Final: RSL 2, Revs 1

SANDY, Utah – Real Salt Lake used two penalty kicks to defeat the New England Revolution, 2-1, on Friday night at Rio Tinto Stadium. After Javier Morales converted RSL’s first PK attempt in the 35th minute, New England defender Darrius Barnes equalized two minutes later by heading in Chris Tierney’s free kick.

However, Real Salt Lake (7-3-7, 28 pts.) was awarded a second penalty in the second half and Joao Plata stepped up and converted to push RSL ahead, 2-1. New England (7-7-2, 23 pts.) suffered its fourth loss in a row and its third 2-1 loss to RSL in as many seasons.

Key Plays

  • 10’ – RSL’s Kyle Beckerman, who just returned from the World Cup with the U.S. team – tried to re-direct a shot through traffic after a free kick, but Bobby Shuttleworth made the save 
  • 19’ – YELLOW CARD: RSL’s Chris Wingert slide tackles Andrew Farrell and is shown a yellow for the dangerous tackle
  • 23’ – RSL free kick cycles out after the Revs partially clear and Kyle Beckerman launches a shot through traffic. Bobby Shuttleworth makes the save, but the ball comes loose to Devon Sandoval and Shuttleworth makes the point-blank save again, but the linesman had the flag up as Sandoval was offside
  • 33’ – NE’s Lee Nguyen shown a yellow card for persistent infringement
  • 35’ – PENALTY KICK GOAL – RSL’s Javier Morales coverts a penalty kick after referee Allen Chapman whistles for a penalty kick after he determined Darrius Barnes undercut Chris Schuler on a corner kickWATCH THE GOAL
  • 37’ – NE GOAL: Darrius Barnes rises above the RSL defense to head in Chris Tierney’s free kick service from 28 yards out on an angle 
  • HALFTIME: New England Revolution 1, Real Salt Lake 1
  • 53’ – NE’s Jose Goncalves is open on the far side of the box on a corner kick, but his left-footed volley hit the near post, kicked off RSL goalkeeper Nick Rimando’s back and skidded across the goal line, but not in | 
  • 61’ – RSL appeared to have scored the go-ahead goal, but the first shot in a series was whistled to a handball by Javier Morales and the goal was waived off by referee Allen Chapman
  • 63’ – NE’s Lee Nguyen has a shot from distance after RSL fails to clear a corner kick, but his shot through traffic is just wide left of Nick Rimando’s goal
  • 64’ – YELLOW CARD: NE’s Chris Tierney shown yellow for a foul in the box that resulted in a penalty being awarded to RSL 
  • 65’ – PENALTY KICK GOAL – RSL’s Joao Plata converts a penalty kick
  • 69’ – NE’s Patrick Mullins mis-directed a cross from Chris Tierney and sent the ball outside the far post on the slide

FINAL SCORE: Real Salt Lake 2, New England Revolution 1

Santander Man of the Match

  • D Darrius Barnes – Scored the Revolution’s only goal – his second career goal – in his first start at right back since May 17

Next Matches
The Revolution will next see league action when the team hosts the Chicago Fire at Gillette Stadium on Saturday, July 12. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. ET.

  • TV: Comcast SportsNet
  • Radio: 98.5 The Sports Hub
  • Tickets: Start at $25 and are available through Ticketmaster outlets and the Revolution Box Office at (877) GET-REVS (438-7387)

Before the Fire match, however, the Revolution will travel to face the Philadelphia Union at PPL Park in the quarterfinals of the 2014 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup on Tuesday, July 8. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

Box Score
New England Revolution at Real Salt Lake
July 4, 2014 – Rio Tinto Stadium (Sandy, Utah)

Real Salt Lake 2, New England Revolution 1

Scoring Summary:
RSL – Javier Morales (penalty kick) 35
NE – Darrius Barnes (Chris Tierney) 37
RSL – Joao Plata (penalty kick) 65

New England Revolution: Bobby Shuttleworth, Chris Tierney, Jose Goncalves, Andrew Farrell, Darrius Barnes (Steve Neumann 81), Diego Fagundez (Teal Bunbury 63), Daigo Kobayashi, A.J. Soares, Lee Nguyen, Kelyn Rowe, Patrick Mullins (Saer Sene 79)

Substitutes Not Used: Brad Knighton, Scott Caldwell, Stephen McCarthy, Kevin Alston

STATS: Shots 9, Shots on target 1, Saves 3, Corner kicks 5, Offsides 0, Fouls 14, Possession 39.2%, Passes  281 (73.3%)

Real Salt Lake: Nick Rimando, Tony Beltran, Nat Borchers, Chris Schuler, Chris Wingert, Luis Gil (Ned Grabavoy 76), Kyle Beckerman ©, Javier Morales, John Stertzer (Cole Grossman 69), Joao Plata (Abdoulie Mansally 87), Devon Sandoval

Substitutes Not Used: Jeff Attinella, Kwame Watson-Siriboe, Aaron Maund, Olmes Garcia

STATS: Shots 14, Shots on target 5, Saves 0, Corner kicks 6, Offsides 3, Fouls 13, Possession 60.8%, Passes 480 (81.4%)

Misconduct Summary:
RSL – Chris Wingert (caution) 19
NE – Lee Nguyen (caution) 32
RSL – Javier Morales (caution) 36
NE – Chris Tierney (caution) 64

Referee: Allen Chapman
Assistant Referees: Corey Rockwell (AR1), Alejandro Mariscal (AR2)
Fourth Official: Tyler Ploeger

Weather: Partly Cloudy and 94 degrees
Attendance: 20,513

Team Records
New England Revolution: 7-7-2, 23 pts.
Real Salt Lake: 7-3-7, 28 pts.

Additional Game Notes

  • With the loss, the Revolution’s record dipped to .500 on the season at 7-7-2 overall
  • The loss was the Revs’ third-straight to Real Salt Lake by a 2-1 scoreline … Salt Lake is 6-0-1 against New England in the teams’ last seven meetings dating back to 2010
  • The defeat dipped the Revolution’s all-time record against Salt Lake to 4-9-4 and 2-5-2 on the road
  • The match was the Revolution’s 15th match played on July 4 in team history … the team is now 5-6-4 in Independence Day matches, including a 3-6-4 record on the road and an 0-1-1 mark at Real Salt Lake
  • Darrius Barnes’ goal in the first half was his first of the season and the second of his career
  • Darrius Barnes’ goal was his first since Sept. 22, 2012 when he scored the game-tying goal in the 95th minute of a 1-1 draw against New York at Gillette Stadium
  • Chris Tierney’s assist on Darrius Barnes’ goal was his third of the season to move him into a tie for the team lead … the assist was also the 24th of his career and his first since May 17, 2014
  • Darrius Barnes’ goal off Chris Tierney’s free-kick service was the Revs’ third free-kick goal this season … they’ve scored one direct free kick (by Tierney) and two off Tierney free kick services
  • With two penalty kicks against tonight, the Revolution has now had five penalties called against them this season … Bobby Shuttleworth has been in goal for all five, stopping one
  • Andy Dorman, who had started the last 14 matches as the deep-lying central midfielder, was forced out of tonight’s match to serve a one-game yellow-card accumulation suspension
  • In Andy Dorman’s absence, A.J. Soares made just his second-ever start in a position other than center back when he lined up as the deep-lying central midfielder … in 89 of his previous 90 career starts, Soares was a center back – the only other match in which he played elsewhere was when he played left back at San Jose on March 10, 2012, the first game of his second season
  • Kelyn Rowe returned to the starting lineup, making his fourth start of the season … he replaced Teal Bunbury, who had started the team’s first 15 matches, at right wing
  • Tonight marked the first time Andrew Farrell and Jose Goncalves played alongside each other as central defense partners … in Andrew Farrell’s six previous starts at center back, he played alongside A.J. Soares in Goncalves’ absence
  • Bobby Shuttleworth made his first appearance in any competition since June 8 – a 2-0 loss to New York … Brad Knighton had started the team’s last three matches overall (two U.S. Open Cup game and one MLS match)
  • A.J. Soares remains the Revolution’s only player who has played every minute of every game this season … he has started all 16 matches and played all 1,440 matches
  • Steve Neumann made his team-leading 11th substitute appearance this season tonight … he has come on in each of the last 10 games
  • Tonight was Daigo Kobayashi’s first 90-minute run out with the Revolution this season … in each of his 12 previous starts, he was subbed off midway through the second half