|Columbus Crew 4, New England Revolution 0
Guillermo Barros Schelotto factors in three of the Crew’s four goals as Revs fall on the road in battle between the top two teams in MLS
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The New England Revolution suffered a 4-0 loss to the Columbus Crew on Saturday night at Crew Stadium in a battle between the top two teams in Major League Soccer. Crew forward Guillermo Barros Schelotto recorded one goal and two assists to pace the MLS-leading Crew past the Revs, while Jason Garey also scored two goals for Columbus.
New England (11-7-5, 38 pts.) is now 1-3-2 in their last six MLS games since winning SuperLiga 2008 and suffered their fifth shutout loss of the year. Columbus (13-6-4, 43 pts.) extended its lead in the Eastern Conference to five points over the Revolution.
The Crew out-shot the Revolution, 27-4, in the match, and Revolution goalkeeper Matt Reis made nine saves – one shy of his career high – in the match.
Columbus came out strong in the first half, pushing the attack and keeping the Revolution pushed back on defense for much of the period. Despite the heavy pressure, the game remained scoreless until the 40th minute.
After Reis made a fingertip save on Steven Lenhart’s bicycle kick effort in the seventh minute, he came up big again in the 13th minute when he dove to push Barros Schelotto’s free kick off the left post. On the same play, Brad Evans’ rebound header caromed off the crossbar before New England could clear the ball.
After the Revs fell behind in the shot advantage, 9-0, by the 27th minute, New England’s Taylor Twellman had the Revolution’s first chance of the match. Mauricio Castro put a pass in to Twellman at the top of the box before the forward turned on his defender and sent and shot on Crew goalkeeper William Hesmer, who made the easy save going to his left.
Barros Schelotto pushed the Crew ahead just before halftime and capitalized on Columbus’ advantage in possession when he punched in a loose ball after Robbie Rodger’s cross was deflected by the Revs’ defense in the 40th minute. Barros Schelotto ran on to the ball ahead of the sliding Chris Tierney, and his shot kicked just past Reis to his right as the keeper came out to cut down the angle.
Reis prevented the Crew from increasing its lead in the 42nd minute, deflecting close-range Rodger’s shot around the post. On the resulting corner, Sainey Nyassi cleared Andy Iro’s reaction shot off the line to prevent another sure goal.
However, the Revs couldn’t hold off the Crew as first half stoppage time began. Barros Schelotto’s free kick from 22 yards out near the touchline found Iro in the mixer, where the defender headed in the ball unmarked from six yards for the 2-0 lead and his first career MLS goal as referee Mark Geiger’s whistle blew to end the half.
The Crew continued to dominate play as the second half opened and limited the Revs’ possession in the midfield, not allowing New England space to generate much in their attacking third.
Columbus increased its lead to 3-0 in the 67th minute, when Jason Garey – who had entered for Lenhard just one minute prior – chested down Barros Schelotto’s lofted cross over the defense and beat Reis with a low shot just outside his reach.
Iro nearly made it 4-0 in the 73rd minute when he got on the end of a Jason Carroll cross, but his flashing header was inches high of goal. Garey, however, did extend the lead to four goals when he ran on to Pat Noonan’s threaded pass through the Revs’ defense and went in one-on-on with Reis, finishing low after Reis committed off his line. Noonan’s assist was his first with the Crew after an early August trade sent the former Revolution forward to Columbus following his return from playing overseas in Norway.
The Revolution returns to action on Thursday, Sept. 11, when the team hosts Chivas USA at 7 p.m. at Gillette Stadium. In a tribute to the events of Sept. 11, 2001, the Revs will host “Salute to Heroes Night,” for military members and first responders. For more information, or to inquire about bringing a group to the stadium for “Salute to Heroes Night,” call 1-877-GET-REVS.
New England Revolution at Columbus Crew
September 6, 2008 – Columbus, Ohio (Crew Stadium)
CLB – Guillermo Barros Schelotto (unassisted) 40
CLB – Andy Iro (Guillermo Barros Schelotto) 46+
CLB – Jason Garey (Guillermo Barros Schelotto) 67
CLB – Jason Garey (Pat Noonan) 90
New England Revolution: Matt Reis (GK), Chris Tierney (Amaechi Igwe 58), Jay Heaps, Michael Parkhurst, Chris Albright, Mauricio Castro (Pat Phelan 74), Jeff Larentowicz, Shalrie Joseph ©, Sainey Nyassi (Joe Germanese 70), Khano Smith, Taylor Twellman
Substitutes Not Used: Doug Warren (GK), Rob Valentino, Brandon Tyler
STATS: Shots 4; Shots on Goal 1; Saves 9; Corner Kicks 4; Offside 1; Fouls Committed 11
Columbus Crew: William Hesmer (GK), Gino Padula, Andy Iro, Chad Marshall, Danny O’Rourke, Robbie Rodgers (Pat Noonan 74), Brian Carroll, Brad Evans, Eddie Gaven, Steven Lenhart (Jason Garey 66), Guillermo Barros Schelotto © (Emmanuel Ekpo 82)
Substitutes Not Used: Andy Gruenebaum (GK), Andrew Peterson, Stefani Miglioranzi, Jed Zayner
STATS: Shots 27; Shots on Goal 13; Saves 1; Corner Kicks 11; Offside 5; Fouls Committed 8
NE – Chris Albright (caution) 23
NE – Shalrie Joseph (caution) 50
NE – Amaechi Igwe (caution) 59
CLB – Jason Garey (caution) 83
Referee: Mark Geiger
Referee’s Assistants: Steven Taylor (SAR), Eric Boria (JAR)
Fourth Official: Fernando Galvan
Time of Game: 1:52
Weather: Partly Cloudy and 75
- Taylor Twellman returned to the lineup after missing the Revolution’s CONCACAF Champions League qualifying match against Joe Public FC on Tuesday while recovering from facial lacerations
- Michael Parkhurst, Chris Albright and Sainey Nyassi also returned to the lineup after not seeing action on Tuesday against Joe Public
- The Revs played without midfielder Wells Thompson, who made the trip to Columbus with the team, but did not dress after coming down with an illness
- The Revs also played without Gabriel Badilla, who joined the Costa Rica National Team for its World Cup Qualifier against Suriname tonight and Haiti this coming Wednesday
- Shalrie Joseph wore the captain’s armband as Steve Ralston missed his third game overall – and second MLS game – with back spasms
- Saturday’s game was the Revs’ 10th of 11 games in a 38-day span … the team has played two games a week since the first week of August … in that span, the team has posted a 1-6-2 record … Thursday’s game – Sept. 11 - at home against Chivas USA ends that string and starts a 10-day break in the schedule before the team’s next game – a Sept. 20 road match at Colorado.
- The Revolution were out-shot 16-2 in the first half, and were out-cornered 7-2 in the first 45 minutes … overall, Columbus took 23 more shots than the Revolution in the game
- After receiving his yellow card in the 59th minute – one minute after stepping on the field – Amaechi Igwe picked up his fifth yellow card caution of the season and will be forced to miss the team’s next game while serving a mandatory one-game suspension.
- Joe Germanese made his MLS debut when he entered the game in the 70th minute for Sainey Nyassi … he had previously made five first-team appearances, but three came in the U.S. Open Cup and two came in the CONCACAF Champions League
- Pat Noonan’s appearance in the 74th minute was the former Rev’s first against his former team … after a six-month stay in Norway with Aalesund, Noonan re-signed with MLS in August and was dealt by the Revs to the Crew in exchange for the team’s first-round draft pick in the 2009 SuperDraft, allocation money and consideration in the 2008 and 2009 allocation tables … Noonan is still ranked third in Revs career goals (37) and third in Revs career assists (29) among other categories.