After being bouyed by the coaching change midweek the Crew were looking to get a result on the road. To get that vital result they desperately needed to play mistake free soccer. They were able to do so for six minutes before Paulo Nagamura was tripped up by Wil Trapp in the box. Claudio Bieler converted the resulting penalty.
Columbus scraped by for the rest of the half until another error gave Kansas City a chance in the 41st minute. Chad Barson's heavy touch at midfield turned into a rush for KC. Bieler found Soony Saad with a simple ball into space on the left side of the box. After cutting inside, Saad ripped a shot past Matt Lampson.
It was individual errors again that gifted a chance to C.J. Sapong in the 55th minute. Oriol Rosell chipped a ball towards the penalty spot. Sapong held off Tyson Wahl and put a no look header that Matt Lampson failed to raise his hands to block.
As for the Crew's offensive highlights, Jairo Arrieta would register a shot on goal in the 78th minute. It was saved.
It's true that the Crew were playing on short rest and Kansas City had a full week off, but the gulf in class was stark. This team has struggled on the road. The last result away from home was a 2-2 tie in New York on May 26th. Since then they've lost seven straight road games by a combined score of 20 to 5.
Playoff teams find ways to get results on the road. This latest loss in Kansas City is another stat that makes it clear that the 2013 Crew are not a playoff team. There is a statistical chance, but the reality is that this team has been out of it for a month.
The Crew go back on the road again against the Montreal Impact next Saturday at 2pm.