Columbus Crew Drop Devastating Decision To Toronto FC

Jamie Sabau

This is the kind of loss that leaves you feeling empty at the edge of the abyss.

The Crew came into Toronto looking to get their playoff run back on track. They left with their third straight loss and crippled post season hopes off another late collapse.

The game went entirely to form. Columbus started out strong and even got an early goal. Dominic Oduro uncorked a long distance shot that somehow beat Reds goalkeeper Joe Bendik near post to give Columbus the 1-0 lead in the 17th minute.

After the goal, the game would settle into a grinding affair in the wind and mist at BMO Field. Both sides would misfire on some wild shots, but Toronto looked like the slightly better team, racking up 9 corner kicks and 28 crosses, but being able to do little with them. Little of interest happened between the goal and the Crew thought they had won.

With time winding down, it appeared the Crew had done enough to send TFC down to defeat again at home, but Jonathan Osorio would have other plans. The home team threw numbers forward and a driven pass would be clipped towards the center of the penalty area by Jeremy Brockie. Osorio would beat Marshall to the ball and put it in the right corner to tie it in the 86th minute.

The Crew likely believed they had escaped with the tie as Steven Caldwell's 90th minute header rang off the upright, but the Reds would surprise at the last minute. Andy Gruenebaum fired a goal kick into the wind. Bobby Convey quickly found Brockie. The return pass freed Convey on the right side to fire in a cross. Andrew Wiedeman found the end of the pass and buried the shot deep in stoppage time.

The result? Devastating. It's the second time in two weeks that they give up a stoppage time winner. It kills nearly any hope the team had at going to the playoffs. It might have also been the last game that Robert Warzycha is in charge.

Columbus finishes July with a 1-3-0 record to add to their 1-3-1 June. Two wins in two months. They have dropped into 8th place in the Eastern Conference with only Toronto and D.C. below them. They have the 4th worst record in all of MLS. This is a team that is falling apart.

The result? An epitaph for the 2013 season.

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