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Crew streak ended, Revs dominate in 3-0 home opener win
Foxboro, MA. – The New England Revolution ended the Columbus Crew’s record 19 game unbeaten streak in regular season play on Saturday with a 3-0 win in the Revolution’s home opener at Gillette Stadium. Forward Pat Noonan and midfielders Clint Dempsey and Andy Dorman all scored for the Revs in the second half. The exciting result of the game was only dampened by the fact that a record low 9,727 fans turned out for the home opener, down from the previous low of 15,174 in 2000. On the flip side, the win marks the first time the Revs have been unbeaten after their first two games of the season.

The Revs made a few adjustments to the line-up that tied San Jose 2-2 the previous week. Rookie James Riley got the start in midfield for the injured Cassio and defender Joe Franchino started over Marshall Leonard.

The Revs took control of the match in the opening minutes and the Crew were limited to very few chances. Clint Dempsey forced Jon Busch into a save with a shot from the top of the box early in the third minute.

Columbus did have a couple of chances, but couldn’t seem to find the target. Crew forward Ante Razov had a chance in the 11th minute, but sent it well high of the net.

Taylor Twellman had the best chance of the first half in the 23rd minute, when he broke free in the box, only to see a diving Jon Busch get to the ball before he could get a solid shot off. Two minutes latter the Revs had another chance, but saw shots from both Twellman and Pat Noonan blocked.

The Crew were lucky to get away without a penalty called against them in the 37th minute. Revs rookie James Riley stormed up the right flank before sending in a cross that was deflected off of David Testo for a corner kick. Replays showed Testo brought down the ball with his outstretched arm, but no penalty kick was given.

New England continued to push forward after the half and a Pat Noonan header off a Jose Cancela free kick forced Jon Busch to make a diving save. Six minutes later, a shot by Clint Dempsey went just wide of the net.

The Revs finally took the lead in the 63rd minute when defender Jay Heaps received the ball wide open on the left side of the box. Heaps crossed the ball into the box where a strong header by Clint Dempsey put the ball past Busch.

Pat Noonan put his skills on display in the 70th minute when he dribbled past four Columbus defenders, before sending in a cross that was just out of the reach of Twellman.

In the 76th minute, Steve Ralston got himself free in the box right in front of goal, but his attempted back pass to Twellman was intercepted by the Crew defense.

Pat Noonan doubled the Revs lead in the 82nd minute with his second goal of the season. After a series of blocked shots, the final one by Clint Dempsey off the head of Robin Fraser, the ball fell to Pat Noonan, alone in the right side of the box. Noonan sent a right-footed shot across the goal mouth and into the back of the net.

Late game substitute Andy Dorman once again provided a spark for the Revs off of the bench and put the game out of reach in the 86th minute, when a Taylor Twellman cross reached Dorman just outside of the 6-yard box. Dorman one timed a shot through Busch’s legs that just trickled over the line.

“Well the guys were hungry,” Head Coach Steve Nicol said after the win. “The first half I thought we knocked it about pretty well. We just overran with it, one pace too many or the pass was half a yard off. The second half we just came together; we didn’t change anything at all. We tried to do the same things. We just did everything better in the second half.”

The score remained at 3-0 putting the Revs atop the MLS standings after the second week of play. The Revs have next week off, then travel to DC to take on Freddy Adu and DC United in a rematch of the 2004 Eastern Conference Final. The Revs will be looking for revenge after losing on penalty kicks after a 3-3 draw in the Conference Final that has been called “the greatest game in MLS history”. The game can be seen live on either HDNet, Fox Soccer Channel or the WB 56 at 7:30PM ET.
April 10, 2005 Sean Donahue



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Scores
Sat., Apr. 14th
6:00PM ET
Salt Lake 0
Columbus 0

Sat., Apr. 14th
7:30PM ET
New England 0
Toronto 0

Sat., Apr. 14th
7:30PM ET
DC United 0
Kansas City Wizards 0

Sat., Apr. 14th
8:30PM ET
Houston 0
Chivas USA 0

Sat., Apr. 15th
3:00PM ET
New York 0
Dallas 0

Sun., Apr. 15th
8:00PM ET
Colorado 0
Chicago 0

Standings
East
Team Name Pts
Chicago 3
Columbus 1
New York 1
DC United 0
Kansas City 0
New England 0
Toronto 0

West
Team Name Pts
Dallas 4
Chivas USA 3
Colorado 3
Houston 1
Los Angeles 1
Salt Lake 1

Top Ten Scorers
Top 10 Scorers
Player Name Gls
Ruiz 2
Cooper 2
Cunningham 2
Kljestan 1
Brown 1
Emilio 1
H. Gomez 1
Findley 1
Razov 1
Pause 1