Nicol: Revs' losses are deceiving

The Revolution dropped a 2-1 defeat to Real Salt Lake at home Saturday night, the team’s 15th loss of the season to go along with seven wins and five ties. But coach Steve Nicol said his team’s performance in recent games has a deceiving quality.

“It’s hard to be positive because of the way we’ve played -- because we’ve lost the game,’’ Nicol said after Saturday's game. “But we should take that from the game. We’re just disappointed.

"I think the one thing that’s shone over the last three or four weeks is that we’ve been committed in games. You look at Philly [1-2 loss], you look at Dallas [2-2 tie], you look at Columbus [2-2 tie], you look at tonight, realistically we could have won all those games. The guys have been up for games. We just have lacked that quality and we make too many basic errors.’’


--The team hosted its second largest crowd of the season Saturday, with 18,130 in attendance at Gillette Stadium.

--Real Salt Lake goalkeeper Nick Rimando saw his current shutout streak end at 511 minutes, spoiled by a Sainey Nyassi goal in the 82nd minute with assists to Kheli Dube and Marko Perovic. RSL’s victory raised the team’s record to 14-4-9, taking the team to 51 points on the season, one more than the Los Angeles Galaxy who face cross-town rival Chivas USA on Sunday. It marks the first time this season that the defending MLS Cup champions have taken sole leadership in the league’s overall standings.

--Nyassi and Kenny Mansally leave Sunday for Belgium to begin five days of training in front of their African Cup of Nations qualifier against Burkina Faso. Nyassi scored in the team’s first qualifier in this round on Sept. 4 in a 3-1 win over Namibia.

--The Revolution played Saturday night without two starting defenders: Kevin Alston (hamstring) and Cory Gibbs (infection). The loss of the players forced midfielder Chris Tierney to play right defense, as the utility player served in yet another function Saturday night for the team.

--RSL’s Javier Morales assisted on both of his team’s goals Saturday night. The first was off a free kick that Nat Borchers headed past Matt Reis in the 68th minute. The game-winning goal came off the head of Alvaro Saborio in the 84th minute off a cross from the right side in which Saborio fought off Seth Sinovic and headed past goalkeeper Matt Reis. The Revs had tied the game two minutes earlier with Nyassi’s goal.