Columbus Crew 0-1 New England Revolution
Jeff Larentowicz scored in the 79th minute to secure a playoff spot for the
The victory in the final game of the MLS regular season gave New England (11-10-9) 42 points and a playoff berth at the expense of the
Larentowicz’s first goal of the season came on a free kick from 20 yards. The midfielder bent his right-footed shot around the
“Fantastic free kick,” said New England coach Steve Nicol of the shot that launched his side into the playoffs for an eighth consecutive season.
“To come here on the last game of the season and needing points was never going to be easy,” Nicol said. “To get into the playoffs is huge.”
New England will face the
Columbus (13-7-10) already had secured home-field advantage throughout the playoffs as well as the 2009 Supporters’ Shield, given to the team with the best regular-season record. The
Representatives from Columbus supporters’ groups handed the shield to
However, the loss was the
“It’s not that we played bad in those games,” Warzycha said. “Sometimes it’s just tough to score a goal, especially at the end of the season when teams feel they have to play harder.”
Columbus, which has scored only one goal in its last four games, will face
Schoeni made his best save of the night to prevent an own goal in the seventh minute.
Schoeni was placed in the starting lineup just minutes before kickoff in place of regular starter William Hesmer, who said he has been battling the flu since last Friday.
“We know what the next four games are all about,” said Hesmer, who was in goal for the
Larentowicz tested Schoeni with a laser-like, low strike from 22 yards in the 28th minute, but Schoeni was able to gather it into his midsection.