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Inability to Convert Chances Costs Crew in Reserve League Tilt

June 16, 2013 - Major League Soccer (MLS) - Columbus Crew SC News Release

Black & Gold goalkeeper Matt Lampson hailed his side's "fantastic performance" but cited a need to capitalize on scoring chances in order to pick up results. Despite creating the majority of the chances, the Crew reserve team fell to Montreal 1-0 at the Obetz Training Facility on Sunday. Said Lampson, "I think we controlled pretty much the entire game. They had maybe one good chance in the first half and even a half chance in the second that they put away. It was a fluke goal. But I thought we played much better."

Columbus forced the Impact's goalkeeper, Evan Bush, to make a number of saves in the first half to keep the game 0-0. Bush's most important save, however, came when he stopped Tony Tchani's penalty in the 81st minute following a foul on Justin Meram in the box. Montreal then scored in the 87th minute when Mircea Ilcu got behind the defense following a long ball from the back.

Following the 4-4 draw against the Dayton Dutch Lions on June 8, Lampson credited the defensive effort of the team but emphasized the need to take the chances they created.

"I thought our spacing was much better, especially in the first half, in this game. And we stayed very compact and didn't get picked apart like at times in the Dayton match. I thought overall the performance was fantastic we just have to put the ball in the back of the net. That's the bottom line."

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