You were looking for fireworks on the Fourth of July? All you had to do was come to MAPFRE Stadium and watch Columbus Crew SC defeat the New York Red Bulls 2-1 for the team's second consecutive home victory.
It took a while for the Black & Gold to get going, but maybe the side was waiting for the sun to set before the inevitable explosion. After all, what good are fireworks in the daylight?
Eight minutes into the match and the Red Bulls found themselves on the board thanks to 18-year old forward Anatole Abang.
The striker went one-on-one with Crew SC center back Emanuel Pogatetz, dragging him wide of the penalty area before firing a low shot. The effort beat goalkeeper Steve Clark to the far post for the 1-0 advantage.
A story this year has been Columbus' inability to come from behind to earn victories. The team got it's first comeback win two weeks ago at home, but didn't look too positive after conceding early.
New York dominated early possession, creating multiple chances while the Black & Gold slowly started to wake up and work its way into the match.
Crew SC began to pile up corner kicks and midfielder Justin Meram played catalyst on the left side of the attack.
It was forward Kei Kamara, who leads Major League Soccer in goal, who would ultimately facilitate for Columbus.
In the 33rd minute, Kamara had a flick on header that went right into the path of winger Ethan Finlay. MLS' assist leader collected the ball calmly and curled it around Red Bulls goalkeeper Luis Robles to pull the score level before the halftime break.
After the intermission, the Black & Gold came out seeking a go-ahead finish.
Columbus piled on the pressure as New York's legs began to tired, racking up a season-high 15 corner kicks.
In the 74th minute, the pressure finally paid off and it was again Kamara setting up Finlay.
After second half substitute Kristinn Steindorsson won the ball in the middle of the field, Federico Higuain found a floating Kamra at the back post. His header across goal left it perfectly for Finlay, who beat the defender and tapped home the winner.
Crew SC continued to look for more goals and Kamara almost added to his season total in the 83rd, but Robles came up big with a diving save.
Less than a minute later on the opposite end of the field, Clark denied last year's leading goal scorer, Bradley Wright-Phillips from pulling the game level with a diving save of his own.
After four minutes of stoppage, and the return of midfielder Wil Trapp from concussion issues, referee Juan Guzman blew his whistle for full time, giving Columbus the full three points on Independence Day.