New England and Columbus Stumble To a Draw
Gillette Stadium was a wind tunnel on Saturday as the New England Revolution and the Columbus Crew SC played to an ugly 0-0 draw. The Revolution are now tied for second place in the Eastern Conference with 8 points and sport a 2-2-2 record.
The first half of the game was played almost exclusively in the midfield without a clear advantage to either side. In the 36th minute, forward Juan Agudelo created the best chance of the match, feeding Lee Nguyen in the box. Nguyen’s flick on net was quickly recovered by Crew goalkeeper Steve Clark.
The rest of the match went very much like the first until New England won a free kick at the top of the box. Nguyen delivered a menacing ball on frame but Clark snatched it up once again. The game was sloppy and disorganized, as the referee issued six red cards throughout the match.
Columbus did not manage a shot a single shot on Revolution keeper Bobby Shuttleworth, while the Revs only put three shots on net.
The result was disappointing, as New England was hoping to piece together a significant winning streak following two victories against Colorado and San Jose. As the Revs had a full-strength starting eleven for the first time this season and Columbus was feeling the absence of young star Wil Trapp (concussion), the Revs squandered their advantage.
Revolution star defensive midfielder Jermaine Jones made his return to action and season debut alongside Scott Caldwell, but failed to impress and was subbed off at the half in favor of Andy Dorman. The bright spot of the afternoon was the excellent play of center back Andrew Farrell, who was strong defending on the ball, winning tackles. He seems to be communicating well with fellow center back Jose Gonçalves, which will be vital for New England as their season moves forward.
The Revolution will hope to get a win next week at PPL Park against the Philadelphia Union.