Columbus Crew SC shutout FC Cincinnati 3-0

After defeating the Philadelphia Union 1-0 in their last outing, Columbus Crew SC are looking to continue their hot start to the 2020 season against Hell Is Real rivals FC Cincinnati, who come into this match following a 0-0 draw against the Chicago Fire. 

In a match that is subject to be a great one on all cylinders, fans were permitted to this game. The Black & Gold allowed a max capacity of 1,500 fans, in which tickets were bought by the bunch for season-ticket members. The fans didn't disappoint as they were vocal for the entirety of the match. 

On the match itself, it was clear to see that FC Cincinnati stuck with their 'Park The Bus' tactic. The Orange and Blue did have a good look on goal about 10 minutes when when Jurgen Locadia came close to getting the visitors on the board, but couldn't convert the centered ball through the six-yard box.

Columbus were given multiple free kicks, in which the Black & Gold were wanting to play the ball back across the frame of goal, but nothing came of the multiple opportunities. 

Nothing major came out of the first half, except Columbus maintaining possession for the last 15 minutes of the first half, which saw both teams head to their respective dressing rooms with a 0-0 stalemate. 

 Second half comes alive

Columbus were the ones to break the deadlock in the 52nd minute, when winger Luis Diaz played a centered ball into the six-yard box that Darlington Nagbe dummied, and Pedro Santos finished to give the Black & Gold a 1-0 lead. 

 Just minutes later, Gyasi Zardes became the super sub, as he was able to finish off a pass from Santos to double the lead for Columbus. 

 Columbus start pulling away with the match in the 72nd minute when Zardes would notch his brace, poking home a loose ball in the box to give the Black & Gold a 3-0 lead. 

 Columbus would allow Cincinnati to apply pressure in the last 15 minutes of the match, but the Orange & Blue could not find the back of the net, letting Columbus walk away with a 3-0 victory. 

Crew SC are still unbeaten by FC Cincinnati in league play, extending their point total in the Eastern Conference and Supporter's Shield standings, while allowing two goals so far this season. 

FC Cincinnati now take on New York City FC at Red Bull Arena, while Columbus travel to Soldier Field to face-off against the Chicago Fire. 

FUN FACTS

  • Crew SC now hold a five-point lead over the Philadelphia Union and Toronto FC in the Eastern Conference and Supporter's Shield Standings. 
  • Through 10 games, Columbus hold eight clean sheets. 
  • Columbus now have a +16 GD
  • Columbus now have a +9 GD against FC Cincinnati
  • Best start through 10 games since 2010 LA Galaxy
  • Crew SC still unbeaten by FC Cincinnati in league play 
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