… Ed here.
So, as I suspected, another prediction down the drain (although my playoff ones hadn’t actually been bad to this point), as the Columbus Crew defeated the Chicago Fire, 2-1, last night in the MLS Eastern Conference Final to advance to their first-ever MLS Cup – or, as JP Dellacamera put it 14 times (give or take five), “a place they’ve never been before.”
Columbus started to take control of the match late in the first half, already down 1-0. They started buzzing around in the attacking third with much more consistently, and were generating chances, but weren’t getting any payoff. Chad Marshall got the equalizer, and Eddie Gaven hit a well-struck shot to get what ended up being the winner – one of the rare moments of the game where Gaven managed to stay on his feet when anyone was within 10 feet of him.
Guillermo Barros Schelotto assisted on both goals and put his stamp on the game much more than his midfield counterpart Cuauhtemoc Blanco did. I didn’t expect that, so full credit to the Columbus playmaker for getting the job done. Sigi the Scarf took GBS off for the final 10 minutes, but the Crew survived a bit of a late effort from Chicago – though I don’t think they played with enough urgency for the situation they were in – and the Crew advanced.I think Sigi must have seen something in that last bit of the first half, harped on it at halftime, and his team took it to heart for the early barrage in the second half.
Credit to the Crew fans, as well, for their numbers, but not for booing Brian McBride, and it sounded like, calling him a traitor. That was undeserved and classless. I let out a happy yell when McBride got the opening goal of the game. He may as well have been out there in a Michigan football jersey, I guess.
Will I pick against the Crew again in the Final? I don’t know yet, depends on who they are going to play – and we will discuss that shortly.
Congrats to the Crew.