Saturday, August 13, 2011
Rapid reaction: Crew 3, Revs 1
By Brian O'Connell
Benny Feilhaber gave the Revs the lead at halftime, but the Crew responded in the second half to coast to a 3-1 win at Crew Stadium on Saturday night.
Feilhaber, who scored in the 45th minute, put the guests up going into the locker room at halftime. But Kevin Alston’s own goal leveled it in the 54th minute before Julius Jones and Emilio Renteria scored in the 75th and 81st minutes, respectively, and catapulted the Crew toward victory.
The win keeps Columbus (10-7-7, 37 points) in first place in the Eastern Conference, and pads its lead over the Philadelphia Union to three points. Meanwhile, New England falls to 4-11-9 (21 points) and drops into eighth place with Toronto FC’s surprise 1-0 win over Real Salt Lake.
Road unbeaten streak snapped: With the loss, the Revs’ modest three-game road unbeaten streak (1-0-2) was snapped Saturday night. Their last loss prior to Saturday night was a 2-1 setback to Seattle on June 26.
Can’t close it in Columbus: Entering the interval with the lead, things were looking rosy for the Revs -- who had a 1-0-3 mark going into the half with the lead this season. But Alston’s own goal in the 54th minute, along with Jones’ and Renteria’s strikes late in the game, marked the first time this year the Revs blew a halftime lead and went on to lose.
Chasing the game: Once again, one of the primary reasons for the Revs’ 3-1 defeat Saturday night was their failure to hold the ball throughout the match. In fact, the Revs' possession percentage was an abysmal 38.5 percent on the evening.
Another night, another three-spot: For the second straight game, the Revs’ shaky defense gave up three goals to their opponents. Last week, the Revs watched Chivas USA put three on the board in a 3-2 home loss.
Revs drop below .500 vs. the East: With the loss, the Revs' record against Eastern Conference competition dropped to 3-4-3 on the season.
Nicol’s record vs. Crew drops, too: Revolution manager Steve Nicol’s all-time record against the Crew also fell below .500, as his career mark went to 10-11-9 in the wake of the 3-1 loss.
Reis keeps it competitive: Matt Reis tied his season-high save mark with six against the Columbus enterprising attack Saturday night.
Phelan the assist-man: With his assist on Feilhaber’s goal, Pat Phelan earned a share of the team lead with three assists on the season. The player he tied with? You guessed it -- Benny Feilhaber.
Caraglio’s endurance improves:Milton Caraglio, who made it to the 62nd minute during his MLS debut last weekend, played 79 minutes on Saturday night.
Fagundez makes another cameo: After a sensational MLS debut last weekend, Diego Fagundez returned to the pitch, coming on as a 79th-minute substitute. But, unlike last weekend’s performance, which steered the Revs to both of the goals against Chivas USA, the teenager failed to find the back of the net.
Quick return home: After Saturday night’s loss, the Revs will hurry back to Foxborough and ready themselves for a midweek matchup against the Houston Dynamo at Gillette Stadium on Wednesday night. The Dynamo edged the Revs 1-0 on April 17 at Robertson Stadium.