In the Club's first match at the new Allianz Field, Columbus Crew SC (5-8-1, 16 pts.) fell 1-0 to Minnesota United FC (5-4-3, 18 pts.) on Saturday, May 18.
The Black & Gold did well to keep the scoreline at zero in the 21st minute when goalkeeper Jon Kempin dove to save a low shot from Darwin Quintero. Saturday's match marked Kempin's debut for Crew SC in the 2019 regular season.
In the 35th minute, the Crew had their best opportunity of the night when midfielder Federico Higuain hit a shot from outside of the 18-yard box that ricocheted off of the post.
In an overall disjointed match for both sides, the Loons scored the game-winner in the 70th minute when Ethan Finlay finished a ball into an open net off a headed ball from Brent Kallman.
The defeat marks Crew SC's first loss to Minnesota since the Loons joined MLS in 2017. Also notably, midfielder David Accam made his first start for the Black & Gold, playing 87 minutes before subbing out for Luis Argudo.
Up next, Crew SC travels to Colorado to take on the Rapids at Dick's Sporting Goods Park on Saturday, May 25 at 9 p.m. ET.
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:
MIN - Ethan Finlay (Brent Kallman, Romain Metanire), 70th minute: Finlay taps the ball into the net off of a header from Kallman. CLB 0, MIN 1 | FINAL
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Our crew for this evening... pic.twitter.com/td6jqKyima— Minnesota United FC (@MNUFC) May 18, 2019
Midfielder David Accam made his first regular-season start for Crew SC tonight’s road contest against Minnesota United FC. Accam had one shot, created one goal-scoring chance, made one tackle, recorded 45 touches and finished with a passing percentage of 82.8. Since joining Major League Soccer in 2015, Accam has made 111 regular-season appearances (84 starts), scoring 38 goals and providing 17 assists. In 2019, he has made two regular-season appearances (one start) since joining Crew SC.
Goalkeeper Jon Kempin made his 2019 regular-season debut for Crew SC in tonight’s road contest against Minnesota United FC. Kempin started for the Black & Gold, making two saves on the night. Kempin joined the Crew ahead of the 2018 MLS season. To date, Kempin has made 20 regular-season appearances (19 starts) in MLS. Since joining Crew SC, Kempin has made six regular-season appearances (all starts) while registering 12 saves.
During tonight’s road contest against Minnesota United FC, midfielder David Guzman led Crew SC in tackles (five), passes (64) and touches (89). Notably, Guzman’s five tackles were more than any other player for either team on the night. Additionally, the midfielder created one goal-scoring chance. In 2019, Guzman has made three regular-season appearances (two starts) for the Black & Gold.
Crew SC’s 2019 regular-season record is now 5-8-1 (16 points). Next up, Crew SC has a road contest against the Colorado Rapids at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park on Saturday, May 25 (9:00 p.m. ET / SportsTime Ohio, FOX Sports GO / 97.1 The Fan & 971TheFan.com / Spanish audio stream on ColumbusCrewSC.com).