FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- With their 2-0 loss to Real Salt Lake (3-0-0) on Saturday, the New England Revolution's four-game undefeated streak to open the season -- the second-longest in team history -- came to an end. The longest unbeaten streak to open a season came in 2005, when the Revs went undefeated in their first 11 matches.
Saturday night’s match also marked the first time the Revs (1-1-3) were shut out this season and was the first time the Revs allowed more than one goal this season.
When it came to shots on target, the Revs were outshot by a 2-to-1 ratio against Salt Lake. The guests put six shots on frame, while the Revs mustered only three.
Going into the game, the Revs had a chance to even their record against Salt Lake, which was 4-5-3 since the guests entered the league in 2005. But, the 2-0 loss dropped the Revs to 4-6-3 all-time against Salt Lake.
Salt Lake coach Jason Kreis rested a number of his regulars Saturday night. Following Tuesday night’s match in Costa Rica against Deportivo Saprissa for the second leg of the CONCACAF Champions league semifinal -- which Salt Lake won 3-2 on aggregate -- Kreis kept regulars Fabian Espindola, Javier Morales, Nat Borchers, Nick Rimando and Alvaro Saborio out of the match.
The Revs dropped their third straight match to Real Salt Lake on Saturday. In fact, the last time the Revs beat them was back on Aug. 23, 2009, a game New England won, 3-1.
For the second straight game, the Revs were without starting goalkeeper Matt Reis, who was listed out due to an adductor strain.
The Revs were without starting centerback A.J. Soares, who was suspended due to the red card he picked during Wednesday night’s match in Vancouver.
The Revs welcomed back defender Franco Coria and midfielder Marko Perovic after both had sustained injuries earlier this season. Perovic last saw action in the Revs season opener against the Los Angeles Galaxy on March 20 before he sustained an injured hamstring, while Coria picked up a hamstring injury of his own during the DC United match on March 26.
The last time that the Revs had two players red carded was on May 1, 2010, when Kheli Dube and Joseph Niouky were dismissed in a match against FC Dallas at Gillette Stadium.
Brian O'Connell is covering the Revolution for ESPNBoston.com. He is the co-founder of New England Soccer Today (www.nesoccertoday.com), which covers professional soccer within New England. He can be reached at BOConnell21@aol.com.