Columbus Crew boss believes his team is growing

TORONTO, ON - NOVEMBER 29: Chris Mavinga #23 of Toronto FC shoots the ball during the second half of the MLS Eastern Conference Finals, Leg 2 game against Columbus Crew SC at BMO Field on November 29, 2017 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - NOVEMBER 29: Chris Mavinga #23 of Toronto FC shoots the ball during the second half of the MLS Eastern Conference Finals, Leg 2 game against Columbus Crew SC at BMO Field on November 29, 2017 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)

The Major League Soccer (MLS) team is preparing for the start of the 2019 season in the first days of March.

The Columbus Crew was founded in 1994 in the Major League Soccer (MLS) competition.

The team has only won one MLS Cup in 2008, three Supporter’s Shield in 2004, 2008, and 2009.

And also they won the 2002 edition of the U.S. Open Cup.

But since 2009, they haven’t won anything of relevance, and the team is hungry for success.

At least this is the idea of head coach Caleb Porter.

“We had a good majority of guys who played 60 minutes, and I thought we showed an excellent mentality in responding twice to being down 1-0 and then 2-1,” Porter told the club’s official website following the 4-2 win over Los Angeles FC.

“I thought we were excellent in the attack, and that was something we’ve been looking for – that killer instinct, that ruthlessness in the attack.”

“And for us to score four goals in this game against a very good team on the road says a lot about that killer instinct and that progression from being a team that keeps the ball to a team that actually creates chances and scores goals out of the possession, and I thought we showed that purpose today,” he explained.

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“I thought we made good progress and steps forward.”

“Obviously, we are only 13 days in, but as the days go by and games go by, we have to be more and more ready for March 2 and it has to feel more and more real,” he said about opening day in the MLS.

“That was the goal today; to play against a very good team. We knew it would be a challenge on the road. We wanted to make it more real.”

“That’s the other thing, I thought, our team really showed some variety today,” Porter said.

“LAFC was looking to press us and at times we played into their hands. Three of the four goals came when we played balls behind them and I think we have to be willing to do that at times if that’s what the game calls for and if that’s where space is, and I thought our guys really showed good adjustment, tactically, in that regard.”

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