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New England 0, Real Salt Lake 0 - Revs Earn Tough Road Point at Rio Tinto

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As far as 0-0 draws go, this was pretty fun to watch all around.

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It had been three months since the New England Revolution posted a shutout in MLS play, and they went into a hostile stadium at Real Salt Lake and played out to a 0-0 draw.

While the first half went scoreless, it was RSL who had a few solid chances. Burrito Martinez set up Joao Plata with a backheel in the 10th minute only for Plata to fire high and wide of the target from close range. Luke Mulholland took a shot from distance only to have it saved by Shuttleworth and cleared off the line by Lee Nguyen. Later in the half it was Plata again who had a follow up shot go wide after Shuttleworth had come off his line to deny Yura Movsisyan.

The Revolution didn't generate the same chances as RSL, but did have some good build up in the first forty five minutes. Daigo Kobayashi fired over the bar after a short corner and Aaron Maund blocked a chance from Kelyn Rowe at the top of the box midway through the half.

The first half became an increasingly chippy affair, with Nguyen getting booked right before the half following a foul on Beckerman and London Woodberry dragging down Movsisyan in the opening moments of the second half. Beckerman committed two possible tactical fouls, including a hard challenge on Rowe that didn't receive a caution in the first half.

Kei Kamara thought he'd opened the scoring just a few minutes into the half, as he finished neatly over an onrushing Nick Rimando only to have the AR on the near side flag him for a foul (correctly) at the top of the box in the build up. On the hour mark, it was Movsisyan again but this time could only bundle a cross from Demar Phillips wide as the ball got stuck between his feet.

In the 74th it would be substitute Diego Fagundez all alone against Nick Rimando only to have the United State international come off his line and stuff the chance. The play was set up by Kamara winning a header and Nguyen finding the streaking winger in the middle of the field.

The Revs used two more subs in Chris Teirney and Femi Hollinger-Janzen to mount a good spell of pressure for the final ten minutes but couldn't get a great chance on target. RSL had two late chances, a set piece that went over and Olmes Garcia firing just over the bar on a touch pass from Beckerman in stoppage time.

Overall, it's a solid road point for the Revs who have never fared well at Rio Tinto and RSL is still unbeaten at home in 2016. While RSL had several near misses throughout the match, the Revs defense was able to do just enough and did generate a few solid chances of their own. The two teams combined for 26 shots but put just three on target with RSL having a 2-1 edge in that stat.

The Revolution return home to face the Philadelphia Union midweek at Harvard in the US Open Cup before welcoming the Chicago Fire to Gillette Stadium for an MLS regular season match on the weekend.