With skies looking as dour as the forecast on Saturday night, the Revolution took to the pitch against visiting Real Salt Lake. In what was a must-win match of sorts for the Revs, RSL was playing their first of three matches in an 8 day stretch. Not only was Salt Lake beginning a rough stretch in their schedule, but they were without US international, Kyle Beckerman.
Things were not going well for Salt Lake right from the jump, as in just the 4th minute Scottie Caldwell found the back of the net off of a pass from Tierney then a left-footed cross from Diego Fagundez. This was an all MA goal, as Tierney, Fagundez, and Caldwell come from Wellesley, Leominster, and Braintree respectively. The goal was also a major positive sign for Diego Fagundez as he showed improved skill and confidence in his left boot.
— NewEnglandRevolution (@NERevolution) May 13, 2017
The goals would come quickly and frequently for the Foxboro men after that. The rout, as they say, was on. Without Juan Agudelo in the lineup the Revolution would ambush Salt Lake with a flurry of first half goals. Kamara was able to net a goal as well as get an assist despite becoming a father recently and becoming a “vampire” as he said postgame. Fagundez and Lee Nguyen would both find the back of the net as well, in the 34th and 41st minute to secure a 4-0 half-time lead.
After half, it was no longer a question of whether or not the Revs would earn three points, but a question of if Cody Cropper would earn a clean sheet or not. He answered that question with a resounding ‘yes.’ The young keeper would make three saves and earn his third shutout of the season, all of which coming at home and in front of The Fort. His third home shutout of the season places him in a tie for the second-most home shutouts across the league. The club would go on to win 4-0.
With this win the revolution climb to 7th in the Eastern conference at 3-4-4 and 13 points. There is still, however, reason for concern. While the Revolution are 3-0-2 at home this season, they are just 0-4-2 on the road.
So what did the Revolution do well on Saturday night?
- Kei Kamara looked as involved in the offense as he has all season which allowed him to thrive with Lee Nguyen above the diamond formation.
- Heaps experimented a bit by having Kellyn Rowe play left back as Chris Tierney played on the left-side of the diamond
- Diego Fagundez played the top part of the diamond. As I’ve been saying for much of the season Diego may well be the Revolution’s best player with the ball at his feet so getting him involved in the middle of the field would be beneficial. This paid dividends in the form of a beautiful left footed assist as well as an acrobatic goal
- Benjamin Angoua shined in place of Joshua Smith at the centre back
Post-game there was a positive energy around the club that was missing all season. Jonathan Kraft was high-fiving everyone and their uncle outside the Revs locker room, Kei Kamara called himself a vampire, and even Jay Heaps joked around a bit:
Jay Heaps on Scott Caldwell "I have a daughter, if she met a guy like Scottie one day I'd be happy" #NERevs
— Luke Johnson (@TheRucasJohnson) May 14, 2017
Going forward the Revolution have a rematch this Sunday in Foxboro with Columbus Crew SC who beat them 2-0 just last week.
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