On May 2, the Black & Gold went to RFK Stadium looking to stretch a four-match unbeaten run and continue a solid start to the MLS season. Instead they ran into a team on a five-match winning streak and United made it six with a 2-0 win over Crew SC.
With the two teams set to meet at RFK again this weekend, we take a look back at how it all went wrong early in the regular season.
Columbus outshot D.C. 15-10 and possessed more of the ball, 55.5 percent of it to be exact, yet couldn't find the back of the net for only the third time in a young year.
Two first half goals were the problem for Crew SC on the night. First it was a Black & Gold corner kick that looked promising until United broke out the other way. The coutnerattack resulted in a Fabian Espindola goal and a 1-0 lead.
Just before halftime, Sean Franklin finished an Espindola corner kick for the 2-0 lead and that was all she wrote on the night.
Columbus will hope for a better showing this weekend as the two teams battle yet again. United sits one point ahead of Crew SC in the Eastern Conference standings and both teams are looking to get hot with the MLS Playoffs on the horizon.
In a tight East, points are at a premium. Columbus wants to avenge this early season loss and come home with a full three on the road this time around.