Columbus Crew SC (4-4-1, 13 pts.) fired 11 of its 16 total shots in the second half, including six from inside the 18-yard-box, but ultimately was left searching for the elusive final ball after 90 minutes as D.C. United recorded its first win at MAPFRE Stadium in the last 12 matches with a 1-0 scoreline on Wednesday, April 24.
In a frustrating match for the Black & Gold, Crew SC posted 12 corners, including 10 in the second half, as D.C. United (5-2-2, 17 pts.) rode a first-half free-kick goal from Wayne Rooney in the 27'. From then on, the fellow MLS original, who Columbus will meet in the nation's capital in under two weeks, bunkered down defensively with just over 36-percent possession in the final 45 minutes.
United recorded 53 clearances on the day as Columbus bombarded the box with 32 open-play crosses on the day, including 25 in the second half.
With a complete-game performance, Pedro Santos led the Crew with game-highs in shots (6), chances created (4), and tackles (4), while Zack Steffen finished the day with five saves. Additionally, both Jonathan Mensah and Wil Trapp recorded two blocks.
Up next, Crew SC travels to Houston on Saturday, April 27 to face the Dynamo as part of the Club's third match in eight days, with kickoff set for 8:30 p.m. ET at BBVA Compass Stadium.
Supporters can watch the match on SportsTime Ohio, stream on FOX Sports GO, or listen on 97.1 FM The Fan or www.ColumbusCrewSC.com (English & Spanish).
Goal Scoring Rundown:
CLB – Wayne Rooney, 27th minute: A free-kick just outside the 18-yard-box found itself through the Crew's wall and just inside the far post. CLB 0, DCU 1 | FINAL
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With his appearance in tonight’s contest, defender Josh Williams recorded his 150th MLS regular-season appearance (132nd start). Williams played the entire 90 minutes, making one tackle, registering 54 touches, attempting 42 passes and led the team with a 95.2 percent passing accuracy in tonight’s match. The defender originally played for Crew SC from 2010-2014 before rejoining the Black & Gold prior to the start of the 2017 season. To date, Williams has made 118 regular-season appearances (104 starts) for the Crew, scoring eight goals and recording four assists.
- Midfielder Hector Jimenez registered his 100th MLS regular-season start (153rd appearance) tonight against D.C. United. The midfielder played the entire 90 minutes, having two shots (one on target), registering 95 touches and attempting 68 passes during the contest. Jimenez joined Crew SC prior to the 2014 season after three seasons with the LA Galaxy. To date, he has made 110 appearances and 72 starts while wearing the Black & Gold. Overall, Jimenez has scored five goals and provided 21 assists since joining MLS in 2011.
- Midfielder Pedro Santos led both teams in total shots (six), shots on target (two) and tied with Wayne Rooney for most chances created (four) during tonight’s match. Santos also had 85 touches on the ball – tied with Wil Trapp for second most on the night – and made four tackles – tied with D.C. United’s Lucas Rodriguez for joint most tackles on the night. In 2019, Santos has made nine regular-season appearances (all starts), scoring two goals and providing two assists.
- With tonight’s result against D.C. United, Crew SC’s 2019 regular-season record is now 4-4-1 (13 points). Next up, Crew SC has a road contest against the Houston Dynamo at BBVA Compass Stadium on Saturday, April 27 (8:30 p.m. ET / SportsTime Ohio, FOX Sports GO / 97.1 The Fan and streaming online via the “Listen Live” button at 971TheFan.com / Spanish audio stream on ColumbusCrewSC.com).