Columbus Crew vs. New England Revolution | MLS Match Preview

COLUMBUS CREW vs NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION
COLUMBUS CREW STADIUM, Columbus, Ohio
July 20, 2013 (WEEK 21, MLS Game #190) 7:30 p.m. ET (FS-OH; CSN-NE)

The Columbus Crew return to action aiming to build on a buoying win when they meet a New England Revolution looking to get back on track as the clubs face off Saturday evening at Crew Stadium. The Crew put a stop to a threegame losing slide two weeks ago, holding out for a 1-0 home win against Portland. The Revolution have suffered back-to-back losses for the first time this season, starting this road swing with a 2-1 loss at the Colorado Rapids.

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REFEREE: Edvin Jurisevic. AR1 (bench): Bill Dittmar; AR2 (opposite): Peter Balciunas; 4th: Daniel Fitzgerald
MLS Career: 60 games; FC/gm: 22.7; Y/gm: 3.6; R: 6; pens: 8

DISABLED LIST: none
SUSPENDED: none
WARNINGS:
SUSPENDED NEXT YELLOW CARD: none
SUSPENDED AFTER TWO YELLOW CARDS: CLB: Federico Higuain, Jairo Arrieta, Tyson Wahl, Kevan George … NE: Juan Toja, Kelyn Rowe, Lee Nguyen
INTERNATIONAL ABSENCES: CLB: Jairo Arrieta (CRC); Kevan George (TRI)

HEAD-TO-HEAD
ALL-TIME (57 meetings): Crew 29 wins (4 shootout), 91 goals … Revolution 17 wins (1 shootout), 71 goals … Ties 11
AT COLUMBUS (28 meetings): Crew 16 wins (1 shootout), 57 goals…Revolution 6 wins (1 shootout), 33 goals…Ties 6
RETURN MATCHES: 10/19: New England Revolution vs. Columbus Crew, 7:30 p.m. ET; 10/27: Columbus Crew vs. New England Revolution, 4 p.m. ET

LAST YEAR (MLS)
6/16: NE 0, CLB 0
8/25: CLB 4, NE 3 (Higuain 26, 43; Arrieta 32, 86 – Guy 17; Bengtson 23; Nguyen 81)
9/5: NE 2, CLB 0 (Imbongo 53; own goal 74)

  • The Revolution haven’t won in Columbus in three years, since a 1-0 victory on the final day of the 2009 season that gave them a berth in the MLS Cup Playoffs. The Crew have won their last three home games in the series.
  • New England’s 2-0 victory in the series season finale last year, a 2-0 victory, was the Revolution’s first at home vs. Columbus since 2006. Between that victory – a 1-0 win Oct. 14, 2006 in Foxborough – the Crew won four of seven games at New England, with three draws.
  • Coaches record: Robert Warzycha vs. NE: P11 W5 L3 D3 … Jay Heaps vs. CLB: P3 W1 L1 D1

COLUMBUS CREW
The Columbus Crew return to action after putting an end to their three-game losing slide, holding off a 10-man Portland Timbers for a 1-0 win on July 7 at Crew Stadium. The Crew are in seventh place in the Eastern Conference with 23 points from 19 matches.

LAST MATCH

  • The Crew took the lead in the fifth minute. Federico Higuaín flighted in a corner kick from the left and Bernardo Añor powered a header inside the near post from the top of the goal area.
  • The Timbers' bad start was made worse when center back Pa Modou Kah earned a red card and conceded a penalty after committing a foul on Crew forward Aaron Schoenfeld in the box. But Higuaín pulled the spot kick outside the left post.
  • Crew head coach Robert Warzycha made two changes to the team that saw the LA Galaxy score two late penalty kicks for a 2-1 win at StubHub Center. Matt Lampson came in between the posts for Andy Gruenebaum, while Wil Trapp, Konrad Warzycha and Aaron Schoenfeld all entered the side in place of Matias Sanchez, Kevan George and Ben Speas.
  • COLUMBUS CREW (4-1-3-2): Matt Lampson - Josh Williams, Danny O'Rourke, Chad Marshall, Chad Barson - Wil Trapp - Konrad Warzycha (Kevan George 61), Federico Higuain, Bernardo Anor - Aaron Schoenfeld (Ethan Finlay 58), Dominic Oduro (Justin Meram 90).

TEAM NEWS

  • The win against Portland snapped the Crew’s three-game losing slide, their longest of the season and matching their longest winless run of the campaign.
  • “Home field advantage this year has not been very good to us. Maybe now this is a start for us,” said Crew head coach Robert Warzycha. “Even with a new lineup, we started the game very well. We scored a goal, got a penalty kick, and obviously the red card. The rest of the way, I don't think it was pretty, but it was effective.”
  • Matt Lampson recorded his first career MLS shutout, in his fourth career league appearance. He had also played this season in the U.S. Open Cup victory vs. Dayton.
  • “I was pretty confident after we scored; the way we played for 90 minutes you can play like that every game and get away with a one-nothing win,” Lampson said. “Incredible team effort, and defensive effort from everyone and I think a lot of people had the best game of the year they had this year.”
  • Lampson was making his first MLS start of the season in goal, with No. 1 Andy Gruenebaum sidelined with a sore left shoulder.
  • “It wouldn't be the end of the world if I had to miss another game,” Gruenebaum said. "We have confidence in Matt. From my standpoint, I don't want to miss any more games.” Said Warzycha: “If there's any question about his injury we're going to save him.”
  • Homegrown Player Wil Trapp made his full MLS debut, one of three Crew homegrown products in the match, and one of six with Ohio roots to play in the match.
  • “It says something about our academy and our development,” Lampson said. “In the future, you can tell there's going to be a lot more coming out and they're all going to be solid like us.” Added Trapp: “I think I underestimated the feeling you would get when you step on the field in front of your friends and family. It was awesome."
  • Aaron Schoenfeld made his first start of the season as well, with Jairo Arrieta still on CONCACAF Gold Cup duty with Costa Rica.
  • On their weekend away from MLS competition, the Crew took on English FA Cup holders Wigan Athletic FC, the visitors taking a 2-1 win. The lone Crew goal came from Ethan Finlay
  • Here’s the Crew team: Matt Lampson (Daniel Withrow, 60'); Josh Williams (Agustin Viana, 46'), Chad Marshall (Kevan George, 60'), Danny O'Rourke (Tyson Wahl, 60'), Chad Barson (Eric Gehrig, 60'); Konrad Warzycha (Tony Tchani, 60'), Wil Trapp (Matias Sanchez, 60'), Bernardo Anor (Ethan Finlay, 60'); Ben Speas (Justin Meram, 60), Aaron Schoenfeld (Ryan Finley, 60'), Dominic Oduro (Shawn Sloan, 60')

READ: Andy Gruenebaum eyes Saturday return for Crew: "I don't want to miss any more games"

NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION
The New England Revolution started their road trip with a second consecutive defeat, falling 2-1 to the Colorado Rapids on Wednesday evening at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park. The Revolution are in sixth place in the Eastern Conference with 24 points from 19 matches.

LAST MATCH

  • The Revolution took the lead in the 15th minute. From a free kick just outside the penalty box on the right, Juan Toja's effort sailed past the outside edge of the wall and fooled Rapids goalkeeper Clint Irwin, who was screened as the low blast went into the corner of the net.
  • The Rapids hit for the equalizer in the 62nd minute. Nick LaBrocca had a nifty cutback that forced a defender off his feet from some 25 yards out from goal, opening just enough space for a low left-footed strike into the corner of the goal.
  • Just five minutes later, the Rapids went ahead with a little help. A cross from Dillon Powers went just in front of goal, but as New England defender Jose Gonçalves tried to clear the danger he inadvertently put the ball in the back of his own net for the eventual game-winner.
  • Revolution head coach Jay Heaps made four changes to the team that suffered a 2-0 loss to the Houston Dynamo at Gillette Stadium. Darrius Barnes came into the back four for Chris Tierney, Ryan Guy and Juan Toja started in midfield for Saer Sene and Kelyn Rowe, and Jerry Bengtson came in up top for Chad Barrett.
  • NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION (4-1-4-1): Bobby Shuttleworth - Andrew Farrell, Jose Goncalves, Stephen McCarthy (A.J. Soares 58), Darrius Barnes (Kelyn Rowe 69) - Scott Caldwell - Ryan Guy, Lee Nguyen, Juan Toja, Diego Fagundez - Jerry Bengtson (Chad Barrett 72).

READ: Heaps' simple message after Colorado loss: "We all have to be better"

TEAM NEWS

  • The Revolution have now lost back-to-back games for the first time this season. They endured a five-game winless streak from March 16-April 20, but did not lost consecutive games in that 0-3-2 run.
  • “We wanted to play better than we did in the first half,” Revolution head coach Jay Heaps said. “We really thought in the first half we were second to balls. Some of the things we are good at, we just weren't doing. It's disappointing because we want to keep the ball when we can. We knew it was going to be tough, but we didn't play well.”
  • Juan Toja scored his first goal in a Revolution uniform. It was his first goal in MLS in just two days shy of five years, since July 19. 2008, when he scored for FC Dallas vs. Colorado.
  • “Juan [Toja] certainly put a good ball in. That was fantastic. From there, it was just a very difficult game for us,” said midfielder Ryan Guy. “Things really never clicked and I think it will show from things like passing percentages and stats like that, that we just didn't get ahold of the game tonight. It was disjointed between the defense and the attack. There was just something missing.”
  • The Revolution were forced into a change in their back four before the hour when Stephen McCarthy had to come off with a head injury.
  • “It's what we prepare for. It's not like it doesn't happen in games. We have players that want opportunities and they got it. They have to make sure that they deliver,” said Heaps. “Unfortunately, no one tonight really stepped up. We as a staff didn't step up because we didn't make the right subs.”
  • A.J. Soares, who came off in place of McCarthy, made his first appearance in a league game since April 20, after suffering a hamstring injury. Darrius Barnes started a league game for the first time since May 18.
  • The Revolution were missing two starters from their previous match to injury, as Chris Tierney (L knee irritation) and Saer Sene (hip contusion) did not travel with the team to Colorado.
  • “I think it's a mix of variables. The altitude is something a lot of us were contending with. A lot of us are coming in after not playing for quite a while, for 90 minutes. That's how I felt a little bit,” Guy said. “Unfortunately I have to take responsibility for that. I was feeling a little bit tired at the end of the game there. At the end of the day, we're all professionals. We have to be prepared. I think a lot of us were. It was just 1-2 percent of a lack of concentration at times between making a pass and giving the ball away.”