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Analysis: Columbus Crew 1 SJ Earthquakes 1

By Kyle Whitman




SANTA CLARA, CA - MARCH 03: Justin Morrow #15 of the San Jose Earthquakes battles for control of the ball with Alvaro Saborio #15 of Real Salt Lake during their MLS Soccer game at Buck Shaw Stadium on March 3, 2013 in Santa Clara, California
SANTA CLARA, CA - MARCH 03: Justin Morrow #15 of the San Jose Earthquakes battles for control of the ball with Alvaro Saborio #15 of Real Salt Lake during their MLS Soccer game at Buck Shaw Stadium on March 3, 2013 in Santa Clara, California

Both sides struggled to defend overlapping runs from opposition fullbacks down the channels. The Crew looked particularly vulnerable down San Jose’s left. Corrales would tuck inside from left midfield, forcing Josh Williams in field with him and leaving space for Morrow to bomb forward from left back.

Columbus’ wide midfielders didn’t do a good enough job tracking these forward runs from Harden and especially Morrow. San Jose’s equalizer came rather unsurprisingly when Josh Williams tracked a Corrales run into the middle of the pitch, allowing Morrow acres of space to overlap down the channel and take a hit at goal. The Crew right back was certainly guilty of drifting much further inside to follow Corrales than he needed to but Morrow’s run should have been tracked as well.