The New England Revolution extended their home unbeaten run to 10 when they defeated Columbus Crew SC 2-1 on Sunday afternoon.
Crew SC were dangerous early on, as they used the flanks to disturb the Revolution defense. The visitors nearly got a goal in the 5th minute via Federico Higuain but his shot was saved by Cody Cropper. Ola Kamara finished the rebound but it didn’t count because the striker was offside.
Ola Kamara was onside for his next shot, which was a beautiful one-time finish that will contend for Goal of the Year. Wil Trapp was the mastermind behind the goal, as his diagonal ball found Kamara in a good spot.
Ola Kamara nearly doubled the lead in the 22nd minute but whiffed on an open opportunity at the back post.
The Revs took advantage of the miss as they brought the game level in the 24th minute. After winning the ball at midfield, Rowe found Lee Nguyen, who quickly played Kei Kamara. The former Crew SC striker then crossed the ball, which lead to an easy tap-in from Diego Fagundez.
Fagundez grabbed a second goal in the 34th minute. A quick-give-and-go with Kei Kamara allowed Fagundez to drive towards the net and put another past Zack Steffen.
Revs coach Jay Heaps made a half-time substitution, replacing Femi with the returning Gershon Koffie. Koffie lined up next to Xavier Kouassi, as the duo were tasked with clogging up the middle.
Both sides had opportunities in the second half but the score remained unchanged. Kei Kamara had a pair of shots in the 57th minute but nothing went past the goal line. Justin Meram had a clear header in the 60th minute but it hit the crossbar. The 78th minute brought an Adam Jahn breakaway but Cropper was there to make the save.
The game ended on a dramatic note as Andrew Farrell was shown a red card for a mistimed tackle on Waylon Francis. The Revs were reduced to 10 men for the final minute.
With six points secured during their two-game home stand, the Revolution will now return to the road. Next Saturday they’ll visit New Jersey to face the New York Red Bulls. Kickoff is set for 7:30 pm.