The Columbus Crew came back from a half-time deficit to defeat the New England Revolution on Saturday night, 3-1, in front of 13,041 witnesses at Crew Stadium. The Revolution scored right before the break, but the Crew fought back to score three goals to pick up a much needed three points. Columbus moves to 10-7-7 with the win (37 points), and stays atop of the Eastern Conference. New England now falls to 4-11-9 (21 points).
Benny Feilhaber opened the scoring for the Revs in the 45th minute. Feilhaber played a quick pass to Pat Phelan in the box. Phelan played the ball back to Feilhaber as he ran on to it. Feilhaber hit the ball first time, unleashing a right footed shot that flew past Crew goalie William Hesmer and into the right side of the net.
The fans at Hunt Park didn’t have to wait long after the break for the Crew to equalize. In the 54th minute, Justin Meram passed to Andres Mendoza as he ran towards goal. Mendoza took a controlling touch, and then turned and lobbed a pass to the center of the box. Tommy Heinemann rushed to the ball, but Revs defender Kevin Alston got there first. Unfortunately for Alston, his attempted clearance went right over goalie Matt Reis’ head and looped into the net.
New England almost scored a second goal in the 62nd minute. After a free kick from the left side of the field, the ball was loose in the box and ended up hitting the underside of the crossbar. Luckily for the Crew, the ball bounced out and Hesmer collected it.
In the 75th minute, Columbus took the lead. Off a Josh Gardner corner kick, Julius James rose above everyone else and headed the ball into the ground that eventually made a bulge in the top of the net. The goal was James’ first ever for the Crew.
Emilio Renteria scored the third goal in the 81st minute. Dilly Duka played Robbie Rogers behind the defense on the right side of the box. Rogers’ cross found Renteria wide open right in front of the goal. Matt Reis got a hand on Renteria’s shot, but he couldn’t stop it from reaching the back of the net.
The Crew had two more chances to score again in stoppage time, but no one could convert, and the Revolution now have to head back to New England, 3-1 losers.
The Crew are undefeated in their six games while trailing at halftime this year. They have picked up two wins and four ties when down at the break.
Columbus Crew – William Hesmer, Sebastian Miranda, Chad Marshall, Julius James, Josh Gardner, Justin Meram (Bernardo Anor 71), Kevin Burns, Emmanuel Ekpo, Robbie Rogers, Andres Mendoza (Dilly Duka 66), Tommy Heinemann (Emilio Renteria 58).
New England Revolution – Matt Reis, Kevin Alston, Darrius Barnes, A.J. Soares, Chris Tierney, Pat Phelan, Shalrie Joseph, Stephen McCarthy (Diego Fagundez 79), Zack Schilawski (Kenny Mansally 68), Milton Caraglio (Zak Boggs 79), Benny Feilhaber.
Sadly, after the game, the Crew, the Nordecke, and La Turbina Amarilla lost a much loved member and fan in the parking lot after a motorcycle crash. Please pray for all involved in the accident. We are all one big family.