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It's a game that the Columbus Crew and their supporters will want to forget. Despite scoring two goals, this game shows the lack of concentration that the Crew backline has had in the past few games. Caleb Porter was not happy with his teams defensive performance, saying "Two of the goals we literally got caught on the ball and gave them those goals. You're not gonna see poorer goals than those two." The goals he was referring to were the first and third goal, the latter of which was a penalty kick after Jonathan Mensah lost the ball and brought down Kevin Paredes in the box.
What We Learned
Not Time To Panic... Yet
Every team hits a rough patch or two throughout a grueling regular season. Columbus certainly is in one now, as they have conceded eight goals in the last two game: four against NYCFC and four against D.C. United. Caleb Porter said in his postgame press conference that the Crew will not panic, but also that their next game, Saturday night against Atlanta United is a "must-win".
Defense Can Only Get Better
The past two games have been brutal for the Columbus Crew defense. They have been the carriers of their own demise. They caused their own mistakes for all four goals against D.C. United, and they were the cause some of the goals against NYCFC. On the bright side, the Crew Defense can only get better from what they experienced the past two games.
Crew Finally Got Their Goal From A Winger
Caleb Porter finally got his dreaded goal from a winger when Kevin Molino opened the scoring for the Crew, while also bagging his first goal for the Black and Gold. The Kevin Molino goal was vital at the time, as the Crew were trying to mount a comeback, but that would be squashed when United would get their fourth goal of the night.
Columbus has a quick turnaround, luckily for them. They will welcome a Josef Martinez-less Atlanta United to Lower.com Field on Saturday Night. Kickoff is currently slated for 7:30 p.m.