The Revolution are showing signs of emerging out of their early season doldrums. They beat a struggling Real Salt Lake side 4-0 to snap a five game winless streak in style. Scott Caldwell, Kei Kamara, Lee Nguyen, and Diego Fagundez scored as New England romped at home.
Antonio Mlinar Delamea and Benjamin Angoua are forming a tight partnership that appears to paying dividends after a leaky 2016. The addition of a finally fit Xavier Kouassi and the return of Gershon Koffie is giving them a stronger presence in the middle.
Crew SC rode the goal scoring exploits of Justin Meram to their second road win of the year last week. The winger scored a stunning hat trick, with the winner coming in stoppage time to staunch the late game slip-ups that have plagued Columbus in the past month.
Federico Higuain enjoyed a very strong May and Ola Kamara got his first rest of the year last week. The Crew SC offense is in excellent form and ready to put an uneven Revs backline to the test.
Keys to the Match:
Turf Monster: Crew SC often don’t look comfortable on turf. Gillette Stadium though just had brand new turf put down this month. The Black & Gold will have to adapt to a turf that will play quick and perhaps a little unpredictably.
Kamara Derby: The Kei Kamara trade is done and like 2016, the Ola vs. Kei debate is in the past. It will be interesting to watch two Kamaras that may be the best in the league at their unique skill. Kei may be the best forward in the league in the air. Ola may be the striker best at moving off the ball and finding space. Two strikers that found success in MLS two very different ways.
One eye the future: Crew SC had a full week of rest, but the next game is five days away and then Columbus plays midweek. Berhalter hasn’t managed minutes closely this season, but he may be mindful of the busy period of three games in 11 days that the Black & Gold are facing, including a pivotal trip to Toronto.
How to Watch:
Date/Time: Sunday May 21, 2:30 p.m. ET
Venue: Gillette Stadium (Foxborough, MA)
Watch: The CW Columbus, Spectrum Sports, BCSN2 (Channel Guide)
Stream: MLS Live
Listen: CD102.5 FM (English) La Mega 103.1 FM (Spanish)