FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Real Salt Lake capped a fine week by relying on their reserves to notch a 2-0 victory over New England at Gillette Stadium.
Chris Schuler opened the scoring for the Claret-and-Cobalt by heading home his first career goal on 27 minutes. Collen Warner provided the service for Schuler's opener and added his second assist two minutes after halftime by springing Paulo Jr. for the killer second.
New England's frustrating night concluded with nine men. Shalrie Joseph saw red after 70 minutes, while Pat Phelan picked up a red card with five minutes remaining in an exchange that also saw RSL’s Will Johnson receive his marching orders for a second yellow card.
Franco Coria and Marko Perovic returned to the starting XI as part of three changes New England coach Steve Nicol made from the lineup that earned a 1-1 draw in Vancouver on Wednesday night. Coria recovered from a left hamstring strain to replace the suspended A.J. Soares, while Perović took the field for his first appearance since suffering a left hamstring strain in the season opener. Kenny Mansally also earned his first start of the campaign on the right flank with Zak Boggs dropping to the bench.
Real Salt Lake coach Jason Kreis made wholesale changes to his side in light of Tuesday's exertions in Costa Rica and the upcoming match against Colorado next Wednesday. Collen Warner assumed Jaiver Morales' duties in midfield, while Raushawn McKenzie and Chris Schuler partnered in central defense with Nat Borchers on the bench and Jamison Olave omitted entirely from the squad. Arturo Alvarez made his first start for RSL in an MLS game alongside Paulo Jr. up front.
Both sides struggled to establish any semblance of rhythm in the opening stages as they tried to shake off the effects of a hectic travel week, but a pair of long-distance strikes from Johnson and Mansally signaled the intent for each club after the first quarter of an hour elapsed.
Schuler’s opener capped a positive sequence for RSL. Ned Grabavoy shrugged off his marker and fired off the right post moments before the Revs conceded a corner kick. Warner's service from the left corner located Schuler's powerful near-post run and the second-year defender headed home his first MLS goal to stake the visitors to the lead.
Revolution midfielder Pat Phelan headed Kevin Alston's cross just wide of the far post three minutes before the break, but the home side entered the interval in need of a goal to extend their four-match unbeaten run to start the campaign.
Nicol brought on Sainey Nyassi and Ilija Stolica at halftime and switched the Revs to a 4-4-2 formation in an effort to perk up the misfiring attack, but RSL increased the difficulty of that task just two minutes after play resumed by doubling their advantage.
Warner once again featured prominently. The second-year midfielder exposed the Revs' high defensive line by playing a ball into the space for Paulo Jr., who collected and slotted home at the near post for his second goal of the campaign.
New England watched their night turn from bad to worse after 70 minutes as Joseph picked up the Revolution's second red card in as many matches when he poked his finger into Kyle Beckerman's face. Joseph will now miss next Sunday's trip to Houston.
Phelan will also join Joseph on the sidelines next weekend after his two-footed challenge on Robbie Russell procured the Revs’ second sending off. RSL's night did not end on an entirely positive note as Johnson picked up his second yellow card in the ensuing scrum.
RSL -- Chris Schuler 1 (Collen Warner 1) 28
RSL -- Paulo Araujo Jr. 2 (Collen Warner 2) 47
Real Salt Lake -- Kyle Reynish, Robbie Russell, Rauwshan McKenzie, Tony Beltran, Chris Schuler, Ned Grabavoy, Collen Warner (Luis Gil 79), Jean Alexandre (Kyle Beckerman 62), Will Johnson, Arturo Alvarez, Paulo Araujo Jr..
Substitutes Not Used: Nat Borchers, Fabian Espindola, Javier Morales, Andy Williams, Nick Rimando.
New England Revolution -- Bobby Shuttleworth, Kevin Alston, Franco Coria, Ryan Cochrane (Darrius Barnes 53), Didier Domi, Marko Perovic, Shalrie Joseph, Pat Phelan, Stephen McCarthy (Ilija Stolica 46), Zack Schilawski (Sainey Nyassi 46), Kenny Mansally.
Substitutes Not Used: Zak Boggs, Kheli Dube, Chris Tierney, Tim Murray.
NE -- Franco Coria (caution; Reckless Foul) 34
RSL -- Jean Alexandre (caution; Persistent Infringement) 37
NE -- Ilija Stolica (caution; Reckless Tackle) 51
NE -- Kevin Alston (caution; Reckless Foul) 60
NE -- Shalrie Joseph (ejection; Serious Foul Play) 71
RSL -- Chris Schuler (caution; Reckless Foul) 74
RSL -- Will Johnson (caution; Reckless Tackle) 84
NE -- Pat Phelan (ejection; Serious Foul Play) 85
RSL -- Will Johnson (ejection; Second Caution) 87
NE -- Didier Domi (caution; Dissent) 89
Referee: Jasen Anno
Referee's Assistants: Bill Dittmar; Eric Proctor
4th Official: Niko Bratsis
Time of Game: 1:55