FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (Saturday, April 25, 2015) – Real Salt Lake’s unbeaten streak against the Eastern Conference came to an end on Saturday after 14 games without a defeat. RSL dropped its second consecutive match, losing 4-0 to the New England Revolution at Gillette Stadium.
GK Jeff Attinella finished the night with nine saves, but the Revolution put 13 shots on goal for RSL’s biggest regular season defeat since a 4-0 loss in Seattle on May 31, 2014.
In the 19th minute, FW Olmes Garcia picked the ball off of Jermaine Jones and raced up the left side before rolling it back to MF Luis Gil streaking into the box. His shot was touched just wide for a corner kick. Off of the set play, MF Luke Mulholland found DF Aaron Maund for a header, but his shot missed just over the crossbar and the match remained scoreless.
The game swung back and forth throughout the first half, with the shot totals even at 6-6 through 33 minutes.
Then things tipped in New England’s favor and the Revolution never looked back, outshooting RSL 19-1 for the remainder of the match.
Chris Tierney broke the deadlock in the 39th minute. Juan Agudelo looped a ball to the New England defender on the left side and the left-footed Tierney cut to his right foot before pushing a shot inside the far post for his second goal of the season and a 1-0 lead for the Revolution.
Before the half, Agudelo added a second goal to push New England’s lead to 2-0. Charlie Davies press up the right side and got a shot away. Attinella made the initial save, but the ball spilled to Agudelo in front of the open net and he made the simple finish to double the advantage for the Revs.
Coming out of the halftime break, the Revolution stayed on the attack and Davies scored a header off a cross from Scott Caldwell in the 50th minute for a 3-0 lead.
New England would add another in the 84th minute when Caldwell scored his first goal of the season. After a series of stops by Attinella, the ball fell to Caldwell at the top of the box and his shot split heavy traffic in front of the Real Salt Lake goalkeeper and found the back of the net to make it 4-0.
Real Salt Lake returns to Rio Tinto Stadium for two consecutive home matches, hosting the San Jose Earthquakes on Friday in a nationally televised match on Univision Deportes. The match will also be broadcast locally on KMYU. That match will be followed by a home tilt with the LA Galaxy on Wednesday, May 6.
Real Salt Lake Match Notes – NE-RSL
- Chris Tierney’s 39th minute goal ended RSL’s road shutout streak at 309 minutes.
- RSL traveled just 16 players because of international absences, red card suspensions and injuries.
- Pecka made his RSL debut, subbing on in the 55th minute after missing the first month of the season to injury.
- The loss was RSL’s first defeat against the Eastern Conference since July 27, 2013. RSL was 9-0-5 in 14 regular season games since that last loss.
NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION 4-0 REAL SALT LAKE
SATURDAY, APRIL 25, 2015
Goals by Period 1 2 F
New England Revolution 2 2 4
Real Salt Lake 0 0 0
NE: Chris Tierney (Juan Agudelo) – 39’.
NE: Juan Agudelo – 43’
NE: Charlie Davies (Scott Caldwell) – 50’
NE: Scott Caldwell (Kelyn Rowe) – 84’
RSL: John Stertzer (Yellow; Foul) – 10’
RSL: Alvaro Saborio (Yellow; Foul) – 56’
RSL: Luke Mulholland (Yellow; Foul) – 81’
New England Revolution (4-2-3-1): Bobby Shuttleworth; London Woodberry, Andrew Farrell, Jermaine Jones (C), Chris Tierney; Andy Dorman, Scott Caldwell; Teal Bunbury (Kelyn Rowe – 68’), Lee Nguyen (Steve Neumann – 80’), Juan Agudelo; Charlie Davies (Diego Fagundez – 62’).
Substitutes not used: Brad Knighton, Kevin Alston, Jose Goncalves, Steve Neumann, Sean Okoli.
Real Salt Lake (4-4-2): Jeff Attinella; Tony Beltran, Aaron Maund, Elias Vasquez, Demar Phillips; Kyle Beckerman (C), Luke Mulholland (Abdoulie Mansally – 81’), John Stertzer (Pecka – 55’), Luis Gil; Alvaro Saborio (Devon Sandoval – 58’), Olmes Garcia.
Substitutes not used: Lalo Fernandez, Phanuel Kavita.
Referee: Ismail Elfath
Assistant Referees: Eric Boria, Corey Parker
4th Official: Robert Sibiga
Weather: Cloudy and 48