In a match that featured a suddenly-flailing offense, the boys in blue dropped all three points to the Crew Saturday night in Ohio, 1-0.
A shot by Justin Meram which deflected off of Joshua Yaro and past goalkeeper John McCarthy was the lone tally.
Union first XI: McCarthy; Wijnaldum (Fabinho 75′), Yaro, Elliot, Gaddis; Medunjanin, Bedoya; Ilsinho (Davies 69′), Najem, Epps (Creavalle 81′); Simpson
Crew first XI: Steffen; Mensah, Crognale, Abubakar; Afful (Jimenez HT), Artur, Trapp, Raitala; Manneh, Meram (Martinez 75′); Kamara (Jahn 86′)
Alejandro Bedoya was back from paternity leave, but the Union were still missing Chris Pontius (national team duty), C.J. Sapong and Fafa Picault (injury), and Roland Alberg (suspension) from their attack. This wasn’t like the last match where the Union had a plethora of chances that went begging. Despite having half the possession, the Union took just three total shots, none of which so much as annoyed Crew keeper Zack Steffen. They were out of sync most of the night, forced to pass the ball around in their own half and wait for openings that never came. Sapong’s hold-up play was sorely missed as another way to get up the field.
Keeper John McCarthy was stellar, commanding the box and making several top notch saves, but it wasn’t enough. Meram’s shot in the 65th minute deflected off of Yaro, who appeared to be trying to block it. Instead, it richocheted directly into the net from about ten yards out.
The Union had better figure things out quickly as they face the Crew again on Wednesday, this time in Chester.