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
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
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.