On a misty, damp evening in Foxboro, the quality of soccer on display hasn't done much to electrify anybody in attendance. Luckily for the New England Revolution and Real Salt Lake, not too many people elected to brave the elements on a late Wednesday night game, so the sloppiness on the field has gone largely unnoticed.
The Revs and RSL remain embattled in a 0-0 stalemate as they retire to the locker rooms for the interval, with both teams catching half chances but neither finding any luck in front of goal. The Revolution in particular are guilty of being a bit wasteful, but in the end, there was only one really clear chance of note.
The Revs had an opportunity to open the floodgates early when Chris Tierney floated a long ball over the top for Ryan Guy to run onto down the left channel. Guy's volleyed cross found a streaking Bengtson in the box, but his attempt at chested control was abysmal, and he ended up running the ball behind for a goal kick.
Four minutes later, the Revs wasted the game's best chance. Lee Nguyen played a splitting through ball to Bengtson, who ran onto it and rounded Nick Rimando. However, he didn't complete the movement, and then, instead of firing in on the mostly-empty net, he tried to play it back to Diego Fagundez near the top of the box. The pass wasn't accurate but the ball ran all the way back to Nguyen, who faked a shot and cut into the box. He was brought down, his penalty shout denied, and Bengtson fired a shot that was blocked over for a corner.
Salt Lake got their chances afterward, with Luis Gil missing high in the 11th minute and Kyle Beckerman volleying over with a speculative effort in the 18th. Ned Grabavoy also nearly volleyed home a cross in the 29th, but his effort was awkward and went high and wide.
The stats continue to reflect an ugly match. New England has enjoyed just 41.6% of the possession, completing only 69.8% of their passes. RSL, meanwhile, has attempted nearly 100 more passes than the Revs, and sport a completion percentage of 80.7%. Neither keeper has made a save, though the Revs are winning the shots battle 4-3. None have been on goal.