The first scoring chance came early with Carles Gil cutting the ball onto his left foot and putting a curling effort that skimmed off the crossbar and out in the 7th minute.
Gustavo Bou was lively off the substitute’s bench. He was set up nicely in the box from a Juan Agudelo layoff. But his 68th-minute shot was blocked well. Ten minutes later, Bou sent a driven ball in front of the goal that deflected out for a goal kick.
Damir Kreilach had Real Salt Lake's best chance with a dangerous free kick in the 75th minute, but it was blocked by the New England wall.
- THE BIG PICTURE: Birthday boy Bruce Arena labeled the game a must win. He wasn’t pleased at halftime and surely the same was true at the full-time whistle. The Revs, pending Orlando City SC's result against the Houston Dynamo, are still two points above the playoff line in the East. Freddy Juarez rolled the dice with a heavy rotation ahead of a vital home game Wednesday at Rio Tinto Stadium against the LA Galaxy and it paid off.
- MOMENT OF THE MATCH: This was the wildest sequence of a second-half heavily tilted in the Revs’ attacking third.
- MAN OF THE MATCH: Bou picked up a knock during the week at training and was limited to a substitute’s appearance, but when he came on the Argentine Designated Player was a threat with every touch. He probably deserved a late winner, but he skied it into Patriot Place.