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History Shows that RSL is a Difficult Opponent for the Revolution

The Revs haven't won against RSL since Aug. 23, 2009. Let's take a stroll down history lane.

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Two weeks after recording their first-ever victory at Dick's Sporting Goods Park, the New England Revolution will be looking to break another hex when they face Real Salt Lake on Saturday.

Since joining the league in 2005, RSL has proven to be a difficult opponent for the Revolution as the team from Utah leads the all-time series 9-4-4. Recent history has been especially unkind to the Revolution as they haven't won since Aug. 23, 2009.

A major part  of RSL;s success against the Revolution has been Alvaro Saborio.The Costa Rican has amassed six goals and one assist in four appearances. Similarly, Javier Morales has collected two goals and eight assists in nine outings.

While RSL's usual suspects have proven productive against Revs, the opposite has been true when it comes to Revolution goal scorers. In 2014, Darrius Barnes provided the Revolution's only goal of the night. One year earlier, Ryan Guy gave his team a lead that would later be erased when Devon Sandoval and Olmes Garcia struck late.

So how can the Revs reverse history when they welcome RSL to Gillette Stadium this weekend? It starts with the attack. The Revs need to put pressure on what will be a makeshift backline as Chris Schuler is injured and Jamison Olave is suspended. Grabbing an early goal will help create space, which should lead to plenty of goal scoring opportunities.