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RSL blast past unorganized Revs

Posted on 03 July 2010 by Patrick McShane

A packed house of 19,101 fans welcomed striker Robbie Findley back from the FIFA World Cup Friday night as Real Salt Lake blasted the New England Revolution 5-0. While most teams struggle to get a result on the road against RSL, it appears that New England labor more than most as the loss nearly mirrored the 6-0 beat down they endured at Rio Tinto Stadium last year. Goals from Fabian Espíndola, Jamison Olave, Findley, and two from Alvaro Saborío paved the way as RSL’s unbeaten streak reached nine matches and a home record 18 games without a loss.

While RSL’s overall team performance was impressive and dominant, New England assisted their effort by playing apathetic and indifferent for most of the evening. In fact, the only fight New England really displayed throughout the evening was between each other as RSL’s midfield tore through the opposition en route to a dazzling offensive display that the team has been patiently waiting for over the past month.

Both squads entered the match with a number of challenges. Despite holding the second spot in the Western Conference, RSL has been recently plagued by anemic offensive displays over the last three league matches and continue to endure personnel concerns. Captain Kyle Beckerman again failed to make the game day 18 after suffering a setback during the week as he attempts to come back from a foot injury. Midfielder Nelson González also remained unavailable as his loan status from club Quilmes Atlético in Argentina is still under negotiation. New England, on the other hand, continues to battle a myriad of injuries as well as a bit of an identity crisis as the club remains in contention in the East, but sadly boast one of the highest goals against in the league.

To some extent the final score doesn’t fully express New England’s effort over the first 15 minutes, as they were the far more aggressive and physical side while maintaining much of the possession. However, that effort and motivation quickly dissipated in the 27th minute when Espíndola latched on to a perfectly placed ball over the top from Robbie Russell and slotted the ball past New England keeper Matt Reis. Though the goal and effort seemed simple, it opened up RSL’s attack and triggered the flood that was to follow.

“From there on I think a lot of things are unlocked and New England has to change what they’re doing, has to try to chase the game,” noted RSL coach Jason Kreis. “As we’ve seen in the past, we’re a little bit of a difficult team to play against when we unlock things and have ourselves the lead.”

The rest of the match was clockwork for RSL, as they added a nifty header from Olave just before the half and then an easy tap in from Saborío off of another perfect cross from Russell just minutes into the second half. New England were suddenly in damage control mode as they began to restrict their attack and bunker in hopes of slowing down a now rampant RSL offense.

Though it could be assumed that the Olave goal before half broke New England’s spirits, coach Steve Nicol felt differently. “No, the third goal is the one that finishes it. If we can get some chances and maybe get a goal then we are right back in it. Again, the third one is the one that does it. It was just poor defending on the play.”

Saborío added his second tally just before the hour mark with a cheeky back heel flick on goal after a low, driven cross from Javier Morales. Findley finished off the match when he made a darting run on the left before cutting into the middle past a beleaguered Kevin Alston for a low rocket to the far post. It was Findley’s first goal for RSL in nearly two months and a strike that many hope will set the tone for the rest of the season as Findley struggled to find his form and make an impact in the MLS prior to his departure for the World Cup.

RSL will again have a short turnaround as they travel to the scene of last year’s Eastern Conference Final victory on Thursday to battle the Chicago Fire.

REAL SALT LAKE (8-3-3, 27 pts.) v. NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION (3-9-2, 11 pts.)

Scoring Summary:
RSL — Fabian Espíndola 4 (Robbie Russell 2) 27
RSL — Jamison Olave 3 (Javier Morales 5) 47+
RSL — Álvaro Saborío 6 (Robbie Russell 3, Will Johnson 1) 52
RSL — Álvaro Saborío 7 (Javier Morales 6) 57
RSL — Robbie Findley 2 (unassisted) 85

Misconduct Summary:
RSL — Fabian Espíndola (caution; Tactical Foul) 22
RSL — Chris Wingert (caution; Tactical Foul) 47

New England Revolution – GK-Matt Reis; DF-Kevin Alston, DF-Cory Gibbs, DF-Emmanuel Osei, DF-Seth Sinovic; MF-Sainey Nyassi (Kheli Dube 61), MF-Shalrie Joseph (Joseph Niouky 56), MF-Jason Griffiths, MF-Chris Tierney; FW-Zack Schilawski, FW-Marko Perovic (Kenny Mansally 58).

Statistics: SHOTS: 10 (Tierney 3); SHOTS ON GOAL: 4 (4 players with 1; SAVES: 5 (Reis 5); FOULS: 10 (Gibbs, Osei 2); CORNERS: 2 (Mansally, Perovic 1); OFFSIDES: 0

Real Salt Lake – GK-Nick Rimando; DF-Robbie Russell, DF-Nat Borchers, DF-Jamison Olave, DF-Chris Wingert; MF-Andy Williams, MF-Ned Grabavoy, MF-Javier Morales (Collen Warner 72), MF-Will Johnson (Jean Alexandre 61); FW-Álvaro Saborío, FW-Fabian Espíndola (Robbie Findley 46).

Statistics: SHOTS: 24 (Saborio, Williams 4); SHOTS ON GOAL: 12 (3 players with 2); SAVES: 4 (Rimando 4); FOULS: 9 (Saborio 3); CORNERS: 11 (Morales 10); OFFSIDES: 5 (Espindola, Findley 2)

Referee: Kevin Stott
Referee’s Assistants: Kermit Quisenberry; Peter Balciunas
4th Official: Tyler Ploeger
Attendance: 19,101

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RSL down road warrior Revs

Posted on 23 June 2008 by Patrick McShane

Real Salt Lake (5-5-4, 19 pts.) continued their impressive run of home domination; dispatching the New England Revolution (8-4-3, 26 pts.) 2-1 in a match that now place RSL in sole possession of second place in the Western Conference. With the win, RSL move to the .500 mark and continue their unbeaten streak at home for the season.

Despite an emphatic result against one of the top teams in the MLS, things didn’t appear so rosy for RSL in the early minutes of the match. Skillfully controlling possession and working the ball wide, it appeared that RSL were poised to strike early. However, that quickly changed in the 8th minute when Adam Cristman took advantage of sloppy communication between keeper Nick Rimando and defender Nat Borchers, to steal and early goal, stunning the 11,965 RSL fans in attendance. What looked like a harmless deep pass from Revs keeper Matt Reis turned into tragedy as the ball skied off of the plastic pitch at Rice-Eccles Stadium, causing a 50/50 dilemma for Rimando and Borchers. Noticing the confusion, Cristman seized the moment and rushed from behind Borchers to casually head the ball into the back of the net.

Reis got to this one… ©ASN/Julia Fizer

One could sense the energy on the pitch jump up a level as RSL began to push forward. That energy came to fruition a short three minutes later when RSL equalized off of a free kick. After striker Robbie Findley was taken down approximately 30 yards outside of the box, midfielder Javier Morales stepped up to lash a beautiful cross deep into a crowd of players in the box, knocking the ball in the net off of the head of Revs defender Jay Heaps. The importance of the goal couldn’t have been greater, as RSL coach Jason Kreis noted after the match: “That was hugely important that we had a quick turnaround there, because if it had dragged on a lot longer until halftime it would have been a difficult thing to come back from mentally for the guys.”

…but not the game winner by Tino Nunez, here in his post game interview

For the remainder of the first half both teams continued to press for a game-changing goal. Revolution rookie sensation Kheli Dube blasted a shot on goal that Rimando barely got a hand on to pop up in the air. On the other side of the pitch, RSL striker Kenny Deuchar had two chances to score, both by challenging Reis for potential headers in the box with the first header hitting off the right post and the second drifting harmless out of bounds. Trepidation hit in 40th minute when Findley appeared to have been knocked out as he was going for an aerial challenge, leading to a mild concussion and an eventual substitution for unproven rookie striker Tino Nuñez.

The second half began where the first half left off with RSL continuing to look bright on attack and capable in defense. Right-back Tony Beltran created multiple opportunities for Deuchar, putting in two deadly crosses from the right wing that created anxious moments for the Revs. However, the momentum of the match took a significant turn in the 60th minute, when Nuñez scored his first MLS goal of his young career due to a fortuitous deflection off of a Revs defender. Morales was trying to play the ball into space for Nuñez on a cut-run, only for the ball to deflect of the back of a Revs player and fall at the feet of an open Nuñez with yards of space around him. Taking advantage of the opportunity, Nuñez coolly placed the ball to the right of goal past Reis with a finish that would impress even a seasoned striker.

Williams gives chase

Despite earning the go-ahead goal, RSL continued to press forward hoping to distance themselves from the Revs as much as possible. After near misses by midfielders Andy Williams and Matias Cordoba, the match ended with RSL earning a well-deserved three points that had eluded them for the past two home matches. RSL will take their unbeaten streak of five matches on the road next Saturday as they face Easter Conference cellar-dwellers Kansas City Wizards.



Scoring Summary:
NE — Adam Cristman 4 (unassisted) 8?
RSL — Own Goal (Jay Heaps) 11?
RSL — Tino Nunez 1 (unassisted) 60

New England Revolution — Matt Reis, Chris Albright, Jay Heaps, Michael Parkhurst, Amaechi Igwe (Wells Thompson 62), Steve Ralston, Jeff Larentowicz, Pat Phelan, Sainey Nyassi (Chris Tierney 77), Kheli Dube, Adam Cristman.

Real Salt Lake — Nick Rimando, Chris Wingert, Nat Borchers, Jamison Olave, Tony Beltran, Kyle Beckerman, Dema Kovalenko, Javier Morales, Andy Williams (Matias Cordoba 84), Robbie Findley (Tino Nunez 41), Kenny Deuchar (Kenny Cutler 71).

Misconduct Summary: ?
NE — Jay Heaps (caution; Tackle from Behind) 20?
NE — Steve Ralston (caution; Reckless Foul) 66?
RSL — Kyle Beckerman (caution; Reckless Foul) 76

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