RSL hits the road to battle Revolution

May 7 2013 - 11:30pm


After spending three weeks inside the friendly confines of its home stadium, Real Salt Lake returns to life on the MLS road.

The Claret-and-Cobalt, fresh off a 2-0 result against Vancouver on Saturday, head to Foxborough, Mass., to take on the New England Revolution at 6 p.m. tonight at Gillette Stadium.

It is the second leg of a busy stretch that will see Salt Lake face three opponents in an eight-day span.

Real played a solid defensive match against the Whitecaps, earning its second shutout in its last three outings. It also saw the return of outside defender Chris Wingert for the first time this season.

"When I don't have to make a lot of saves it's my best game," RSL goalkeeper Nick Rimando said. "That means we're organized and means that the defense is intact and our whole team is playing defense. If I don't have to make a single save for the rest of the season, I'll be happy."

Real boss Jason Kreis was pleased to have one of his long-time first choice selections back out on the field and playing.

"I was really pleased to have him out there," Kreis said of Wingert. "He's a steady influence on the rest of the group, and was in some really good spots -- to intercept passes and not have to make many one-on-one defensive plays. He made some really nice tackles, and that's important for a guy to be able to do that. We're really pleased to have him back, and pleased with his performance."

New England is 2-3-3 in eight matches this season, and has scored just four goals. The Revolution are 1-1-1 at home.

RSL holds a 7-4-4 lead in the overall series with New England, including a 3-2-2 mark on the road. Salt Lake won the last meeting between the two teams 2-1 last season at Rio Tinto Stadium, and is 4-0-1 against the Revolution in the last five outings, including back-to-back wins at Gillette Stadium in 2010 and 2011.

After tonight's match, Salt Lake will continue its road trip with a Saturday matinee match against Montreal.


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