The New England Revolution bested Minnesota United FC 5-2 on Saturday afternoon in the type of game that punished those who blink often. The Revs got goals from four different players en route to earning their first points of the season.
The Revolution got on the board early, as Juan Agudelo headed home a cross in the 4th minute. It was a play that fans have seen plenty of times before with Scott Caldwell finding Chris Tierney, who whipped in one of his trademark left-footed beauties.
The Revolution continued to press, but it was Minnesota who grabbed the next tally. After finding himself a bit of space in front of goal, Colleen Warner hit a low shot past Cody Cropper.
The game wouldn’t remain level for long, as Kei Kamara put the Revs ahead in the 21st minute. Diego Fagundez’s seeking ball found Lee Nguyen, who pushed towards goal before sending in a low cross.
Nguyen’s turn to get a goal came in the 32nd minute after referee Ricardo Salazar ruled that Agudelo had been fouled in the box. Nguyen stepped up to take the penalty, beating former teammate Bobby Shuttleworth to give the Revs a 3-1 lead.
The scoring didn’t stop, as Agudelo collected his second in the 41st minute. The striker cut in from the left flank and beat Shuttleworth at the near post. Mercifully, the halftime whistle came soon after.
The break was good for Minnesota, who found the back of the net in the 49th minute. Brent Kallman got the goal by cleaning up a poor Agudelo clearance.
The Revs didn’t dwell on the mistake for long, as Chris Tierney restored the home side’s three-goal lead. The local product, who was making his 200th appearance for the club, took the penalty after Fagundez was tripped up in the box.
After no more than 11 minutes between goals, the game went scoreless for the final 37 . The 5-2 score line gave the Revolution their desired three points.
The Revs will hope for more of the same next week when they travel to Providence Park to face the Portland Timbers next Sunday.