The Columbus Crew broke a two-game losing streak and a four-game winnless run with a 3-1 win against New York City FC at MAPFRE Stadium on Sunday night. An energetic first half saw the Crew take a 1-0 lead thanks to Artur’s first MLS regular season goal. Pedro Santos extended the lead early in the second half, but the Black & Gold lost momentum after NYCFC got a goal back.
The Crew spent most of the second half defending, but a win was secured on Gyasi Zardes scored after a rebound from a failed penalty kick attempt. Fans were relieved to see the winless streak broken and excited to see some fight from their club.
The match in one tweet:
#crew96 not losing right now wow pic.twitter.com/CM4SO06yWr— :N: (@fEdScT) October 18, 2020
Fans were a little worried before the game, but seemed optimistic that the Crew could emerge with a win.
#browns didn't get it done but maybe #Crew96 can! #GloryToColumbus— x-CBJ Mini Foam Finger (@PierreCBJMFF) October 18, 2020
I would like to apologize to the #Crew96 fan base for not properly upping the lads at my house the past couple games. No jerseys or scarfs have been worn, ergo why the poor run of form. But that will be changed for tonight’s game. So if they lose, we riot.— Gage Magoto (@GMPunk) October 18, 2020
Let's get out of this slump!#Crew96 pic.twitter.com/FskwNFlG5z— Anthony Karcher (@TonyKarcher) October 18, 2020
#Crew96 these cute as anything puppies want a win...for the love of the holy one in the skies pic.twitter.com/pXLhAl7oPj— CoachFinn (@NationBlackJack) October 18, 2020
The game got off to a much better start than the last couple matches, as Columbus looked much more energetic and ready to play. There was also a lot of praise for rookie midfielder Aidan Morris, who had maybe his best game for the Crew so far. Hopefully soon Black & Gold fans will learn how to spell Morris’ name.
Five minutes in and this is shaping up to be a good game. #crew96— Devin Cathcart (@ClevelandGooner) October 18, 2020
Really hope #Crew96 keep up this pace- they’ve already looked better in 15 minutes than they were for the entirety of last week’s match. Morris has been impressive as of late.— Alfred J. Sparky (@AlfredJSparky) October 18, 2020
Aiden Morris is an absolute unit in the middle of the field. What a lad. #crew96— Zack (@Xacqeree) October 18, 2020
After a lot of close chances, the Crew finally broke the deadlock in the 26th minute, when Artur collected the ball from Gyasi Zardes after it rebounded off an NYCFC player to score his first regular season goal for the Black & Gold. Notably, Artur’s only other goal for Columbus came against New York City as well in the 2017 MLS Cup playoffs. Fans thought it was a well deserved goal for the work he has put in.
Artur is the most deserving goal scorer on the team. Dude works so hard. #crew96— Dave Sterling (@dimoko) October 18, 2020
Artur doesn’t like Pigeons #Crew96— Cody (@iHyalt) October 18, 2020
Artur! #Crew96 pic.twitter.com/bWrDZmqWLE— Darin (@settingthetable) October 18, 2020
While New York City gained momentum at the end of the first half, Columbus came out strong to start the second, with Santos scoring one of his trademark golazos in the 50th minute.
Pedro Santos is sexy. #Crew96— Big Cheese (@BornToBeScouse) October 18, 2020
*Sanch with the manly ~GOLAZO~#Crew96— @SovietShooter (@SovietShooter) October 18, 2020
SANCH-SATIONAL! #CLBNYC yes @neilsika— GCGBAG (@gcgbag96) October 18, 2020
Since it’s 2020 though, Columbus couldn’t escape the match without adding more players to the injury list. Santos had to be subbed off in the 65th minute after going down injured and Artur had to finish out the game with a knock after being taken down in bad tackle. Fans were of course frustrated, but wished the players a speedy recovery.
Could we just like stop getting injuries? #Crew96— Luke Johnston (@LukeShigeo) October 18, 2020
PLEASE BE OK *SANCH pic.twitter.com/XJpWib2BQN— Morgan Hughes (@Morgan_Hughes) October 18, 2020
Please don’t let Artur be hurt. Sigh. Done with #crew96 players getting hurt.— Hilary (@hils4crew) October 18, 2020
@arturl33 is injured and still winning 1 v 1 challenges in front of defense what a rock hope his knock isn’t major #ColumbusCrew #Crew96 #CrewNation #GlorytoColumbus— GloryToColumbus96 (@GloryToCBus96) October 19, 2020
Most of the second half saw the team defending its lead, as NYCFC scored and subbed on new attacking players. Fans were quite nervous that the Crew might blow the game, but the Black & Gold kept up the hustle, leading to the penalty kick call as Artur was tackled in the box. Zardes stepped up to take it, missing at first, but scoring on the rebound to secure a 3-1 win.
Artur and Gyasi man, you gotta love them. #crew96— Big Cheese (@BornToBeScouse) October 18, 2020
ZARDES WITH THE COUP DE GRACE #Crew96— Zombii (@imazombii) October 19, 2020
#Crew96 That's three. Zardes still found a way to make it difficult, but it counts. pic.twitter.com/PmVuOi1gZc— Keith Collette ↙️↙️↙️ (@kcbus96) October 19, 2020
I have to believe there's absolutely no time being spent on penalties during practice. #Crew96— Vote (@buckeyedinapoli) October 19, 2020
With a return to winning ways, fans were excited to see some heart and energy from their team, despite the increasing number of injuries. There were also some Most Valuable Player shouts for Santos and a request that the league keep the 6 p.m. ET kickoff times.
Alexa, play Africa by Toto...#Crew96— Ryan Sullivan (@DJGexGaming) October 19, 2020
Back on the tracks. #Crew96 pic.twitter.com/NuqOAQoDhb— John Clem (@JohnRClem) October 19, 2020
#CLBvNYC #GLORYTOCOLUMBUS!!! #3Pts #PlayAfrica ⚽️⚽️⚽️ pic.twitter.com/QUd1jVgfU3— Jared Contraguerro #BLACKLIVESMATTER (@SteelJacket729) October 19, 2020
.@Pedro32santos for MVP. Change my mind. #Crew96 https://t.co/zk8xQO4oiF— Gage Magoto (@GMPunk) October 19, 2020
Dear #MLS,— Andrew Johnson (@RatcalledAJ) October 19, 2020
I really like 6pm Sunday Night #Crew96 games because I can eat a relaxing dinner, watch the game, and then get a good night sleep afterwards.
Let's do this again.
Good talk. pic.twitter.com/rLdUd2qZA8
With that, I leave you with this tremendous image.
*SANCH pic.twitter.com/ysp26YOcpN— Morgan Hughes (@Morgan_Hughes) October 18, 2020