The Columbus Crew are probably sitting in their locker room trying to figure out how they don't have three points. Worse, they don't even have one. Despite dominating possession, generating almost all of the chances and completely outplaying the Vancouver Whitecaps, Columbus fell on Saturday at Crew Stadium, 1-0.
From the very start, the Crew were all over the Whitecaps. Eddie Gaven and Josh Williams each scored early on, but both were disallowed. Gaven almost scored two other times and Josh Williams came close himself, hitting a great bicycle kick, but his shot hit the bar and bounced away. Tony Tchani put one of his opportunities into the side netting and Aaron Schoenfeld's shot that looked goal bound was just tipped past the post by Joe Cannon.
It was all Crew, which made what happened in the 74th minute so tough for the home side. Young-Pyo Lee had a free kick from well to the right that nobody expected him to have a go on and he didn't. He tried to his a ball into the box for one of the many Whitecaps players looking to get on the end of it, but it drifted towards the far post. Andy Gruenebaum never thought the ball would be towards goal so he took his first step out, which proved to be disastrous because the ball sailed over his head, off the inside of the post and in for what proved to be the winner.
Columbus brought more pressure late, but the soccer gods were not on their side. All of their fine play would go for naught in a tough loss for the Crew, and fortunate win for the Whitecaps, who will gladly take the three points.