No one said the road to MLS Cup was going to be easy, but in order for Crew SC to advance to the conference final, it must do something it has not done in it’s history. The Black and Gold have now played in six 2 leg aggregate goal playoffs series since the league moved to the format in 2003. In those series, the Crew has never won the first leg game. The only time they have tied was in 2008 and it was also the only time they have ever advanced. The closest Crew SC has ever came to advancing after losing the first leg was in 2010 when they lost 1-0 to Colorado before winning the second leg game 2-1. With the aggregate tied at the end of regulation, the Crew played a scoreless “mini-game” before losing the series on PKs. Of course if that were to have happened today, the Black and Gold would have lost the series on away goals tie breaker. So while the 2-1 loss to Montreal isn’t a result to panic about, the Black and Gold have a tremendous task in front of them
What helps is the away goal the team scored. Crew SC can advance to the finals if they win 1-0 on the away goal tiebreaker. If the Crew win 2-1, the game would then go to two 15 minute overtime periods followed by PKs if the score remains tied. If Montreal were to score 2 goals, the Black and Gold would need to win the game by a two goal margin to advance. Any draw and the Crew can not advance.
The interesting aspect of a 2 leg series is the 2nd leg often starts with goals. The Crew will need to attack at home to get back on even terms and get ahead, but in doing so they open themselves up to Montreal’s potent counterattack. They will certainly need to play a lot better then it did in Montreal last Sunday. They did a good job of staying behind the ball and limiting the Impact’s chances, however, it came at the expense of the offense which never seemed to get on the same page. More importantly is to not let mistakes beat them the way they allowed them to in the first leg.
Tickets in the Nordecke are sold out for the game. Tickets purchased through the webstore must be picked up at the Crew Union tent by 4pm. All tickets not picked up by 4pm will be taken to the will call booth. The Ole Farts will grace us with another catered tailgate serving up steak sandwiches. Crew Union be bringing back cans of North High Brewery beer for members to enjoy as well so remember to bring your Crew Union coozie.
Glory to Columbus!!!!