FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - Scott Caldwell scored in the opening minutes and the New England Revolution snapped a five-game winless streak with a 4-0 victory over Real Salt Lake on Saturday night.
It was Caldwell's third career goal and his first in nearly two calendar years.
Caldwell, in his fifth MLS season, poked home a half-volley from the top of the 6-yard box in the fourth minute. Diego Fagundez beat a defender in the left corner and perfectly placed the entry that - after a dummy by Kelyn Rowe - a charging Caldwell put away.
Kei Kamara's header off a corner kick by Lee Nguyen gave New England (3-3-4) a 2-0 lead in the 18th minute, Fagundez tapped a pass from Rowe into a wide-open net in the 35th and Nguyen added a goal from near the spot to make it 4-0 moments before halftime.
Real Salt Lake (2-7-7) has lost four in a row, allowing 13 goals in that span.
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ola Kamara had a goal and an assist and Zack Steffen made five saves for his third shutout, leading the Columbus Crew to a 2-0 victory over the New England Revolution on Saturday night.
Kamara opened the scoring with his sixth goal in the 13th minute. He took the ball down the left side on a feed from Justin Meram, stepped right and curled the ball just inside the far post.
Kamara's patience that led to Federico Higuain's third goal in the 53rd minute. Higuain sent the ball forward to Kamara on his right and continued forward. Kamara pushed the ball ahead and stopped, waiting for support before sending the ball back to the streaking Higuain, who buried the shot high from just outside the box.
It was the first time Columbus (5-4-1) had scored from distance. Last season, they were last in the league with just two goals from outside the box.
Cody Cropper made four saves for the Revolution (2-4-4), who are 0-4-2 on the road and winless in seven straight away games. Only once have they scored more than once in that string, getting three in a draw at Seattle last weekend.
The Patriots are pretty well set at the safety spot, but that won't keep them from seeking out potential fits for their training camp roster.
According to NFL Media's Ian Rapoport, veteran free-agent safety Taylor Mays will be given a tryout by the Patriots at the team's rookie minicamp.
Mays was taken in the second round out of USC by the 49ers back in 2010, and he started six games as a rookie at strong safety. In the run-up to the 2011 season, Mays was traded to the Bengals for a future seventh-round pick. He spent the next four seasons with Cincinnati.
In 2015, Mays bounced from the Vikings to the Lions to the Raiders. He was cut before the start of the regular season but re-signed with Oakland in September of that year and played in 14 games, starting five.
The Bengals re-signed Mays last offseason, but he was released in July as he was facing an eight-game suspension to start the year after incurring multiple substance-abuse violations.
Mays was an intriguing prospect coming out of USC as he measured in at 6-foot-3, 230 pounds, ran a 4.43-second 40-yard dash and jumped 41 inches in the vertical at the combine in 2010.