See what Caleb Porter has to say after Columbus Crew SC’s 1-0 loss to Sporting Kansas City.Posted by Massive Report on Sunday, June 23, 2019
After a disappointing Round of 16 exit in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup on Tuesday, Columbus Crew SC returned to Major League Soccer play to face off against another MLS original in Sporting Kansas City. It was a battle of the 10th place seeds in either conference at MAPFRE with Sporting KC emerging victorious by a score of 1-0.
Columbus got off to a good start in the match, earning two corner kicks within the first 10 minutes. Even beyond the set pieces, the Black & Gold created opportunities.
Sporting looked for a penalty kick call in the 11th minute after defender Waylon Francis potentially took down Gerso inside the penalty area. Referee Allan Chapman waved play on and gave no penalty.
When things started to look positive for Crew, the team took another hit.
David Accam was replaced early in the first half after having what appeared to be a hamstring injury in the 14th minute. After gaining back two fullbacks from injury, the last thing the Black & Gold needed was a speedy winger out for any length of time.
Columbus again almost got the game’s first goal in the 29th minute when Hector Jimenez had a shot on goal from just inside the penalty area missed the far post.
Just five minutes from halftime, fullback Harrison Afful saved a goal from Krisztian Nemeth after center back Gaston Sauro gave the ball up, allowing Kansas City forward to go in on goal all alone. But the recovery run and tackle from Afful was perfect to prevent even a shot.
Three minutes later, Santos had a good shot but missed the frame by just inches.
Columbus seemed to have the momentum shifting their way as both teams headed into the half all tied at zero apiece. But hree minutes after halftime, Sporting KC got the opening goal. Felipe Gutierrez was able to head home a cross from Gerso to give the away side the lead on the road.
David Guzman nearly tied the game up in the 63rd minute. The Costa Rican midfielder teed up a shot from outside of the penalty area on target, but Tim Melia — who had himself a game — made another remarkable save to keep the visitors in the lead.
Things went from bad to worse in the 74th minute for the Black & Gold when Afful took down Gerso on the break, which ultimately resulted in the defender being shown a red card. This caused Columbus to finish the match with 10 men.
Despite numerous attempts, Columbus dropped three points at home to another struggling side.
David Accam injured
Winger David Accam exited the match early after pulling up with a hamstring injury a quarter hour into the first half. After scoring two goals in U.S. Open Cup play, Accam seemed to be finding his rhythm with his new team. With the injury, Columbus adds to their long list of strong key pieces, that help shape out their identity.
The woes continue
Columbus continues to struggle in MLS play. The team’s last win came against the LA Galaxy in mid May and the Black & Gold’s last point came against New York City FC where Columbus played the pigeons to a 2-2 draw in Zack Steffen’s last match with the Crew. Columbus is now winless in the team’s last five league matches.
The Crew is back home on Saturday, June 29 as the team takes on Orlando City SC. The game time is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET.