Real Salt Lake (4-1-2-1-2): Nick Rimando; Chris Wingert, Nat Borchers, Chris Schuler, Tony Beltran; Kyle Beckerman (C), John Stertzer (Cole Grossman, 69’); Luis Gil (Ned Grabavoy, 76’), Javier Morales; Joao Plata (Abdoulie Mansally, 87’), Devon Sandoval
Substitutes not used: Jeff Attinella (GK); Aaron Maund, Kwame Watson-Siriboe, Olmes Garcia
New England Revolution (4-1-4-1): Bobby Shuttleworth; Jose Goncalves, A.J. Soares, Andrew Farrell, Darrius Barnes (Steve Neumann, 81’); Daigo Kobayashi, Lee Nguyen, Chris Tierney, Kelyn Rowe; Diego Fagundez (Teal Bunbury, 63’), Patrick Mullins (Saer Sene, 79’)
Substitutes not used: Brad Knighton (GK); Kevin Alston, Scott Caldwell, Stephen McCarthy
SANDY, Utah – Real Salt Lake (7-3-7, 28 points, West #2) broke its five-game winless streak in MLS play on Friday, converting two penalty kicks to top New England Revolution (7-7-2, East #3) 2-1 in front of a sold-out Rio Tinto Stadium.
MF Javier Morales scored in the 35th minute, converting his third penalty kick of the year to give RSL the lead. But the lead did not last long as New England DF Darrius Barnes pulled one back for the Revs two minutes later in the 37th minute. RSL secured the win in the 65th minute after earning a second penalty kick with RSL FW Joao Plata converting from the spot for his seventh goal of the year.
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Real Salt Lake Head Coach Jeff Cassar
On why Real Salt Lake seemed so rejuvenated:
“I think it was the urgency of play, especially being at home. Obviously, we had Kyle [Beckerman] and Nick [Rimando] coming back, giving us that extra boost of confidence and calmness on the ball helped tremendously. I think what I was really pleased with was the way we started the game and the way we finished it. We were really aggressive in trying to play in their end.”
On what went into the decision to start MF Kyle Beckerman and GK Nick Rimando only 36 hours after they returned from the World Cup:
“It was really just communication with those two. When I was saying [that they probably wouldn’t play], my mind was telling me one thing, my heart was telling me another thing and my gut was telling me another thing. Once I was able to talk to them and hear their voices, and feel that they wanted to – not that they had to – it was a no-brainer.”