FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Revolution wanted to use Saturday night’s 2011 home finale against the Columbus Crew as an opportunity to reward the loyal fans who’ve supported them all season with one last victory to celebrate at Gillette Stadium.
Unfortunately it wasn’t to be as the visitors coasted to a comprehensive 3-0 triumph to simultaneously clinch a playoff spot and send the Revs to their fifth straight defeat.
“It’s disappointing,” said Revolution head coach Steve Nicol. “We at least wanted to give the fans something to cheer about. It’s been a tough [season] for them, as well. We appreciate them coming every home game to watch us and support us, which they’ve done fantastically all season. So it’s disappointing we couldn’t finish up by giving them something to go home with a smile on their face.”
Left back Chris Tierney agreed the result was made all the more maddening by the fact that it occurred in the home finale.
“We appreciate all these fans that come out and support us, and we understand their frustration with the way the season’s gone,” he said. “So it would have been nice to at least send them off with a win and some goals, but we weren’t able to do that.”
The Revs were shut out at home for the first time since a 3-0 loss to the Philadelphia Union on July 17 and were victimized by a pair of lethal finishes from Andres Mendoza, whose 13 goals put him just two behind league leaders Dwayne De Rosario and Chris Wondolowski.
Mendoza buried the only two shots he put on target and Dilly Duka added a third as the Revs failed to deal with Columbus’ counterattacking style.
“[It’s] the same things that have hurt us all year,” said Tierney. “Just some silly mistakes that cost us. We weren’t fully focused and haven’t been for long stretches this year.”
In the wake of another loss, the Revs are left to regroup ahead of next weekend’s season finale against Toronto FC, in which the club will look to take any positives it can to close out a frustrating campaign.
“We want to win the game, score some goals and end on a positive,” said Tierney. “There’s nothing to play for, for either team. Whenever you wear the Revs jersey, you want to play well and represent the club and we’ll look to do that in Toronto.”