What a night last night was at Historic Crew Stadium. The stadium where Dos-a-Cero was born, had a fitting end to it as the Columbus Crew beat the Chicago Fire 2-0 in the final ever match at Historic Crew Stadium. On a night that players, coaches and supporters will never forget, one chapter in the first soccer club in Major League Soccer closes, as another chapter opens in 2 weeks.
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Kevin Molino Debut
Among all of the history and celebrations going on in Historic Crew Stadium last night, was the debut of free agent signing Kevin Molino from Minnesota United. Molino came on in the 70th minute to replace Derrick Etienne Jr. Head Coach Caleb Porter said that Molino's debut was a good one, as having the lead they had gave him the opportunity to just see the game out, and not overdue it.
Gyasi Zardes Finding His Form
The Columbus Crew beat the Chicago Fire 2-0 behind a brace from star forward Gyasi Zardes. The first goal coming in the 17th minute after Chicago failed to clear there lines, and Zardes was able to pounce on it. Zardes would again score 17 minutes later, this time from a pass from Derrick Etienne Jr. after a long ball pass from captain Jonathan Mensah that broke the backline of Chicago. Those 2 goals would prove to be the difference, with Zardes' 32 goals at Historic Crew Stadium being the most scored by any player.
First Crew Start For Evan Bush
With Eloy Room being out to due travel and quarantine protocols, Evan Bush, a Cleveland, Ohio native took his place in the starting lineup, and kept a clean sheet. Bush did not have to make a save in the 90 minutes of action, and left Historic Crew Stadium with a clean sheet.
The Crew faithful gave Historic Crew Stadium the send-off it deserved. The supporters were amazing, with Head Coach Caleb Porter saying that of his 8 years coaching in MLS, this was one of the best environments he has ever been a part of. The Crew supporters got the send-off and the win that they wanted, and will be excited for what the future holds at Lower.com Field.
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Man Of The Match
There is 2 MOTM for this game. The first is Historic Crew Stadium, who will no longer be used for MLS games, and being a staple for the growth of American Soccer.
The second is Gyasi Zardes for his brace that catapulted the Crew to their 3rd straight win. He and the Crew will look to continue to build on there recent form as they have tough fixtures upcoming.
What's next for the Crew? The Crew will travel to Subaru Park to take on the Philadelphia Union Wednesday, June 23, with kick-off scheduled for 7:30pm. Then on Sunday, June 27th the Crew will travel to new Q2 Stadium to take on the team that was supposed to be the Crew, after previous ownership tried to move the Crew out of Columbus. That game is scheduled to kick-off at 8:00 pm.