Real Salt Lake is back on the east coast for the first time since June 1 to face New England Revolution with just four matches to go this regular season:
1. Real is coming off a 3-1 road loss against Minnesota United on Sunday night. RSL took the lead in the 17th minute through Albert Rusnak but conceded just three minutes later when Darwin Quintero scored. Quintero ended up with two goals on the night but it was Ethan Finlay who put the nail in the coffin in the 83rd.
Rusnak’s goal brought him to ten goals and three assists on the season, Sam Johnson has nine goals, Jefferson Savarino has seven goals and five assists, Damir Kreilach has five goals and four assists, and Corey Baird has four goals and two assists.
2. Going into Sunday’s match at Minnesota, Real Salt Lake had been in second place but the loss allowed Seattle and Minnesota to hop RSL and the Claret & Cobalt now sit in fourth place in the western conference with a record of 14-12-4. Real Salt Lake is now 3-9-3 on the road in 2019.
RSL’s 2018 match against New England resulted in a 4-1 win in which now-RSL player Kelyn Rowe scored the Revolution’s lone goal while Besler, Saucedo, Baird, and Kreilach all got on the board for the home team. Real is 10-6-5 all-time against the Revolution and 4-4-2 on the road.
3. New England Revolution is coming off a 3-3 road draw against Orlando City on Saturday. Cristian and Penilla and Gustavo Bou scored for the visitors while New England’s rising star Carles Gil had two assists, bringing him to nine goals and fourteen assists in his first MLS season. Bou now has seven goals and one assist, Penilla has five goals and six assists, Juan Fernando Caicedo has five goals and three assists, and Teal Bunbury has five goals and one assist. New England is 7-5-3 at home this season and head coach Bruce Arena, who was hired on May 14, is 4-1-3 at Gillette Stadium with a goal differential of +7.