New England Revolution vs. Columbus Crew | MLS Match Preview
NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION vs COLUMBUS CREW
GILLETTE STADIUM, Foxborough, Mass.
July 26, 2014 (WEEK 20, MLS Game #185)
7:30 p.m. ET (CSN-NE; TWCS-OH)
Two teams in a pitched battle for placing in the Eastern Conference meet on Saturday evening when the New England Revolution play host to the Columbus Crew at Gillette Stadium. The teams are level on 23 points in the division, tied for fifth place and the final playoff spot in the conference. The Revolution return home after their losing streak was extended to seven games in a 2-0 loss at FC Dallas last weekend, while the Crew put an end to their league winless run after seven games in a 2-1 home win against the Montreal Impact.
REFEREE: Alan Kelly. SAR (bench): Brian Dunn; JAR (opposite): Eric Weisbrod; 4th: Mark Kadlecik
MLS Career: 8 games; FC/gm: 28.0; Y/gm: 3.5; R: 4; pens: 3
SUSPENDED NEXT YELLOW CARD: NE: Chris Tierney … CLB: Bernardo Anor, Tony Tchani, Wil Trapp
SUSPENDED AFTER TWO YELLOW CARDS: NE: Lee Nguyen, A.J. Soares
DISABLED LIST: NE: Andy Dorman … CLB: Josh Williams; Kingsley Baiden (season-ending injury)
INTERNATIONAL ABSENCES: none
ALL-TIME (60 meetings): Revolution 20 wins (1 shootout), 77 goals … Crew 29 wins (4 shootout), 93 goals … Ties 11
AT NEW ENGLAND (30 meetings): Revolution 12 wins (0 shootout), 41 goals … Crew 13 wins (3 shootout), 36 goals … Ties 5
RETURN MATCHES: 9/20: Columbus Crew vs. New England Revolution, 7:30 p.m. ET; 10/4: New England Revolution vs. Columbus Crew, 7:30 p.m. ET
LAST YEAR (MLS)
7/20: CLB 0, NE 2 (Goncalves 91+; Fagundez 94+)
10/19: NE 3, CLB 2 (Soares 32; Tierney 69; Fagundez 76 – Oduro 59; Schoenfeld 71)
10/27: CLB 0, NE 1 (Agudelo 28)
- The Revolution won all three meetings between the teams a season ago, two of those coming at Crew Stadium. The Revs have won four consecutive meetings between the teams.
- When the Revs won last year in Columbus, it was their first there since a 1-0 victory on the final day of the 2009 season that gave them a berth in the MLS Cup Playoffs.
- Coaches record: Jay Heaps vs. CLB: P6 W4 L1 T1 … Gregg Berhalter vs. NE: first game
NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION
The New England Revolution had their losing streak extended to seven matches, falling 2-0 to FC Dallas on Saturday evening at Toyota Stadium. The Revolution are in a tie for fifth place in the Eastern Conference with 23 points from 19 games.
- FC Dallas took the lead in the 29th minute. After a Tesho Akindele shot clanged off the crossbar, Andres Escobar collected the rebound and dribbled his way into the penalty area, beating two defenders before hitting a shot that deflected past goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth at the near post.
- FCD put the match away in added time. Akindele took a ball from Michel just past midfield and dribbled it all the way into the box, before beating a final defender and firing a rocket of a shot past Shuttleworth.
- Revolution head coach Jay Heaps made five changes to the team that lost 5-1 to the LA Galaxy at StubHub Center. Stephen McCarthy came into central defense for Jose Goncalves, and Scott Caldwell, Daigo Kobayashi, Steve Neumann and Charlie Davies all came into the team in place of Kelyn Rowe, Diego Fagundez, Patrick Mullins and the suspended A.J. Soares.
- NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION (4-1-4-1): Bobby Shuttleworth - Darrius Barnes, Stephen McCarthy, Andrew Farrell, Chris Tierney - Scott Caldwell, Teal Bunbury (Kelyn Rowe 57), Daigo Kobayashi (Diego Fagundez 70), Lee Nguyen, Steve Neumann - Charlie Davies (Patrick Mullins 56).
- The Revolution had their losing streak in league play extended to seven matches in the loss at FC Dallas. It’s the Revolution’s longest losing streak ever in the post-shootout era; the club record is nine losses in a row, in 1997 and í98.
- “The (5-1 loss at Los Angeles) we got our noses rubbed in it. The last seven games have been absolutely gut wrenching, with highs and lows in this big low,” said Revolution head coach Jay Heaps. “Tonight's effort, you just felt from the beginning we were going to be good enough to get something from this game, but we didn't and that's the way it goes.”
- It was the fourth time over the losing skid that the Revolution were shut out at the attacking end. They’ve scored three goals over the seven-game slide; they had scored 19 goals in the seven-game undefeated run that preceded it.
- “It's a tough one to take, especially on this stretch of games that we're on now, but we've got a home game coming up and the way that things are going in the league, we're still amazingly in a decent position,” said defender Chris Tierney. “So if we play the way we know we can then things will turn around and we'll be fine.”
- Charlie Davies made his first league start of the season, his first appearance in an MLS game since April 26, when he made the second of his two substitute appearances.
- “I was very excited to finally get an opportunity to help the team try and get out of this rut and showcase what I can do,” Davies said. “It was one of those times where I feel like I've worked so hard to prepare myself for this moment, and I'm happy I took this step forward.”
- Scott Caldwell made his first MLS start since March 15, when he started the first two matches of the season in a holding midfield role.
- Rookie Steve Neumann also made his first career MLS start, following 12 consecutive appearances off the substitutes’ bench (13 in all in league play). He has played every minute of every match for the Revs in their U.S. Open Cup campaign.
- Stephen McCarthy made his first league appearance of the campaign, playing the full match in central defense. He had started all three matches in the Revolution’s U.S. Open Cup run.
- “Other than the result, I think the guys we inserted added a nice level of intensity,” Heaps said. “In that regard we were happy, but absolutely gutted by the result.”
The Columbus Crew put an end to their winless streak after seven games, coming back for a 2-1 win against the Montreal Impact on Saturday evening at Crew Stadium. The Crew are in a tie for fifth place in the Eastern Conference, with 23 points from 19 matches.
- The Impact took the lead in the 36th minute thanks to a gift. An errant back pass from Michael Parkhurst allowed Justin Mapp to find an open Marco Di Vaio on the break. He gathered the ball, beat a defender and slotted a shot past a diving Steve Clark for the opener.
- But Bernardo Anor singlehandedly brought the Crew back after the interval. First, in the 56th minute, Tony Tchani found Anor just outside the box and he connected with a fierce swing of his left foot, throttling a shot past goalkeeper Evan Bush.
- Then in the 75th minute, Anor hit for the winner. He gathered the ball near midfield and turned toward the Montreal goal, before unleashing a furious strike with his right foot that bent away from Bush and into the net as the helpless 'keeper dove to his right.
- Crew head coach Gregg Berhalter made three changes to the team that fell 2-1 to Sporting Kansas City at Crew Stadium. Kevan George, Bernardo Anor and Adam Bedell all came into the team, in place of Daniel Paladini, Justin Meram and the suspended Wil Trapp.
- COLUMBUS CREW (4-2-3-1): Steve Clark - Chad Barson, Giancarlo Gonzalez, Michael Parkhurst, Waylon Francis - Kevan George, Tony Tchani - Ethan Finlay, Federico Higuain (Ben Speas 90), Bernardo Anor (Eric Gehrig 90) - Adam Bedell (Aaron Schoenfeld 67).
- The Crew put an end to their winless streak after seven games (0-3-4). It was just their second league victory this season after opening the campaign with three consecutive victories.
- “The guys are extremely happy. The pressure thing is interesting, because we want them to play soccer, we want them to move the ball around, and we have to come to terms with that,” said Crew head coach Gregg Berhalter. “I think that when you don’t get results you still have to keep doing it and plugging away, and we’ll do that. We have to get to a point where we can perform no matter what the circumstances are, so [it] was a good win because of that.”
- Said Michael Parkhurst: “I think we actually get more benefit from a win like this than if we had come out and won 3-0 or 4-0. It brings the team together when you have to grind out a win like that, especially the way things have been going for us lately ... Hopefully we can start a good streak here, and we needed to start at some point.”
- Bernardo Anor scored two goals in a game for the second time this season, also netting twice in the 2-1 win vs. Philadelphia on March 22. Anor has four goals this season, matching his single-season career-high recorded last season.
- “The more we try the more chances we are going to create. I think we have to keep shooting at the goal too. The more we do the more can space we open and we can play which allows us to create different scenarios,” Anor said.
- Said Berhalter: “The message to Bernie is, ‘Bernie, you could be doing this type of stuff every week.’ Week in and week out, he has virtually all of the tools to be a top level soccer player. I don’t want him to be the streaky Bernardo Anor, I want him to be the consistent and the threatening Bernardo Anor on a consistent basis.”
- Kevan George made his first league start of the season, with US youth international Wil Trapp suspended; he had made one substitute appearance this year, on June 28.
- Adam Bedell made his first league start of the season, coming into an out-and-out striker role as Federico Higuain returned to an attacking midfield spot. Bedell had made nine appearances as a substitute.
- The Crew netted multiple goals in a game for the first time since a 3-2 loss to Toronto FC on May 31. They had scored four goals total over their previous six matches.
- “That could be a season-turner, there,” goalkeeper Steve Clark said. “It was a tough week, and for us to be down 1-0 at halftime and to come back like that was fantastic, so I'm really proud of the guys.”
- Added Berhalter: “Steve [Clark] was our man of the match. He came up big. He’s been doing that all year. We ask him to do that. We try to get our fullbacks forward, we try to play attacking soccer, and you’re going to leave yourself vulnerable at times, you’re going to give up chances at times. Overall, I was happy with the team’s performance and Steve Clark’s performance was exceptional.”
- On Wednesday, the Crew reached a 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace FC of the English Premier League. Adam Bedell and Daniel Paladini scored the Crew goals, Paladini hitting for the equalizer 10 minutes from the end.
- Here’s the Crew team: Matt Lampson; Chad Barson (Ross Friedman 46'), Eric Gehrig (Matthew Wiet 77'), Michael Parkhurst (Tyson Wahl 46'), Waylon Francis (Ben Sweat 46'); Ben Speas (Matt Walker 67'), Wil Trapp (Kevan George 46'), Agustin Viana; Justin Meram, Daniel Paladini, Adam Bedell (Aaron Schoenfeld 46')