The New England Revolution finally got off the schneid on Wednesday, winning a match 2-0 to end a 10-match winless streak. Maybe more amazing is that they did it against the Columbus Crew, MLS's newest fan favorite team after stringing together wins with new signings Federico Higuain and Jairo Arrieta to vault right back into the playoff race. But Wednesday was the Revs' night and they got a well-deserved three points for it.
There wasn't much in the first half as both teams struggled to find the mark when they did get their rare chances. Andy Gruenebaum made the one good save of the first half when a deflected shot looked goal bound, but he pawed it away.
New England broke the deadlock not long after halftime when Columbus allowed Diego Fagundez to run onto a long throw in relatively unmolested. Gruenebaum came off of his line to challenge Fagundez and the youngster's shot clattered off the post, but Dimitry Imbongo was there to tap the ball into the open goal and the Revs had a lead.
Chad Marshall then handed the Revs another goal with a shocking own goal. Going back towards his own goal, he failed to communicate with Gruenebaum, who came rushing off of his line to collect the ball. Marshall attempted to head the ball back to his goalkeeper, who was no longer in his goal and the ball started slowly bouncing towards goal. Marshall might have had a chance to clear the ball away before the ball crosses the line as his momentum was going in that direction anyways, but he oddly stopped and just let it go into the net.
However it happened, New England was happy to take the goal that wrapped up their rare win. Meanwhile, the Crew need to regroup after seeing their six-match unbeaten streak snapped with D.C. still just one point behind them for the final playoff spot.