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RSL lose in ugly fashion at New England

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Four goals were conceded, but the truth is it could have been much worse.

Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

Real Salt Lake came out in a diamond formation to the surprise of many, perhaps due to necessity because of player availability if anything. RSL looked better than they have in a while in possession but it only lasted for a short while. The Revolution had the vast majority of the chances on the night and the goals started pouring in in the 39th minute. Chris Tierney made the first goal beating John Stertzer one on one with a nice turn and perfectly placed ball. Goal number two for the Revs came within the next few minutes and this time Juan Agudelo beat Tony Beltran on the back side of the goal to make it 2-0. The only real chance in the first half for RSL came off of a corner from Luke Mulholland in which Aaron Maund, getting his first minutes of the season, was open but headed it high.

The wheels seemed to come off in the second half and Real Salt Lake looked frustrated and discombobulated. Charlie Davies scored a goal in the 50th minute after a spell of the ball being in or around the box for a good while. Jeff Attinella came up with a four or five very nice saves but could not keep the ball out of the net on a night when the RSL offense could not get anything going and the defense looked uncharacteristically disjointed. The pain did not come to an end and Scott Caldwell scored the final goal in the 84th minute to put salt salt in the wound. A loss like this will require a regrouping and some veteran leadership to overcome.