Goal-starved Crew visit Rapids

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The Columbus Crew have four more wins and 11 more points than the Colorado Rapids, but the numbers are deceiving.

It’s the Crew who are struggling heading into a Saturday matchup at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colo.

The Rapids have a league-low five points (1-9-2) but are upbeat following a 1-0 victory over the Los Angeles Galaxy on Sunday that ended an eight-game losing streak.

“It’s a momentum thing,” Rapids forward Andre Shinyashiki said. “When you’re winning, you’re confident. You just play better. We’re confident now because we got our first win. I feel we can use that to our advantage this weekend.”

He came off the bench to score the winner in the 82nd minute.

Columbus (5-8-1, 16 points) has just 12 goals in 14 games this season. A 1-0 loss at Minnesota United last Saturday was their second straight shutout defeat and seventh loss in eight matches.

The tailspin has left Crew captain Wil Trapp searching for answers.

“As a leader of the group, I think, ‘How can I be a guy that people can turn to and talk to in these moments?'” he said. “It is easy when the results are not going your way to separate and go your own way, but we need to do the opposite.”

Columbus, scoreless in 204 minutes, has been shut out six times this season, and the Crew managed only four shots vs. Minnesota. Leading scorer Gyasi Zardes (four goals) has gone two straight games without a shot.

“I think it is a week where we will focus on our improvement more than anything,” Crew coach Caleb Porter said. “That improvement will come in looking to see how we can create more chances.”

Crew goalkeeper Zack Steffen (foot) could miss a third straight match.

Meanwhile, the Rapids seek their first home win (0-4-2).

“This house deserves to be protected, and we haven’t done that yet this season,” Shinyashiki said.

–Field Level Media

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