COLUMBUS, Ohio. – New England Revolution II (3-1-0, 9 pts.) fell to Columbus Crew 2 (2-0-1, 8 pts.), 3-0, at Historic Crew Stadium on Sunday afternoon. Jordan Adebayo-Smith and Weverton led Revolution II with two shots, one on target each, as goalkeeper Nico Campuzano made two saves in the match.
“I thought we were second best," Head Coach Clint Peay said postgame. "It was a good team. Columbus played very well, and I thought that our effort could have been better, could have been more collective as a group, and we didn't create enough problems for Columbus on the day.”
New England recorded four scoring attempts in the opening six minutes, with close chances coming from defender Tiago Suarez and forward Malcolm Fry, but Columbus capitalized in the seventh minute when the Crew’s Isaiah Parente found the scoresheet first. Columbus added on with Jacen Russell-Rowe’s tally in the 17th minute to take a 2-0 lead into halftime.
Midfielder Joshua Bolma entered the match in the second half making his impact felt by drawing six fouls in his 45-minute appearance, but the Crew would close out the scoring in the 81st minute with a goal from Marco Micaletto to give Revolution II their first loss of the 2023 season.
New England returns to action on Friday, April 21, taking on New York Red Bulls II at Gillette Stadium for the first time this season. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. with the match streaming live on MLS Season Pass on Apple TV.
New England Revolution II 0, Columbus Crew 2 3
April 16, 2023 – Historic Crew Stadium (Columbus, Ohio)
- Forward Weverton logged 45 minutes with two shots and one on target in his first start of 2023.
- Midfielder Joshua Bolma drew a team-high six fouls in his 45-minute appearance.
- Academy defender Peyton Miller made his fourth consecutive start with Revolution II, logging 72 minutes.
- Forward Jordan Adebayo-Smith recorded two shots with one on target, extending his team lead to 10 shots with four on target through four matches this season.
Referee: Nabil Bensalah
Assistant Referees: Eric Burton, Stephen Milhoan
Fourth Official: Kevin Fikar
Weather: 72 and cloudy
CLB – Isaiah Parente (Russell-Rowe) 7’
CLB – Jacen Russell-Rowe (Yeboah) 17’
CLB – Marco Micaletto (Gannon) 81’
NE – Jacob Akanyirige (Yellow Card) 30’
CLB – Keegan Hughes (Yellow Card) 68’
CLB – Marco Micaletto (Yellow Card) 83’
CLB – Isaiah Parente (Yellow Card) 87’
New England Revolution II: Nico Campuzano; Peyton Miller (Victor Souza 72’); Tiago Suarez, Pierre Cayet, Jacob Akanyirige (Colby Quiñónes 46’); Jack Panayotou, Jake Rozhanksy; Marcos Dias, Malcolm Fry (Damian Rivera 46’); Jordan Adebayo-Smith (Ben Awashie 66’), Weverton (Joshua Bolma 46’).
Substitutes Not Used: Max Weinstein, Nakye Greenidge-Duncan, Brandonn Bueno, Italo.
Columbus Crew 2: Stanislov Lapkes; Jimmy Medranda, Jake Morris, Philip Quinton, Keegan Hughes; Maximilian Arfsten (Coleman Gannon 79’), Sean Zawadski, Isaiah Parente; Noah Fuson (Abdirizak Mohamed 64’), Jacen Russell-Rowe (Gibran Rayo 64’), Yaw Yeboah (Marco Micaletto 66’).
Substitutes Not Used: Jesus Lozano, Giorgio De Libera, Ariel Mbumba, Clay Holstad, Jordan Knight.