#NERevs to take on Columbus w/ an eye on 1st place

It would take a three goal margin of victory and a draw in the NY-DC game but New England could land in 1st place once the dust is settled on match week six.  The Rev’s will be hosting the Crew 4/11 3:00pm at Gillette Stadium in what will be a playoff rematch from last season’s conference semi final.  The Crew have had their season effectively ended in the last two seasons by New England and will be very eager to stop the Rev’s three game unbeaten run.

The Revolution is entering the match relatively healthy.  Something that has yet to occur this season.  However, the status for Jermaine Jones is up in the air.  The star player could start or perhaps just be subbed in but fans will expect to see him on the field in this game.  A player we may not see is Wil Trap.  The Columbus midfielder is doubtful after suffering a concussion.  Saturday’s match marks the 1st match of 2015 in which the Revolution will face a conference playoff team.  It will also be both the 3rd home match as well as the 3rd in conference match overall.   New England has not had the benefit of decent weather for a home game yet.  However, Saturday should be a nice Spring Day and a season high in attendance is expected.

While Columbus is coming off a mid-week game in which they tied Vancouver without the services of Federico Higuain, the Rev’s are fully rested after beating the Rapids last weekend.  New England will be very aware of Federico’s positioning and look to not foul anywhere close to their own 18 yard box.  Higuain has scored a number goals vs New England from set piece opportunities.  Limiting those will be a top priority if the Rev’s are to get their 3rd straight win and have a shot at 1st place in the Eastern Conference.

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