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Fan reactions: Crew vs. FC Cincinnati

There was plenty to celebrate for Black & Gold fans

MLS: Columbus Crew SC at FC Cincinnati Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Columbus Crew SC got off to a hot start in the MLS is Back Tournament in Orlando, Florida Friday night, thrashing FC Cincinnati 4-0 in a Hell is Real matchup that provided fans with plenty to be happy about. Despite the late kickoff — which was delayed further due to weather — Crew fans stayed up into the early hours of Sunday morning to cheer on their team.

It didn’t take too long for fans to receive a reward for staying up late. Creative midfielder Lucas Zelarayan scored an absolute golazo from a free kick in the 27th minute to give his team the early advantage.

The celebrations continued as forward Gyasi Zardes added his first goal three minutes later.

And there was plenty of praise for others on the roster, notably Luis Diaz, for their contributions.

With victory assured and the goals piling up, the trolling of Cincinnati began (although it had really been going on all day).

Even the Crew’s club account and the City of Columbus got in on the action.

It was a good night for Crew fans as the team returned to play and continued to assert its dominance in the Hell is Real rivalry. Fans now certainly can’t wait to see the club back in action against the New York Red Bulls on Thursday night, with a chance to take control of Group E.

And finally, a special shoutout to one of the newest Crew fans enjoying her first victory.