What started off as a rather uneventful match in the first half, turned out to be one of the more exciting matches for RSL this season. New England started the scoring with a volleyed shot from MF Ryan Guy at the top of the box. RSL would battle back and get the equalizer in the 77′ after a blast from MF Sebastian Velasquez rebounded to F Devon Sandoval who knocked it in for his first career goal. RSL would strike again in the 89′ when MF Javi Morales sent a corner kick to MF Kyle Beckerman waiting at the top of the box. Beckerman blasted a shot that was initially blocked, but the rebound fell to F Olmes Garcia who put it past the New England keeper for the go-ahead goal. RSL would have to rely once again on their star GK Nick Rimando when a penalty was called on DF Carlos Salcedo for a phantom handball in the box. Salcedo was shown his second yellow of the match, followed by a red and sent off. Rimando blocked the ensuing penalty kick which was taken by New England F Saer Sene, giving RSL the victory and three valuable road points. This is the first victory this season for RSL after going down a goal, as well as the first back-to-back wins of the season.
Before the match, RSL coach Jason Kreis said the team was going into this one looking for a victory on the road. RSL will take the same attitude with them as they head to Montreal for the next match on Saturday May 11th against the Montreal Impact (5-2-2, 17 points). The victory moves RSL into second place in the Western standings with a record of 5-4-2 and 17 points. New England currently sits in 8th place with a record of 2-4-3 and 9 points.
New England v RSL Match Stats