Columbus came out hungry on Saturday night looking to bounce back from a dismal result against New York. While they looked animated, the result was the same; another shutout and a home loss to the previously punchless Rapids.
The Crew came out firing with Jairo Arreta firing off a shot within the first minute, but it would be the Rapids that struck first going against the run of play with Edson Buddle picking up a pass from Atiba Harris, picking up a fortuitous bounce off his upper body and cleanly finishing from just past the spot in the 8th minute.
The Black and Gold would go into rapid fire mode, launching several quick attacks towards the Colorado goal. Matias Sanchez showed off his deft touch from deep with a pass that found Arietta. Wahl took his pass and fired in a cross to Oduro, but the Ghanaian's shot was high. Oduro and Marshall would have a couple more shots in quick succession, but neither of them tested Clint Irwin.
The Crew would launch five more shots during the half, but they were from increasingly long range as the Rapids defense frustrated a sluggish Columbus offense that lacked rhythm in the final third.
Columbus would again try to press for the tying goal by testing Irwin from deep. A frustrated Federico Higuain fired in a free kick from over 40 yards that Irwin grabbed easily. The Crew offense, realizing they were struggling for good shots, started taking pretty much any shot.
The game would be sealed midway through the second half as the Rapids would again strike against the run of play. Dillon Powers would drive a shot from 20 yards that clipped Josh Williams and redirected past Andy Gruenebaum.
The Crew would press for a goal for the remaining 20 minutes, but wouldn't be able to get a shot off from closer than 16 yards. Of the Crew's 21 shots, only eight were from inside the box. Of those, only two were actually on frame.
The Crew dropped yet another home game; their record stands at a paltry 1-2-1. They got three points out of nine during their three game home stand. They are below even for the first time this year with a 3-4-3 record and the road gets much harder now with road games in Toronto and New York before coming home to take on Houston. Things could get worse before they get better.