The Columbus Crew scrimmaged North American Soccer League side Indy Eleven on Tuesday afternoon, falling 2-1. This is the second meeting of the two teams in 2014, as the Black and Gold defeated Indy in the U.S. Open Cup by the same score in June.
The Crew rolled out a mostly reserve team for the game, with the following starting linuep:
The game allowed Gehrig, who came off the bench in last Saturday's 2-0 win over the Montreal Impact after suffering from back spasms leading up to the match, to get back to match fitness and Pogatetz to continue this work to game shape after joining the team two weeks ago. It also allowed for players who haven't seen as much time this year to get some game action.
Columbus out played Indy in the opening stages of the game and George got on the board just two minutes in, scoring on a volley from a deflected Speas corner. Indy tied it up in the first half, after one of their midfielders played a ball over the top. The forward took a touch, sending the ball over Lampson and into the net, despite the best efforts from a recovering Barson to keep it out.
The Black and Gold made several changes to start the second half, lineup up as follows:
Bedell thought he had scored to put the Crew up 2-1 when he made a run in behind the Indy back line and chipped their goalkeeper, but he was flagged for a very close offside call.
Indy did make it 2-1 after a give away as the Black and Gold came forward. Their striker took advantage, taking the ball around Lampson and easily dispatching the ball in the empty net.
Despite a rather intensely played game, everyone was in good spirits after, with players and coaches from either team chumming around. Former Crew player Kyle Hyland, who was with the team in 2013 - playing exclusively with the reserves - played for Indy in the second half and talked to some of his former teammates who are still with the club.