The Columbus Crew fell to the wrong side of .500 with the team’s record after losing 2-1 on Saturday night at the New York Red Bulls. The Crew played the match without star Colombian striker Cucho Hernandez, who was out with a minor knee injury, and recorded a mere five shots in defeat.
It wasn’t all bad for the Black & Gold, however, as the away side actually took the first half lead and carried it into the locker room. But a lack of offensive firepower and not good enough defending ultimately ended in a second loss of the season away from Lower.com Field.
Here’s how the Columbus players performed in the match at Red Bull Arena.
Eloy Room (6.0) – A good game for Room will largely be overshadowed by the two goals he allowed, neither of which were on the goalkeeper. Room’s distribution was strong, even in the face of the Red Bulls’ press, helping the backline avoid turnovers in the defensive third.
Philip Quinton (5.5) – For 85 minutes Saturday night, Quinton played well. The second-year center back was all over the field defensively with a team-leading 92 touches, recording four tackles, three interceptions and a clearance. However, in the 86th minute, Quinton made the wrong choice, running to the near post and losing his mark for the winning goal. Mistakes like this happen with a young player but prove costly at this level.
Milos Degenek (6.0) – Degenek continues to be key for the Crew as he anchors the backline and plays a critical role in deflecting trouble, particularly against the high press of New York. Degenek had a team-leading five clearances on Saturday, regularly putting out fires, but ultimately, he and the rest of the defense couldn’t do enough to stave off the Red Bulls attack.
Steven Moreira (5.0) – Moreira was excellent on his long pass that helped set up the opening goal. However, the center back had issues on New York’s first goal. Moreria and the rest of the backline were busy all night and the Red Bulls’ goals were as much a testament to collective persistence rather than individual effort.