Revs hope to start fresh in second half

With a horrid first half of the season in the rearview, the Revolution (3-8-6, 15 pts.) will hit the ground running for the start of the second half when they face CONCACAF Champions League finalist Real Salt Lake (7-3-5, 26 pts.) at Rio Tinto Stadium on Monday.

The game will kick off at 8:30 p.m. ET, and will be televised on ESPN2. A radio broadcast will be available locally on 98.5 The Sports Hub.

The Revs, who fell to the bottom of the Eastern Conference basement in the wake of last weekend’s 2-1 loss to Seattle, will face Salt Lake (fourth in the Western Conference) for the second time this season. On April 9, Salt Lake claimed a 2-0 win over the Revs at Gillette Stadium.

Revs notes

* On Thursday, the Revolution announced that they declined the contract options on midfielder/forward Marko Perovic and forward Ilija Stolica. Perovic, who scored a team-high six goals last season, was injured during the team’s April 23 match against Sporting Kansas City and was not expected to return this season. Stolica saw limited action this season (2 games, 1 goal) and was subsequently loaned to FC New York on April 29. The options were declined one day before the league’s July 1 contract guarantee date.

* In addition to ending their current winless run, the Revs will also attempt to pick up their first road victory of 2011. Going into Monday’s match, the Revs are 0-6-2 on the road this season, and have dropped their last six road fixtures.

* Midfielder Stephen McCarthy is listed as out on the Revs' June 28 injury report with a left shoulder subluxation. The rookie center half has not seen action since the June 10 at New York, when he came on a substitute for Ousmane Dabo in the 20th minute.

* Midfielder/defender Chris Tierney, who missed Sunday’s match at Seattle, has been upgraded to questionable on the injury report.

* Former Revolution midfielder/forward Andy Williams, who played in New England from 2001-2002, has seen action in 13 games for Salt Lake this season and scored his lone goal of the season against Los Angeles on March 26.

* The Revolution U-16s went 1-2-0 this weekend at the U.S. Soccer Development Academy playoffs in Frisco, Texas and failed to advance to the finals. Homegrown player Diego Fagundez scored a pair of goals in the club’s lone victory, a 2-1 win over North Carolina Fusion on June 25.

* The Revolution U-18s went 1-1-1 in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy Spring Showcase, which also took place in Frisco last weekend. Fabio Machado, Jr. scored two goals and recorded four assists while teammate Cole DeNormandie scored a pair of goals and picked up two assists.

* From the Department of Unlikely Statistics: Pat Phelan is tied with Benny Feilhaber for a share of the team lead in assists (2 each).

* Quote of the Week: “Losing is not fun. We started the game really well and kind of got on a high. To give it away in the first half pretty quickly is pretty tough.”

-- Revolution center back A.J. Soares after the Revs allowed two unanswered goals in Sunday’s 2-1 loss to Seattle.