San Jose Earthquakes coach Dominic Kinnear after his sides 2-1 defeat to the New England Revolution.

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roweThe New England beat the San Jose Earthquakes 2-1 in front of 10,688 fans on a cold and damp afternoon at Gillette Stadium on Saturday.

Revs headed into the San Jose game with only one point on the season, and that came in last weekend’s 0-0 draw with the Montreal Impact.

Heading into the game my three keys from a New England Revolution perspective were:

  1. How solid will the defense be with Jose Goncalves back in the line-up?
  2. Revs were very narrow against Montreal. Can they play with more width against San Jose?

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Montreal Impact coach Frank Klopas talking about his sides 0-0 draw with the New England Revolution.

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The-FortThe New England and the Montreal Impact drew 0-0 on a damp afternoon at Gillette Stadium today. The draw was the first points for both sides this season.

Revs headed into the Montreal game on the back of two disappointing defeats at Seattle and New York. Both defeats exposed a soft underbelly to the New England defence.

Without the departed AJ Soares and the injured Jermain Jones and Lee Nguyen, their was a weakness down the spine of the New England defence that was not there during the teams run to the MLS Cup.

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david-villa-welcome-nycThe New England Revolution dropped their second consecutive game to open the 2015 MLS season, suffering a 2-0 loss to New York City FC on Sunday evening at Yankee Stadium.

NYC FC, playing their inaugural home game, got goals on either side of halftime from David Villa and former Revs Patrick Mullins to claim their first win in MLS. With the defeat, the Revs are now 0-2-0 heading into next weekend’s home opener against the Montreal Impact.

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After much anticipation the New England Revolution opened their 2015 MLS season with a 3-0 defeat at CenturyLink Field in Seattle on Sunday night.

Playing just over three months after losing in the MLS Cup 2014, New England looked a shadow of the side that lost to LA. Without AJ Soares (departure) and Jermain Jones (injury) the Revs had a softness at the back that Clint Dempsey and Obafemi Martins were more than happy to take advantage of.

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Jones RevsThe last time we saw the New England Revolution in a competitive match, they lost 2-1 the LA Galaxy in the MLS Cup. Having lost just two of the 18 players that suited up against the Galaxy, the Revs enter the 2015 season as the team to beat in the Eastern Conference.

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The return of Juan Agudelo, who scored seven goals for the Revs in 2013, significantly improves the Revs attack. Hopefully the signing will help jumpstart the career of Diego Fagundez, who really struggled last season.

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I don’t put a lot of emphasis on preseason results, but there were some promising signs for the New England Revolution coming out of Saturday nights 1-1 draw with the Colorado Rapids in the 2015 Desert Diamond Cup.Diego Fagundez scored the Revs only goal of the game in the 54th minute, canceling out a Gabriel Torres strike to earn a share of the points for the Revs.

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While other Major League Soccer clubs battle over past their prime European and South American stars, the best signing this offseason has to be the New England Revolutions signing Juan Agudelo to a four year deal.

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The 22-year-old Agudelo rejoins the 2014 MLS Cup runners-up after twice been unable to complete a move to Stoke City due to his inability to get a work permit.

During his 2013 stint in New England, Agudelo scored five goals in 18 games as was instrumental in helping the Revs reach the playoffs.

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