Aftermath: Real Salt Lake 0-0 Crew

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

In two games this season, the Columbus Crew has proven very impressive on defense. On offense? Not so much. The team finished its second straight match at 0-0 Saturday, drawing with Real Salt Lake in its first road appearance of 2007. Once again, Andy Gruenebaum was solid in net, the defense kept opposing attackers in check and the midfield controlled the flow of play for long stretches. But despite some finely developed attacks, the Crew remained scoreless, plagued once again by the inability to convert.

There's not much to say about this one. Again, the Crew looked great, and again they failed to score. Jason Garey and his replacement Kei Kamara had the best chances, and Kamara looked particularly dangerous with them. But they had better put on a show for the home fans Thursday vs. New England. Perhaps the heavily (HEAVILY) rumored new addition of Argentine forward Guillermo Barros Schelotto will get the offense over the hump.

Man of the Match: Gruenebaum delivered with another clean sheet, preserving the Crew's sterling defensive record. He showed improvement from last game in terms of positioning and continued to make a case for maintaining the starting job.

Runner-up: Again, Ned Grabavoy was a star at central midfield, sending brilliant through balls and neutralizing his Salt Lake counterparts. If only somebody on the front line knew what to do with his glorious service.

Most disappointing: Garey had numerous chances, but he squandered them. Kamara looked more dangerous and, if justice is served, will be starting Thursday night.

Most impressive foe: Jeff Cunningham didn't score for RSL, but he continues to prove how stupid the Crew was to get rid of him, and for one measly draft pick at that. GAH!

Most surprising moment: Realizing John Ellinger didn't make any substitutions for RSL. An extra attacker in the waning minutes could have tipped the game in Salt Lake's favor.

Least surprising moment: Every time the Crew looked like they might score a goal, then didn't score a goal. This is one sad truth.

Toss-up: Freddy Adu. The teen phenom has been given the reigns in Salt Lake, but as his one-footed play showed, he remains far short of his potential.

See you Thursday night.