Agudelo's two goals lead Revs past Minnesota 5-2 in home opener


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. 


Fagundez, Penilla score as Revs tie Earthquakes, 2-2

Fagundez, Penilla score as Revs tie Earthquakes, 2-2

SAN JOSE - Danny Hoesen scored two goals to help the San Jose Earthquakes tie the New England Revolution 2-2 on Wednesday night.

San Jose (2-9-4) avoided its first five-game losing streak since 2009. New England (6-4-6) is unbeaten in its last six games in the series, with three victories.

Hoesen opened the scoring in the 17th minute. After a defensive turnover, Hoesen dribbled into the penalty area and sent a left-footed shot past Matt Turner. Hoesen tied it at 2-2 in the 51st on a header for his ninth goal of the season.

Diego Fagundez tied it at 1-1 in the 31st by bending a free kick over the wall and inside the near post. Cristian Penilla scored his sixth goal of the season in the 43rd on a fast break to give New England the lead. Penilla dribbled down the left side, cut back his defender inside the box and smashed a shot into the top corner.


World Cup coming to U.S., and perhaps Foxboro, in 2026

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World Cup coming to U.S., and perhaps Foxboro, in 2026

The World Cup is returning to the United States . . . and perhaps coming to Foxboro.

On Wednesday morning in Moscow, FIFA announced the 2026 World Cup had been awarded to a joint bid from the United States, Mexico and Canada. The U.S. hosted the World Cup in 1994, and that event is often credited with the rise of soccer as a major sport in this country.

Winning the 2026 bid -- United 2026, as it was called, won the vote over the only other challenger, Morocco, by a 134-65 margin -- "is an incredible, and incredibly important, moment for soccer in North America and beyond," said Carlos Cordeiro, the president of U.S. Soccer.

There will be 48 teams in the 2026 field, compared to 32 in recent World Cups, and 60 of the 80 games will be played in the United States. 

Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, which was one of the World Cup venues in 1994, is expected to host games in 2026. Robert Kraft, owner of both the Patriots and MLS's New England Revolution, is the Honorary Chairman of the Board for United 2026. The complete list of U.S. sites is expected to be chosen by 2020.

Canada and Mexico will each hold 10 games. The final is expected to be played at New York/New Jersey's MetLife Stadium.