By IVES GALARCEP
The Columbus Crew came into Saturday’s Eastern Conference showdown vs. the Montreal Impact looking like a team poised to fall apart.
After losing their second starter in the past three weeks to a torn ACL (Glauber joined Eddie Gaven on the season-ending injury), and suffering a U.S. Open Cup loss to the Chicago Fire last Thursday, the Crew figured to struggle against a rested and dangerous Montreal side.
The Crew didn’t struggle. They came out inspired and rode a pair of early goals on their way to a 2-0 victory over the Impact at Crew Stadium.
Matias Sanchez scored a sixth-minute goal, when he ran onto a Dominic Oduro ball and delivered a long-range shot that took a deflection before beating Troy Perkins.
Oduro made it 2-0 in the 22nd minute when he stripped Collen Warner in midfield and raced by a pair of defenders before slotting his fifth goal of the season past Perkins.
Montreal worked to get back in the match, but the Crew defense held up well as the centerback tandem of Chad Marshall and Josh Williams helped contain the ever-dangerous Marco Di Vaio.
Here are the match highlights:
What did you think of the match? Impressed with the Crew’s performance just three days after an Open Cup loss? Think Columbus can stay in the playoff race despite losing Glauber and Gaven? Surprised to see the Impact struggle, or think the week off left them a bit rusty?
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