Revs ready to open season against Galaxy


Revs ready to open season against Galaxy

By Danny Picard

The New England Revolution open the 2011 regular season on Sunday night, when they travel to Los Angeles to face the Galaxy at 8 p.m.

Steve Nicols squad is anxious to begin their new schedule, after missing out on the playoffs last year, for the first time since 2001. The Revs also look to begin this season differently than last, when they lost to the Galaxy in the 2010 season opener, 1-0, in Los Angeles.

The Galaxy have already opened their season with a 1-0 win last Sunday against the Sounders, in Seattle.

New England is looking to improve on both the offensive and defensive ends this season. But in Sundays season opener, the Revs coach wants his team to attack-first, and believes the rest of their game will come.

We think we have a fairly positive way of playing on Sunday, said Nicol. We dont
want to go there and defend. We want to go there and try to put some pressure on them, worry about ourselves and get ourselves playing.

After Sunday, the Revolution return home next Saturday to host D.C. United at Gillette

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Late goal gives Orlando City 2-2 draw with Revolution


Late goal gives Orlando City 2-2 draw with Revolution

FOXBORO -- Carlos Rivas tied it in the 90th minute and Orlando City survived New England's late chances in a 2-2 tie with the Revolution on Saturday night.

Rivas finished Cyle Larin's cross with a left-footed shot from the center of the box, and Orlando City goalkeeper Joe Bendik saved Donald Smith's close-range shot moments later. The Revs' Juan Agudelo hit the crossbar with a header in the final minute.

Agudelo entered as a substitute in 70th and scored on his first touch a minute later to give the Revolution (1-2-7) a 2-1 lead.

The Revolution opened the scoring in the seventh minute on Diego Fagundez's right-footed blast. Kevin Molino tied it for Orlando City (2-2-4) with a left-footed smash off a loose ball in the 30th minute.