A significant portion of the 20,392 waited out the hour and forty minutes delay caused by severe weather rolling through the Columbus area. The late start, past 9pm, seemed to sap the crowds energy.
On the field, there was plenty of energy. After the long delay, both teams came out firing and it was the Crew that would get the first break. In the 7th minute, rookie Ryan Finley getting his first start made a well timed run that forced Leo Gonzalez to foul him as the last man. Ismail Elfath showed Gonzalez the red card.
Despite going down to ten men, Seatle would have the first chance of the game. Eddie Johnson nearly scored a rebound goal in the 9th minute, but his shot dribbled wide. A minute later, Justin Meram popped up a pass that Jairo Arrieta popped over Sounders ‘keeper Michael Gspurning but again just past the post.
Frustratingly, the Crew would again find themselves down in the 14th minute. An Agustin Viana foul would give Mauro Rosales a chance to line up a free kick. He didn't disappoint as he drove a free kick that Johnson redirected past Matt Lampson.
Seattle, down a man and up a goal, would be content to sit deep and invite pressure from the Crew. Columbus would find the best chances wide as Dominic Oduro and Meram would get into dangerous positions, but ultimately fail to spark the offense.
In the 33rd minute, Oduro would slip his defender and zip in a grounded cross was intercepted by Jhon Kennedy Hurtado just ahead of Finley. Meram would have a chance of his own in the 45th minute as he turned DeAndre Yedlin, but his shot from 20 yards went high.
Meram would continue to test Seattle after the break. He would slip a near perfectly weighted ball to Jairo Arrieta that Gspurning would get to first. In the 60th minute, Meram sliced through the center of the Seattle defense and drop a pass to Oduro. The Ghanian's shot was driven right at Gspurning.
The Crew's best chance of the night would come 15 minutes from time as Konrad Warzycha got on the end of a Wil Trapp free kick. He would snap it off the crossbar. Seattle would absorb waves of Crew pressure, but ultimately shut out the Federico Higuain-less offense. The home side would fire off 24 shots, but only two were on target.
The loss is the sixth at home on the year and ties the total of the 2007 Crew team that finished 4-6-6 at home. Columbus falls to 8-14-5 and 29 points on the year. While statistically still in the playoff hunt, it's a mere formality until they are eliminated.