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:
Yuckkkkk #Crew96— Adam Porter (@heylookaturtle) August 25, 2020
Of course, fan morale was high before the game, even with a heavily rotated squad.
It’s a #MASSIVE can for matchday #Crew96 pic.twitter.com/aCfdNogN4y— peter gillette is back on his perch x19 (@baldingyoda) August 24, 2020
LETS GO #CREW96 pic.twitter.com/ZeFYTJSmKA— (@olcdub) August 24, 2020
My daughter found my MR cup yesterday, and it's now 9AM on matchday, so you just know she's awake and tailgating way earlier than the rest of us. #Crew96 pic.twitter.com/3BSQlM0AIg— Dave Expects You To Stand At Least Six Feet Away (@SoDaveWasLike) August 24, 2020
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.
Can we make New York Yellow today?? Please and thank you #RBNY #Crew96— Scruffy Jack (@BeardedJack) August 24, 2020
Tonight we are all rooting for @detienne_10 #RBNY #Crew96— Erik Vrielink (@vrielink) August 24, 2020
Hello there to all the one night #Crew96/#RBNY fans— The Crew View (@The_CrewView) August 24, 2020
We think you should drop energy drink fc tho.
We're cooler. And we have cookies. https://t.co/42vws4uRXM
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
Just like MAPFRE. #Crew96 pic.twitter.com/Gu5OubrfcN— Keith Naas (@knaas) 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.
So how soon before NYCFC bunkers? #Crew96— Luke Johnston (@LukeShigeo) August 24, 2020
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
Who gets the next yellow, Caleb Porter or Tinnerholm?#Crew96 #nycfc— Andrew Johnson (@RatcalledAJ) 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.
terrible goal to concede. total switch off. #Crew96— king bull (@solid8fate) August 25, 2020
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
#Crew96 pic.twitter.com/a5MCftsduf— Alex Stanek (@AlexStanek) August 25, 2020
@jordangeli finally saying the obvious about @ColumbusCrewSC not having any zip on passes in the midfield.— Kevin (@KevinBrashear) August 25, 2020
That is exactly why #Crew96 is losing right now. Lazy passes.
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
17/25 fouls committed by NYC, that’s the story of this game. #Crew96 #NYCvCLB— #3*1*CREW (@ThreeOneCrew) 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.
I blame myself #Crew96 https://t.co/RBqT4lLBER— caleb robert (@calebrobert17) August 25, 2020
They lost because.....I watched.— Rick Thomas (@OThomao) August 25, 2020
The only good things about that #Crew96 game were @neilsika and @jordangeli’s fashion choices. Love that jumpsuit!— Lady Stank (@ladystank) August 25, 2020
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
Still top of the table ♂️ #Crew96— Zombii (@imazombii) August 25, 2020
I leave you with the real question of the night.
Is it too late to add “No More Offside Calls Against the Columbus Crew” to the Democratic Party platform? #Crew96— Rich Uncle Skeleton (@lavatwin) August 25, 2020