After last week’s huge road win in Orlando, Columbus Crew SC returns home and hopes to continue its momentum with a match against the New England Revolution on Sunday. But prior to kickoff from MAPFRE Stadium, here are three things to know about the Revs.
Series History & Last Meeting
The Black & Gold are 33-22-13 all-time — and 18-8-7 at home — against New England dating back to the first year of Major League Soccer. The last time these Eastern Conference originals met ended in a 2-0 victory for Crew SC via goals by Federico Higuain and Ethan Finlay.
After dropping four straight matches in the first half of August, the Revs have now gone unbeaten in four of their last five — including three straight wins. New England currently holds the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference (36 points) ahead of D.C. United and Orlando City SC (34 points) with just four matches to play.
Although they presently sit in position for a spot in the postseason, New England has spent a large amount of time retrieving the ball from its own net this year. Currently, the Revs possess the worst goal differential (-12) in MLS from conceding the third-most goals (49) — and are giving up an average of over 1.5 goals per game in 2016.