The New England Revolution went to Columbus on Sunday night with a chance to extend their league winning streak to four games. Instead, they put together a thoroughly lackluster and uninspired performance, losing to Columbus Crew SC 2-0.
Ola Kamara was the star for the home side, scoring both goals and generally putting on a dangerous performance in the attack. He got on the board first in the 42nd minute with a ripped left-footed shot that knocked inside the near post and in.
Kamara did the damage again in the second half. London Woodberry was whistled in the 82nd minute for a foul in the box on Kamara as the latter challenged for a cross. Replays showed the call to be questionable at best by referee Chris Penso, as Woodberry delivered a small shoulder bump and nothing else. However, the whistle blew anyway, and Kamara buried the penalty in the 83rd minute.
New England had a few chances, but for most of the match, the Revs' defensive thrid was under siege by a superior Crew SC attack. Brad Knighton covered himself in glory in the losing effort, though, with solid positioning and several highlight-reel saves keeping it close.
There were also some extra-curriculars late on, right around the 90th minute. Scott Caldwell had taken shots to the head twice in the match, including an errant elbow just moments before from Adam Jahn. As he and Ola Kamara rose up to challenge for an aerial ball, their heads collided, and given the fact that Caldwell had a head of steam, it may have looked at full speed as though Caldwell was trying to get a shot in on Kamara. The result was a near-brawl with players on both sides shoving and grabbing each other, though in the end, only Caldwell received a yellow.
New England will be back in action on Saturday against Kansas City.