Wednesday, April 30, 2014

4.30.2014: Road Games Crucial For Columbus

4.30.2014: Road Games Crucial For Columbus
By Ryan Kozlowski, Crewture Editor

The Columbus Crew started out the season with a surprise three wins. Gregg Berhalter was described as a new genius, an American special one.


Awe, you making me laugh Soccer America.

Since then, the Columbus Crew have puttered to 3 points out of a possible 12.

Surprisingly, in an inept East, that 12 points is good enough for first place. But, it shouldn't be good enough for Berhalter or his charges.

Out of those four games, three were at home.

One was a tactically bad 2-0 loss to a depleted Toronto FC (where most Toronto fans on forums were predicting a 3-nil defeat), one was a last second comeback tie with DC United at home (who Columbus dismantled a month prior away), and one was two points surrendered after a good start against New York Red Bull.

Two points, at home, out of the last nine isn't going to do it this year.

The Crew are surviving on their 9 out of 9 points from their first three outings.

They are in first place, but there's only four teams one point behind them.

And a couple more so-so performances on the road will finally see the Crew start dropping down the standings.

Good news is, so far in 2014 Columbus has been better on the road, picking up 7 out of their 9 road points.

These two road games will show a lot, whether Columbus will be a top team or find themselves just outside of the playoffs again.

Keys for Columbus:

1.) They need to get that crucial second goal, Columbus has won every game once they've put in a second goal.

The defense isn't solid enough yet to win 1-0 and minimize that one lapse in concentration on defense.

2.) Arrieta, Oduro need to get going offensively. Not just with penalty kicks.

3.) Columbus needs to win these two games and then stop saving it for the road. Columbus had the opportunity to give themselves a nice lead in the East at home, now they rely on road games to keep themselves near the top.

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