Crew fans turned up on a beautiful day in Columbus for the Eddie Gaven show and a Flogging Molly concert. Gaven led the Crew with a goal and an assist extinguishing the Chicago Fire 2 to 1.
Afterwards the fans were treated to a complimentary Rock and Roll concert. Soccer and music, does it get any better? It only took 9 minutes for Columbus to get on the scoreboard. Crew’s Shaun Francis found Eddie Gaven who crushed a shot beating keeper Sean Johnson at his near post.
Francis looked to be Crew’s best attacking player. He showed attacking prowess on the flanks by sending in crosses and defensive stoutness by winning balls and clearing headers. In the 43rd minute Francis found Gaven who set up an Emilio Renteria strike that found its way to the back of the net.
Just after the goal was scored Emilio had another glorious chance miss just wide of the mark. Columbus controlled most of the first half with Chicago looking lifeless without Dominic Oduro on the pitch. The Crew went into halftime leading 2 to nil and the pack of traveling Fire fans expected changes to start the second half.
Oduro was subbed on at the start of the half and gave Chicago the much need spark on offensive that they were lacking in the first half. From the very start Chicago looked more dangerous with Oduro’s speed and creative play. Besides Dilly Duka hitting the crossbar in the 52nd minute, the Fire looked more likely the team to score.
In the 72minute Chicago got the goal they had been pushing for in the second half. A Fire corner led to a shot on goal which Eddie Gaven headed off the line but Columbus didn’t clear their lines. Another cross was sent in by Dan Paladini and Austin Berry’s header nestled in the net making it 2 to 1 on the night. The Chicago fire continued to push for an equalizer but the Crew defense held out for the three points.
Columbus is now on 18 points and in 4th place with Chicago but more importantly the Crew are improving. Shaun Francis is looking like he has settled in and veteran Eddie Gave is in fine form.
The Crew will take a break from MLS fixtures until June 16th when they travel to New England. As far as the concert, I only hope they continue the post game celebrations with more bands.
Maybe the attendance will increase because 16,024 is close to full but not enough.
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