98.5 The Sports Hub staff report
The New England Revolution’s improbable postseason run came to an end Sunday with a 1-0 loss to the Columbus Crew in the Eastern Conference Final game at MAPFRE Stadium.
And it only took just one strike from the Crew’s Artur, in the 59th minute of action, to push Columbus over New England.
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“Give [Columbus] credit for the goal they created, [they were] just better at anticipating plays than we were,” Revs coach Bruce Arena said. “I thought on the day in the middle third of the field they were good. Not that they did anything that goes in the highlight reel but they won tackles, they anticipated plays and they were a little sharper in the middle of the field.”
The Revolution finished their night with 10 shots (including four from Gustavo Bou), but landed just four on goal, all of which were turned aside by Columbus goalkeeper Andrew Tarbell for his second straight shutout.
So the Revolution, who have never won an MLS Cup, will soldier on in pursuit of the franchise’s first crown.
And with Arena, while acknowledging and pleased with the obvious progress the club has made since he first took over as the team’s head coach, in search of some upgrades to the roster between now and next season.
“In the offseason we’re looking to bring in two or three players that can solidify our first eleven,” said Arena. “We’ve got to get a little bit better there. Technically, we’re not as good as we need to be. We need to bring in a few better players to help us in the attacking end of the field. And we can use help in other positions. We’ll do our best to try and make our roster a bit better.”