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Columbus Crew would lose their second consecutive game Saturday evening after a 1-0 loss to the Eastern Conference leading Philadelphia Union. But it was not because of a lack of effort. Columbus pretty much dominated the game, leading Philly 19-10 in shots, with the Union leading 5-4 shots on goal. They also led the night 69%-31% possession, and had a whopping 590 passes, compared to the Unions 275 passes. The only goal in this game came from an Eloy Room mistake, which saw a ball played into the box, and Room misjudged, allowing it to go into his own net.
Caleb Porter was frustrated with losing their second straight game, saying "Myself, the players, were extremely pissed off. It was another game were it was 19-10 in shots, we had 70% possession, and this is a good team, on the road." This was not just a game Columbus laid down, sat back, and defended for a draw. This is a game that Porter and the team came out to win. "It's extremely frustrating for a competitive club."
Columbus Is Lacking In The Final Third
This might be the most obvious thing we learned after going a second straight game shut-out. Columbus has led the last two games in shots, but have zero goals to show for it. The Crew have one of the best teams in the league, but if your strikers can not put the ball in the back of the net, then it will be difficult to win games. I honestly think it could be time for Columbus to explore a Gyasi Zardes trade. "I don't care if we lost to Nashville. I don't care if we lost to Philadelphia and lost", Porter said, talking about the killer instinct his team lacks.
Defense Is Solid
This now might come as a surprise to some, but the Crew defense has only allowed one goal through the run of play. That goal came in the loss to Nashville. The rest of the goals, have all been on mistakes. Milos Degenek continues to shine at the back for the Crew, and looks to be getting more comfortable with every game.
Columbus will return to Lower.com Field Saturday, April 16, 2022 to face against Orlando City. Kick-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. The Black and Gold will look to bounce back after two straight defeats, and this has all the makings of being a great game.