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Columbus Crew fall to New England in season ender

The Crew drop to 12-17-5 to finish the season.

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With nothing to play for other than pride and spoiling playoff hopes, the Crew looked like the team ready for the offseason. The Revolution would get the vital 1-0 win behind a Juan Agudelo goal to earn a spot in the playoffs and to mercifully finish off a Crew season gone very wrong.

The Revolution would open the goal scoring in the 28th minute. Agudelo would take a long entry pass from Andrew Farrell at the top of the box. He would spin and slip a pass to Lee Nguyen who broke into space. Nguyen would then clip a pass back to Agudelo who separated from Marshall and then calmly finish past Andy Gruenebaum.

Columbus would control the ball for much of the half, but would fail to seriously test the Revolution back line. The Crew's best chance would come off a long throw as Bernardo Anor would scissor a skipped header just over the crossbar.

The Crew would try to press for more offense in the second half, but were forced into two early injury substitutions. Bernardo Anor would pick up a leg injury and be forced off the field in place of Ben Speas in the 48th minute.

Minutes later Aaron Schoenfeld would knock heads with Jose Goncalves for the second time and struggled to continue. He would quickly be pulled from the field and was replaced by Ryan Finley.

The Crew would slowly apply pressure to the Revolution after moving to three in the back by pulling Agustin Viana and putting in Justin Meram in the 72nd minute. In the 78th minute Justin Meram would slip a ball into Finley who clipped a point blank shot that Matt Reis would parry out.

Meram would continue to spur the offense, but they'd fail to make the Revolution pay. Dominic Oduro picked up a stoppage time red card and the visitors weathered the eight minutes of stoppage time to escape with the three points and a spot in the MLS Cup Playoffs.

Columbus finishes the year at 12-17-5 and 41 points to finish 8th in the Eastern Conference. The 17 losses are tied for the most in Crew history with the 1996, 1997, and 1998 shootout era teams. Interim head coach Brian Bliss drops to 4-4-0 in his 8 games in charge of the team since taking over for Robert Warzycha on September 2nd.

The Crew now will look towards a busy offseason. The search for a permanent head coach continues and the front office will have to decide the direction of the team.