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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. 


 

Revolution sign veteran goalkeeper Brad Knighton to new contract

Revolution sign veteran goalkeeper Brad Knighton to new contract

For the second time this week, the Revolution have inked a goalkeeper a new contract.

Just two days after signing Matt Turner to a multi-year contract extension, New England has come to terms with Brad Knighton on a new deal that will make him one of the longest-tenured players in franchise history.

Next season, Knighton will join Shalrie Joseph, Matt Reis, and Chris Tierney as the only players in team history to play at least 10 years with the club. Diego Fagundez, who is also currently playing in his ninth season with the Revolution, could also reach the 10-season mark in 2020.

“I’m pleased that we have been able to reach a new contract agreement with Brad Knighton," Revolution Sporting Director and Head Coach Bruce Arena said in a press release. "Brad is an exceptional teammate and a proven goalkeeper in our league. With the signing of Brad and Matt Turner, I feel we have solidified our goalkeeping position at the Revolution for a number of years.”

Knighton is just 1-3-3 with 12 saves in seven appearances this season, but he has a career 15-16-12 mark with six shutouts in two career stints with the Revs (2007-2009, 2014-present).

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Revolution sign goalkeeper Matt Turner to multi-year contract extension

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Revolution sign goalkeeper Matt Turner to multi-year contract extension

Matt Turner is having a pretty good week.

This past Saturday, the Revs goalkeeper made a career-high nine saves, helping New England salvage a 1-1 tie and an all-important point in the playoff chase. And he followed that up on Wednesday by signing a multi-year contract extension.

“I'm thrilled to continue my career with the club that took a chance on me as an undrafted rookie from a small school, invested in my development, and gave me an opportunity to prove myself at this level,” Turner said in a team press release. “I can't wait to continue playing in front of The Fort, expand my work in the community, and hopefully bring a championship to this great city that I now consider my home.” 

Turner has spent his entire MLS career with the Revs after joining the team as an undrafted player out of Fairfield in March 2016, and despite not making a single appearance in his first two seasons, he now ranks seventh in club history in both games started in goal and wins. This season, he's racked up a 6-2-4 record with 50 saves and three shutouts — and his save percentage (73.5) and winning percentage (.667) both rank among the top five of all MLS goalkeepers. Not bad for a player who didn't start the season as the team's starter.

“Since I arrived at the club earlier this year, Matt has been a consummate professional and an excellent ambassador for the Revolution on and off the field.” Revolution Sporting Director and Head Coach Bruce Arena said. “We hope to see Matt in a Revolution shirt for years to come, and we look forward to seeing him continue to develop as a goalkeeper and a leader in our locker room.”

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