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
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
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
“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
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
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
“(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
“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.”