COLUMBUS, Ohio — April 14th. That was the last time the Columbus Crew tasted defeat. Since then, they’ve been on a nine-game unbeaten streak that has seen them concede only seven goals following Saturday’s match with the New York Red Bulls.
New York, on the other hand, is winless since a four-game winning streak ended against the Philadelphia Union two weeks ago. In that span, they’ve only scored two goals in the three games after having scored twelve during the four-game streak.
Coming out strong on attack, the Crew pushed the pace and, were it not for a post here or there, could have easily been a 2-0 or 3-0 score in favor of Columbus at the half. The Crew didn’t come away empty though as Gyasi Zardes, whose career has taken a sharp upturn since he arrived in Columbus, put the Crew on the board when he headed a cross past Red Bull keeper Luis Robles, who was frozen by the shot in the 26th minute.
The second half was a reversal of roles as the Red Bulls came out looking to push the pace and the Crew forced to defend. It didn’t take long as Alex Muyl equalized in the 57th minute off of a free kick driven in by Marc Rzatkowski.
Goalkeeper Zack Steffan and midfielder Wil Trapp both missed their second league game and third game overall due to being called up to the U.S. Men’s National Team. Saturday’s match saw the USMNT draw 1-1 with France, one of the favorites in the upcoming World Cup, with Steffan making seven saves including a potential game-winner in the dying moments.
The Crew will be back in action at MAPFRE Stadium on June 13th against Atlanta United FC. Kickoff on Wednesday is set for 7:30pm ET.
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