Crew Draws Toronto in 1-1 Home Game
Columbus Crew kicked off their potential season-saving four game home-stand on Wednesday with an exhibition in snooze-like possession football as they dominated the visiting Toronto FC team, missing most of the players that are actually any good, yet still only managed to end the evening with a solitary point.
For the majority of the game, Crew SC confidently tapped the ball all over the midfield as if participating in pre-match warm-up as the stats all swung heavily in the home teams favor. But, as soon as Columbus stepped into the final third of the field it all went downhill as wayward crosses, offside calls and unconvincing finishing prevented the kick-start we all keep hoping is still going to happen for this season.
Harrison Afful was again a standout for Crew SC, and his attacking play was finally rewarded when he volleyed the ball into the bottom corner of the Toronto goal, past keeper Alex Bono and a just onside Ola Kamara.
Crew SCs defense opened up once again in the 64th minute when Tyson Wahl lost track of Jordan Hamilton’s diagonal run, and the Toronto forward dispatched the ball past Crew keeper Steve Clark.
Columbus are back in action on Saturday night against DC United when they (again) look to turn the season around with the help of a MAPFRE Stadium crowd loaded up on $1 brats and beer.
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