The New England Revolution demolished elite Real Salt Lake 4-0 on Sunday night at Gillette Stadium for an enthusiastic crowd of 17,982, snapping a seven-game winless streak against RSL. With the victory, New England extended their unbeaten streak to six games and are now unbeaten in their last 12 regular season home games.
The Revolution (4-2-2, 14 pts) now hold first place in the Eastern Conference with and stand second across MLS. Salt Lake (2-2-3, 9 pts.) fell to ninth in the West and 14th across the league.
Chris Tierney started the scoring in the 39th minute with a right-footed curling shot past Salt Lake goalkeeper Jeff Attinella. Four minutes later, Juan Agudelo doubled the advantage when he collected a rebound shot and slammed it home to make it 2-0. Five minutes into the second half, Charlie Davies, assisted by Scott Caldwell, headed home the ball to bring the tally to 3-0 for his second goal of the year. Caldwell provided the fourth goal in the 84th minute, assisted by Kelyn Rowe.
Goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth made three saves for his fourth clean sheet of the season and is now tied for the MLS lead in shutouts.
Revolution head coach Jay Heaps started Teal Bunbury and Tierney instead of Kevin Alston and Rowe, who both began the game on the bench. Captain Jose Goncalves also began on the bench after last weekend’s calf strain, so Jermaine Jones wore the captain’s armband for the second straight game.
The Revs outshot RSL 25-7 and had 13 shots on target compared to just three for the visitors. Agudelo finished the game with six shots and three shots on goal.
In a side note, the Revolution has placed defender Darrius Barnes on the disabled list after he underwent surgery to repair a torn patellar tendon in his left knee. Barnes will be sidelined for the next six months.
The Revolution next host the New York Red Bulls on Saturday, May 2 at 7:30 p.m. ET at Gillette Stadium. The game will be televised locally on Comcast SportsNet while 98.5 The Sports Hub and WMVX 1570 AM Nossa Radio USA will carry the game on the radio in English and Portuguese respectively.
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NE – Chris Tierney 1 (Juan Agudelo 1) 39’
NE – Juan Agudelo 2 (Unassisted) 43’
NE – Charlie Davies 2 (Scott Caldwell 1) 50’
NE – Scott Caldwell 1 (Kelyn Rowe 2) 84’
RSL – John Stertzer (Yellow Card) 10’
RSL – Alvaro Saborio (Yellow Card) 56’
RSL – Luke Mullholland (Yellow Card) 81′
New England Revolution: Bobby Shuttleworth; London Woodberry, Andrew Farrell, Jermaine Jones ©, Chris Tierney; Scott Caldwell, Andy Dorman; Teal Bunbury (Kelyn Rowe 68’), Lee Nguyen (Steve Neumann 80’), Juan Agudelo; Charlie Davies (Diego Fagundez 62’).
Substitutes Not Used: Brad Knighton, Jose Goncalves, Kevin Alston, Sean Okoli
STATS: Shots 25, Shots on target 13, Saves 3, Corner kicks 8, Offsides 1, Fouls 14, Possession 52.7%, Passes 446 (77.4%)
Real Salt Lake: Jeff Attinella; Tony Beltran, Aaron Maund, Elias Vasquez, Demar Phillips; Kyle Beckerman ©, Luke Mullholland (Kenny Mansally 81’), John Stertzer (Pecka 56’), Luis Gil; Olmes Garcia, Alvaro Saborio (Devon Sandoval 58’).
Substitutes Not Used: Lalo Fernandez, Phanuel Kavita
STATS: Shots 7, Shots on target 3, Saves 9, Corner kicks 2, Offsides 2, Fouls 14, Possession 47.3%, Passes 411 (74.5%)
Referee: Ismail Elfath
Assistant Referees: Eric Boria and Corey Parker
Fourth Official: Robert Sibiga