COLUMBUS, OH - AUGUST 13: Shalrie Joseph #21 of the New England Revolution and Emmanuel Ekpo #17 of the Columbus Crew battle for control of the ball in the second half on August 13, 2011 at Crew Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. Columbus defeated New England 3-1. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
Hello and welcome to the New England Revolution vs. Columbus Crew live game thread! With Sporting Kansas City's victory over the New York Red Bulls today, the Crew can clinch a playoff spot with a win tonight. So while the Revs may still be just playing out the season for little more than job security, this match should see Columbus come out swinging as they fight for three precious points. While a loss would not count them out of anything, it would certainly shake things up a bit in the Eastern Conference playoff picture.
The Revs tonight, to reiterate, have really nothing to play for, but in spite of that the coaching staff has seemingly been hesitant to give some of the reserves-like Otto Loewy, Andrew Sousa, and others-any playing time. Will tonight be the night where we see that change? I guess we'll just have to wait and see.
This week the Revolution tried out two Frenchmen, Théophile Junior N'Tamé (right back) and Nicolas Dieuze (midfielder), so surely those taking the field tonight will be looking to impress as it is clear that the club is looking around to get some new boots on the pitch next season.
The Revs' all-time record against the Crew stands at 16-27-10. This evening the only change in the starting lineup from last weekend's match against San Jose is Franco Coria in for Ryan Cochrane at CB, pairing with Darrius Barnes. The elephant in the room for tonight's match is whether this will be last time that we will see captain Shalrie Joseph take the pitch for the Revolution at Gillette Stadium. Let's take a look at the lineups..
Revolution: Shuttleworth; Tierney, Barnes, Coria, Alston; Zerka, Feilhaber, Joseph, Guy; Fagundez, Caraglio
Bench: Murray, Cochrane, Loewy, Lekic, Schilawski, Dube, Phelan
Crew: Hesmer; Marshall, James, Miranda, Gardner; O'Rourke, Gaven, Ekpo; Duka, Renteria, Mendoza
Bench: Gruenebaum, Anor, Balchan, Burns, Cunningham, Francis, Heinemann
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