Foxborough, MA (Sports Network) - Saer Sene scored the lone goal in a 1-0
defeat of the Portland Timbers at Gillette Stadium on Saturday, helping the
New England Revolution claim their first win of the 2012 Major League Soccer
The Revolution entered the match without a point and without a goal in the
early season, losing to the San Jose Earthquakes and Sporting Kansas City in
their first two matches by a combined score of 4-0. But Sene's goal not only
helped give the team their first goal and first win of the season, it gave Jay
Heaps his first victory as an MLS head coach.
It did not take New England long to open the scoring as the Revolution broke
through less than 30 seconds into the match.
The Revs started the contest brightly with a move worked down the left flank.
Chris Tierney collected the ball out wide a delivered a perfect cross that was
met by a powerful snap-header from Sene. The Frenchman's effort was perfectly
placed under the crossbar, leaving Timbers goalkeeper Troy Perkins no chance.
Both sides created several half-chances in the remainder of the match, but
with no further goals, Sene's header proved to be all that New England would
need to clinch three points in its home opener.
The Revs (1-2-0) will have their work cut out for them in their next MLS
encounter as they will head out to The Home Depot Center to face the reigning
MLS champion Los Angeles Galaxy on March 31.
Portland (1-1-1) suffers its first loss of the season after starting the year
with four points from its opening two matches. John Spencer's men will have a
tough task ahead of them when they return to action at Jeld-Wen Field against
Real Salt Lake on March 31.