On a cold and damp Foxboro afternoon, the Revolution made their home opener against visiting Minnesota United FC as they get their first MLS action in New England. Super Bowl champion Malcolm Mitchell was in attendance for the opening ceremonies, an apparently his winning vibe rubbed off on the Revolution. In the 4th minute Juan Agudelo started the scoring with a goal from just outside the six-yard box on an assist from Chris Tierney, who got his 200th career cap today.
The scoring would then continue at a rapid pace. In the 15th minute MNUFC drew the game level with Collen Warner goal thanks to a defensive meltdown on the part of the Foxboro side. The Revs would quickly get that goal back thanks to a Kei Kamara goal on a Lee Nguyen pass in the 21st minute. Shortly after, in the 32nd minute, Juan Agudelo was able to draw a foul inside the box which resulted in a Lee Nguyen penalty goal. The goals continue to come in the 41st minute when Juan Agudelo snuck one past Bobby Shuttleworth, the former New England keeper, off an excellent assist from the homegrown Diego Fagundez.
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The scoring didn’t slow down in the second half. Minnesota scored off of a free kick in the 49th minute to make it 4-2, but then Chris Tierney scored on a PK in the 53rd minute to stretch the lead to 5-2.
The Revolution would go on to close the game out and win 5-2. So this was not a happy return to Gillette for Bobby Shuttleworth. Giving up 5 goals is less than ideal. It is important to note that MNUFC sports one of the weakest squads in recent MLS history and have now been outscored 18-6 just four games into this season. They were also missing Kevin Molino, who is arguably their best player.
The whole Revolution squad came out to play today, led by Agudelo and Diego Fagundez. An observation made today is that despite Fagundez playing so well, he still appears to be uncomfortable with his left foot. Maybe it’s time to get him the right side more often, as opposed to the left. Either way, he’s one of the driving forces on this squad. Cropper also played pretty well, making a couple nice saves, in beating his predecessor.
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In terms of attendance, the crowd was a bit less than large… The Revolution could only draw 11,571 people today, the smallest crowd across the league this season. This could be a combination of the Revolution’s slow start to the season as well as the weather being rather raw.
Next week the Revs head to Portland to play the Timbers, before coming back home to play the Houston Dynamo.
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