Friday Recap: Crew Knocks Off DC

Friday Recap: Crew Knocks Off DC

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On April 18, 2008
  • 8 Comments

I almost feel like I am beating I dead horse when I talk about games in this season here. But I think at the same time that is a good thing because it means in MLS there parity for once like never before. I’m not taking anything away from what the Crew did to DC last night. They won the game and got the better of their eastern conference rival.

The point is, we are starting to see just how even things are in this league. A club like DC, who made a ton of moves in the offseason, signed a designated player, and kept the best striker from the previous year should not be losing games at home. Parity causes that kind of club who made all of those moves and kept those players to lose a game to a club like Columbus who struggled to sign anyone big over the winter, and who lost out on a designated player of their own.

I think its more than a hangover from the CONCACAF Champions Cup here for DC. Its a matter of their defensive parts not working or fitting into the MLS style of play here. I think it’s pretty obvious that DC is tired from all the games here as well too. Columbus didn’t do anything special last night, all they did was control the midfield with Schelotto and find a hungry Alejandro Moreno to score.

Speaking of Moreno, he is starting to look like the striker he once was in his San Jose/Houston days. He wasn’t a top scorer on those teams but right now he is looking very comfortable in that role as the go-to striker on the Crew.

How did Columbus win the midfield? I think its also obvious to see that DC really misses the play of Ben Olsen. Without Benny, United’s midfield looks a big lost on defense and in the attack, it looks like they’ve lost a step. It has nothing to do with Marcelo Gallardo not adapting well to MLS or the club missing Christian Gomez. No, its totally the absence of Ben Olsen.

DC didn’t play well all over the board last night. They didn’t look as hungry as the Crew and they didn’t finish their shots when they had the chances to. And as for that leading striker on DC, Luciano Emilio hasn’t looked like the Emilio of 2007. Maybe a MLS sophomore slump or something for him but he doesn’t look nearly like the player who netted 20 goals a year ago.

Maybe we’ve had these two clubs wrong all along here this season. Columbus has won three of four to begin the season and has beat the top two from the previous season. Their defense looks better and amazingly their offense is clicking better than expected.

DC on the other hand may need to go back to the drawing board here. Until they get Olsen back, they have to figure out a way to take the pressure off their defense and their keepers. Whatever they do, they need to act fast.

  • Stuart

    Well Columbus has pretty much the same core players it did last year. The starting lineup last night had only two new players that weren't on the team last year, and only one playing in a different role. They were looking good at the end of last year, and familiarity does help with the run of play.

  • Martek

    DC looked terrible at home and still doesn't seem to have melded its players all together into a cohesive whole. Let's face it, the huge buttkicking they delivered to Harbour View at RFK looks more and more like the aberration here. Other than that, let's look at their results so far: a tepid and almost unwatchable 1-1 tie to Harbour View in Jamaica; a 2-0 loss to KC; a 4-1 smackdown over two legs to Los Tuzos; a 4-1 win over TFC (the lone bright spot against a team that, with all due respect, should see that kind of scoreline against them in every game, except when they play the Gals); and a pair of uninspiring losses to RSL (RSL!!!) and Columbus. DCU will probably be fine when the season is all said and done, but if they're not, you're seeing the seeds of destruction laid bare now.

  • Martek

    Whoops. I mean a 4-3 loss to Pachuca, which to my eyes wasn't anywhere nearly as close as that!

  • Stuart

    Well Columbus has pretty much the same core players it did last year. The starting lineup last night had only two new players that weren’t on the team last year, and only one playing in a different role. They were looking good at the end of last year, and familiarity does help with the run of play.

  • DC looked terrible at home and still doesn’t seem to have melded its players all together into a cohesive whole. Let’s face it, the huge buttkicking they delivered to Harbour View at RFK looks more and more like the aberration here. Other than that, let’s look at their results so far: a tepid and almost unwatchable 1-1 tie to Harbour View in Jamaica; a 2-0 loss to KC; a 4-1 smackdown over two legs to Los Tuzos; a 4-1 win over TFC (the lone bright spot against a team that, with all due respect, should see that kind of scoreline against them in every game, except when they play the Gals); and a pair of uninspiring losses to RSL (RSL!!!) and Columbus. DCU will probably be fine when the season is all said and done, but if they’re not, you’re seeing the seeds of destruction laid bare now.

  • Whoops. I mean a 4-3 loss to Pachuca, which to my eyes wasn’t anywhere nearly as close as that!

  • Scott

    I was disgusted more and more every passing second of that game. I swear I almost cried at the end. It doesn't look like we can three-peat the Shield, and I doubt we'll do well in the playoffs. Ugh. I HOPEHOPEHOPE this was just a bad night. How messed up would it be if United missed the playoffs and the Crew made it? Or RSL? Freaky.

  • Scott

    I was disgusted more and more every passing second of that game. I swear I almost cried at the end. It doesn’t look like we can three-peat the Shield, and I doubt we’ll do well in the playoffs. Ugh. I HOPEHOPEHOPE this was just a bad night. How messed up would it be if United missed the playoffs and the Crew made it? Or RSL? Freaky.