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Review: Crew Versus Colorado Rapids

Matt Ellis Matt Ellis
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It was an eventful night inside Crew Stadium as Coner Casey’s early goal looked to give the Colorado Rapids a solid platform to build a victory. However, one red card and four Columbus goals later saw the Crew run away with the game. Final score, 4-1.

Colorado will look back on this as a little bit of a disaster. Coner Casey received a straight red card in the first half for a dangerous tackle on Crew goal keeper Will Hesmer and all four Crew goals came from misplaced passes or poor control from Rapids players.

Eddie Gaven evened the scores after 12 minutes with a nice individual effort, pouncing on a loose ball just inside the Colorado half and dragging the ball beyond the diving Pickens in the Rapids goal.

The love him/Hate him Andrea Mendoza scored his first goal shortly after in similar fashion, picking up on a poor pass and blasting the ball into the roof of the net from the edge of the area.

Mendoza grabbed his second just after half time. A bouncing ball eluded the Colorado defense and Mendoza picked up the ball, ran half the length of the fiend and convincingly slotted the ball home to give the Crew some breathing room.

Heinemann finished the evenings scoring in the 52nd minute by firing the ball into the Colorado goal after the Rapids failed to clear the Crew’s attack.

The Crew’s next home game is this Tuesday in the first Open Cup game of the season. Tickets start at just $15 with free parking.

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