By Nick Canelas
FOXBORO – After getting shut out in their last two matches, the Revolution needed an answer to their scoring woes to get a much-needed three points Saturday night.
Juan Agudelo was just that.
In his first appearance since suffering a knee injury June 15, Agudelo scored a goal in the 53rd minute to lift the Revs to a 2-0 win over Chicago in front of 14,630 at Gillette Stadium.
With the win, the Revs are tied with the Houston Dynamo for the fifth and final Eastern Conference playoff spot with 33 points. The Houston Dynamo were scoreless in Seattle at the conclusion of the Revs game.
Matt Reis made a triumphant return of his own Saturday night, pitching a shutout in his first start since March 13. Saturday marked Reis' mere third start of the season – all of which have been clean sheets – and showed little signs of rust throughout the night.
New England appeared to have control of possession early, but it was Chicago that got the first real chance in the 18th minute.
Mike Magee had an open net in front from the right side, but his shot hit the post as Reis dove across the net. Magee corralled the rebound, fired on Reis again, but this time the goalie was there to make the stop.
The Revs were finally rewarded for their efforts on the offensive end in the second half when Chris Tierney sent a long pass down the field to hit Agudelo on the run. Agudelo flicked the ball up and over goalkeeper Sean Johnson for his fourth tally with the Revs this season.
Kelyn Rowe added an insurance goal in the 91st minute for his third of the season.
Charlie Davies made his Revs debut Saturday night and saw some action off the bench.
The Revs return to the pitch next Sunday, Aug. 25, at home against Philadelphia.