Revolution rout Minnesota for first win of MLS season

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Juan Agudelo, pictured on March 12, 2016, scored twice as New England Revolution took advantage of struggling debutants Minnesota United to notch their first win of 2017 (AFP Photo/Maddie Meyer)

Juan Agudelo, pictured on March 12, 2016, scored twice as New England Revolution took advantage of struggling debutants Minnesota United to notch their first win of 2017

Juan Agudelo, pictured on March 12, 2016, scored twice as New England Revolution took advantage of struggling debutants Minnesota United to notch their first win of 2017 (AFP Photo/Maddie Meyer)

Los Angeles (AFP) - Juan Agudelo scored twice as the New England Revolution took advantage of struggling Major League Soccer debutants Minnesota United to notch their first win of 2017, 5-2 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.

Kei Kamara, Lee Nguyen and Chris Tierney also scored for New England, who have now won five straight at home at Gillette Stadium dating to last season.

Their home opener had been delayed for two weeks because of inclement weather, and the three points garnered in the return home were more than welcome after away losses to Dallas and Colorado.

"It was time to draw a line in the sand," Tierney said. "We had been frustrated with our first two results, two really tough road games for us, and I thought we fought hard and had some small mistakes that cost us games.

"There are certain times in the season where you just have to win the game. This was one of those days."

That made Minnesota United the perfect foil. The "Loons" have now allowed a league worst 18 goals in their first four matches of their debut season.

Collen Warner and Brent Kallman scored for Minnesota. Bobby Shuttleworth, who spent his first eight MLS seasons with the Revolution before being traded to Minnesota United on February 15, had one save in his return to Foxboro.

New England will be back on the road next Sunday, visiting the Portland Timbers, while Minnesota host Real Salt Lake.

Real Salt Lake opened the tenure of new coach Daryl Shore on Saturday with a goalless draw against the New York Red Bulls.

Shore took over for Jeff Cassar, who was sacked on Monday. Real Salt Lake are still looking for a first win of the season and have scored just one goal.

At least they had the distinction of holding the Red Bulls scoreless for the first time in the young season.

The sturdy Real Salt Lake backline produced 35 clearances, limiting the Red Bulls to only three shots on goal.

Both teams were without their captains. Kyle Beckerman was suspended with a red card for Real Salt Lake and Sacha Kljestan was called up to the US World Cup qualifying duty from the Red Bulls.

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