Grab your hard hats, Crew fans, because the Black & Gold are heading back to the 90’s on Saturday night when the New England Revolution visit Lower.com Field.
Three Things to Know
17 – The Crew is off to a blistering start in front of goal, as the 17 goals through seven games is a new club record. The previous record was 16, which was set during the inaugural 1996 season. As the league leaders in goals, Columbus is also well diversified in its attack, as nine players are already on the scoring sheet. Lucas Zelaryán leads the side with four, but Aidan Morris and Christian Ramírez are just behind with three. With 12 goals scored in the last three games, maintaining that momentum will be difficult given New England’s defense (See No. 2 below).
8 – To say Aidan Morris had a pretty good Wednesday would be a slight understatement. In the morning, the Club announced the 21-year-old Homegrown midfielder had signed a multi-year contract extension through 2026. “Aidan is an exciting young player who has quickly established himself as one of the most talented and hardest working players in MLS," Team President & General Manager Tim Bezbatchenko said. “As someone who developed in our Academy system, Aidan truly embodies the values of the Crew, always generous with his time to be available for all our staff and players at the Club.” The man who embodies the values of the Crew is having a breakthrough season, as he’s started every match, has three goals and is as influential in possession as he is winning it back. While the contract is a deserved reward for his hard work, on Wednesday afternoon, Aidan Morris was also called named to the U.S. Men’s National Team squad for next week’s inaugural Allstate Continental Clásico. Morris has a chance to earn his second USMNT cap against Mexico on April 19. Morris played the full 90 minutes in his national team debut – a friendly against Serbia in January.
2 – The Revolution descends on Lower.com Field sitting second in the Eastern Conference standings with 16 points from the first seven games. While New England’s 12 goals scored is a healthy return, the club’s defense is ranked third in the conference with only six goals allowed – less than one per game. The Revs enter Saturday night having won their last match, 4-0, against CF Montréal, and they also won their previous road match at D.C. United. For those attending this match, you’re in for an early treat.
When They Last Met
The sides played to a scoreless draw when they clashed July 23, 2022 at Lower.com Field. It was a night when the Crew rattled off 17 shots and controlled 58% of possession but had to settle for a point. It’s worth noting that New England was the first opponent inside Lower.com Field – a match that also ended in a stalemate, 2-2, on July 3, 2021.
Who: Columbus Crew hosts New England Revolution
When: Saturday, Apr. 15 at 7:30 p.m.
Where: Lower.com Field
How to Watch: MLS Season Pass on the Apple TV app
How to Listen: 97.1 HD3/The Fan Stream, La Mega 103.1 FM
Current Standings: Columbus Crew – Fourth in Eastern Conference; New England Revolution – Second in Western Conference
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