Cucho, Rossi & Ramirez shine in 5-1 victory over New England Revolution

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FOXBOROUGH, MA – The New England Revolution (6-1-11, 19 pts.) were defeated 5-1 versus the Columbus Crew (9-6-3, 33 pts.) in an MLS match on Saturday night.

The match kicked off at Gillette Stadium to a crowd of 25,004.

The team started their lineup in a 4-2-3-1 formation with Aljaž Ivačič starting in net with a backline of (left back) DeJuan Jones, (center backs) Xavier Arreaga, and Dave Romney, along with (right back) Nick Lima. The midfield spots were manned by Ian Harkes (left defensive midfield) and Matt Polster (right defensive midfield), with Carles Gil appeared ahead of them (central attacking midfield). The forward roles were manned by Emmanuel Boateng (left wing), Esmir Bajraktarević (right wing), and Giacomo Vrioni as the lone striker.

Defender Dave Romney is making his 200th career MLS start.

Midfielder Emmanuel Boateng is making his 200th career MLS appearance.

Midfielders Dylan Borrero and Carles Gil were unavailable for tonight’s match due to injury.

In Carles Gil’s absence, midfielder Matt Polster wore the captain’s armband.

The match kicked off with Columbus starting from the center circle and quickly advancing the ball into New England’s defensive third.

Entering the 9th minute, New England took the early lead.

Following an over-the-top pass by Esmir Bajraktarević, the ball was mis-touched by defender #31 Steven Moreira which allowed the ball to fall into the lap of Emmanuel Boateng for two touches and a chip finish over goalkeeper #28 Patrick Schulte.

Midfielder Emmanuel Boateng (18) celebrates his goal with midfielder Noel Buck (29) in an MLS Match between the New England Revolution & Columbus Crew. © Rick Wilson

The first chance for the Columbus Crew came in the 12th minute when forward #9 Cucho Hernández connected on a header from a corner kick that went just wide of the right post.

Entering the 17th minute, Columbus leveled the match.

Forward #17 Christian Ramirez played the ball forward over-the-top to find forward #9 Cucho Hernández for the touch past defender Xavier Arreaga who was in no-man’s land. Cucho took 4 touches on his breakaway before a curling bottom right corner shot went past Aljaž Ivačič to level the scoreline at 1-1.

New England’s next chance came a minute later when Giacomo Vrioni’s chip attempt was caught by goalkeeper #28 Patrick Schulte.

Vrioni had yet another opportunity less than a minute later that was caught once more.

Columbus Crew forward Cucho Hernández (9) looks to make a move on New England Revolution defender Dave Romney (4) during an MLS match between the New England Revolution and Columbus Crew. © Rick Wilson

Columbus’ next chance came in the 26th minute when #27 Maximilian Arfsten’s effort went just wide of the right post.

The Crew had yet another chance in the 33rd minute when Diego Rossi’s effort was mishit and caught by Ivacic.

New England’s next chance came in the 39th minute when Giacomo Vrioni’s effort was saved by #28 Patrick Schulte.

Entering the 43rd minute, Columbus took the lead.

After a poor zonal marking by Xavier Arreaga, the ball was collected by #6 Darlington Nagbe. He played the ball to #9 Cucho Hernández. He then took on Esmir Bajraktarević, found #27 Maximilian Arfsten who was left unmarked once again by Xavier Arreaga, who then took two centering touches and unleashed a right-footed curler into the top right corner to make it 2-1.

In the 45th minute, Columbus Crew defender #18 Malte Amundsen was issued a yellow card.

Entering the 45+2 minute, Columbus added to their lead once again.

Defender #27 Maximilian Arfsten drove centrally, found #17 Christian Ramirez with a cross-field switch, he then found #9 Cucho Hernández who slid it back centrally for #10 Diego Rossi for the finish.

After the initial 45+3 minutes, the match entered halftime with Columbus ahead 3-1.

The second half kicked off with New England starting in the center circle and quickly playing the ball into Columbus’ defensive third.

In the 63rd minute, Revolution head coach Caleb Porter made his first two changes of the match by replacing Nick Lima and Ian Harkes with Mark-Anthony Kaye and Brandon Bye.

Revolution defender Brandon Bye (15) collided with Crew defender Malte Amundsen (18) in an MLS match between the New England Revolution and Columbus Crew. © Rick Wilson

Less than one minute later, Columbus Crew head coach Wilfried Nancy made his first change of the match by replacing defender #18 Malte Amundsen with defender #21 Yevhen Cheberko.

In the 69th minute, Revolution head coach Caleb Porter made his third change of the match by replacing Emmanuel Boateng with Jack Panayotou.

Entering the 72nd minute, Columbus added to their lead.

Following a corner kick delivery by #10 Diego Rossi, the ball found #4 Rudy Camacho that was poorly marked by Mark-Anthony Kaye and Xavier Arreaga for Columbus’ 4th goal of the game.

New England’s next chance came in the 76th minute when Matt Polster’s effort was met with a save by goalkeeper #28 Patrick Schulte.

Entering the 80th minute, Columbus added to their lead.

Defender #27 Maximiliano Arfsten found #10 Diego Rossi who drove toward the box in a 3 versus 1 to find #31 Steven Moreira for the simple back post finish to make it 5-1.

Following the goal, Revolution head coach Caleb Porter made his final two changes of the match by replacing Noel Buck and Giacomo Vrioni with Bobby Wood and Andrew Farrell. Columbus Crew head coach Wilfried Nancy made his next three changes of the match by replacing forward #17 Christian Ramirez and midfielders #27 Maximilian Arfsten and #6 Darlington Nagbe with midfielders #20 Alexandru Mățan, #14 Yaw Yeboah, and #5 Derrick Jones.

New England’s next chance came in the 84th minute when DeJuan Jones’ effort was met with a catch save by goalkeeper #28 Patrick Schulte.

In the 84th minute, Columbus Crew head coach Wilfried Nancy made his final change of the match by replacing forward #10 Diego Rossi with forward #11 Marino Hinestroza.

After the 90+5 minutes, the match concluded with a 5-1 Columbus victory.

With the result, New England drop to 14th place in the MLS Eastern Conference. They are currently 5 points out of a playoff spot with 2 games in hand.

Caleb Porter and the New England Revolution (6-1-11, 19 pts.) return home to face Eastern Conference side Atlanta United FC (6-6-8, 24 pts.). The match will kick off at Gillette at 7:45 p.m. EST on Wednesday, July 3rd. For more MLS content, you can find it on MLS Season Pass on the Apple TV app.

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