Since we last saw them…Crew took two draws
It’s been two weeks since the drama at Columbus Crew SC centering around Kei Kamara and since then, they’ve drawn two ties which can be seen as an improvement.
First they played a top-of-the-league Colorado Rapids team that was beyond intimidating on paper. So, what did we learn from this game? The guys were exhausted which you could tell was directly linked to all the chaos the weeks before, but they pulled out a tie at home. Honestly, who could blame them?
Throughout the match, Columbus worked to find ways to beat the pressure the Rapids were putting on and it ended in a well fought tie off of a Cedrick Mabwati goal for the Crew.
“We didn’t start really well last season either, and we still got to the final. Portland was the same; they didn’t start very well, and they got to the final,” Mohammed Saied concluded. “It’s not a sprint, it’s a marathon. We just got to get right at the right time, and I hope we can.”
Next up was a road match in rival Toronto FC’s stadium. That game was a defensive battle and the Crew came home with a point. Columbus has gotten 10 points in the last 10 games putting them at ninth in the Eastern Conference with 11 points. For CCSC, Justin Meram hit the post and Federico Higuain was denied by former Crew player, Josh Williams. The Crew had 15 shots, with only five on target. 2015 Golden Boot winner Sebastian Giovinco had the best chances for Toronto, with some crafty stops from goalie Steve Clark. CCSC continues to lead the league in passing accuracy with 83%.
Columbus is back at home this Saturday, May 28th at 7:30 p.m. ET against Real Salt Lake, who is third in the Western Conference. Three points at home would be ideal to get this season back in an upswing. The hope is that Michael Parkhurst’s injured shoulder is even better this weekend, as Gaston Sauro is out four to five months with a knee injury, and the Crew will need solid defense. The team will also be without Harrison Afful and Cedric Mabwati due to international duties.
The Crew travel from Columbus to Philadelphia to play the number one Philadelphia Union on June 1, who have yet to lose a home game. On the road, look for Wil Trapp to step up along with guys like Meram and Higuain and get some goals into the back of the net. It won’t be easy against the Union but coming home with three points will make a huge difference in the momentum of the season.