COLUMBUS -- The expanson Atlanta United got a pair of goals from Hector Villalba to throttle the homestanding Crew SC, 2-0 Saturday night in front of the biggest crowd at Mapfre Stadium in almost two years.
20,391 watched as the Crew SC failed to follow up on a rousing win over Montreal just a week ago sparked by Kekuta Manneh who had a goal and assist in the second half surge.
"Let's not sugar coat this," Crew SC Sporting Director and Head Coach Gregg Berhalter told reporters following the loss. "It wasn't our best performance and on a night with a great crowd and great opponent and this is where you go out and show yourself as a group...we are disappointed." Berhalter said his team has given up too many goals this season as a group.
Columbus Crew SC is at Minnesota United on the 4th of July.