Crew-Revolution Preview

It’s been nearly three years since the New England Revolution

went without a loss in five straight home matches. The Columbus

Crew’s unbeaten streak in Foxborough, Mass., goes back even

further.

New England looks to keep rolling at home Saturday night when it

takes on Columbus, which hasn’t suffered a defeat on the

Revolution’s pitch since 2006.

The Revolution matched their home win total from last season by

beating Chicago 2-0 in their last MLS game June 2, improving to

4-1-1 at Gillette Stadium. They are 3-0-1 in their last four

matches there for their best run at home since a 3-0-3 stretch May

16-Aug. 1, 2009.

Second-half substitute Kelyn Rowe broke a scoreless tie in the

69th minute, and Benny Feilhaber added another in the 73rd as New

England (5-7-1) snapped a two-game winless streak.

Rowe, drafted third overall in this year’s MLS SuperDraft,

scored for the second time and earned his first assist on

Feilhaber’s goal. He has come off the bench the last two games

after starting the first eight matches he appeared in.

“He’s been pushing hard lately,” coach Jay Heaps said. “I think

you saw when he came into the game, there was a different buzz

about him. He almost scored the first time. It was a great run. …

Then the first and second goals were beautiful from Kelyn.

“He’s smart, he’s played quickly. We like getting him in those

situations where he can be a dynamic attacker for us.”

Rowe may have to be on the attack again Saturday considering the

way the Crew (5-4-3) have been playing. Columbus hasn’t played a

league match since May 26, when it beat Chicago 2-1 at home to

improve to 3-0-2 in its last five matches.

Eddie Gaven scored the Crew’s first goal in the 9th minute and

assisted on the second by Emilio Renteria in the 44th. Renteria has

scored in back-to-back games after not finding the back of the net

in his first nine matches.

“I feel better, but I’m always under pressure because it’s my

job to score goals,” said Renteria, who was second on the Crew with

eight goals last season.

“That’s what I want to do. That’s why I decided to be a forward.

The most important thing is the team won and I helped not only

scoring, but doing everything the coach asked. I’m happy for the

three points.”

The Crew also picked up three points in their last road game, a

2-0 win over Seattle on May 23 that gave them a three-game unbeaten

streak away from home.

Columbus hasn’t gone four straight road games without a defeat

since a 2-0-3 stretch April 10-June 2, 2010, and the squad may have

a good chance to accomplish that feat Saturday.

The Crew are 4-0-2 in their last six trips to Foxborough, last

losing 1-0 on Oct. 14, 2006. Renteria had two assists as Columbus

won 3-0 in its only visit to Gillette Stadium last season.