calf injury last weekend. Also out for the Revs will be Clyde Simms, who will miss his third-straight game with ankle tendonitis.

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.