Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, MA – Real Salt Lake came to Gillette Stadium tonight with a rotated lineup and played like they had a chip on their shoulder fighting for a draw against the New England Revolution leaving town with a hard earned result.
The Revolution were driving for the goal from the start of the match. Carles Gil skipped off the bar in the 7th minute in what could have been the theme for New England tonight as they just couldn’t find a way to will the ball into the net. RSL also had their chances in the first half but with both goalies coming up big when they had to it was a feast of shots and a famine of goals.
New England tried to find the difference maker in the second half bringing in Gustavo Bou at the break but the RSL defense kept it together and refused to let the Revolution get any reward for their 23 shots. The best chance for the Claret and Cobalt may have been in the 75th minute when they were awarded a free kick at the top of the penalty box but Damir Kreilach’s effort found the wall instead of the goal.
With the quick turn around this week Real Salt Lake is happy to take a point on the road particularly as they were able to save Nick Rimando, Kyle Beckerman, Albert Rusnak, Justen Glad and Donny Toia to be fully rested when they return midweek next week to take on the LA Galaxy at Rio Tinto Stadium
Kelyn Rowe started his first match for his new club where it all started in MLS for him. The crowd welcomed his return and Coach Freddy Juarez said that he was ready to start and was a calming factor on his club as they battled hard for a point.
Goals by Period 1 2 F
Real Salt Lake 0 0 0
New England Revolution 0 0 0
NE – Antonio Delamea – 46′ – unsporting behavior
RSL – Andrew Putna – 87′ – time wasting
Referee: Armando Villerreal
Assistant Referee: Jeffery Greeson
Assistant Referee: Claudio Badea
4th Official: David Barrie
Video Assistant Referee: Jorge Gonzalez
Real Salt Lake: Andrew Putna; Marcelo Silva; Brooks Lennon; Aaron Herrera; Erik Holt; Justin Portillo (Luke Mulholland, 71′); Corey Baird; Kelyn Rowe; Damir Kreilach; Sebastian Saucedo (Tate Schmidt, 81′); Sam Johnson (Everton Luiz, 84′)
Substitutes Not Used: David Ochoa; Joao Plata; Justen Glad; Donny Toia
New England Revolution : Matt Turner; Antonio Mlinar Delamea; Brandon Bye; DeJuan Jones; Andrew Farrell; Wilfreid Zahibo; Luis Caicedo (Juan Agudelo, 66′); Carles Gil; Cristian Penillia (Diego Fegundez, 77′); Juan Fernando Ceicedo (Gustavo Bou, HT); Teal Bunbury
Substitutes Not Used: Scott Caldwell; Jalil Anibabia; Brad Knighton; Michael Mancienne