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.
Nemanja Nikolic and Luis Solignac scored and the Chicago Fire handed the New England Revolution their first home loss of the season, 2-1 on Saturday night.
Nikolic scored his MLS-leading 13th goal in the 18th minute, beating an offside trap and, after having his initial shot blocked by goalie Cody Cropper, firing in the rebound.
Three quick passes found Solignac in front of the goal as he finished from close range in the 61st for his fourth goal.
New England scored in the 70th when Juan Agudelo kept the ball alive with a header off a cross with Antonio Mlinar Delamea then heading in the ball for his first MLS goal.
New England, which outshot Chicago 24-8, spent the remaining minutes on the attack but failed to get the equalizer despite several frantic moments in front of Chicago's net.
New England (5-6-5) had five wins and two draws at home before the loss. Chicago (9-3-4) is unbeaten in eight matches.
Jay Heaps talks with Brad Feldman and Paul Mariner about the preparation and gameplan that the players bought into that gave the Revs the win.