Revs seek first win in home opener


Revs seek first win in home opener

FOXBORO -- The New England Revolution enter their third game of the 2012 season, still searching for both their first win, and their first goal.

Only three teams in the MLS have yet to put a ball in the back of the net -- Columbus Crew, Chivas USA, and New England.

The Revs have begun the regular season on a two-game losing skid, dropping their first two matches. The first came in a 1-0 loss in San Jose, and the second came in a 3-0 loss last weekend in Kansas City.

It was a continuation of the team's similar road woes from 2011, in which New England only won one game away from home. In fact, the Revolution have only won two of their last 32 regular-season matches away from Gillette Stadium.

So with Saturday's game against the Portland Timbers being New England's home opener, coach Jay Heaps hopes the comforts of being at Gillette Stadium will be beneficial.

"Make no mistake about it, when we draw up where we want to be as a team and what kind of goals we have as a group, establishing home dominance is important," said Heaps. "Establishing ways to get points at home is crucial to a team and it's crucial to us."

As well it should be. Especially Saturday's home game. Because following Saturday, the Revolution hit the road once again, traveling to Los Angeles and Dallas, before returning home again on April 14 to host D.C. United.

"The way the schedule's set up, a lot of times early in the year when you're a Northeast team, the odds are really against you," said Heaps. "You've got to take your shots when you can. You can't leave anything on the table when you have the opportunity to get points."

With their 0-2 record, the Revs enter Saturday's match as the last-place team in the Eastern Conference. Portland enters as the fourth-place team in the Western Conference, with a 1-0-1 record.

If the Revolution want to pick up their first win of the season on Saturday, they'll have to do it without Darrius Barnes (calf), Zak Boggs (ankle), Benny Feilhaber (peroneal strain), John Lozano (hip flexor), and Sainey Nyassi (hamstring), who were all listed as "out" on Friday's injury report.

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


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.