Sunday, March 12, 2017

Round 2: Troubling Loss for Crew

Crew did what most teams do after they are scored on early - they focus / re-focus and look razor sharp.

Head coach Gregg Berhalter praised the way the team played the first half, even though they finished it down two goals.

The 2nd half was a different story. Rain started falling and the game devolved into a sloppy mess.

An Erick Torres goal midway through the 2nd half saw Crew SC players dropping their shoulders and showing frustration with others.

By the end of the game, it was clear that there are more deeply rooted issues with Columbus Crew SC. The sub of "Harry" Afful at halftime and the early pull of quasi-captain Wil Trapp were concerning. Both of them were largely anonymous in their time on the pitch.

Late in the match cameras picked up a pretty good dust up between Ethan Finlay and Federico Higuain that looked like it had more history behind just what happened during the match.

We are only two games into the season and critical team issues are already showing. These types of things manifest themselves in arguments, preventable errors and bizarre halftime subs of non-injured players.

Might be a long season for this 2017 team.

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