Revolution-Real Salt Lake Preview

Real Salt Lake may not be thrilled with its overall play, but a

solid mark at home has helped the club get off to a decent

start.

Winning on the road has been a challenge for the New England

Revolution in recent years.

RSL seeks its fourth consecutive home victory when it looks to

extend a four-game unbeaten streak over New England on Saturday

night.

Salt Lake (6-3-1) went 0-2-1 in three straight road games April

14-25, but it bounced back with a 3-2 win over visiting Toronto

last Saturday, getting a goal from Jonny Steele in the third minute

of stoppage time after blowing a pair of leads.

Coach Jason Kreis stressed the importance of winning on home

turf.

“When we’re at home, we go for three points, and nothing less is

acceptable,” Kreis told the league’s official website.

Captain Kyle Beckerman had a goal and assisted on the winner

last weekend for RSL, which will play three of its next four on the

road after Saturday’s match.

Defender Nat Borchers said the club is still in good position

despite struggling at times.

“Almost a third of the way through the season – we’re in a great

position for how we’ve played,” Borchers said. “I think we’d like

to be more consistent with our home games. We’ve given up a lot

more goals than we’re used to, so the focus this week has been

defending. We haven’t peaked out early in the season.”

Salt Lake hasn’t lost to New England since a 3-1 defeat Aug. 23,

2009, winning three straight before playing to a 3-all draw in the

most recent meeting July 4.

The Revolution (3-5-0) may have a difficult time ending that

drought.

New England is 1-4-0 on the road this season, getting shut out

in each of the defeats. Since the start of 2010, the Revolution are

a dismal 4-24-9 in MLS play away from home, getting outscored 73-35

in that span.

New England, though, ended a three-game overall losing streak

Wednesday with a 2-1 home win over Colorado.

Matt Reis became the sixth goalkeeper in MLS history to earn 100

career victories and was happy the pressure to reach the milestone

has been lifted.

“It’s kind of a relief,” Reis said. “It’s something that, the

last three games, it’s been there in the back of my mind but it’s

finally a hurdle to get over and focus on the rest of the

season.”

Saer Sene scored his team-leading third goal to end New

England’s 199-minute scoreless drought, then assisted on Fernando

Cardenas’ winner. Coach Jay Heaps said he wanted to rest Sene a bit

given the quick turnaround from Wednesday to Saturday, but he said

he needed one of his most promising players on the field during the

tight contest.

“(Sene) is someone I did not want to go 90 (minutes),” Heaps

said. “He’s a unique player. You don’t really see a lot of players

like him. He drifts, he comes in to play, but he’s always

dangerous.

“I just think there’s more there even. I think you see some

spots of brilliance and there’s more. I see more in training

sometimes, so there’s a good upside.”