Win Over Crew Could Be a Turning Point

Young players get a boost of confidence from beating Columbus

The Columbus Crew came to The Home Depot Center as the first place team in the Eastern Conference after back-to-back wins against the Red Bulls and Dynamo. Unintimidated, the Red-And-White played well and defeated the Crew, 3-1, improving their record in the month of July to 4-1-3 including non-MLS play.

“Not only does beating a first-team give us confidence, but so does the way we played,” Coach Martín Vásquez said. “Finally putting [together] a streak of games where we are playing well and getting results helps bring a lot of confidence, especially at this stretch of the season.”

With recent additions Paulo Nagamura and Giancarlo Maldonado getting significant playing time, the Goats are benefitting from the injection of talent and jelling as a team.

“[The win] shows us that we are capable of playing with anyone, and that we can get a good result against any team,” said forward Justin Braun, who scored Chivas USA’s first goal against the Crew Saturday night. “We are confident and we have always believed in the system, so things are starting to click for us and we are playing together well.”

Blair Gavin and Carlos Borja also scored for the Goats. The Red-And-White did not allow a goal until the 88th minute and were able to hold the visiting team to just one.

Jonathan Bornstein did not play against the Crew because of a knee injury, but was impressed with the way that his teammates performed.

“The team played very well,” Bornstein said. “Defensively, we were very solid and compact in the back. We did not give up many opportunities. Offensively, we produced, which is what you have to do to win games.”

The Goats travel later this week to play Toronto FC on Saturday at 1 p.m. PT. The game will be broadcast on Prime Ticket and Telefutura and on the radio at W Radio 690AM.