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Columbus Crew
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Final
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New England Revolution
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Sunday, October 27, 20134:00 PM
Columbus Crew StadiumMLS Regular SeasonMLS LIVEAttendance: 17505

Match Summary

GOALS AND ASSISTS

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TimeClubPlayerAssisted By
 28'NEJuan Agudelo
  • Lee Nguyen
DISCIPLINARY

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TimeClubPlayerReason
 90'CLB Dominic OduroFoul
 89'NE Juan AgudeloTime wasting
 84'NE Matt ReisTime wasting
 57'CLB Agustin VianaFoul
 25'CLB Jairo ArrietaFoul
SUBSTITUTIONS

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 80'NE
Scott Caldwell (M)
Dimitry Imbongo Boele (F)
 74'NE
Darrius Barnes (D)
Kevin Alston (D)
 72'CLB
Justin Meram (F)
Agustin Viana (D)
 55'CLB
Ryan Finley (F)
Aaron Schoenfeld (F)
 49'CLB
Ben Speas (F)
Bernardo Anor (M)

Starting Formations

30Gruenebaum3Williams14Marshall2Wahl24Viana11Oduro6Tchani20Trapp7Anor18Schoenfeld25ArrietaM5928131721261Reis2Farrell5Soares23Gonçalves30Alston12Dorman10Agudelo11Rowe24Nguyen14Fagundez92Imbongo BoeleM999252215276RAA4

Lineups

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Columbus Crew
30GAndy Gruenebaum
3DJosh Williams
14DChad Marshall
2DTyson Wahl
24DAgustin Viana
11MDominic Oduro
6MTony Tchani
20MWill Trapp
7MBernardo Anor
18FAaron Schoenfeld
25FJairo Arrieta
New England Revolution
1GMatt Reis
2DAndrew Farrell
5DA.J. Soares
23DJosé Gonçalves
30DKevin Alston
12MAndy Dorman
10MJuan Agudelo
11MKelyn Rowe
24MLee Nguyen
14MDiego Fagundez
92FDimitry Imbongo Boele
Bench
5Danny O'Rourke
9Justin Meram
28Matt Lampson
13Ethan Finlay
17Ben Speas
21Chad Barson
26Ryan Finley
 
9Chad Barrett
99Charlie Davies
25Darrius Barnes
22Bobby Shuttleworth
15Stephen McCarthy
27Jerry Bengtson
6Scott Caldwell
Managers
  Brian Bliss
 
  Jay Heaps
OFFICIALS

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RefereeHilario Grajeda  
Assistant RefereePaul Scott  
Assistant RefereeBill Dittmar  
Fourth OfficialChris Penso  
Sunday, October 27, 2013
4:00 PM
Columbus Crew Stadium
MLS LIVE

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Needing a win to clinch their first playoff berth since 2009, the New England Revolution rode a Juan Agudelo first-half goal to a gritty 1-0 victory over the Columbus Crew on Sunday afternoon at Crew Stadium.

It was the Revolution's second straight win over Columbus to close out the MLS regular season and the three points vaulted them to third place in the Eastern Conference (14-11-9, 51 pts.), setting up an Eastern Conference Semifinal matchup with Sporting Kansas City that kicks off next weekend.

Despite being mathematically eliminated from the playoffs, the Crew (12-16-5, 41 pts.) used a similar lineup to their 3-2 loss in New England last Saturday, missing Designated Player Federico Higuain for the second straight week due to a hip injury. Meanwhile, Kevin Alston started his first game for the Revolution since August 10, filling in for left back Chris Tierney.

But it was the Crew who nearly found the back of the net first when a Dominic Oduro breakaway ended in a point-blank shot that was stopped by New England 'keeper Matt Reis just three minutes into the game.

The Revolution regrouped and went on to open the scoring in the 28th minute from a gorgeous give-and-go between Agudelo and Lee Nguyen.

Fullback Andrew Farrell found Agudelo on a long pass into the box, and the forward flipped his first touch to Nguyen as the midfielder ran toward goal. When Columbus 'keeper Andy Gruenebaum moved toward Nguyen, he cut a pass back to Agudelo, who was left with an easy left-footed finish to give New England the lead they would not relinquish.

The Crew spent much of the second half launching attacks at the bunkering New England defense, but the Columbus attack was largely toothless and unable to get a clean look in the Revolution's third.

Despite the Crew swapping a defender for a forward for much of the second half, New England's defense, marshalled by captain Jose Goncalves, was more than up to the task.

Tempers boiled over in the beginning of an eight-minute stoppage time period, and Oduro was punished with a straight red card for an off-the-ball kick from behind on Revs midfielder Kelyn Rowe.

MLSsoccer.com Men of the Match

Rank Player What We Saw
1 Juan Agudelo This is why they kept him from moving to Stoke in the summer. His moment of flair single-handedly put the Revs into the playoffs for the first time since 2009.
2 Jose Goncalves The hearts of Revs fans sunk as fast as Goncalves was rubbing his right hamstring after just five minutes. But the captain was not about to bail on his team and he marshalled a perfect defensive effort.
3 Matt Reis It was a defense-first kind of game for the Revs and their goalkeeper made sure to keep everything tidy, including making his biggest save of the match after just three minutes.