Observations: Crew 4, Revolution 3
August, 25, 2012
By Brian O'Connell | ESPNBoston.com
In a wild, high-scoring affair that saw five first-half goals, Federico Higuain and Jairo Arrieta each grabbed a pair of goals to hand the Revolution a devastating 4-3 loss on Saturday at Crew Stadium.
The Revolution built an early two-goal lead thanks to strikes from Ryan Guy (17') and Jerry Bengtson (23'). But that lead crumbled when Higuain (26', 43') and Arrieta (32') put Columbus on top going into halftime. Lee Nguyen (81') brought the Revolution back to level terms late, but Arrieta got the last laugh when he netted his second goal of the game in the 86th minute.
With the loss, the Revolution extended their winless streak to eight (0-7-1) and saw their season mark dip to 6-14-5 (23 points). Meanwhile, the Crew bolstered their playoff hopes by upping their record to 10-8-6 (36 points).
Revs grab a multigoal road lead: The Revolution's early 2-0 advantage was the largest lead they've taken on the road since they opened up three-goal margin in Los Angeles on March 31 -- a game they ultimately won 3-1.
Revolution earn rare PK: For only the second time this season, the Revolution were awarded a penalty kick when Julius James dragged down Diego Fagundez inside the area in the 80th minute. A minute later, Lee Nguyen punched it through to level it at 3-3. The only other penalty the Revolution earned this season came against Houston on May 19, when Saer Sene converted from the spot after he was hauled down by Brad Davis.
Defensive issues aplenty: The Crew's four goals are the most the Revolution have conceded this season. Another stat the Revolution won't be proud of? The 4-3 loss marked the first time the Crew scored more than two goals in a game this season.
Nguyen begins game on bench: Lee Nguyen, who came off at halftime of last week's contest in Chicago, was among the substitutes for Saturday's game. The shifty midfielder was listed as "probable" (left ankle sprain) on Friday's injury report. He came into the match in the 62nd minute for Clyde Simms and scored his fifth goal of the season from the penalty spot in the 81st minute.
Columbus a tough club to crack: With the loss, the Revolution are 0-4-2 in their past six games against the Crew. Their last win against Columbus came on Oct. 25, 2009.
Feilhaber gets the start: A week after he was benched against the Fire, midfielder Benny Feilhaber returned to the starting lineup in Columbus. But instead of taking his usual spot in the central midfield, Feilhaber featured out on the left. Prior to Saturday's game, he was the only player on the roster to have scored against the Crew.
Next up: With the book closed on their two-game road trip, the Revolution return home to face Chivas USA at 8 p.m. Wednesday. The game also marks the return of former Revolution skipper Shalrie Joseph, who was traded to Chivas USA on Aug. 1.