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Fan reactions: Crew vs. Minnesota United

Black & Gold supporters react to the team’s loss in the knockout rounds of MLS is Back.

Columbus Crew SC v Minnesota United FC: Knockout Round - MLS Is Back Tournament Photo by Emilee Chinn/Getty Images

It certainly was not Columbus Crew SC’s night on Wednesday. The Black & Gold lost 5-3 on penalty kicks to Minnesota United after a 1-1 draw in regulation and were eliminated from the MLS is Back Tournament.

The Crew fell behind early thanks to poor defending on a corner kick and took until the second half to find the groove fans became accustomed to in this tournament. Even then, Columbus was not able to find that extra gear and only got a goal thanks to a penalty kick chance after a silly foul by Minnesota in the 18-yard box. And even that was initially missed by Gyasi Zardes.

This sums up the game pretty nicely:

Spirits were high before the game, as fans hoped to see another good performance from their team.

Columbus finally conceded its first goal of the tournament in the 18th minute when Minnesota midfielder Robin Lod connected with the ball off a failed corner clearance. With the Crew trailing for the first time all season, fans were interested to see how the team would respond to this adversity.

Despite dominating possession, the Crew looked off most of the night and fans kept hoping the Black & Gold could get back into the game.

Columbus received a lifeline in the 79th minute when Crew winger Derrick Ettiene Jr. was fouled in the penalty box. Zardes’ penalty was initially saved my Minnesota goalkeeper Tyler Miller, but the forward converted on the rebound.

This gave supporters renewed hope at a win and advancement.

With things all square at full time, the match went straight to penalty kicks to decide the winner. Fans were understandably nervous and disappointed with the result, especially considering the absence of starting goalkeeper, Eloy Room.

With the Crew eliminated from the MLS is Back Tournament, fans are ready to move on, with many hoping they will be able to see their club play again soon. MLS is expected to announce a plan for a continued regular season in the coming days.

Anyway, here’s some Crew dogs to cheer everyone up.