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October 19, 2013 7:30 PM EDT
Gillette Stadium — Foxborough, Massachusetts
Referee:‬ M. Geiger‎
Attendance:‬ 26548‎
 
32′ AJ Soares
69′ (PG) Chris Tierney
 

New England Revolution 3-2 Columbus Crew: Crew eliminated from playoffs in lively match

Jay Heaps' side stepped up with a big win when it mattered, thrice taking the lead before ending Columbus' playoff hopes.

By Keith Hickey

 Diego Fagundez, New England Revolution, MLS
Jared Wickerham
The New England Revolution claimed a vital 3-2 win over the Columbus Crew to give a big boost to their playoff hopes and eliminate the Crew from the November soccer picture.

Columbus needed a win to mathematically remain in playoff contention, while a loss or draw would make it exceedingly difficult for New England to claim a postseason berth.

A.J. Soares scored the only goal of the first half in the 32nd minute when his flicked header redirected Kelyn Rowe's free kick into the net.

Columbus leveled it just before the hour mark. Aaron Schoenfeld, at the top of the box with his back to goal, laid off a pass to Dominic Oduro, charging down the right channel. Oduro used his pace to get past the Revs back line, and roofed a shot over Matt Reis at the near post.

New England was awarded a penalty in the 69th minute. Tony Tchani hauled down Andy Dorman in the box, and Chris Tierney dispatched the spot kick with aplomb to restore the Revolution's lead.

The advantage lasted barely a minute. Charging down the other end, this time it was Oduro's turn to feed Schoenfeld at the top of the box, and the striker turned and picked out the far top corner to equalize again.

But with their season on the line, the Revs refused to be pegged back. Dimitry Imbongo picked out Dorman on the left wing, and Dorman's cross found Diego Fagundez, who finished to put New England up 3-2 and set a record for MLS goals scored by a teenager.

With the victory, New England (13-11-9) jumps to 48 points and fifth place. But these teams meet again next weekend, this time in Columbus, and the Crew (12-16-5) will have the opportunity to play spoiler to the team that ended its season.


New England Revolution

1
Matt Reis
Goalkeeper
 - 
2
Andrew Farrell
Defender
 - 
5
AJ Soares
Defender
32′
 - 
23
 - 
6
Scott Caldwell
Midfielder
80′
 - 
8
Chris Tierney
Defender
69′ 78′
 - 
11
Kelyn Rowe
Midfielder
 - 
12
Andy Dorman
Midfielder
 - 
16
J. Agudelo
Striker
94′
 - 
14
 - 
27
J. Bengtson
Striker
47′ 65′
 - 

Columbus Crew

 - 
28
Matt Lampson
Goalkeeper
 - 
2
Tyson Wahl
Defender
 - 
14
 - 
21
Chad Barson
Defender
 - 
6
Tony Tchani
Midfielder
79′
 - 
7
Bernardo Anor
Midfielder
 - 
13
Ethan Finlay
Midfielder
31′ 46′
 - 
24
A. Viana
Defender
72′
 - 
20
William Trapp
Midfielder
 - 
8
 - 
19
J. Arrieta
Striker

Substitutes

22
 - 
30
 - 
15
 - 
-
Clyde Simms
Midfielder
 - 
19
 - 
92
 - 
9
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Substitutes

 - 
30
 - 
3
 - 
-
 - 
9
Justin Meram
Midfielder
79′
 - 
17
Ben Speas
Midfielder
72′
 - 
18
 - 
26

Coach/Manager

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Coach/Manager

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  • Assist
  • Penalty Save
  • Penalty Shootout Goal
  • Penalty Shootout Miss
  • Yellow Card / Red Card
  • Red Card
  • Substitution IN
  • Substitution OUT
  • Injury
  • Goal.com Rating
  • Goal.com Man of the Match
  • Goal.com Flop of the Match
  • Top & Flop Global Ranking
  • Fans' Man of the Match
  • Fans' Flop of the Match
Results
 
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
E. Torres E. Torres
Striker
Chivas USA
6 3
Clint Dempsey Clint Dempsey
Striker
Seattle Sounders
6 1
V. Sánchez V. Sánchez
Striker
Colorado
4 3
Federico Higuaín Federico Higuaín
Striker
Columbus Crew
4 2
Bradley Wright-Phillips Bradley Wright-Phillips
Striker
NY Red Bulls
4 1