Since the Crew’s home game against Real Salt Lake on June 8th, Columbus has played twice. The Crew were first defeated at home by the Chicago Fire on June 12th, 1-0. They then went to Houston on June 18th, where they picked up a 2-0 victory.
The Crew gave up a stoppage time goal against Chicago on Sunday, June 12th, in front of a season high crowd at Crew Stadium (13,498). Chicago outshot the Crew, 18-8.
The game looked to be ending in a 0-0 tie. However, the Fire wanted to make sure the trip home for their 400 or so traveling supporters was a lot more fun than it was supposed to be. Orr Barouch dribbled past Crew defender Julius James on the right side of the box. He fired in a low shot that Crew goalie William Hesmer parried. Unfortunately for the home team, Cristian Nazarit was able to get on the loose ball and score on the rebound.
Columbus – William Hesmer, Sebastian Miranda, Chad Marshall, Julius James, Josh Gardner, Rich Balchan, Emmanuel Ekpo, Eddie Gaven, Justin Meram (Dejan Rusmir, 53’), Andres Mendoza, Jeff Cunningham (Kevin Burns, 73’).
Chicago – Sean Johnson, Jalil Anibaba, Yamith Cuesta, Cory Gibbs, Gonzalo Segares, Dominic Oduro, Baggio Husidic (Daniel Paladini, 85’), Logan Pause, Patrick Nyarko, Gaston Puerari (Orr Barouch, 67’), Diego Chaves (Cristian Nazarit), 79’).
Crew rookie Bernardo Anor made the most out of his first start of the season. The Venezuelan assisted on the Crew’s first goal and scored the second against the Houston Dynamo.
In the 41st minute, Anor received the ball near midfield. From there, he proceeded to beat one Dynamo player before playing a through ball to Andres Mendoza. Mendoza took one touch, and then he finished with his left foot for his fifth goal in MLS on the season.
Anor doubled the lead in the 77th minute. Fellow rookie Justin Meram beat his man on the right side of the box. His cross found Anor in front of an empty net, but Anor skewed the shot right at Houston goalie Tally Hall. Luckily for Anor, Hall tapped the ball straight back to him, and he was able to finish the play with his second chance for his first ever MLS goal.
Columbus Crew – William Hesmer, Sebastian Miranda, Julius James, Chad Marshall, Josh Gardner, Eddie Gaven, Rich Balchan, Emmanuel Ekpo (Kevin Burns 84), Bernardo Anor, Andres Mendoza (Justin Meram 64), Tommy Heinemann (Dejan Rusmir 89).
Houston Dynamo – Tally Hall, Hunter Freeman, Bobby Boswell, Andre Hainault, Corey Ashe, Colin Clark (Danny Cruz 62), Geoff Cameron, Lovel Palmer, Brad Davis, Cam Weaver (Brian Ching 62), Will Bruin (Jason Garey 76).
For his goal and assist against Houston, Anor was named MLS’s Player of the Week.