Sunday, June 2, 2013

Crew Rd 13: Can't Win at Home.

The Columbus Crew can't manage to muster up a goal outside a finished penalty from Federico Higuain. Ends up as a draw at home and with it continue crummy home record in 2013.

Columbus came out pressuring the Houston Dynamo all over the pitch. In the 18 yd box? Higuain makes a 30 yard sprint on the Dynamo 'keeper that had possession and flicks it to a nearby teammate. Dynamo defenders passing around the back four? Jairo Arrieta chasing the ball like a dog in the park chasing all the balls in the park.

Somewhere around the 30th minute Justin Meram mistimes a tackle on Kofi Sarkodie, Tyson Wahl decides to run in another direction, Matias Sanchez is lost and Tony Tchani comes trotting in his always on 3rd gear. Sarkodie makes a nice cross to an open Warren Creavalle who athletically shoots it into the opposite corner for a goal.

The match settled from that point a little. Crew players calmed down an the match finally too some shape.

By this point the Dynamo had to make two subs, due in large part to the Crew's hyper active play.

The chances seemed endless for the Crew. In fact, they were. 22 total shots on the evening for them. None of them, save for the penalty that Higuain took, went in.

The game ended 1:1 and the Crew once again go away frustrated with lost points at home.

- 22 shots an no open play goals from the Crew. Only two open play goals at home on the year and already six games in.

- Houston played similarly to recent previous opponents. Columbus is in a weird hyper active type mode of playing. Run, run, run.

- Josh Williams was an odd scratch before the match. Reports have him not starting due to a sore calf. This isn't something very 'Josh Williams' like. We may never really know the real reason for him not starting.

- Columbus is in 6th place in the East (regardless of how you slice it, PPG or just pts). This is where I think they will probably wind up.

- Run, run, run, run.

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