Spirits are high among the Columbus Crew SC faithful after the Crew knocked off a tough New York City FC side in front of a rowdy crowd at MAPFRE Stadium. After securing the team’s first three points of the season, many of the Black & Gold roster took to Twitter to express that the feeling was mutual.
Looking for a fresh start over a controversial run on and off the pitch with FC Cincinnati, Fanendo Adi took the pitch for the first time clad in black and gold on Sunday. His spirits seemed high coming off of his first win with his new club.
You never forget your first. While a win was huge for Columbus, Chris Cadden took to Twitter to celebrate his MLS debut.
First game and win of the season! Good work from the team and happy to play my first game for this club in front of our fans! Let's keep it going! pic.twitter.com/hguQme5gPT— Darlington Nagbe (@darlingtonnagbe) March 2, 2020
There's no place like home. Darlington Nagbe has been to the top of the mountain in Major League Soccer twice, winning MLS Cups with both the Portland Timbers and Atlanta United. However, he’s been vocal about longing to be reunited with Caleb Porter and play in his home state of Ohio. Sunday was the culmination of that dream, and it seems the city of Columbus and Nagbe are both equally enjoying his time in MAPFRE Stadium.
First game of the season first 3 points pic.twitter.com/HeeSNn10Zu— Pedro miguel santos (@Pedro32santos) March 2, 2020
Pedro Santos has become a staple of the Black & Gold over the past three years, and has seen playoff runs and playoff misses during his tenure in Columbus. Santos more than anyone understands the importance of securing all three points from a tough club like NYCFC.
Sometimes you don’t need to speak English to get all the likes on Twitter. Sometimes all you have to do is retweet a video of that banger of a goal that secured the win in the season opener.
Proud to have captained #Crew96 for our first game of the season. Felt even better that we got all three points. Thank you to our amazing fans (crew family) for the support. Together, let's make it a great season. #ShineForChrist #Crew96 pic.twitter.com/p3jgfuanu6— Jonathan Mensah (@Jomens25) March 2, 2020
Sunday was special for Crew fans. It represented the beginning of a new era for the Black & Gold. It’s special to lock down a win in the season opener, in the home opener, and it felt like an important step in washing away lingering fears the previous season left fans with.
But Sunday wasn’t as special to anybody as it was for Jonathan Mensah, who had the privilege of wearing the captain’s armband for the first time for Columbus Crew.
The new captain for the new era of soccer in Columbus, you could just feel how much it meant to the Ghana native who has called Ohio his home for the past three years.
Also, here’s some pictures of Eloy Room.