RECAP: Crew vs. Revs

Crew pour it on in the second half to remain tops in the East

Julius James

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The best second-half team in MLS proved their merit again Saturday
night, as the Columbus Crew overcame a goal by Benny Feilhaber just
before the break with a resounding 3-1 win over New England in Crew
Stadium.

Columbus (10-7-7, 37 points) remained atop the Eastern Conference with
the win, and improved to an impressive 2-0-4 when trailing at the half
this season.

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The loss was the second straight for the Revolution (4-11-9), who
coughed up an own goal early in the second half and never recovered
while the Crew offense caught fire.

The crucial miscue came off the foot of New England defender Kevin Alston in the 54th minute, and Julius James (75th) and a healthy Emilio Rentería (81st) each scored to help Columbus pull away.

James got his first goal of the season on a header that he blasted a
header into the net after a corner kick from Josh Gardner. Renteria
easily scored his fifth of the year on an unmarked finish from six years
out after midfielder Robbie Rogers set up the goal.

The equalizer came when Alston stuck out a foot to prevent a chip from
Andrés Mendoza reaching fellow forward Tommy Heinemann, but the ball
flew over the head of onrushing goalkeeper Matt Reis.

The Revs came close to regaining the lead in the 62nd minute but a shot by A.J Soares hit underneath the crossbar and came out.

Feilhaber stunned the Crew with his second goal of the season just
before the break after the Revs were dominated for much of the half.
They took the lead when Pat Phelan shirked  Sebastian Miranda  in the
penalty area and sent a roller across to Feilhaber, who got away from
Kevin Burns for a well-placed, 18-yard strike past William Hesmer.

The Crew, who 26 minutes into the game had 71.3 percent of the
possession on a passing accuracy of 82 percent, would have taken the
lead in the 39th minute if not for the brilliance of  Reis.

He lunged to his right to get a hand on a header from eight yards by
Chad Marshall after Miranda sent an untouched service from the left side
into the box. The ball bounced to the head of Marshall off the hard
surface and his flick was targeted for the upper left corner before Reis
parried it wide.

Mendoza left in the 70th minute with a left leg injury and was replaced
by midfielder Dilly Duka in his first appearance since June 4.

Both teams had to deal with the loss of starters from their last
matches. New England played without midfielder Sainey Nyassi (sprained
right MCL) while Crew midfielder Eddie Gaven (right leg contusion)
missed his first game of the season.

New England host Houston on Aug. 17, while the Crew are home to Philadelphia on Aug. 20.

Scoring Summary:
NE -- Benny Feilhaber 2 (Pat Phelan 3) 45
CLB -- own goal (Kevin Alston) 54
CLB -- Julius James 1 (Josh Gardner 2) 75
CLB -- Emilio Renteria 5 (Robbie Rogers 4, Dilly Duka 3) 81

New England Revolution -- Matt Reis, Kevin Alston,
Darrius Barnes, A.J. Soares, Chris Tierney, Pat Phelan, Shalrie Joseph,
Stephen McCarthy (Diego Fagundez 79), Zack Schilawski (Kenny Mansally
68), Milton Caraglio (Zak Boggs 79), Benny Feilhaber.

Substitutes Not Used: Ryan Cochrane, Ryan Guy, Andrew Sousa, Bobby Shuttleworth.

TOTAL SHOTS: 10 (Milton Caraglio 2, A.J. Soares 2); SHOTS ON GOAL: 4 (4
tied with 1); FOULS: 4 (4 tied with 1); OFFSIDES: 3 (Milton Caraglio
2); CORNER KICKS: 2 (Chris Tierney 2); SAVES: 7 (Matt Reis 7)

Columbus Crew -- William Hesmer, Sebastian Miranda,
Chad Marshall, Julius James, Josh Gardner, Justin Meram (Bernardo Anor
71), Kevin Burns, Emmanuel Ekpo, Robbie Rogers, Andres Mendoza (Dilly
Duka 66), Tommy Heinemann (Emilio Renteria 58).

Substitutes Not Used: Eric Gehrig, Cole Grossman, Korey Veeder, Andy Gruenebaum.

TOTAL SHOTS: 16 (Andres Mendoza 3, Emilio Renteria 3); SHOTS ON GOAL: 9
(Emilio Renteria 3); FOULS: 13 (Sebastian Miranda 4); OFFSIDES: 3 (3
tied with 1); CORNER KICKS: 6 (Sebastian Miranda 4); SAVES: 3 (William
Hesmer 3)

Misconduct Summary:
CLB -- Sebastian Miranda (caution; Reckless Foul) 60
CLB -- Justin Meram (caution; Reckless Foul) 61
CLB -- Bernardo Anor (caution; Reckless Foul) 90

Referee: Andrew Chapin
Referee's Assistants: -Greg Barkey; Jeff Hosking
4th Official: John McCloskey
Attendance: 13,041
Time of Game: 1:50
Weather: Partly Cloudy-and-83-degrees