There was quite a bit to take away from the game, here’s a few that stood out from the match.
Welcome back, Josh Williams
Josh Williams suffered a concussion against Orlando City last week after taking an elbow to the face from Dom Dwyer. The Ohio native continued to play, but was left out for the midweek match against rivals Chicago Fire. On Saturday, he made his return to the lineup and it paid its dividends.
Williams scored the games first goal, getting his head to the ball before keeper Evan Bush could punch it out, putting the ball in the back of the net. After celebrating, Williams appeared a little shaken up after the play, but continued to weather the storm throughout the first half.
The Crew have dealt with so many injuries this year but it’s clear that Williams is a player the team has missed. Having him back made an impact in this game and can the rest of the season.
The win was long overdue
It was May 8 the last time the Crew got a win, nearly two and a half months ago. But the Black & Gold haven’t won on a weekend since April 6th, against the New England Revolution.
Caleb Porter said after the Chicago match that it was time to give the supporters a win.
“I don’t get to talk to the supporters much,” Porter said. “I clap at them to start the game, and I clap at them after. There’s nothing I hate more than clapping at them after a loss.”
Yes, it gets tiring after a while, and people start to question whether or not something is working. But this win was well earned, although it was long overdue. The pieces are somewhat falling into place, with players getting healthy and new additions starting to feature, so this win should push them to go after more when they take on the New York Red Bulls next week.
Luis Argudo has been the man
Over the last few games, an unlikely hero has become the talking point of Columbus, and that is Luis Argudo.
“I thought Luis Argudo, over the last three games, was one of the best player on the field,” Porter mentioned.
The energy and fight that Argudo has brought since getting the start in Orlando has been second to none. His ability to get back on defense to stop opposing attacks, and the creative passing mindset the Wake Forest alum brings to Columbus is definitely not being taken for granted.
“We talked a lot and he just tells me to keep going, keep pushing” Argudo exclaimed.
A key play from the match Saturday night was Argudo sprinting about 50 yards from his own attacking half to make a clean sliding tackle to break up a promising attack by the Impact.
If Porter continues to start Argudo, he’s destined to help push this team to the playoffs.
It was brief, but Waylon Francis makes his 100th appearance
With getting the start on Saturday, left back Waylon Francis made his 100th regular season appearance for Columbus. It was a short one, as the Costa Rican National Team member had to exit just before halftime after he picked up a knock.
Francis missed a good chunk of the season with injury, so to get injured on a milestone night like this definitely will hurt ones momentum. The last time a Crew member got injured on a milestone night, was Harrison Afful when he broke his jaw during the Atlanta United match early in the season.
Columbus is back in action on the road next weekend against the New York Red Bulls.