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.