There was hope that the New England Revolution could build on the first 75 minutes of their last match against Seattle, which saw them take a 3-0 lead on the defending MLS champs.
Ola Kamara didn’t even need 15 minutes to extinguish those happy thoughts.
The new Kamara in Columbus scored the first and assisted on the second to Federico Higuain as the Columbus Crew led from start to finish in a 2-0 victory at MAPFRE Stadium.
In the 13th minute the Crew stormed forward on a counter attack with Justin Meram leading the way. He found Ola streaking down the left flank and the Crew striker got inside the Revs penalty area and curled a shot up and over a sliding Antonio Delamea and past Cody Cropper’s far post.
Early in the second half, Kamara was the playmaker for the Crew’s second goal with a nifty combination with Higuain. Ola carried the ball into the box while Higuain ghosted in late between Xavier Kouassi and the Revs defensive line with all the space in the world to pick out the top corner to double the Columbus advantage.
Despite the deficit, the Revolution did press Crew keeper Zack Steffen into action on several occasions, most notably a low drive from Diego Fagundez in the 40th minute that Steffan had to parry away. Despite the Revs 18-12 edge in total shots, it was the Crew that put more shots on target by a 6-5 margin.
Through six road matches the Revs have managed just two road points with a 0-4-2 record overall away from home while the team has a 2-0-2 record at Gillette Stadium.
The Revs next two matches will be at home, with Real Salt Lake coming to Foxboro on May 13th followed by a rematch with Columbus on Sunday, May 21st.