I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, what makes Soccer so compelling is how quickly the whole game can be turned on it’s head in a moment. For 5 minutes after going up 3-0 against TFC, Crew SC lost focus and allowed Toronto to get back into the game 3-2. Once that happened the game was on. The Black and Gold had chances to put themselves back up by 2 goals which could have changed momentum back, but ultimately they squandered those chances and the game was decided on a late penalty. That’s now 6pts the Crew have lost this year after the 89th minute. Just for perspective, those 6pts would have us 1pt behind on the Supporter Shield race.
At a certain point of the year, a team is who it is and you just have to accept it as a fan. The Crew are a team that moves the ball around beautifully at times. They are a team that can score a lot of goals. You will be entertained by watching this side play. They are also a team that will lose focus at certain points during games which will cost them points. It is what it is. I don’t know if personnel changes will fix it, but with the transfer window open, it wouldn’t hurt to bring in a few defenders to shake things up. One thing is for certain, if they can some way find a way to change their stars, this is a team no one in MLS wants to play.
Crew SC next travel to Orlando to face this side for the fourth time this year. Their last meeting in Orlando was a 3-0 USOC loss which featured a full second team lineup against Orlando’s first team. In the previous MLS meeting the sides played to a 2-2 tie while the Black and Gold was down a man. It was one of the 3 games the Massive gave up 2pts after the 89th minute. Orlando is not playing well right now having gone 0-3-1 in their last 4 MLS matches. City had an offensive outburst against fellow expansion side NYCFC the last game, but lost the match 5-3. Before that game, they had scored just 1 goal in the previous 3 matches.
I hope you’ll join Crew Union at 4th Street Bar and Grill for our away watch party. Remember to bring your membership card for 20% off drinks and 25% off food. If you’re in the Cincinnati or Cleveland area, check out their bars to watch with other Crew fans. Please go here for details. Tickets for the August 19th NYCFC match are on sale in the webstore as well.
Also I hope you’ll check out the NorOnTour trip going to NYC 8/29. Deposits are as low as $40 to book your spot for the trip.
Glory to Columbus!!!!