FOXBOROUGH, Mass. In the week leading up to Sunday's match against Columbus, Revolution coach Jay Heaps had a specific role carved out for one of his most positionally-sound players. But on matchday morning, that plan had to be scrapped.
Not long before Sunday's kickoff, Revolution midfielder Scott Caldwell came down with the flu, forcing Heaps to improvise when it came to lineup construction.
The Revolution's winless run extended to five after they dropped a 2-0 loss to Crew SC on Saturday at MAPFRE Stadium in Columbus, Ohio.
Ola Kamara put the Revolution in an early hole when he latched on to a Justin Meram pass and left the defense in the dust before uncorking shot from the right into the back of the net in the 13th minute.
Who: Revolution (2-3-4, 10 points) vs. Columbus Crew SC (4-4-1, 13 points) What: Week 10 of the MLS regular season Where: MAPFRE Stadium, Columbus, Ohio When: Saturday, May 6th at 2:00pm ET Watch: CSN New England, MLS Live, Direct Kick Whistle: Referee – Mark Geiger; Assistant Referees: Peter Manikowski/Felisha Mariscal; 4th Official – Fotis Bazakos
Scouting the Opposition:
–Columbus Crew SC ended 2016 out of the playoff picture, but have started the 2017 campaign as contenders, holding a 4-4-1 record, good enough for fifth place in the Eastern Conference.
The Revolution's playoff hopes took a big hit Sunday as they fell 2-0 to the Columbus Crew. New England's offense never found rhythm and failed to find their recent form that allowed them to win three straight in league play prior to Sunday's match.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – It was deja vu all over again as the New England Revolution surrendered an early goal and couldn't claw back for the second straight week in Saturday's 2-0 loss to Columbus Crew SC at Gillette Stadium.
Ethan Finlay found early paydirt when he got on the end of a Justin Meram cross and converted to put the guests ahead inside of eight minutes.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Kei Kamara tallied against his ex-teammates to help the New England Revolution snap a three-game rut in Saturday's 3-1 win over Columbus Crew SC at Gillette Stadium.
Kamara, who was jettisoned to Foxboro by Columbus in May following a penalty spat with Crew midfielder Federico Higuain, got his revenge in the 71st minute after collecting a loose ball inside the box and blasting it through to cap the scoring.
The Revolution are headed back to a cup final albeit one for a preseason tournament.
Not long after beatingthe Houston Dynamo on in Round 3 of the Desert Diamond Cup tournament on Wednesday,the Revolution learned they'd be playing forchampionship spoils in Saturday's championship final against Columbus Crew SC.
Crew SC are unique among MLS clubs in terms of their tactical approach.
The majority of MLS teams play either a 4-2-3-1 or a 4-3-3. Just four of the 22 clubs — D.C. United, New England Revolution, San Jose Earthquakes, and Toronto FC — use something other than one of those formations as their main look.
In week nine, the Revolution erupted for three goals in 54 minutes during a 3-3 draw with the Seattle Sounders. But on Saturday, the Revs failed to find its scoring touch, suffering a 2-0 loss at the hands of Columbus Crew SC.
Here's who stood out, and who didn't, during the week 10 defeat:
Credit Cropper for hanging tough during a disappointing performance by the 10 men in front of him.
We spoke with Patrick Murphy at Massive Report to talk about how Crew SC's offseason has gone and how the Dynamo can slow their potent offense.
The Houston Dynamo are back and are flying after a 2-1 victory over last season's MLS Cup winners, the Seattle Sounders. Last week they played one of their best halves of soccer in recent memory, though they could only finish twice despite a few other quality chances.
Who will win the battle of the young goalkeepers? That, and three other headlines to track.
The Revolution and Crew SC will enter tonight's match on the heels of disappointing results. The Revs coughed up a three-goal lead in Seattle. And Crew SC allowed NYCFC's attack to run rampant during a 3-2 loss.
The guys cover the Dynamo's biggest test against the Timbers
The guys from The Peel are back at it again following the Houston Dynamo's 3-1 victory over Columbus Crew SC last Saturday. Josh and Justin discuss the win and how the team has gotten off to a hot start claiming 6 points out of 6 points to begin their 2017 MLS campaign.