Red-Hot Revolution Dismantle Real Salt Lake
On Saturday, the New England Revolution extended their unbeaten streak to six games with a convincing win against shorthanded Real Salt Lake. The Revs scored four goals in front of the largest home crowd so far this season (17,982).
Real Salt Lake was missing key stars Javier Morales, Joao Plata, and Nick Rimando. The Revs once again started Jermaine Jones at center back in the place of Jose Gonçalves. Chris Tierney returned to the starting eleven as he reclaimed his role at left back while London Woodberry earned another start on the right.
The Revolution dominated the midfield and controlled the game early after a few quick threats from RSL. Many have questioned the New England attack this season, but any worries were put to rest yesterday as they poured in the goals. The first came in the 39th minute as Chris Tierney cut in and placed a rare right-footed strike into the net. Revs fans didn’t have to wait long for the next goal, as striker Juan Agudelo found the back of the net in the 43rd, capitalizing on a close-range rebound from a Charlie Davies shot.
The Revs returned from halftime with the momentum still in their favor as Davies got in on the fun. Midfielder Scott Caldwell put a cross into the box and Davies headed the ball home with pace.
New England continued to control the match with many scoring chances (most notably a Diego Fagundez attempt in the 64th minute). In the 84th minute, Real Salt Lake goalkeeper Jeff Attinella made two excellent saves on close-range shots from Juan Agudelo and Steve Neumann, only to have the ball come out to the top of the box for Scott Caldwell to find the corner of the net. It was Caldwell’s first MLS goal.
The performance was the Revs’ best showing of the 2015 season so far, and they have yet to concede a goal at home. The attack finally seems to be clicking, as New England managed thirteen shots on goal to RSL’s three. Center back Andrew Farrell continues to improve every game and is looking like the player that everyone has hoped he would be.
Of the four goalscorers, three are New England-born (Tierney and Caldwell are from Massachusetts, Davies is from new Hampshire), which makes the success all the more sweet for Revolution fans.
The Revolution are now level with DC United at the top of the Eastern Conference (although DC has a game in hand), and will look to continue their winning ways next Saturday at home against rivals New York Red Bulls.