COLUMBUS, Ohio. – New England Revolution II (7-5-4, 26 pts.) fell 4-1 to Columbus Crew 2 (12-2-2, 38 pts.) on Sunday night at Historic Crew Stadium. Forward Marcos Dias scored his fifth goal of the season to extend his team lead in the 41st minute as goalkeeper Earl Edwards Jr. made four saves.
After going down by two goals, defender Mike DeShields sent a through ball up the right side of the field where Dias was waiting to walk the ball into the net from the top of the box to cut Columbus’ lead in half. Columbus bounced back on a corner kick to take back its two-goal lead and added another in the second half to seal New England’s fifth loss of the 2022 season.
“Yeah, I think we think we started the game okay, but made some really elementary mistakes that lead to some goals, and we kept piling on with more mistakes that lead to more goals, and against a good team, that’s never a good recipe for being able to get a win,” Head Coach Clint Peay said postgame.
Dias led his team with four shots and one on target in the match, while Homegrown midfielder Esmir Bajraktarevic and defender Ryan Spaulding both recorded two shots with one on target off the bench in the second half. Tonight’s lineup also saw the return of Academy midfielder Jack Panayotou for the first time since the Cambridge, Mass. native and the U-19 team won the MLS NEXT Cup on July 10.
“I think the best way to improve and get better results is to work on a daily basis," Dias said. "We’ll listen to what coach [Clint Peay] has to say and correct mistakes for the next game.”
Revolution II returns to action on Sunday, July 31, hosting Toronto FC II at Gillette Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. ET on MLSNEXTPro.com.
New England Revolution II 1, Columbus Crew 2 4
July 24, 2022 – Historic Crew Stadium (Columbus, Ohio)
- Forward Marco Dias scored his team-leading fifth goal of the season in the 41st minute as defender Mike DeShields earned his first assist in MLS NEXT Pro on the play.
- Goalkeeper Earl Edwards Jr. made four saves on seven shots faced in the match.
- Academy midfielder Jack Panayotou returned to the Revolution II lineup, logging the full 90 for the first time in his ninth appearance with the second team.
- Defender Sean O’Hearn made his 35th start with New England and surpassed 3,000 minutes played with Revolution II to date.
- With the start, midfielder Jake Rozhansky made his 40th appearance with Revolution II, playing all 90 minutes.
- Entering the game in the 60th minute, Homegrown midfielder Esmir Bajraktarevic made his 25th appearance with New England’s second team, recording two shots with one on target.
Referee: Alex Connelly
Assistant Referee: Jake Brochu
Assistant Referee: Jacob Little
Fourth Official: Kevin Fikar
Weather: 89 and sunny.
CLB – Michael Vang (Unassisted) 15’
CLB – Michael Vang (Isaiah Parente) 30’
NE – Marcos Dias (Mike DeShields) 41’
CLB – Mike DeShields (OG) 44’
CLB – Coleman Gannon (Jake Morris) 74’
NE – Jack Panayotou (Yellow Card) 21’
NE – Ben Reveno (Yellow Card) 26’
NE – Jake Rozhansky (Yellow Card) 57’
CLB – William Sands (Yellow Card) 75’
NE – Sean O’Hearn (Yellow Card) 78’
New England Revolution II: Earl Edwards Jr.; Ítalo, Pierre Cayet, Ben Reveno, Mike DeShields (Ryan Spualding 46’), Sean O’Hearn (Trevor Zwetsloot 78’); Noel Buck (Esmir Bajraktarevic 60’), Jake Rozhansky; Meny Silva (Michel 46’), Marcos Dias (Ryan Lima 82’), Jack Panayotou.
Substitutes Not Used: Max Weinstein, Hikaru Fujiwara, Malcolm Fry, Brandonn Bueno.
Columbus Crew 2: Patrick Schulte; Daniel Strachan (Philip Quinton 46’), Justin Malou, Abdirizak Mohamed; Ryan Tefler (Jake Morris 62’), Isaiah Parente, Michael Vang (Coleman Gannon 62’), William Sands; Noah Fuson (Stephen Tuffour 77’), Sean Zawadzki, Jacen Russell-Rowe (Zion Scarlett 82’).
Substitutes Not Used: Jordan Knight, John Kamara, Brady Scott.