After a disappointing start to the 2016 MLS Season, the Columbus Crew head into their week 8 match in Seattle with a 2-3-2 record. While not a winning record, the Crew have gotten a crucial 6 points from the last two games. A quick rundown of their season thus far:
Loss against Portland Timbers
Loss against Philadelphia Union
Tie against Chicago Fire
Tie against FC Dallas
Loss against Montreal Impact
Win against NYCFC
Win against Houston Dynamo
And because I like to think of the happier times, I’ll just concentrate on the wins, with a little rundown of what Columbus Crew SC has been struggling with. The Crew took on the big city men of NYCFC a few weeks ago in a high-scoring 3-2 win. Featuring goals from Ethan Finlay in the 7th minute, Kei Kamara in the 49th minute and Justin Meram in the 80th minute, the Crew looked more like themselves than they had all year. Those three goals and an amazing save from Michael Parkhurst gave the Crew their first win of the year.
In another wild game, the Crew topped Houston Dynamo 1-0. Highlights included a red card for Dynamo keeper Tyler Deric in the 18th minute, Kei Kamara sinking the PK and the Crew finishing the game with a 73.4 percent possession rate, even though they didn’t score another goal.
So, what does it all mean? Their offense is starting to click, except for an absurd amount of offsides calls against the Crew. Wil Trapp is slowly getting back into form, and I’d like to see him be more and more demanding as the weeks progress. It’s all about peaking at the right time in such a long season. To bring three points back to Columbus from Emerald City will not be an easy task but strong passing and smart defending will get it done! Bring on the heart-shaped hands celebrations!