5.5.21 - CCL - recap

RECAP | Crew's Concacaf Champions League journey comes to an end following Leg Two loss at CF Monterrey

Columbus Crew SC was bounced from the 2021 Concacaf Champions League on Wednesday evening, dropping its second leg matchup 3-0 at CF Monterrey to lose the quarterfinal series 5-2 on aggregate.

The Liga MX side took a 1-0 lead in the 3rd minute when forward Vincent Janssen fired a cross from the left. Columbus goalkeeper Eloy Room couldn’t control it, and forward Maximiliano Meza tapped home the rebound to start Monterrey's run after they took a 2-2 Leg One draw back to Estadio BBVA Bancomer.

Meza then doubled Monterrey’s lead in the 26th minute, collecting a squared ball after Janssen managed to win a duel vs. Columbus center back Josh Williams. The Argentine forward beat Room with a one-timed finish and sent Crew SC into halftime down 2-0.

Longtime Mexico national team defender Miguel Layun put the game out of reach in the 71st minute, drilling home a free-kick to the top corner. The right back stepped up from 25 yards out and left Room with no chance, giving Rayados a 3-0 lead.

Columbus recorded six shots on the day and had a couple of early looks through forward Gyasi Zardes. But the Club's offense otherwise struggled to reach another gear with playmaker Lucas Zelarayan suspended due to yellow-card accumulation and Zardes still recovering from a shoulder injury.

The Crew returns to regular-season play on Saturday, May 8, when the Black & Gold host D.C. United at Historic Crew Stadium for a 1:30 p.m ET kickoff (Bally Sports Ohio, 97.1 FM The Fan).

*Note: This editorial was provided by MLSsoccer.com and edited by ColumbusCrewSC.com
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