October 11, 2014
It's hard to imagine a bigger and more meaningful regular season game in any team's history.
Columbus Crew SC, then simply the Columbus Crew, played a road game against the Philadelphia Union with playoff implications. A win and the Black & Gold were back in the MLS postseason for the first time since 2011.
The chances of clinching became in serious doubt at the beginning of the second half. The Union opened up a 2-0 lead with goals by Amobi Okugo and Andrew Wenger.
With only 15 minutes remaining, Columbus pressured, attempting to get back in the match. The hope was to try and get a draw and live to clinch a playoff spot another day.
A comeback seemed unlikely. The team's best offensive player, Federico Higuain, was suspended for the match and the club had never made such a comeback before.
Yet Crew SC scored three goals in five minutes to complete a near impossible comeback and clinch the spot in the postseason that had eluded the team for too long.
Here is the Massive Report account of the furious comeback:
Although it was very recent, this was a huge moment for the franchise. It showed the guts the Black & Gold had under head coach Gregg Berhalter and was a great response after a 2-1 road loss to the New England Revolution the week before.
What this meant to Crew SC and how it fueled the team over the final stretch to climb up to a third place finish in the Eastern Conference is why this comes in at number 16 on the best moments in club history.