Crew Beats Back Montreal 2-1 in Sold Out Home Game
Bernardo Anor’s second half brace helped put some smiles back on the home faithful as the Crew staged a second half fight back to beat Montreal by 2-1 in front of a reported sell out crowd, stuffed full of $1 beer and brats.
The Crew again looked like a desperately patched together team, with rookie Adam Bedell leading the line and Kevan George stepping into midfield to replace the suspended Will Trapp.
And, again, it looked like it was going to be another game of ineffective attacking football as the Crew held onto the ball but failed to create much to worry the opposition.
Midway through the first half Crew captain and MLS All-Star Michael Parkhurst’s sloppy back pass gave Montreal a lucky break and Justin Mapp pounced on the chance to release team-mate Marco Di Vaio who took the ball beyond Crew defender Giancarlo Gonzalez and across the diving Steve Clark in the Crew goal.
As the first half came to an end it almost felt as if the game was already out of sight as Crew players went to the locker room with their heads down, but they came out in the second half with a renewed purpose and it wasn’t long before Anor picked up the equalizer.
On 56 minutes, the often erratic Tony Tchani found Anor on the edge of the box and the Venezuelan blasted the ball past Evan Bush in the Montreal goal.
The goal lifted the home crowd, which in turn helped spur on the players on the field, giving them a much needed boost of confidence.
Montreal had more chances as the Crew pushed on for the winner but yet again Steve Clark came up big with a handful of top class saves to keep his side in contention.
With time pushing on, Anor popped up with his second goal of the game, again with a blistering shot from outside the box that rocketed past the despairing dive of Bush in the Montreal goal.
The much needed win gives the Crew their first points since the end of May and they now stand with a record of 5-7-8.
Next up, a friendly game against English Premier League outfit Crystal Palace on Wednesday night.
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