Pros and Cons from Columbus Crew-Sapporo


Gyasi Zardes scored two goals in his Columbus Crew SC debut against Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo in the Pacific Rim Cup on Thursday (photo credit: Columbus Crew SC)

Gyasi Zardes looked good scoring the brace in the Columbus Crew’s 3-2 defeat last night. It appears Gregg Berhalter can, if a player is athletic and has some ability to finish, get them to score at striker. That was a positive. 

I thought new signings Eduardo Sosa and Milton Valenzuela had positive moments.

Rookie Luis Argudo (who the Crew selected in Round 3, their fourth player picked) had some really strong moments. Only rookie to see the field and almost scored.

Ricardo Clark put in nice work in the first half and gained a PK. 

Overall, Crew should’ve won (had better overall chances) but some bad decisions in the back sort of derailed that. 

Yet it’s preseason on a terrible turf field so will have a few.

University of Hawaii has a 4,500 capacity soccer stadium with grass, Waipi‘o Peninsula Soccer Stadium

I’m sure that everyone at Aloha Stadium last night could fit in there.

Because a stadium is bigger it’s not always the best choice.

The Crew had a little trouble tracking runners, see that especially on goals two and three. Sapporo players having to run farther on a couple occasions but getting their first. But Consadole Sapporo are farther along in preseason so not exactly surprising.

Regardless, should’ve been 3-3.


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