THE TEAMS: Revolution at Columbus Crew
THE SITCH: MLS Cup Playoffs, Eastern Conference Final
THE SITE: MAPFRE Stadium, Columbus, Ohio
THE TIME: 3 p.m.
THE BROADCAST INFO: ABC/WBOS-FM 92.9 (WBZ-FM call)
THE SKINNY: Soccer in December! The Revs play the Yellow Submarine for the first time in 2020, and it couldn’t come at a more appropriate time — the Eastern Conference Final. It’s the first time since April 2019 that these two teams have faced each other, and to be fair to New England… they are a completely different team than the one the Crew dispatched.
Your starting lineups, benches, and match notes are live, and are below the live feed. Updates are periodic. Thanks for following the Revs on the Soccer Sentinel.
1′ Early free kick for the Revs as Buksa is fouled over in the corner.
3′ Corner to the Crew.
4′ Another one after the Crew re-set and get the ball toward Artur…. and a third.
5′ Nagbe with a shot on frame. Turner handles with ease.
6′ Big shot Columbus, Turner with the parry and a corner.
9′ Another. Corner. For. Columbus.
12′ Looks like a free kick for Columbus after that foul on DeJuan Jones.
13′ Zardes fires wide. He was pretty much open, Farrell closest to him.
15′ Turner with a pounce after the Revs can’t get out of their own defending third.
17′ Free kick Revs.
18′ Handling on the Revolution.
22′ Buksa with a shot, blocked. Revs get the ball back.
23′ Artur getting a telling off for a foul on Carles Gil.
25′ Gil with a volley, right to Tarbell.
26′ Good defending there by Jones.
28′ Buksa, all alone, puts it off the post. Gil finds Buksa with a neat over the top ball, Afful slips and gives Buksa room to move.
32′ Foul on the Revs.
36′ Zelarayán with a hard shot, Turner parries.
37′ Tajon goes down a tad too easily.
39′ Turner with a save on Santos…. another save.
40′ Zardes is in an offside position after he rolls off Farrell.
45′ Mensah skies and clobbers Bunbury. No stoppage time.
Sweens’ Halftime Thoughts and some numbers…
Defending has been porous, but Turner has — as he has all season — been outstanding.
If Buksa elected to pass instead of shoot, I think that goes into the back of the net.
I have the feeling we’re going 120 today.
45.8 percent of the ball; feels high to me
80 percent passing accuracy
6 corners for Columbus. 14 clearances for the Revs.
2 shots, none on-target
Second Half Underway
46′ Polster getting a telling off for the foul on Nagbe.
47′ Santos is down off the ball.
53′ Free kick in a dangerous spot for Columbus…. Santos blazes into the stands.
54′ Buksa gets it to Bou in the box, but he loses possession.
55′ Close for Columbus as Diaz crosses in front of Turner, but the ball is defended and popped up by Farrell.
56′ Buksa with a blast, Tarbell with the deflection for the corner. First Revs corner.
57′ Buksa is taken down, no call for a pen… Farrell punches the ball out of play in the defending half.
58′ Ball to Zardes, Turner with the save. Zardes went back side of Kessler. Corner to the Crew.
59′ GOAL COLUMBUS. Jonathan Mensah steers it to Artur, who tosses it through the Revs defending and in. 1-nil to Columbus.
61′ Bye in for Bunbury.
62′ OMG. Woodwork for Zelarayán.
64′ Corner to the Crew after Farrell works hard to get back and slide.
65′ Another. Ninth corner.
68′ Almost a second for Columbus, and Santos misses just wide off the turnover.
69′ Rowe and McNamara on for Buchanan and Caldwell.
71′ Bou’s first real shot of the game is wide. Deflected for a corner.
73′ Rowe with a shot, deflected for a corner.
76′ Zardes with a cross, but he’s offside.
78′ Corner to the Revolution.
79′ Good job of Kessler to win the free kick.
80′ Diaz off for Columbus, Boateng on.
82′ Bou skies one.
85′ Rennicks on for Jones.
88′ Rowe’s shot is deflected to Tarbell.
90′ Four minutes minimum added on here.
90+2′ Bou shot deflected, follow-up saved by Tarbell…. other way, Zardes offside.
90+3′ Santos is carded. First card of the game comes on a reckless challenge on Gil.
90+4′ Free kick after Mensah fouls Buksa. 30 yards away.
90+5′ Polster’s shot is right to Tarbell.
For the Revs:
Turner; Jones, Kessler, Farrell, Buchanan; Polster, S. Caldwell; Bunbury, Gil, Bou; Buksa
Bench: Knighton, Mancienne, Bye, McNamara, Rowe, Fagundez, Nguyen, Manneh, Rennicks
For the Crew:
Tarbell; Valenzuela, Williams, Mensah, Afful; Artur, Nagbe; Santos, Zelarayan, Diaz; Zardes
Bench: Lampson, Jimenez, Keita, Boateng, Morris, Alashe, Mohktar, Adi, Nemeth
No new injuries for the Revs, while Columbus… well, it has a number of players not medically cleared. Sebastian Berhalter, Miguel Berry, Chris Cadden, Derrick Etienne, Jon Kempin, and Vito Wormgoor are all NMC. Goalkeeper Eloy Room and Waylon Francis are questionable.
Interesting to note: the last time the Revolution played a match in December, the Patriots played the Chargers later that day. Pats play the Chargers — this time in Los Angeles — today.
No one is on yellow card watch.
Columbus is pretty dangerous with 36 goals scored this season. That figures out to a goal once every 58 minutes. Gyasi Zardes and Pedro Santos have each scored two goals apiece in these playoffs. Darlington Nagbe has the other one.
During the regular season, Zardes scored 12 and helped on four others, while Santos and Lucas Zelarayan had six apiece.
This is the 8th postseason meeting between the two sides, with the last coming on Nov. 9, 2014 with the Revs winning, 3-1.
Should the Revs win today, they will be the lowest-ever seed to reach the final.
One Gustavo Bou goal today will tie him with Teal Bunbury for the current team lead in postseason goals. And when Bou scores, the Revs are 10-0-6.
A win today would be New England’s club-record fourth straight win and third away from Gillette.