Crew Thrashed in Salt Lake 4-1
Columbus continued their rough opening to the 2009 season, losing to Real Salt Lake 4-1 Thursday night. The loss was reminiscent of the uninspired play of 2006-07 seasons, and gives Crew fans pause for concern. Columbus failed to respond to the speed of Salt Lake and played a direct long ball game rather than the possession game that worked so well last year. The loss drops the Crew to 0-1-2 on the season.
It was a game that the Crew will want to forget immediately, especially goalkeeper William Hesmer. Hesmer spilled a free kick that was pounced on by Salt Lake’s Robbie Findley to open the scoring in the 2nd minute and set the tone for the rest of the game. While the Crew would tie it up in the 20th minute with a Jason Garey goal, Hesmer would give Salt Lake the lead for good in the 28th minute by miss hitting a kick directly to Robbie Findley who tapped in for a 2-1 lead. Findley would score one more in the 62nd minute to complete his hat trick. Kyle Beckerman completed the scoring in the 67th minute to make the game 4-1.
It has been a tough couple of weeks with missing players and a tough schedule; the team will be looking to rebound quickly before falling behind in the Eastern Conference standings. The Crew don’t have long to wait to try to turn around the bad start; they head to L.A. to play Chivas USA on Sunday at 8pm.