Real Salt Lake had no trouble earning victories in New England’s last two trips to Rio Tinto Stadium, and the Revolution are winless on the road this season.
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Still, Jason Kreis doesn’t want his club overlooking the last-place team in the Eastern Conference.
Real Salt Lake tries to build on a crucial victory and continue its home dominance over a New England team seeking its first win in eight matches Monday night.
RSL (7-3-5) swept the season series from the Revolution last year and have outscored them 11-0 in the last two meetings in Utah. RSL also defeated New England 2-0 at Gillette Stadium on April 9 behind goals from Chris Schuler and Paulo Jr.
"I always think if you spend too much time thinking about the past and what you have done before or what you haven’t done before, it’s always going to haunt you whether you’ve had good results or bad results," Kreis told Real Salt Lake’s official website. "You need to be focused on the next game."
Although Kreis wants RSL looking forward, he has to be happy with his team’s latest effort, as the club snapped a four-game winless streak with a 3-1 win over Toronto FC last Saturday.
Alvaro Saborio scored twice and Nat Borchers also had a goal for RSL, which won for the second time in nine matches.
"If we come out of this game with a tie or loss and we’re definitely looking at ourselves in the mirror and asking a lot of questions,” Borchers said. "We can move forward with some confidence.”
The game was definitely a confidence builder for Saborio, who scored his first two goals after netting a team-best 12 last season. The striker was also coming off a disappointing performance in the CONCACAF Gold Cup quarterfinals June 18, missing two penalty kicks against Honduras that led to Costa Rica’s elimination.
"The contribution that Alvaro made for us was hugely important for us, but probably more important for him,” Kreis said. "I think we’re both going to be benefactors of that (performance) in games going forward.”
RSL, which opened a three-game homestand last weekend, is 5-1-2 at Rio Tinto Stadium.
New England is 0-6-2 on the road and coming off another uneven performance. The Revolution (3-8-6) scored less than three minutes into last Saturday’s match against Seattle, with Sainey Nyassi converting off Benny Feilhaber’s corner kick. New England, however, never found the back of the net again and lost 2-1.
The Revolution have gone 0-5-2 since a 1-0 victory over Vancouver on May 14.
"We’re coming away with nothing, which we don’t deserve," coach Steve Nicole said. "It’s beginning to get a little bit monotonous. We have to change that."
Getting on track offensively would help get the desired results, but that could be tough to do against RSL. The Revs have scored one or no goals in 10 straight games since beating Sporting Kansas City 3-2 on April 30.
RSL, 1-1-4 all-time in its annual Independence Day game, has yielded one or no goals in 13 of 15 matches and has allowed a league-low nine goals on the season.