For the fourth time in eight games, Columbus Crew SC is involved in a match with a shutout. Despite goalkeeper Steve Clark's heroics, the Black & Gold were not the side to earn the goose egg.
In a contest that featured 32 total shots, Clark made seven saves to try and help his side. After making his seventh on a diving effort in the 88th minute, the ball fell right to the feet of rookie and Seattle homegrown talent Jordan Morris and the forward fired a shot off Michael Parkhurst and into the back of the net for a late 1-0 lead.
For the Black & Gold, this contest will be rather disappointing especially after such a bright start. Columbus had numerous chances in the first half, but failed to convert.
There will be two opportunities that will haunt this team after this match.The first came in the 32nd minute when Sounders goalkeeper Stefan Frei mishit a clearance from his own penalty area right to Crew SC attacking midfielder Federico Higuain. Had Columbus' No. 10 fired right away, he likely would have opened the scoring but a touch allowed Frei to recover and Pipa's shot was right at the keeper.
Ten minutes later and Higuain was a part of another chance, but this time it was winger Ethan Finlay that will rue the miss.
After a great cutting run through the Seattle defense, Higuain sprung Finlay on the breakaway. The midfielder took time to compose hit shot, but with a defender closing in and Frei rushing out, Finlay put the easy chance wide of the mark.
A 0-0 halftime score seemed like a good place for head coach Gregg Berhalter's side, but a lackadaisical start to the second half didn't carry the momentum from the first 45 minutes.
Within the first two minutes, the Sounders pulled apart the Columbus defense and had a shot on goal that forced a big save from Clark.
Seattle continued to push forward, which meant Crew SC were stuck on the counterattack. That's exactly what happened in the middle of the second half when Finlay led a 2 vs. 1 with forward Kei Kamara against defender Chad Marshall. Finlay elected to keep the ball instead of looking to pass and the play resulted in nothing for the Black & Gold.
Crew SC head back to Columbus with the fourth loss of the young season. Next Saturday, the Black & Gold return home to take on the Montreal Impact. It will be the second meeting between the two side of the year after the Impact defeated Crew SC 2-0 in Montreal nearly a month previous.
The Black & Gold will hope the friendly confines of MAPFRE Stadium will help them get the awful taste of this defeat out of their mouths.