New England snapped Columbus's 19-game regular season unbeaten streak, scoring twice in a four-minute span of the second half for a 3-0 victory last night in Foxboro, Mass.
The Revolution (1-0-1) took the lead in the 63rd minute when Clint Dempsey headed in a cross by Jay Heaps from the left wing.
Pat Noonan nudged a loose ball past Crew goalkeeper Jon Busch in the 82nd minute to make it 2-0. Four minutes later, Andy Dorman took a cross from Taylor Twellman on the left and beat Busch with a short shot.
The Crew (1-1) had its best chances in the second half. Ante Razov put a short shot on keeper Matt Reis in the 57th minute and Reis stopped Edson Buddle's header in the 68th minute.
New England was 0-2-2 last season against the Crew, but eliminated Columbus in the playoffs.
CHIVAS USA 3, EARTHQUAKES 3: Douglas Sequeira scored on a header 28 seconds into injury time, rallying Chivas USA to a tie in San Jose.
Trailing 3-2 after San Jose's Brian Ching headed in Brad Davis's free kick in the 79th minute, Sequeira headed Jesus Ochoa's free kick past Pat Onstad for expansion Chivas USA.
Davis finished with one goal and two assists for San Jose.
Chivas USA opened the scoring in the third minute when Thiago Martins, a former D.C. United forward, stopped a cross from defender Orlando Perez and scored past Onstad.
San Jose, which settled for a tie for the second straight game, tied the score at 1-1 seconds before halftime when Davis fired a 19-yard free kick past Brad Guzan, after Perez had fouled Ching just outside the Chivas USA box.
Chivas USA moved ahead in the 73rd minute, when Hector Cuadros outjumped Earthquakes defender Troy Dayak and headed in a cross by Ezra Hendrickson.
FC DALLAS 0, RAPIDS 0: Scott Garlick made four saves in helping FC Dallas hold host Colorado to a tie.
In a game marred by 25 fouls and four yellow cards, the defenses were strong. The Rapids' Joe Cannon matched Garlick's shutout effort, stopping two shots.
GALAXY 3, REAL SALT LAKE 1: Landon Donovan scored two goals and assisted on a third in his season debut, leading host Los Angeles to victory. Donovan, a star for the United States in the 2002 World Cup, was acquired from Germany's Bayer Leverkusen on March 31