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Columbus Opens Up Lower.com Field With A Draw


Picture Credits: Columbus Crew Twitter (@ColumbusCrew)


The Columbus Crew opened up there brand-new stadium, Lower.com with a draw against Eastern Conference leaders New England Revolution. After going down 2-0 through goals from Tajon Buchanan and Gustavo Bou, the Crew found a way to draw level, given a little bit of luck as the equalizer was an own goal off of Andrew Farrell after a long ball from Liam Fraser hit Farrell in the back of the head and in to his own goal. It was a game the Crew should have won, but coming back from 2-0 down to get a point is not a bad result in the end.


Picture Credits: Columbus Crew Twitter


Takeaways


Stadium Is Amazing

I must say, the stadium is absolutely gorgeous. The atmosphere was even better. There are no bad seats in the new stadium. From the first whistle, the crowd was into the game. The way the stadium is built, the sound is reflected onto the field, and the stadium is loud.


Picture Credits: Columbus Crew Twitter


Finally Got The Goal In The Home Kits

It has been a tale of two kits this season for the Crew. When wearing the black "away" kits, it seems the team can score at will. When they wear the new "home" kits, it seemed like they were never going to score. But that finally ended Saturday as Gyasi Zardes got the first Crew goal in not only the new stadium, but the home kits.


On Field Product Was Good

The game was an entertaining one. Within the first two minutes of the game, the Crew had two golden chances, though both were wide of the net. The Revs got the first two goals of the match, but the Crew virtually dominated the game for large spells. Columbus led in possession 68-32, shots 18-7, and shots on goal 7-4. They had 3 golden opportunities in quick succession in second half stoppage time for the match winner, but to no avail.


The Depth Of The Crew Will Start To Show

With five players leaving the club for international duty at the Gold Cup, the Crew will have its depth massively tested. With Bradley Wright-Phillips out injured, and Gyasi Zardes leaving for Gold Cup duty, the team had to recall striker Miguel Berry from the San Diego Loyal. Eloy Room (Curaçao), Derrick Etienne Jr. (Haiti), Kevin Molino (Trinidad and Tobago), Liam Fraser (Canada) and Gyasi Zardes (United States) will all be gone for the next couple of weeks or so. Everyone on the Crew will have to step up.


Whats Next?

The Columbus Crew will travel down I-71 to TQL Stadium for a date with FC Cincinnati. The "Battle Of Ohio", more famously known as the Hell is Real Derby, will occur Friday Night with kick-of slated to be at 7:30 pm. A more in-depth look at this matchup will be out later this week.