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.
There is soccer in Columbus, tonight.— Eddie Johnson (@JEddieJohnson) August 20, 2020
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.
ETIEEEEEEENE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WELCOME ABOARD!!!!!!!! #Crew96— Rich Uncle Skeleton (@lavatwin) August 20, 2020
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.
OMG NAGBE BRO THAT BALL HAS A FAMILY. LAWD. #Crew96— Alfred J. Sparky (@AlfredJSparky) August 21, 2020
There is not enough piped in crowd noise in the world for Darlington Nagbe right now. #Crew96— Just Joey (@buckeyedinapoli) August 21, 2020
Zardes went on to make up for his penalty miss, scoring in the 88th minute as the Crew expertly broke down Chicago’s backline.
Buenas noches. Way to get it back Gyasi. #crew96— Gringa con Gatos y Máscaras y #BLM (@gringacongatos) August 21, 2020
Little collabo between Darlington Nagbe and Gyasi Zardes on two late #Crew96 goals. Domination!— John Bava III (@LWOSJohnBava) August 21, 2020
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.
#Crew96 are so good. I don't care what kind of asterisk they try to put next to it, I'm going to love that supporters shield just as much when Columbus win it!— John Clem (@JohnRClem) August 21, 2020
Remember a year ago when it felt like every #Crew96 game there were points lost through late defensive collapses?— Matt Bernhardt (@bernhardtsoccer) August 21, 2020
Tonight #Crew96 played without their midfield virtuoso and starting goalie, their star striker sent a PK over the bar, and not a single fan was there to cheer them on, and they STILL won 3-0.— Chris DeVille (@chrisdeville) August 21, 2020
I leave you with this promise from one Crew fan.