Game 26: Crew 1 – Revs 0
I was pessimistic about last night’s game. I thought the Revs would come out trying to prove something at home. I thought the Crew would have problems with the turf, wind, and rain. I thought our run of luck would end. I ended up being as wrong as I could be as the Crew controlled the game against a good opponent and left Foxboro with a stranglehold on the Eastern Conference and the Supporter Shield race.
The Crew came out of the gates and set the tempo. Rogers was dangerous on the wing and he set the tone for the rest of the offense. Gaven had a chance on goal, Moreno did as much a striker can without getting on the score sheet. The Crew looked calm and controlled while the Revolution still had no answer for the massive yellow soccer team.
While the Crew had possession, they struggled with the scoring touch until Chad Marshall out muscled two Revs defenders and put a header past Reis. The goal and his defensive performance cemented his place as one of the best defenders in MLS. Bob Bradley better take note, Chad can serve a vital role on the national team.
New England never really threatened, even after Frankie Hejduk was ejected for hisw second yellow card (I am still not sure what Frankie was thinking on that play). As the clock ticked down, I realized the Crew are not potentially better than any other team in MLS, they are realizing that potential and are better than any other team in MLS. New England starts players like Heaps and Castro. We have players like Ekpo sitting the bench and Schelotto out injured. I have seen several people write about the inexperience on this team, but I will also note it is a very hungry team. I think they will do great things in the playoffs.