Photo of Gillette Stadium by Annie Jenkins
April 25, 2015
By Annie Jenkins
Forward Juan Agudelo and midfielder Scott Caldwell each recorded a goal and an assist in the decisive victory.
With the win, the Revolution improve to 4-2-2 (14 points), good for first place in the Eastern Conference standings, while Real Salt Lake falls to 2-2-3 (9 points) in the Western Conference.
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In the first half, the Revs blasted two late goals to go up 2-0 after the first 46 minutes of play.
No. 8 left-footed Chris Tierney (Boston, Mass.) netted his first goal of the season (8th of his career in the regular season) in the 39th minute, depositing the ball with his right foot on the ground near the back right post past a diving keeper, Jeff Attinella. No. 17 Juan Agudelo had the assist.
Agudelo bounced back after an early injury in the 9th minute to assist on Tierney‘s goal and collected one of his own off a shot deflection by Charlie Davies (Manchester, N.H.). Agudelo buried the loose ball in the back right of the open goal in the 43rd minute, unassisted.
The game started with even play by both teams before the Revs took control and never looked back.
The Revs put up 10 attempts on goal to RSL’s six and took five corner kicks to RSL’s two in the first half.
There were no substitutions made for either team in the first half.
At the half, a bubble man soccer game took place at midfield.
The Revs came fired up out of the locker room with a quick goal off a header from No. 9 Charlie Davies (second goal of season) in the 50th minute to put New England up 3-0. No. 6 Scott Caldwell sent a booming cross outside the box to Davies who knocked it in with his head.
Things began to get a little chippy on the pitch as fouls amassed for both teams, 14 apiece in the game.
Caldwell (Weymouth, Mass.) scored the fourth and final goal of the game for the Revs in the 84th minute on perhaps the most exciting goal of the night, as it came off a bunch of blocked shots before No. 6 finally booted it past Attinella. No. 11 Kelyn Rowe with the assist.
Caldwell capped the Revs’ best offensive output of the season by scoring his first career MLS goal in the 84th minute.
Check out the highlights of this goal starting at 2:50.
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New England won the intensity battle and posted 25 attempts on goal, with 13 shots on goal compared to RSL’s 7 attempts in the game.
Both the 25 shots and 13 shots on goal were season highs for the Revolution.
Revolution goalkeeper No. 22 Bobby Shuttleworth earned his fourth clean sheet of the season in a game where he made three saves, as he is now tied for the MLS lead with four shutouts. He has never had more than nine clean sheets in a single season.
Attinella was busy in goal for RSL, making nine saves of the 25 shots soaring his direction.
The Revs’ passing accuracy, 77.4 percent, led to a balanced attack and quick tempo, which Revolution head coach Jay Heaps (4th season) addressed in his postgame presser as he celebrated his first career coaching victory against RSL (1-3 all-time).
Note: Heaps’ press conference audio is raw and sound quality may be poor. (Caution for your ears.)
With the win, Heaps now has an all-time record of 44-43-23 in 110 games as head coach of the Revolution. This is the first time in his career that Heaps has a winning percentage of .500.
Midfielder Juan Agudelo was named the Player of the Match.
The game boasted a crowd of 17,982 in attendance on this partly cloud, 54 degree night at Gillette Stadium.
The Revolution will be back in action Saturday, May 2 at Gillette Stadium at 7:30 p.m. vs. the New York Red Bulls when the team will honor team captain defender Jermaine Jones with his own special Bobblehead Night.
NOTES: (compiled from team game notes)
- With the win tonight, the Revs are now unbeaten in the month of April (3-0-1) and in their last 12 regular-season home games, dating back to last season and tying a club record.
- During the Revs’ current 12-game home unbeaten streak, which is tied as the second-longest current home unbeaten streak in MLS, the club has outscored their opponents 21-6.
- Including the MLS Cup Playoffs, New England is now unbeaten in their last 14 games at Gillette Stadium, setting a new club record.
- As MLS Cup finalists a year ago, the Revolution have now reeled off six consecutive games without a loss.
- Real Salt Lake saw their undefeated start to the 2015 campaign snap last week in a 1-0 loss to Vancouver Whitecaps FC.
- In the 18th all-time meeting between the squads, Real Salt Lake still holds the edge, 9-5-4 and 4-3-2 in Foxborough.
- Last year, RSL defeated the Revs 2-1 on the Fourth of July.
- The Revolution busted a seven-game undefeated streak in head-to-head match-ups with Real Salt Lake, with the Revs’ last victory coming in 2009 with a 3-1 win over RSL at Gillette.
About the writer
This was my very first trip to Gillette Stadium, first Revolution game and first game covering an MLS match and I had a great time!