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Monday, August 27, 2012
Revs frustrated by loss to Crew

By Brian O'Connell

Benny Feilhaber was at a loss to describe it.

Following the Revolution’s frenzied 4-3 loss to the Crew on Saturday -- a loss which saw an early two-goal lead evaporate by halftime -- the midfielder had a hard time articulating what exactly happened to his club at Crew Stadium.

“The adjectives are kind of running out a little bit,” Feilhaber told RevsWrap after the game. “It’s frustrating to be in this kind of situation.”

“Frustrating” might be the best word to describe it. After jumping out to a two-goal advantage midway through the first half, the Revolution, by all appearances, looked keen to use their early form to snap their seven-game winless streak.

But that was before the Crew roared back with a vengeance. A pair of set piece strikes from Federico Higiuan and a sneaky run by Jairo Arrieta pulled the rug under the Revolution and allowed the hosts to walk into halftime with the lead.

Even though the Revolution pulled one back courtesy of a Lee Nguyen penalty in the 81st minute, Arrieta struck again five minutes later to dash the Revolution’s dream of claiming a rare road win in Columbus.

“Arrieta and Higuaín are really helping the Crew attack,” Revolution coach Jay Heaps said after the game. “(Columbus has) always defended well. They’ve always worked hard, so when you add those two players, they are really tough to beat.”

Although Heaps could only tip his cap to the Crew's revitalized attack, the first-year coach also saw a silver lining from the loss.

In his team’s previous seven, they’d only scored three goals combined. So even though the bottom line wasn’t exactly positive, Heaps couldn’t help but be pleased with the attack.

“I think we did a nice job in creating chances in the first half,” Heaps said. “(We) probably should have punished them more than just twice.”

However, the fact that the Revolution were creating chances was a marked improvement over last week’s 2-1 loss at Chicago -- a game in which the attack mustered only three shots on frame and looked, for the most part, lethargic.

Clearly, Saturday’s performance was a step up from what Heaps had seen in previous weeks. And it may have been just what the Revolution needed to snap out of its goalscoring funk.

Yet, that development was of little comfort to Feilhaber. Although he certainly reclaimed his form and assumed the role of offensive catalyst on Saturday, the playmaker couldn’t help but rue the missed opportunity.

“We put ourselves in a great position out of the gates,” Feilhaber said. “In the first (23) minutes, we’re up 2-0 away from home and we can’t even hold the lead until halftime. It’s something that can’t really be described, to be honest.”