FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Revolution (3-4-4; 13 pts.) defeated Real Salt Lake (2-7-2; 8 pts.), 4-0, at Gillette Stadium on Saturday evening. Four different Revolution players scored in the first half as the club extended its home unbeaten streak at Gillette Stadium to nine matches. The result also marks New England's largest margin of victory since the last time it hosted Real Salt Lake in Foxborough – another 4-0 victory on April 25, 2015.
Midfielder Scott Caldwell opened the scoring and his 2017 account in the fourth minute, capping off clinical buildup play from Diego Fagundez and Chris Tierney. The goal was the Revolution's second quickest of the season and Caldwell's first at Gillette Stadium since the April 25, 2015 win against Real Salt Lake. Forward Kei Kamara doubled New England's lead with his third goal of the season and the 89th of his MLS career, which moves him into a tie with Carlos Ruiz for 10th place on the League's all-time goal scoring chart. The Revolution would add two more goals in the final 11 minutes of the first half. Fagundez opened his 2017 scoring account in the 34th minute, while Lee Nguyen registered his fifth tally of the season in the 44th.
Six different players – Lee Nguyen, Kei Kamara, Kelyn Rowe, Diego Fagundez, Chris Tierney, Scott Caldwell – recorded either a goal or an assist in tonight's match. In total, New England was credited with seven assists on the four goals, which sets a club record for most team assists in a single half. Goalkeeper Cody Cropper also submitted three saves in his third shutout of the season and his second in the team's last two home matches.
New England returns to action next Sunday, May 21, when the club hosts Columbus Crew SC at Gillette Stadium. The match kicks off at 2:30 p.m. ET and will be broadcast locally on CSN New England, where Brad Feldman, Paul Mariner, and Naoko Funayama will be on the call. Fans can also listen on the radio in English on 98.5 The Sports Hub and in Portuguese on 1570 WMVX Nossa Radio.
New England Revolution 4, Real Salt Lake 0
May 13, 2017 – Gillette Stadium (Foxborough, Mass.)
Revolution Go Unbeaten in Ninth Consecutive Home Match, Shutout Real Salt Lake 4-0
- The Revolution defeated Real Salt Lake, 4-0, on Saturday night, bringing New England's record to 3-4-4 (13 pts.) through the first 11 matches of the season. The Revs have now recorded at least one point in three consecutive matches against Real Salt Lake.
- New England extended its home unbeaten streak to nine matches with tonight's victory. The Revs are now 3-0-2 in matches at Gillette Stadium this season and are 7-0-2 in home matches dating back to September 3, 2016.
- With the four goals on the night, New England is now averaging 2.6 goals per home game in 2017. That mark currently ranks second in MLS according to Opta, trailing only the Houston Dynamo (2.7 goals per home game).
First-Half Scoresheet Sets Revs Record
- The Revolution’s four first-half goals tied a club record for the most goals scored in a single half. This is the ninth time New England has posted four goals in a half, with the last time coming on May 11, 2014 against Seattle Sounders FC at Gillette Stadium.
- On those four goals, Opta credited New England with seven assists, the most in a single half in team history. The Revolution had six assists in a half once before, in the second half against the Tampa Bay Mutiny on May 10, 1998.
A Homegrown Goal: Three Massachusetts Natives Combine for Opening Score
- The Revolution’s first goal of the match was produced by three Massachusetts products. Two of them – Diego Fagundez and Scott Caldwell – represent the club’s first and second Homegrown Player signings, respectively. Defender Chris Tierney (Wellesley, Mass.) delivered a perfectly angled ball to midfielder Diego Fagundez (Leominster, Mass.), who created space for himself along the left side before delivering a perfect cross to midfielder Scott Caldwell (Braintree, Mass.). Caldwell finished the chance past Real Salt Lake goalkeeper Matt van Oekel for his first goal of the season.
- Caldwell scored for just the third time in his MLS career to give the Revs the early lead in tonight's contest. The goal was Caldwell's first tally since finding the back of the net on May 20, 2015 at Sporting Kansas City. In his career, Caldwell has recorded three goals and 14 assists in 132 contests. His first career strike also came against Real Salt Lake in the teams’ last meeting at Gillette Stadium.
Several Revs Continue Climb up Club’s Assists Chart
- Midfielder Lee Nguyen and defender Chris Tierney entered Saturday’s match tied for 2nd place in club history with 36 assists each. After notching two helpers each in Saturday’s game, the pair remains tied in 2nd place with 38 career assists each, all coming with the Revolution.
- Midfielders Kelyn Rowe and Diego Fagundez also moved up the Revs’ assists chart. Rowe tied Shalrie Joseph for fifth place in team history with his 34th career assist. Fagundez’s 28th assist broke a tie with Jose Cancela and put him into a deadlock with Taylor Twellman for 8th on the club’s all-time chart.
Kamara Cracks Top 10 in MLS Scoring History
- Forward Kei Kamara scored the 89th regular season goal of his MLS career, moving him into a tie with Carlos Ruiz for 10th place on the all-time MLS goal scoring chart.
- Kamara finished the match with one goal and one assist, marking the third time he has done so with the Revolution. Last season, Kamara posted a goal and an assist on Oct. 1, 2016 vs. Sporting Kansas City and on Sept. 17, 2016 against the Montreal Impact.
Fagundez Opens Account for 2017 MLS Season
- Midfielder Diego Fagundez recorded his first goal of the 2017 season on his 34th minute goal. Fagundez now has one goal and four assists on the year.
- The Leominster, Mass. native has 35 career goals and is two goals shy of tying Shalrie Joseph and Pat Noonan for the fifth most goals in club history.
Nguyen Adds Goal to Pair of Assists
- Midfielder Lee Nguyen provided the fourth and final goal of the first half, finding the back of the net in the 41st minute. The captain now has five goals on the season, one shy of Juan Agudelo's team-leading six goals.
- Forward Kei Kamara recorded the primary assist on Nguyen's 41st minute goal. The assist is Kamara's second of the 2017 season and the 35th of his MLS career.
- Defender Chris Tierney registered the secondary assist on Nguyen's 41st minute goal. The assist was Tierney's second of the match and third of the 2017 MLS regular season, equaling his total from last season.
Cropper Records Third Shutout of 2017 Season
- Goalkeeper Cody Cropper recorded three saves en route to his third shutout of the 2017 MLS season.
- Cropper has now registered three shutouts over his last four matches at Gillette Stadium this season. His first of the year came vs. Houston on April 8 and his second came in a 0-0 draw vs. San Jose on April 19.
- The Atlanta, Ga. native now has four MLS shutouts to his name since making his Revolution debut in the 2016 season finale against the Montreal Impact, a 3-0 win.
Revolution Make Three Changes to Starting XI
- Revolution Head Coach Jay Heaps made three changes to the club’s starting lineup from its most recent match on May 6 at Columbus Crew SC. Defenders Benjamin Angoua and Chris Tierney and forward Kei Kamara replaced defender Josh Smith, midfielder Daigo Kobayashi, and forward Juan Agudelo.
- Defender Donnie Smith was unavailable for selection in tonight's match as he is currently on loan with the Charlotte Independence. Goalkeeper Matt Turner was also unavailable for selection as he completes a short-term loan with the Richmond Kickers.
- 4th minute (GOAL) – Midfielder Scott Caldwell opens his 2017 account with the Revolution's second quickest goal of the season, slotting home a close-range shot after strong buildup play from Diego Fagundez and Chris Tierney (WATCH).
- 18th minute (GOAL) – Forward Kei Kamara doubles New England's lead, heading in a corner kick from Lee Nguyen that puts the Revs ahead, 2-0 (WATCH).
- 30th minute (SAVE) – Goalkeeper Cody Cropper denies a powerful header from Real Salt Lake forward Joao Plata at the near post with a lunging dive to his right, keeping the visiting team off of the score sheet (WATCH).
- 34th minute (GOAL) – Midfielder Diego Fagundez extends New England's lead to 3-0 with his first goal of the season, tapping home a cross from Kelyn Rowe (WATCH).
- 41st minute (GOAL) – New England adds a fourth goal in the first half from a fourth different player as Lee Nguyen buries a line drive into the bottom corner inside the far post (WATCH).
- 49th minute (OFFSIDE) – Midfielder Diego Fagundez nearly finds a fifth goal for the Revs and a second for himself, but he's ruled offside as he corrals a pass from Lee Nguyen inside of the 18-yard box (WATCH).
- 64th minute (SAVE) – Cody Cropper makes another save to preserve New England's clean sheet, parrying away a shot from RSL newcomer Jefferson Savarino (WATCH).
Referee: Hilario Grajeda
Assistant Referees: Adam Garner (AR1), Kevin Klinger (AR2)
Fourth Official: Caleb Mendez
Weather: 49 Degrees and Rain
NE – Scott Caldwell 1 (Diego Fagundez 4, Chris Tierney 2) 4'
NE – Kei Kamara 3 (Lee Nguyen 3) 18'
NE – Diego Fagundez 1 (Kelyn Rowe 3, Lee Nguyen 4) 34'
NE – Lee Nguyen 5 (Kei Kamara 2, Chris Tierney 3) 41'
NE – Scott Caldwell (Yellow Card – Unsporting Behavior) 29'
RSL – Omar Holness (Yellow Card – Unsporting Behavior) 35'
RSL – Ricardo Velazco (Yellow Card – Unsporting Behavior) 44'
NE – Andrew Farrell (Yellow Card – Unsporting Behavior) 79'
RSL – Jose Hernandez (Yellow Card – Unsporting Behavior) 80'
RSL – Luis Silva (Yellow Card – Unsporting Behavior) 84'
New England Revolution: Cody Cropper; Chris Tierney, Benjamin Angoua, Antonio Delamea, Andrew Farrell; Xavier Kouassi; Diego Fagundez, Scott Caldwell (Daigo Kobayashi 66'); Kelyn Rowe (Je-Vaughn Watson 81'); Kei Kamara (Femi Hollinger-Janzen 67'), Lee Nguyen ©
Substitutes Not Used: Brad Knighton, Josh Smith, London Woodberry, Teal Bunbury
Real Salt Lake: Matt Van Oekel; Demar Phillips (Justin Schmidt HT), Aaron Maund, Chris Wingert ©, Regan Dunk (Yura Movsisyan 73'); Ricardo Velazco, Omar Holness, Sunny, Jose Hernandez; Joao Plata (Jefferson Savarino 61'), Luis Silva
Substitutes Not Used: Lalo Fernandez, Chris Schuler, Albert Rusnak, Luke Mulholland