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Game Grades: Crew SC vs. Orlando City

How did the players perform as the Black & Gold pulled out a last-minute result against the Lions?

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Columbus Crew SC had probably its most fantastic victory of the season as the Black & Gold came from behind twice to defeat Orlando City SC 3-2 with two late goals at MAPFRE Stadium. Captain Wil Trapp had one of his finest performances in the team’s uniform while forward Gyasi Zardes upped his goal-scoring numbers to 13.

See how each of Crew SC’s players performed in the game:

Zack Steffen (7) – The goalkeeper was very attentive as he responded well every time he had to leave his spot between the posts to intercept passes or catch crosses. He couldn’t avoid either of Orlando’s two goals and had three saves, none of them on really hard shots.

Harrison Afful (5) – The Ghanaian had a game of highs and lows. Afful was very active offensively, as usual, but he found little success with his crosses and even less with his shots. On the defensive end, he had some odd lapses, like when he left Sacha Kljestan free to score Orlando’s first goal and when he threw the ball in to Steffen while he was pressed by an opponent.

Jonathan Mensah (5) – The veteran intercepted some important passes around the penaly box but didn’t have the best of the nights inside it, allowing Kljestan and Stefano Pinho enough time and space to score. Also, he should have either tackled or fouled Yoshimar Yotun in the build up to Orlando’s second goal.

Josh Williams (5) – As with Jonathan, Williams had an inconsistent game, alternating good moves with bad positioning. On Orlando’s first goal, the ball bounce right in front of him and he couldn’t clear it.

Milton Valenzuela (4.5) – It was a subpar game for the Argentinean, who was surprisingly easily beaten by RJ Allen on Orlando’s first goal. He pushed offensively very frequently, but couldn’t connect most of his crosses.

Wil Trapp © (8.5) – The captain was arguably Crew SC’s best player in the field as he had a solid defensive presence, registering three tackles and two interceptions, and contributed more than usual offensively displaying great accuracy and timing on long passes, especially towards Afful on the right side. His game-winning goal was nothing short of amazing.

Artur (5) – It wasn’t the best game for the Brazilian, who brought his traditional intensity to the field, but was not as efficient when winning balls in the midfield. Artur was also caught slightly off position on both of Orlando’s goals.

Niko Hansen (6.5) – It was an odd night for the wingerm as he didn’t have much of the ball and couldn’t complete any relevant plays in the first half. He started the second half on fire, though, and his run that led to an assist on Zardes’ first goal that changed the game.

Luis Argudo (5.5) – The rookie had Federico Higuain’s big shoes to fill and, despite his hard work, he wasn’t able to provide the team’s offense the pace it needed. The effort was there, but a team should expect more from its main chance creator than one key pass and no shots in 67 minutes.

Pedro Santos (6.5) – The Portuguese winger had an off day as he made technical mistakes he normally doesn’t and an example of that was his terrible first touch on a cross from Afful that prevented him from finishing from a dangerous spot. He showed good spirit to keep fighting until the end and his team-high four tackles reflect that.

Gyasi Zardes (8) – It was one of those games when the striker wasn’t involved much but made the most of his opportunities, displaying good movement and a clinical touch to score his first goal and huge composure to convert another penalty kick in a big moment of the game. His versatility allowed the team to have good moments with Mullins up top in what could become a welcome option going forward.

Edward Opoku (6.5) – The rookie brought energy to the field in an important part of the game and had some dangerous runs from the right side. If he can sustain this level for longer stretches, he could put himself in the mix for playing time with the other wingers struggling to get production.

Patrick Mullins (7) – The team’s newest addition had a promising debut, showing good presence inside the penalty box and he had a great chance in a header that Joe Bendik saved. He also drew the penalty kick that resulted in the team’s second equalizer.

Mike Grella (6) – The veteran came in with just a few minutes to go and assisted Trapp for the game-winning goal.

Gregg Berhalter (6.5) – The team had rough moments against a tired and weaker opponent, but he managed to keep the energy level high, what didn’t happen in other occasions. His substitutions were also important for the turnaround.