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Fan reactions: Crew vs. Chicago Fire

Everyone was happy after the Black & Gold’s latest big win.

MLS: Chicago Fire at Columbus Crew SC Greg Bartram-USA TODAY Sports

The MLS regular season is back underway and Columbus Crew SC earned the team’s league-leading fifth win of the campaign on Thursday night at MAPFRE Stadium, downing the Chicago Fire 3-0. The Crew started and finished strong, with goals coming from Derrick Etienne Jr., Darlington Nagbe and Gyasi Zardes. While fans weren’t present for the game at MAPFRE Stadium, many still watched from home and celebrating the Black & Gold’s victory.

As always, fans were excited to get back to watching their favorite club.

Of course, many regular attenders found it strange to not be at MAPFRE Stadium for a hoome game.

In the 20th minute, Crew winger Derrick Etienne connected with a cross from left back Milton Valenzuela to score his first goal for the club and give Columbus a 1-0 lead. This brought joy to Crew Nation.

Late in first half stoppage time, the Crew were awarded a penalty kick after Luis Diaz was taken down in the box. Gyasi Zardes stepped up to take the penalty, but skied it, keeping the score at 1-0 going into halftime.

This did not elicit the same reaction from Black & Gold fans.

The second half was mostly uneventful until the 81st minute, when midfielder Darlington Nagbe showed how truly special he is, scoring from outside of the penalty box off of his own flick of the ball. You really have to see it to believe it.

Zardes went on to make up for his penalty miss, scoring in the 88th minute as the Crew expertly broke down Chicago’s backline.

With this win over the Fire, Columbus has won five of its first six games, the best start since the 2008 season. The Crew secured three points and remain top of the table in both the Eastern Conference and the Supporters’ Shield standings. Fans are understandably quite happy with the state of the club to star this strange 2020 MLS season.

I leave you with this promise from one Crew fan.