Before the match, the Crew SC stand in second to last place of the Eastern Conference and 8 points out of the last playoff spot. The only team worst them the Crew SC this season, the Chicago Fire, the only team in the MLS not to reach the 30-point mark yet.
This would be the perfect opportunity to gain some ground in the East.
With that said, Crew SC would get things started in the 8’ when Mohammed Saeid played a free corner set to the near outside corner of the penalty area where Harrison Afful was waiting to settle the pass and blast a far upper-90 shot past Fire keeper Sean Johnson for the 1-0 lead.
Crew SC could have added another goal on in the 31’ when an offsides whistle was blown against Adam Jahn on a header he put into the back of the net. The first half would finish Columbus up 1-0 on the Fire.
In the second half, in the 50’, Dilly Duka would ‘meg’ a Chicago defender with a crisp pass for a sprinting Justin Meram who would receive the pass, shuffle a touch with his outside right boot, and smash it home to put the Crew SC up 2-0.
The Crew SC wouldn’t stop there, Dilly Duka would score in the 59‘ after a series of 2, long distance connections from Saeid, and Meram to put Columbus up 3-0.
The match would end as such and Columbus would gain 3 more points in the East standings.
However, everyone should be able to come to grips with the fact that it is too little too late, unless a miracle occurs and the teams ahead of the Crew SC fall hard and flat on their faces.
Columbus now has an overall record of 8 wins, 12 losses, and 11 draws. Next up for Crew SC is an away match again against the Chicago Fire on October 13th at 8:30 PM ET. Only 3 more regular season games left, and they are all on the road for the Crew SC.