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Fan reactions: Crew vs. New York City FC

Fans feel down, but still optimistic, after the Crew’s first loss of the season.

Columbus Crew SC v New York City FC Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 leave you with the real question of the night.