Saturday night, the Columbus Crew snapped the New England Revolution’s five-game winning streak with a 1-0 shut-out at Crew Stadium in Columbus Ohio for a crowd of 21,318. Federico Higuain scored the winning 27-yard free-kick goal just after the break and now has four career free-kick goals against the Revolution.
Revolution goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth redeemed himself when he stopped Higuain’s 85th minute penalty attempt. It was Shuttleworth’s second saved penalty kick attempt this season. Justin Meram drew the penalty after defender A.J. Soares harshly took him in the area.
“I mean [Federico Higuain] is just one guy,” said Revolution defender Jose Goncalves. “We cannot put mistakes on one guy. He scored on a free kick and we had a chance after to come back in the game, but we didn’t.”
New England (13-13-3, 42 pts.) still hold third place the Eastern Conference playoff bracket and stand seventh across the league. Columbus (10-9-10, 40 pts.) won both meetings against New England this and hold the fifth spot in the Eastern playoff bracket and stand ninth overall. The two teams will meet one last time on October 4 at Gillette Stadium.
Revolution head coach Jay Heaps made two changes to last week’s game day squad, starting Scott Caldwell for Jermaine Jones, recovering from a lower leg bruise, and Diego Fagundez for Teal Bunbury, suspended for yellow-card accumulation suspension. Jones made his second substitute appearance as a substitute for Daigo Kobayashi. Chris Tierney made his first appearance since he was injured on July 26 and came on as a second-half substitute for Darrius Barnes at left back.
“Columbus played like they wanted it more, they had more energy than us,” said Revolution starting forward Charlie Davies. “We didn’t have the best of first halves, but we were able to keep it even and go into half even. I thought that we played better in the second half, we just gave them good chances. If you give (Federico) Higuain some free kicks, he is going to put it in.”
The Revolution return to action on Friday, September 26, when they travel to face Sporting Kansas City at Sporting Park. Coverage of the game on the NBC Sports Network kicks off at 8 p.m. ET.
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CLB – Federico Higuain 10 (unassisted) 48’
New England Revolution: Bobby Shuttleworth, Darrius Barnes (Chris Tierney 56’), Jose Goncalves ©, A.J. Soares, Andrew Farrell, Kelyn Rowe, Scott Caldwell, Lee Nguyen, Daigo Kobayashi (Jermaine Jones 46’), Diego Fagundez (Steve Neumann 74’), Charlie Davies
Substitutes Not Used: Brad Knighton, Kevin Alston, Tony Taylor, Patrick Mullins
STATS: Shots 11, Shots on target 6, Saves 3, Corner kicks 6, Offsides 0, Fouls 12, Possession 43.8%, Passes 312 (72.4%)
Columbus Crew: Steve Clark, Waylon Francis, Tyson Wahl, Michael Parkhurst ©, Eric Gehrig (Chad Barson 77’), Justin Meram, Tony Tchani, Federico Higuain (Bernardo Anor 86’), Will Trapp, Ethan Finlay, Aaron Schoenfeld (Jairo Arrieta 89’)
Substitutes Not Used: Matt Lampson, Kevan George, Hector Jimenez, Romain Gall
STATS: Shots 13, Shots on target 4, Saves 6, Corner kicks 7, Offsides 3, Fouls 18, Possession 56.8%, Passes 396 (80.1%)
CLB – Justin Meram (caution) 23’
CLB – Tyson Wahl (caution) 39’
NE – Darrius Barnes (caution) 47’
CLB – Federico Higauin (caution) 72’
CLB – Eric Gehrig (caution) 75’
Referee: Ted Unkle
Assistant Referees: Jeff Muschik (AR1), Kyle Longville (AR2)
Fourth Official: Sorin Stoica