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Crossing the Touchline: Talking Columbus Crew SC at Colorado Rapids with Johnny Rosch of Burgundy Wave

Crew SC are set to travel out to Denver to take on the Rapids. Here's our questions with SB Nation's Burgundy Wave

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Columbus Crew SC want to put last week behind them. The Black & Gold conceded five goals to Orlando City SC in one of the worst losses for the club since 2011.

In the previous match, Crew SC built up a 3-0 lead at home in the second half, but allowed Toronto FC to score three unanswered to earn a road point.

Despite the rough two weeks for Columbus, the Black & Gold still sit in fourth place in the Eastern Conference on 31 points, tied with Toronto for third and only two points behind the New York Red Bulls.

Head coach Gregg Berhalter and his men hope a trip out to a struggling Colorado Rapids side is exactly what the club needs to get things back on the right foot.

The Rapids currently sit at the bottom of the Western Conference with 24 points. They currently have a league-worst five wins and an MLS-high nine draws on the season.

What has allowed Colorado to stay in games is the team's defense. The Rapids have conceded just 22 goals, which ranks second-best in the league.

To dive a little more into a rarely-seen West opponent, we spoke with Johnny from Burgundy Wave.

Questions for Burgundy Wave

Massive Report: The Rapids are tied for the league's second-best defense, yet currently sit at the bottom of the Western Conference with 24 points and have a league-worst five wins. What has hurt Colorado throughout 2015 despite the impressive performance on one side of the ball?

Burgundy Wave: It really is as simple as the inability to score goals. Colorado is very good on the defensive end of things, which is all well fine and good, but whenever they transition from defense to offense they seem to forget what to do. They are lacking that creative attacking playmaker that makes everyone around better, and when service does get to their strikers, they have really struggled on converting those chances. Bottom line: they are where they are because their offense stinks.

MR: You hear it in all sports about the altitude in Denver. Gregg Berhalter said this week that he believes from playing in Colorado that a bigger deal is made of the altitude than it actually is. Three home wins for the Rapids leads me to believe Berhalter is correct. What say you?

BW: I don't really buy into the altitude argument much. Teams that are well conditioned and fit tend to do OK in Commerce City (and if you remember the Crew were the better team in 2014 when these two teams met at Dick's Sporting Goods Park). To wit, the Rapids home record this year is 3-4-4 so the altitude is not that big of a deal for teams coming in here. It is a shame, really, because it should be a massive problem for the visiting teams, but so far it has not been.

MR: You were watching Chris Klute during his career season in 2013 when he registered seven assists and got in the U.S. National Team picture. What happened to Klute the following year that resulted in the trade and now essentially a reserve for Crew SC? Was the one year just a mirage? Did you guys know his last name is pronounced cloo-tee?

BW: This is a tough one. Klute (yes, we did know about the pronunciation) was great in 2013 with his tremendous runs up the pitch and dangerous crosses. He was like a lot of players on the 2013 team: young and without fear. But the transition from Oscar Pareja to Pablo Mastroeni seemed to sap him of all confidence and he never seemed to fit in with the 'Mastroeni Way' He was essentially traded to the Crew for rookie Axel Sjoberg and allocation money that brought Sam Cronin and Marcelo Sarvas. Overall it was a win for the Rapids, but it still is curious as to how he fell so far so quickly.

You can find Massive Report's responses to Johnny's questions on the Burgundy Wave site here.