Justice has been served.
Today Columbus Crew SC announced that midfielder Ethan Finlay and defender Waylon Francis were added to the 22-man gameday roster for the 2015 AT&T MLS All-Star Game.
"We are proud of them," sporting director and head coach Gregg Berhalter told ColumbusCrewSC.com "Ethan is a guy in particular that we felt should have been there in the beginning, but for him it is great recognition. For Waylon, I think his play sets the standard for left backs in this league, being very offensively and defensively capable as well."
Earlier this month, the fan voting for the game, along with commissioner Don Garber's picks were announced, and no Crew SC player made the cut.
A week later, All-Star head coach Pablo Mastroeni named the remaining players, which included Columbus' striker Kei Kamara, who leads Major League Soccer in goals scored.
Finlay, who is the league leader in assists with 12, and Francis, who leads the league in assists by a defender with six, were both added on Tuesday as replacement players.
"It's an incredible honor, it is extremely humbling," Finlay said. "It is great after a great start of the first part of our campaign to be rewarded, as well as two other guys to be rewarded, I think it is a true testament to what we are doing here in Columbus."
This is the first All-Star selection for either player and the 20th and 21st all-time for the Black & Gold.
The inclusion of Finlay and Francis along with Kamara marks the first time since 2008 Crew SC has had three All Stars and the first time since 2004 the club has had three members on the active roster.
The league announced five replacement players for the All-Star roster on Tuesday. Colorado Rapids midfielder Sam Cronin and LA Galaxy duo Juninho and Gyasi Zardes, along with Finlay and Francis, will replace the Galaxy's Robbie Keane and Steven Gerrard, Toronto FC captain Michael Bradley, and New England Revolution defender Chris Tierney.
This will give the Black & Gold five participants in the 2015 MLS All-Star festivities, as Homegrown players Matt Lampson and Ben Swanson will compete in the Homegrown Game Tuesday night.
"I think it is big, Berhalter said when asked about five players representing Crew SC. "I think it shows the progress that we have made as a club and the talent that we have here. The guys have worked very hard to put themselves in this position, so for me and for the rest of the group, it is great recognition and we are certainly proud of it."
The All-Stars face Tottenham Hotspur Wednesday night at 9:00 p.m. ET at Dick's Sporting Goods Park.