Columbus Crew SC hosted the New England Revolution in a very chilly Columbus, Ohio. The home side went into this match having lost their first game of a three-game homestand against New York City FC by a 3-2 scoreline. The opponents, on the other hand, came into this match after earning a point after a 3-3 draw against reigning MLS Cup Seattle Sounders.
It didn’t take long for the home side to open the scoring. Waylon Francis started the attack for the Black and Gold and was able to clear the ball upfield. Ola Kamara received the ball from Justin Meram and was able to successfully curl the ball into the back of the net for the opener.
Just a few minutes later, Lee Nguyen almost found the equalizer when his right-footed shot hit the crossbar and bounced out.
In the 37th minute, Columbus almost equalized when a Higuain corner kick found the head of Jonathan Mensah but his shot is right at the hands of Cody Cropper.
Right off the bat in the second half, Justin Meram ran down the pitch at Cropper and used the space he had to let off a hard shot. Cropper was there for the save to keep the score at 1-0.
Higuain would double the Black and Gold lead to 2-0 with his goal in the 54th minute. A great pass from Kamara found the right foot of the Argentine midfielder and his right-footed curler found the back of the net. Zack Steffan also got an assist.
A whole sequence of events happened at once late in the second half. Je-Vaughn Watson took down Niko Hansen with a clothesline tackle and receives a yellow card. Afterward, head coach and sporting director Gregg Berhalter got tossed from the technical area by referee Mark Geiger.
Wil Trapp had a shot on goal in the 88th minute to put the icing on the cake, but his shot went wide left of the net.
Columbus would have the last laugh as they defeated the Revolution by a 2-0 scoreline.
Columbus is back at home Wednesday against Trillium Cup rivals Toronto FC, while New England host Real Salt Lake.
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