Well after New England came out of the gates quickly and got the first shot of the night in the 4th minute as Chris Tierney's effort went wide left. After that to be honest it was almost all RSL, it took until the 27th minute for RSL to find the back of the net for the first time on the night as Fabian Espindola poked it past Matt Reis. That opened the flood gates for RSL who would outshoot New England 12 to 4 in the first half, Jamison Olave added the second RSL goal of the night in stoppage time of the first half and the 2-0 lead at halftime seemed to energize the RSL fans and players.
The second half was more of the same as RSL's Alvaro Saborio scored his 6th and 7th goals of the season in the 52nd and 57th minutes, RSL would take 12 shots in the second half to end the night with 24 shots and 10 on goal. It only seemed appropriate that two things would happen in this match, first was the very fitting way in which RSL honored two players, Robbie Findley was welcomed back with a 10th minute salute of fans holding up signs with his number to let him know how much we care about him, the second player was Nick Rimando who was not only rewarded with his 4th straight clean sheet, a new RSL shutout streak, but his 100th career MLS win. Nick was made the captain of the team tonight in honor of his being named the June player of the month, what a way to andwer back as Nick made 4 save and a couple were very impressive ones.
Robbie Findley paid back the fans tribute on the night by coming in at the half and making some explosive runs and simply making the Rev's defense look out classed, he took several shots but it wasn't until the 85th minute that he was able to finish off the RSL scoring (something he did last year in the 6-0 rout of New England). In the end it was 5-0 in a very impressive outing by RSL.
You have to believe that with two new teams coming into the league next year, that the Revolution are going to beg the schedule makers to find a way to keep them away from Rio Tinto Stadium. The Rev's have played at Rio Tinto twice now, and still haven't found the back of the net, but they have given up 11 unanswered goals in the two matches they have played here. Simply amazing.
More details and pictures on Saturday.
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