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New England Revolution vs. Columbus Crew | MLS Match Preview

NEvCLB 10-19-2013

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NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION vs COLUMBUS CREW
GILLETTE STADIUM, Foxborough, Mass.
Oct. 19, 2013 (WEEK 34, MLS Game #309)
7:30 p.m. ET (CSN-NE; FS-OH)

The New England Revolution and Columbus Crew begin their season-ending home-and-home series knowing that at most only one team can survive when the clubs meet Saturday evening at Gillette Stadium. The Revolution come into the match sitting just a point outside the top five in the Eastern Conference, following their 1-0 win at Montréal last weekend. The Crew are four points further back, needing to win out to have any hope of a postseason berth, following their 1-0 loss to Sporting Kansas City in their last match.

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REFEREE: Mark Geiger. AR1 (bench): Sean Hurd; AR2 (opposite): Joe Fletcher; 4th: Robert Sibiga
MLS Career: 115 games; FC/gm: 26.6; Y/gm: 3.6; R: 28; pens: 37

DISABLED LIST: none
SUSPENDED: NE: Lee Nguyen (caution accumulation; through Oct. 20)
SUSPENDED NEXT YELLOW CARD: CLB: Bernardo Anor, Jairo Arrieta
SUSPENDED AFTER TWO YELLOW CARDS: NE: Kelyn Rowe, Juan Toja, Dimitry Imbongo, Andrew Farrell, Jose Goncalves, Diego Fagundez, A.J. Soares … CLB: Tyson Wahl, Kevan George, Dominic Oduro, Agustin Viana, Danny O’Rourke, Tony Tchani, Wil Trapp
INTERNATIONAL ABSENCES: none

HEAD-TO-HEAD
ALL-TIME (58 meetings): Revolution 18 wins (1 shootout), 73 goals … Crew 29 wins (4 shootout), 91 goals … Ties 11
AT NEW ENGLAND (29 meetings): Revolution 11 wins (0 shootout), 38 goals … Crew 13 wins (3 shootout), 34 goals … Ties 5
FUTURE MATCH: 10/27: Columbus Crew vs. New England Revolution, 4 p.m. ET

  • The teams are meeting for the second time this season. Jose Gonçalves and Diego Fagundez both scored in second-half stoppage time to give the Revolution a dramatic 2-0 win July 20 at Crew Stadium.
  • It was the Revolution’s first win in Columbus since a 1-0 victory on the final day of the 2009 season that gave them a berth in the MLS Cup Playoffs.
  • New England’s 2-0 victory in the series season finale last year was the Revolution’s first at home vs. Columbus since 2006.
  • Coaches record: Jay Heaps vs. CLB: P4 W2 L1 D1 … Brian Bliss vs. NE: P3 W0 L0 D3

LAST MEETING (MLS)
7/20: CLB 0, NE 2 (Goncalves 91+; Fagundez 94+)

  • Both goals came after the full 90 minutes had ticked over. A minute into stoppage time, Lee Nguyen sent a corner to the back post where Jose Goncalves headed home between the legs of Crew goalkeeper Andy Gruenebaum.
  • Three minutes later, the Crew turned it over in their own end and Nguyen slid a pass to Diego Fagundez, who then sealed the win with a firm strike from inside the area.
  • COLUMBUS CREW (4-3-1-2): Andy Gruenebaum - Josh Williams, Danny O'Rourke, Chad Marshall, Chad Barson - Konrad Warzycha, Wil Trapp, Bernardo Anor (Ryan Finley 85) - Federico Higuain - Dominic Oduro (Ethan Finlay 89), Aaron Schoenfeld (Ben Speas 36).
  • NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION (4-4-1-1): Bobby Shuttleworth - Andrew Farrell, Jose Goncalves, A.J. Soares, Darrius Barnes - Chad Barrett (Diego Fagundez 69), Clyde Simms (Lee Nguyen 58), Scott Caldwell, Chris Tierney - Kelyn Rowe (Juan Toja 82) - Dimitry Imbongo.

NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION
The New England Revolution extended their late-season undefeated streak to four games, defeating the Montréal Impact 1-0 on Saturday afternoon at Stade Saputo. The Revolution are in seventh place in the Eastern Conference with 45 points from 32 matches.

LAST MATCH

  • The game's lone goal came on 31 minutes. Jose Gonçalves powered home a shot from a low cross by Lee Nguyen that made its way through the goalmouth and past Juan Agudelo, who failed to make clean contact with the ball on the doorstep.
  • Revolution goalkeeper Matt Reis was called upon to make just one save as the Impact lost their third consecutive match at Stade Saputo.
  • Revolution head coach Jay Heaps made no changes to the team that reached a 2-2 draw with the New York Red Bulls at Red Bull Arena.
  • NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION (4-1-4-1): Matt Reis - Andrew Farrell, A.J. Soares, Jose Goncalves, Chris Tierney - Scott Caldwell - Saer Sene (Dimitry Imbongo 24 / Kevin Alston 63), Lee Nguyen, Kelyn Rowe, Diego Fagundez (Clyde Simms 81) - Juan Agudelo

TEAM NEWS

  • The Revolution extended their undefeated run to four games, one shy of their season-high set from May 11-June 8.
  • “It's another week where I have to say I'm really proud of our guys,” Revolution coach Jay Heaps said. “We came to a tough place to play. We've had a tough little schedule. I thought our guys came out with the right mentality. The second half wasn't the greatest, but we dug in and we made up for some mistakes. We went over it and did it right this week, where we didn't do it right last week.”
  • For the second time this season, José Gonçalves scored the game-winning goal. His first came in second-half stoppage time, the first of two Revolution goals in the 2-0 win at Columbus on July 20.
  • “When we came to Montreal, we came to take the three points,” Goncalves said. “We knew that if we failed, it's going to be very difficult to keep looking for the playoffs. We just worked hard today as a team for 90 minutes. We made it through with the three points.”
  • Said goalkeeper Matt Reis: “For us it was huge to get these three points, to come in and get the goal and to fight and defend. Jose led us like a captain, he scored a goal and did everything at the end to see the game out. So for us it was mission accomplished, that’s exactly what we wanted to do.”
  • Diego Fagundez added his seventh assist on the season on the Gonçalves goal. Over his last eight games, Fagundez has five goals and three assists.
  • Juan Agudelo recorded his second assist on the season, the first goal he’s been involved in on the scoresheet since scoring a pair Aug. 25 in the 5-1 win vs. Philadelphia.
  • Saer Sene suffered a horrific injury, suffering a dislocated left ankle and broken left fibula midway through the first half.
  • “You run into situations on the field that take the better of the game, so everyone’s heart went out to what happened to Saer,” Heaps said. “It’s a devastating play to be a part of for both teams and the response from our guys coming together and making plays and almost getting a goal almost 10 minutes after was amazing, so I’m really proud of our guys for that.”
  • “I was just trying to tackle the ball, and I think it's a good tackle. I won the ball clean, but his foot might have just got caught underneath me,” said Impact midfielder Davy Arnaud. “You never want to see that happen. I felt really bad at the time, and I still feel bad about it now. I hope he's OK. Unfortunately, it's part of the game, but you don't ever want to see it happen.”

COLUMBUS CREW
The Columbus Crew saw their three-game winning streak come to an end last time out, falling 1-0 to Sporting Kansas City on Oct. 5 at Sporting Park. The Crew are in eighth place in the Eastern Conference with 41 points from 32 matches.

LAST MATCH

  • The game's only goal came in the 17th minute. A half-clearance from a corner kick rolled back to Graham Zusi, and he found an unmarked Ike Opara on the far side of goal for a close-range header that left Columbus goalkeeper Matt Lampson with no chance for a save.
  • Sporting goalkeeper Jimmy Nielsen was called upon to make just a single save for the shutout.
  • Crew interim head coach Brian Bliss kept his team the same for a fourth consecutive match, maintaining the group that posted a 4-2 victory vs. FC Dallas at Toyota Stadium.
  • COLUMBUS CREW (4-4-1-1): Matt Lampson - Chad Barson (Ben Speas 82), Tyson Wahl, Chad Marshall, Agustin Viana (Josh Williams 71) - Dominic Oduro, Wil Trapp, Tony Tchani, Bernardo Anor - Federico Higuain - Jairo Arrieta (Ryan Finley 76).

TEAM NEWS

  • The loss was the first for the Crew since a 3-0 loss to Sporting Kansas City on Sept. 7. Both of the Crew’s losses over their last six games have come against Sporting.
  • “There is no reason why you should throw in the towel. We won three in a row at one point, we've won four of six, we've won on the road, so there's a possibility,” Crew interim head coach Brian Bliss said. “So mathematically if we're out of it that's a different story, but I don't think mathematically we're out of it. But I'm sure we're going to need some help.”
  • It was the fourth time over the last eight matches where the Crew have been shut out at the attacking end. In the other four games, they scored 11 goals.
  • “We had very few answers: whether it was the final pass, the final dribble for somebody to step around somebody, maybe the run was offsides, whatever it was we came up short in having an answer in the final third,” Bliss said.
  • While Federico Higuain played the full 90 minutes vs. SKC, he suffered a contusion to the hip area and was unable to participate in full training in the days following the match.
  • “We saw something happen early in the first half,” Columbus interim head coach Brian Bliss said. “We shouted something and he said he was fine. Then he would take off on a sprint and cast any doubt away. Then we asked him at halftime and he said, 'I'm good to go.' ... It wasn't his best outing.”
  • The failure of the Crew to defeat New England will mean they will be eliminated from playoff contention. New England and Columbus cannot both qualify for the MLS Cup Playoffs this season.
  • “Obviously we know we need help somewhere along the line but we have to help ourselves. If we get six points I'm not even sure that does it,” said Bliss. “ … But we have to play like we're still in it and keep going at it we have to show improvement as a group for that set of eight games.”
  • Said midfielder Dominic Oduro: “New England is really beatable at the end of the day. We are a good team. We can make that happen. We have to give ourselves that chance. Hopefully the other games go the way we want them to go. We have to stay positive, focus on the next two games at hand.”