To get closer to its full potential and retain the top spot at the Eastern Conference, the Crew needs to address at least these three areas: Defending set pieces It’s easy to point out this one as the only goal the Crew conceded in more than 360 minutes of play in Orlando came from a corner kick. Several positioning and execution mistakes were made in that play, starting with Aboubacar Keita losing Minnesota United’s Robin Lod in the penalty box, continuing with Gyasi Zardes clearing the ball to...
The eight goals scored by the Crew ranged from serviceable to absolute works of art, and while the Black & Gold prepare for the restart of the MLS regular season, Massive Report looked back and ranked all eight goals scored by Columbus during the MLS is Back Tournament. The Crew found itself trailing for the first time in the MLS is Back Tournament against Minnesota United in the first match of the Round of 16.
A few defensive errors during the second half against Atlanta included fullback Harrison Afful being caught out of position inside the 18-yard box three minutes into the second half. Darlington Nagbe basically stopped pursuing an onrushing Pity Martinez who delivered an uncontested shot just above the penalty box that could have led to an equalizing goal and a momentum shift.