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The Columbus Crew dropped all 3 points on the road to the on Wednesday night. The difference in the game was a 24th minute goal from Union star Jamiro Monterio on a miscleared ball from Vito Wormgoor. The performance was not bad, although the scoreline did not reflect that. Here are some takeaways from the game:
Molino Gets His First Start
After making his first appearance for the club in the final game at Historic Crew Stadium, Kevin Molino got his first start for the club against Philadelphia last night, although it only lasted the first 45 minutes. These 45 minutes were for building back match fitness and sharpness, which will hopefully be at 100% soon.
Return of Milton Valenzuela
Milton Valenzuela, who was once a top prospect from Argentina, finally got back on the pitch for the Crew last night. He came on for as a sub for Alex Matan in the 60th minute. After 2 months out due to injury, this is a welcome sight for a beat up Columbus squad, who is slowly getting healthy.
Even though the Crew will leave Philadelphia with a 1-0 loss, Head Coach Caleb Porter thought that this was the best away performance they have had this season. Statistics do not mean all that much if you can not get a result, but the stats would seem to show that this was one of the Crews best performances away from home. The Crew led in shots 8-5, including on target 2-1, and had a significant amount of the possession at 62%.
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The Columbus Crew will travel to Austin, Texas to play the owner that tried to take away the Crew for Austin on Sunday, June 27. Kickoff is scheduled for 8pm at the new Q2 Stadium.