Tierney's first goal paces Revs, 3-1

Tierney's first goal paces Revs, 3-1

By Danny Picard
CSNNE.com

FOXBORO -- At some point, missed opportunities must turn into goals.

The New England Revolution were holding onto that theory for dear life on Saturday night against the Seattle Sounders at Gillette Stadium. It was a theory that eventually turned out to be true, turning into a 3-1 Revolution win, which snapped a four-game losing skid.

Chris Tierney found himself on both ends of that theory, and just one minute after he failed to put in what looked like, from the press box at least, a "gimme" goal out front of Seattle's net, the Revs midfielder scored his first career MLS goal and tied the game at 1-1 in the 70th minute.

Tierney followed that up by setting up Marko Perovic for New England's second goal in the 73rd minute.

And even though Perovic' goal stood as the game-winner, following Kheli Dube's 81st minute strike into the top-left corner, the night belonged to Tierney, who turned tragedy into triumph after failing to put away an open-netter on the left post in the 69th minute.

"It's fine, you know, I don't really measure my game by goals, to be honest," said Tierney after the win. "But it's always good to get on the score sheet. I'm happy to get the first one in, so I get that zero off the stat sheet. But, you know, it's just about the performance tonight. I think, all around, we were pretty good tonight. We deserved to win, so I'm happy we did."

Tierney's first career goal came on a header from the exact same spot where he had tripped over a ball just a minute earlier. Kevin Alston made a deep throw-in from the right sideline that was sent over to the left post by Shalrie Joseph from the top of the box. Tierney quickly reacted and put it in the net, tying the game at 1-1, and making up for his previous attempt.

"On the first one, I realized they kind of weren't tracking that back-post run," said Tierney. "I knew Shalrie's always going to mix it up in there, and things happen when he's in there throwing his body around. So I was just hoping another chance would come, and luckily it did. You can't miss two of those, I guess."

The goal came after Seattle midfielder Steve Zakuani put the Sounders up 1-0 in the 59th minute, beating a diving Matt Reis with an uncontested shot from the top of the box.

At the time, the goal was devastating, given the fact that New England had four shots on net in a scoreless first half, but nothing to show for it.

"We felt we were kind of pushing it, which we wanted to do," said Nicol. "We had some chances, and couldn't take them. And obviously going one behind was disappointing to say the least, but again, the players just kept pushing."

After Tierney's game-tying goal in the 70th minute, the midfielder created another big play by dribbling the ball at the top of the box, with his back to the net. His patience was enough to let Perovic come in and take over, slipping the ball past Sounders goalkeeper Kasey Keller from the right post, as several Seattle defenders were caught out of position after trying to take the ball from Tierney.

Then, in the 81st minute, Dube scored his first goal of the season, sealing the deal on the Revs' seventh win of the season.

Dube and forward Ilija Stolica made Seattle's defense look foolish, as Dube took the ball down the right side of the field, and flipped a ball up to Stolica at the top of the box. Stolica, with his back to the net, then turned around and sent a nice lead pass into the box, where Dube finished the give-and-go by plastering a ball into the top-left corner for the 3-1 lead.

"It's been a long time coming," said Dube. "It feels good."

And so does Saturday night's win, which, would have never been the result, had Tierney not completely shifted the momentum.

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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.