Crew Drops Kansas City Mid-Week Home Game 1-2
One thing that really stood out in this year’s World Cup was just how exciting late goals can be. Unfortunately, when they happen against your team it’s really not exciting at all, it actually kinda sucks, as Kansas City proved on Wednesday with an injury time winner to beat the Crew 1-2 at Crew Stadium.
After a fantastic month of football in Brazil it’s a little tough to readjust to MLS life, but with two red cards, three goals and the already mentioned stoppage time winner this game had moments of undeniable drama – even though the majority of the game was fairly uninspired and dull.
The Crew were able to welcome back Costa Rican’s Giancarlo Gonzalez and Waylon Francis to the defense but up front looked seriously depleted as the team adopted the always trendy “false nine” formation with Federico Higuain as the most advanced player.
Kansas City opened the scoring mid-way into the first half with C.J. Sapong, who found himself wide open in the box and headed the ball into the Crew net from a corner taken by Benny Feilhaber.
The first of the evenings two red cards came in the 55th minute when KC’s Aurelien Collin was shown a straight red for when at first appeared to be a fairly normal challenge on Adam Bedell, until the big striker dropped and rolled around on the ground like he was avoiding gun fire and it became clear he’d received an elbow to his now bloody nose.
The Crew started to press a little more with the man advantage and in the 69th minute equalized off of a generous Igor Juliao who put the ball into his own net and beyond ex-Crew ‘keeper Andy Gruenebaum in the KC net.
As the home team pushed for three points, the Crew’s often untempered Will Trapp picked up his second yellow of the evening and was sent off, again turning the tide of the evenings game.
And just when it looked like both teams were to settle for a point, Feilhaber popped up and slammed a shot off the Crew crossbar and into the goal to trigger the mass exodus of fans that had stuck around to cheer an unlikely point.
The team now have a quick turn around till the next home game that takes place this Saturday against Montreal Impact.
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