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Revolution 0, Crew SC 2: Revs drop their fourth straight match

Four straight losses with two coming at home.

Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

It was more of the same for the New England Revolution, who dropped their fourth straight match. The most recent loss came at the hands of Columbus Crew SC, who got goals from Ethan Finlay and Federico Higuain to seal the 2-0 win.

After threatening Crew SC’s net through a series of set pieces, the Revs conceded in the 8th minute. In what was the visitors' first meaningful look on goal, Justin Meram marched up the left side and played a ball across the box. The pass alluded the Revs back line, allowing Ethan Finlay to score a tap-in at the far post.

Crew SC had a prime opportunity to double their lead in the 22nd minute when Higuain's seeking pass split the Revs defense and found Finlay. The winger put his shot on frame, but it wasn’t enough to beat Brad Knighton.

The Revs pushed forward in the 35th minute with Teal Bunbury troubling the opposing defense. After creating some space, the attacker hit a cross that narrowly missed Kei Kamara. Moments later, Bunbury earned a yellow card for clipping Mohammed Saeid.

The Revolution’s net proved to be impenetrable in the 40th minute when the home side came up with back-to-back saves. First, Knighton pushed away a Saeid curler. The ball then bobbled around the box before Finlay poked it towards goal. This time, Andrew Farrell was the man to make the stop.

The break did little to slow the Columbus attack, who doubled their lead in the 39th minute. Ola Kamara was the catalyst, as he blocked Woodbery’s clearance. Unselfishly, the striker played Higuain, who had an open look on goal.

The Revs almost produced an immediate response via the magic left foot of Chris Tierney. The Massachusetts native teed up a shot that looked destined for the top corner if not for the heroics of Steve Clark.

Tierney was on the attack again in the 74th minute, sending in a cross for Kamara. The former Crew SC man nodded it down, but old friend Michael Parkhurst made a goal-line clearance. It was a play shrouded in mystery, as it was unclear whether the ball had fully crossed the line.

Juan Agudelo almost broke through in the 82nd minute when Tierney and Kamara combined to put him in on goal. When his first shot was blocked, Agudelo tried again but ended up stomping on the ball instead of propelling it forward.

The Revs will hope to buck this recent trend of bad results when they travel to face the San Jose Earthquakes on Wednesday.