Crew hoping to end skid vs. Galaxy
The Columbus Crew’s attempt to end their longest losing streak in nearly two decades won’t be easy when they host the Los Angeles Galaxy at Mapfre Stadium on Wednesday.
L.A. (7-2-1, 22 points) has the second-best record in MLS, two points behind Los Angeles FC, who will visit Columbus, Ohio, on Saturday.
Not only must the Crew (4-6-1, 13 points) prepare for those teams, but they need to move past a 3-1 loss at D.C. United last Saturday that gave them five straight losses for the first time since Aug. 26-Sept. 9, 2000.
The Crew were steaming after the D.C. game because of several calls that went against them, including the match’s first goal taken off the board following video review and a penalty awarded to D.C. upon video review.
“We have to leave it behind. There’s two good L.A. teams coming to town,” Crew goalkeeper Zack Steffen said. “We’re going to have to get our bodies back and our minds back and get everybody on the same page and get ready to get three points and a shutout on Wednesday.”
The Crew hope the controversies galvanize them.
“I don’t think any team’s going to let us off the hook, especially both of L.A.’s teams,” Crew defender Josh Williams said. “If anything, those teams are going to think that we’re down, it took the wind out of our sails.”
The Galaxy are unhappy as well because they felt the deciding goal in a 3-2 loss at the New York Red Bulls last Saturday should have been ruled offside. The defeat ended a 6-0-1 stretch for LA.
“It was very clear the New York player is offside,” Galaxy coach Guillermo Barros Schelotto said. “That’s the circumstances. Sometimes you win can win, you can tie, you can lose. We lost, and we need to get three points Wednesday in Ohio.”
Galaxy forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic is second in MLS with nine goals in eight games and has goals in six of his past seven matches.
–Field Level Media