Preview: Revs at Real Salt Lake

Preview: Revs at Real Salt Lake

By Danny Picard
CSNNE.com

It's no secret the New England Revolution's biggest issue lies in the offensive end of the pitch. Their coach, Steve Nicol, expressed his disappointment in the team's lack of finish after Sunday's 1-0 loss to the Chicago Fire at Gillette Stadium.

Goals were "staring them right in the face," according to Nicol after the loss. But the ability to perfect their service into the box, or even put the ball into the goal when it got there, was nowhere to be found.

In fact, goal scoring has been non-existent for quite a while for the Revs. To be exact, New England hasn't scored a goal since May 29 in a 3-2 win over the New York Red Bulls at Gillette.

To be fair, the Revs (3-8-2, 11 points) have only played two official MLS games since then, thanks to a three-week World Cup break. In the only other league match since May 29, the Revs were shut out 3-0 by Seattle on May 5. So the opportunities to get back on track, offensively, haven't really been there, with regards to a consistent schedule.

They'll try to break the drought on Friday night in Utah against the Western Conference's Real Salt Lake (7-3-3, 24). It's the same Real Salt Lake team that defeated New England 6-0 last regular season, and then went on to win the 2009 MLS Cup championship.

The Revs enter Friday night's game as the sixth-place team in the Eastern Conference, just one point out of last. Meanwhile, Real Salt Lake is in second place in the West, nine points behind the Los Angeles Galaxy.

Following Friday's match with Real Salt Lake, New England returns home to host the Galaxy, making for two teams you don't necessarily want to face in back-to-back weeks if you're still trying to find your offense.

But if the Revs can out-play either one of those teams like they out-played the Fire last weekend, they'll have a chance to turn things around.

They just have to finish.

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Wright-Phillips scores 16th goal, Red Bulls beat Revs 1-0

Wright-Phillips scores 16th goal, Red Bulls beat Revs 1-0

HARRISON, N.J. - Bradley Wright-Phillips scored his 16th goal of the season in the 55th minute and the New York Red Bulls beat the New England Revolution 1-0 on Sunday.

Revs goalkeeper Brad Knighton saved Alex Muyl's shot and Wright-Phillips put back the deflection with a half-volley into the right corner. Wright-Phillips has 61 goals in 100 career MLS games.

The Red Bulls (11-9-7) extended their undefeated streak to nine games and moved into a third-place tie in the East with the Philadelphia Union. The Revolution (6-12-9) are winless in their last six.

Draw with Earthquakes extends Revolution's winless streak

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Draw with Earthquakes extends Revolution's winless streak

SAN JOSE, Calif. - David Bingham had his sixth shutout of the season and the San Jose Earthquakes tied New England 0-0 on Wednesday night, extending the Revolution's winless streak to five games.

Bingham, who was tied for second in MLS soccer with 12 shutouts last season, had three saves - including a stop on Diego Fagundez's shot in the 86th minute.

The Revolution haven't scored since a 3-1 victory over Chicago on Aug. 9, a stretch of more than 270 minutes.

New England (6-11-8) had beaten San Jose three straight times.

San Jose (7-7-10) has just one loss in its last seven matches.