Columbus Crew at D.C. United: Running Commentary

Columbus Crew at D.C. United: Running Commentary

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Columbus Crew at D.C. United: Running Commentary

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Good evening folks. It is a clear evening at RFK Stadium in Washington D.C. and tonight’s match between the Columbus Crew and D.C. United should be a thriller. The fans at RFK are in full voice and will be hoping to help D.C. forget about last week’s ugly loss to Real Salt Lake.

The Crew come in feeling confident after last week’s 4-3 shootout against Chivas USA and will look to take advantage of a D.C. defense that has looked extremely vulnerable this season.

If you will be following the match and will be online, please feel free to share your thoughts, opinions and play by play in the comments section below. I will be providing some commentary as well.

My prediction? D.C. United 2, Columbus Crew 1.

Enjoy the match.

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FINAL- Crew 2, D.C. United 1. Columbus moves its winning streak to two while D.C. loses a second straight match. Share your post-match thoughts in the comments section below.

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59th minute- Franco Neill is a speedy option who should give the Crew’s back-line some problems.

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54th minute- Gonzalo Peralta has looked shaky all night long. You wonder if Tom Soehn saved his receipt and plans on returning the Argentine defender.

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51st minute- The Crew’s second goal has been ruled an own goal by Peralta. Legit decision.

D.C. has yet to show much this half. No sense of urgency from the home team yet.

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HALFTIME- D.C. finally showed some life late in the first-half but Columbus has shown it all match. The Crew is playing well and the team defense is the difference here. A BIG question for D.C. is how do you make up for the fact that players such as Moreno, Emilio and Gallardo just aren’t going to help you defensively (not that Gonzalo Peralta has tonight either). D.C. sure could use Ben Olsen, whose energy and bite usually serve as the catalyst for D.C. Without him, D.C. United falls into these flat spells that cost them.

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45th minute- This game has definitely picked up intensity, much better stuff from both sides.

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43rd minute- GOAL COLUMBUS. And it’s Alejandro Moreno with the finish on a great run and cross by Adam Moffat. The Crew is just out-hustling D.C. tonight. Crew 2, D.C. 1

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42nd minute- GOAL DC UNITED. Finally, a quality build-up by D.C. finishes with a strong Namoff shot that gets deflected past Wil Hesmer. D.C. United 1, Crew 1.

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38th minute- D.C. United looks flat out mediocre tonight. Not what I expected considering how soundly they were thrashed by Real Salt Lake.

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36th minute- Emilio gets a ball on a platter in front of goal but can’t get a good shot off. Emilio hasn’t looked right yet this season.

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32nd minute- GOAL COLUMBUS. Alejandro Moreno finishes off a great ball in from Schelotto to Hejduk, who crosses for Moreno. Nice sequence for the Crew and D.C. United’s defense is beaten again.

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29th minute- WOW. SAVE ZACH WELLS. Schelotto has a wide-open look but Wells stops it.

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27th minute- JP with the note that this game is being shown in Argentina. I think the folks in Argentina have probably fallen asleep already waiting for some good chances to be created.

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25th minute- Can somebody get D.C. United a jersey sponsor so their uniforms can stop look like warm-ups?

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22nd minute- I have to say that there hasn’t been the good combination play in the final third you would hope from these two teams.

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19th minute- The crowd in D.C. has died down a bit but D.C. United actually looks to be waking up a bit with some more possession. Now if they could find the pass in the final third.

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17th minute- Somebody get Eddie Gaven a razor and does anybody else think John Harkes sounds like Christopher Sullivan tonight?

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8th minute– Columbus is the road team but look a little more composed early on. The D.C. crowd sure isn’t lacking for a noise factor tonight.
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5th minute– Robbie Rogers comes very close with a shot on goal. D.C. already looking a tad shaky in the back.

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