New England Revolution Get Much Needed Win Over Real Salt Lake
After losing five straight games the New England Revolution were able to record a victory on Saturday night with a 4-0 win over Real Salt Lake at home in Foxborough. The Rev’s were able to get off to a hot start with Scott Caldwell burying his third career goal in the opening minutes of this game to put the Rev’s in the driver seat.
Kei Kamara’s header off a corner kick by Lee Nguyen gave the Revolution a 2-0 lead in the 18th minute, Fagundez tapped a pass from Rowe into a wide-open net in the 35th and Nguyen added a goal to make it 4-0 moments before halftime. Kamara’s goal was his 89th career regular season goal which brings him up to 10th all-time in MLS scoring chart.
Goalkeeper Cody Cropper recorded three saves en route to his third shutout of the 2017 MLS season. Cropper has now registered three shutouts over his last four matches at Gillette Stadium this season.
“That was one thing I was really excited about. You know how when you talk about basketball, you talk about assists. The goals were okay, good finishes, but the plays to make the goal was what I was really excited about. I thought guys were really dynamic in the first pass and the second pass that opened up the goal. I still want to go back and look at it on film, but live, it felt like really good passing. I thought Lee’s [Nguyen] to Kelyn [Rowe], that played Diego [Fagundez] for the goal. And even Scotty’s [Caldwell] on the first one, making a good run across and Diego played a great ball. Kei [Kamara] played Lee perfectly. Good timed runs. And the other one was a great service. Everything, when you look about assists, you think about playmaking. You think about the ball that’s delivered. That’s good football, when that final ball is good, we can finish it.”
With the win the Revolution move to a 3-4-4 record and sit in 7th place in the Eastern Conference standings. It is worth noting the Rev’s are 3-0-2 at home and 0-4-2 on the road and the Rev’s have not lost at home in nine straight matches.
The next game for New England comes on May 21st at home against Columbus Crew SC.