Columbus Crew SC suffered its first loss of the regular season on Monday night, losing 1-0 to New York City FC on the road. It was a poor showing from the Black & Gold, as the offense failed to click and defensive mistakes led to bad turnovers and, ultimately, the winning goal. It was a tough game as Crew players were constantly fouled and had trouble stringing together large periods of attack and control.
The match in one tweet:
Of course, fan morale was high before the game, even with a heavily rotated squad.
No big surprises in the lineup tonight. Really looking forward to seeing Berhalter and @chrissycadds on the pitch tonight! Perfect opportunity to get experience and earn more minutes as the season progresses.— Terry Barber Jr. (@Terry_BarberJr) August 24, 2020
Go Crew! #Crew96
Berhalter is gonna make mistakes as a young player, but I continue to really like what I see. He's good with the ball under pressure, hits really nice set pieces, and hits some decent passes. He could be a very nice 8. #Crew96— Brian Guilfoos (@BGuilfoos) August 24, 2020
Crew fandom even had a couple of hangers on for the night from New York’s other team.
And it couldn’t be a Crew match day without a bit of rain.
It wouldn’t be a #crew96 matchday if there weren’t impromptu torrential downpours...— Toddrick33 (@Toddrick33) August 24, 2020
The first half was mostly uneventful and discussion was dominated by the sheer number of fouls committed by NYCFC. Fans were demanding that the referee start doling out yellow cards.
Ref's about to lose control of this game if he keeps letting NYCFC foul like this with no cards given out. Goodness. #Crew96— Ryan Exline (@iamironman21) August 24, 2020
NYCFC employing the ol' "If you can't beat 'em, beat the crap out of 'em" strategy against #Crew96.— Robin Duffee (@RobinDuffee) August 24, 2020
Was half expecting Safhagi to walk up to Nagbe and push him back down but instead we have a yellow card... finally— GCGBAG (@gcgbag96) August 24, 2020
#Crew96 finally commit their first foul in the 41st minute.— Keith Collette ↙️↙️↙️ (@kcbus96) August 24, 2020
The second half continued the trend of aggressive fouls by New York City, but Columbus proved to be its own worst enemy, as a bad giveaway from center back Aboubacar Keita led to the NYCFC goal. On the other side of the field, the offense failed to produce and was often caught in City’s offside traps. Fans were noticeably less than pleased.
That’s a second awful giveaway by Keita. Got away with the first one (barely). Not so lucky here. #Crew96— Bobby Harley Jarvis (@erikBobbitt) August 25, 2020
3 goals waved off for offside. No concentration or urgency on the attack tonight #Crew96— Everything Is Bad (@EverythinglsBad) August 25, 2020
#Crew96 lost that game because Diet Manchester established physical shit housing early, and the ref let it happen. Team never responded, and played sloppy all night.— @SovietShooter (@SovietShooter) August 25, 2020
And so, the Crew experienced its first loss, failed to score, and allowed a goal from open play all for the first time this season. While fans were of course disappointed, many still felt optimistic about the team’s future chances and are looking forward to the Hell is Real Derby on Saturday.
Our young 3rd or 4th CB played a bad pass. Not a lot of creativity offensively but we were also without our 10. Disappointed but not at all upset. This is still a special team.#Crew96— Terry Barber Jr. (@Terry_BarberJr) August 25, 2020
TOUGH loss. Frustrating how we conceded but much of our play just wasn't good enough. Unlucky on the 3 goals called back for offside. Let's just throttle Cincinnati in the next game though. #Crew96— Ryan Exline (@iamironman21) August 25, 2020
I leave you with the real question of the night.