Disappointed in performance against TFC

Marshall: That's not good enough

Emilio Renteria

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If only the Columbus Crew showed as much intensity in their first
halves lately as they did in the locker room after a second straight
leaky and demoralizing defeat.

The Crew fell into a 2-0 deficit against Toronto FC en route to a 4-2
loss on Saturday, their first ever defeat at the hands of their
Canadian rivals. The match follows on the heels of an August 27 loss to
the Seattle Sounders at CenturyLink Field, a match in which they trailed
4-0 on the way to a 6-2 rout.

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“It’s disappointing – it’s embarrassing, to tell you the truth,”
captain Chad Marshall said. “To come back here after a week off against
the worst team in the league and give up four goals – that’s not good
enough.”

The Crew (11-9-7) have thrived on making comebacks this season. Prior
to Saturday’s loss, Columbus were 3-1-2 when trailing at the half. The
team has outscored opponents 26-19 in the second frame this season, but
has been outscored 15-7 during the first 45 minutes.

“I don’t know why we can’t come out and start the game the way we
play after we get scored on,” Marshall said. “I don’t understand. The
warm-ups are fine. We just need to come out with the right mentality.
That’s something that has to change. We just didn’t compete. They came
out with nothing to lose, really, and they took it to us.”

Nick Soolsma and Ryan Johnson gave TFC (5-12-12) the lead by the 42nd
minute. Tommy Heinemann cut the deficit to 2-1. Julian de Guzman
regained a two-goal edge, but Andrés Mendoza made it 3-2 in the 87th
minute before Danny Koevermans scored in the 92nd to end the scoring.

“We have to make sure we are more aggressive,” coach Robert Warzycha
said. “In the second half, we were a little more aggressive.”

It wasn’t enough to placate goalkeeper William Hesmer as the Crew are
now tied for first in the Eastern Conference with Sporting Kansas City.

“We thought the game was going to be easy,” he said. “We came out and
were very soft and they were hard and physical and took us out of the
game.

“Ten goals in two games honestly makes me sick,” Hesmer added. “It
makes me want to go to Obetz [training center] right now and train with
the team. It’s a lot of things right now. It’s not just our back four.
It’s not just our forwards. It’s all of us.”