Playoff soccer is upon us as the New England Revolution line up against the Columbus Crew in an MLS originals clash in Ohio. This match is the first leg of the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals, the same round where the Revs' 2013 playoff run ended. Another wrinkle in the match-up is the new inclusion of the away goals rule, common in other leagues but not previously a part of the MLS playoff format.
With his entire first-team roster available, Jay Heaps went with a predictable and effective lineup. He is sticking with the 4-2-3-1 formation that has propelled the Revs to a molten-hot run of form since the arrival of Jermaine Jones, electing to go with Scott Caldwell in the starting lineup over Daigo Kobayashi, who will almost certainly feature as a substitute.
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Revolution: Bobby Shuttleworth; Chris Tierney, Jose Goncalves, A.J. Soares, Andrew Farrell; Scott Caldwell, Jermaine Jones; Kelyn Rowe, Lee Nguyen, Teal Bunbury; Charlie Davies
Bench: Knighton, Alston, Barnes, Kobayashi, Neumann, Fagundez, Mullins
Crew: Clark; Francis, Wahl, Parkhurst, Jimenez; Tchani, Trapp; Meram, Higuain, Finlay; Schoenfeld
Bench: Lampson, Pogatetz, Anor, George, Speas, Arrieta, Gehrig