Revs fall to Whitecaps FC, 4-1

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Revs fall to Whitecaps FC, 4-1

The New England Revolution fell to Vancouver Whitecaps FC, 4-1, on Tuesday night at Grande Sports World. Whitecaps forward Darren Mattocks recorded a hat trick in the first 15 minutes of the game to help stake the Whitecaps to a lead they would not relinquish.

Mattocks put Vancouver on the board 65 seconds into the game when he slotted a Kekuta Manneh low cross past Revs keeper Bobby Shuttleworth. Four minutes later, he struck again when he avoided an offside call and tookCamilo Sanvezzos defense-splitting pass up the middle and slotted home past Shuttleworth.

Chris Tierney pulled one back for the Revs in the 11thminute, converting a penalty kick with a hard shot past Caps keeper Joe Cannon. Newly-signed Matt Horth drew the call when he was taken down in the box while attempting to connect with a Tierney cross.

Mattocks struck for the third time in the 15thminute, this time rising above all players in the box on an Alain Rochat free kick.

The score remained 3-1 until halftime, despite the Revs pushing the attack for the final 25 minutes.

Both teams made almost wholesale changes to their lineups at halftime. After the new players settled in, the Revs picked up where they left off in the first half and strung together long stretches of possession.

Twenty minutes into the second half, however, Vancouver benefited off the counter attack. The Caps were awarded a penalty after Stephen McCarthy stripped Matt Watson in the box with a sliding tackle. Kenny Miller stepped up and buried his shot past substitute keeper Luis Soffner, who dove the correct way, to put Vancouver up, 4-1 in the 65thminute.

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.