Revs turn to toughness to break slump

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Revs turn to toughness to break slump

FOXBORO -- Jay Heaps was pretty straightforward to his team. It's been pretty. But for three straight games, it's led to a loss.
The New England Revolution didn't play their best or most fundamentally sound game of the season on Wednesday night at Gillette Stadium, but they got the result they've been looking for since March: a win.
The Revs lost all three of their games in the month of April, but pulled out a 2-1 win over the Colorado Rapids on Wednesday, snapping that three-game losing skid.
"It certainly wasn't our best game, from the standpoint of how we played," said Revolution coach Heaps after the game. "But I really was excited about, was the resolve we showed. And we showed that, going down a goal, we didn't hang our heads. We fought back. And I asked a lot out of the guys tonight, and each one of them stepped up."
New England fell behind 1-0 in the 21st minute on a header by Jaime Castrillon off a corner kick. But the Revs battled back and got goals from Saer Sene in the 28th minute, and Fernando Cardenas in the 39th minute, and held that lead the rest of the way.
What made the difference for the Revolution was their collective defense and their toughness that they somehow lost over the previous three games.
"We were a unit out there," said Heaps. "And unfortunately, in the three losses, if you went back, we actually probably played more technically sound. But we didn't defend as a unit. And tonight, that was something that we really asked our guys to do. We gave up a set piece, but other than that, there wasn't a ton of things where they broke us down and we were giving away goals.
"It was really about, forget about all the pretty play," said Heaps. "We needed to make sure we're tough. And that's what we went out and did."

Ola Kamara scores twice as Crew beat Revs, 2-0

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Ola Kamara scores twice as Crew beat Revs, 2-0

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ola Kamara scored his 14th and 15th goals of the season and the Columbus Crew beat the New England Revolution 2-0 on Sunday night to keep their playoff hopes alive. 

Columbus (7-11-11), which played in the 2015 MLS Cup, is ninth in the Eastern Conference, but only five points behind D.C. United for the final playoff spot. New England (9-13-9) is seventh, one point back. 

In the 42nd minute, Kamara slid a shot through the legs of defender Darrius Barnes and it got past a diving Brad Knighton. Kamara added a penalty-kick goal in the 84th after he was nudged from behind by London Woodberry. 

Kamara has scored five times in the last three games and leads all MLS newcomers for goals scored this season. He trails New York's Bradley Wright-Phillips by five goals for the MLS Golden Boot. 

Revolution forward Kei Kamara made his return to Mapfre Stadium after being traded from the Crew in May. 

Rowe scores twice, Revolution beat Impact, 3-1

Rowe scores twice, Revolution beat Impact, 3-1

MONTREAL - Kai Kamara scored in the first minute and Kelyn Rowe added two goals to help the New England Revolution beat the Montreal Impact 3-1 on Saturday night.

The Revolution (9-12-9), who lost to Dallas in the U.S. Open Cup final this week, posted a third straight win in Major League Soccer play with only their second road victory of the season. New England moved two points behind fifth-place Montreal in the Eastern Conference playoff race.

Didier Drogba scored on a penalty for Montreal (9-9-4), which has only one win in seven games. Perhaps more alarmingly, the Impact are 0-3-1 and have conceded 11 goals in their last four home games.