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Historically, games against the New England Revolution at home have been very exciting and dramatic for Real Salt Lake. Think way back to our final season in Rice Eccles Stadium, back when the Revolution were still one of the best teams in MLS. Real made to continue their first ever good home winning streak with a 2-1 upset victory. The next season, against a not-quite-as-dominant Revolution side, RSL played one of their most memorable games ever. The score was tied at zeroes at half time. But in the second half, the Real Salt Lake offense ran rampant over the New England Defense. Six different players scored in the 6-0 win that would go down as the biggest win in franchise history. The next year RSL continued the fireworks with a dazzling 5-0 win over New England.
Everyone expected another big win for Real Salt Lake last year too. But a wild game plagued by miscues and terrible officiating that neither teams’ coaches agreed with ended up turning the match into an eventual 3-3 draw. A win or not, the game was entertaining to watch.
So basically, in the last three meetings between these two teams at Rio Tinto Stadium there have been a combined 17 goals! That’s crazy!
So what can one expect? Plenty of goals for sure, but there’s a lot more going on in the background.
Jason Kreis and Real Salt Lake were relieved to have a little more of a break between games for the first time in a while this week. He claims the extra training has been very good for his team. Sounds to me like they should be primed for this weekend’s fixture.
New England is coming off of a 2-1 midweek win over our Rocky Mountain rivals, the Colorado Rapids. The game was pretty interesting. Colorado scored off of a corner kick in which not a single Revolution defender really challenged for the ball. However, the Revolution seemed to be very dangerous on crosses from outside backs and midfielders. That’s where they got all their opportunities on goal from.
Hopefully, Real will be able to shut down the wings and keep the ball. If they’re able to do that, this game should be a good win for the claret and cobalt!