3-Nil Nearly Became the Worst Lead for Crew SC
A 3-2 road win against the New York Red Bulls—all goals for Columbus occurred in the first 31 minutes of the game—earned Columbus Crew SC three-points in its third road win of the 2018 campaign.
The scoring started in the 7th minute when 6’2” center back #4 Jonathan Mensah unexpectedly scored with his right foot from around the penalty spot courtesy of a helpful, assisting header from newcomer #32 Patrick Mullins that originated from a #9 Pedro Santos free kick along the left sideline.
Columbus doubled the lead less than 20-minutes later when #32 Patrick Mullins scored off of a veritable breakaway via a beautiful-through ball from inside the center circle by #25 Harrison Afful.
While holding the worst lead in soccer—2-nil—an own by the Red Bulls’s #27 Sean Davis in the 31st minute and an own goal by the Crew’s #4 Jonathan Mensah in the 50th minute brought the game to 3-1 Columbus. #77 Daniel Royer of the Red Bulls tallied his team’s second goal of the match in the 69th minute, but the Crew held on for a critical 3-2 road win.
Columbus Crew SC (36 points) have a week off before returning home to play the Houston Dynamo (27 points) at MAPFRE Stadium on August 11 at 7:30 p.m.
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