Rookie forward Justin Meram scored the only goal for Columbus in the 88th minute. After a Crew free kick, the ball bounced around and fell to Meram’s feet. He kicked the ball into a empty net to secure the win for Columbus.
Substitute Santiago Prim had to leave the game early after being injured by a tackle right before Meram’s goal.
New trialist, Arnhold Rivas, 21, came on for the second half. The forward/attacking midfielder is currently under contract with Tecos of the Mexican first division. He will stay with the Crew through Thursday. Rivas has one cap with the senior Mexican national team.
Columbus Crew – Andy Gruenebaum, Korey Veeder, Eric Gehrig, Andy Iro, Shaun Francis (Justin Meram 46), Leandre Griffit, Cole Grossman, Emmanuel Ekpo (Bernardo Anor 46), Josh Gardner, Jeff Cunningham (Santiago Prim 63, Andy Adlard 87), Tommy Heinemann (Arnhold Rivas 46)
New England Revolution – Bobby Shuttleworth (Tim Murray, 63), Ryan Kinne, Darrius Barnes (Sainey Nyassi, 68), Mitch Taintor, Michael Augustine, Kheli Dube, Andrew Sousa, Cole Denormandie, Alan Koger, Diego Fagundez