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Photos: Columbus Crew SC vs Orlando City SC

Matt Ellis Matt Ellis Photos: Columbus Crew SC vs Orlando City SCPhotos by Matt Ellis.
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A last minute rocket from club captain and local hero Wil Trapp ignited MAPFRE Stadium and gave Columbus Crew SC all three points after a dramatic comeback on Saturday night against Orlando City SC.

An untimely thunderstorm gave the game a 41-minute delay, which seemed to help the away team. Orlando started the game brighter as Yoshi Yotún came close within the first few minutes.

Orlando took the lead through Sacha Kljestan early. The Crew SC looked to be missing play-maker Federico Higuaín, struggling to get any shots on-goal in the first half despite the constant pushes down both wings.

Crew SC equalized early in the second half through Gyasi Zardes, although it wasn’t long after that when Orlando again took the lead, thanks to Stefano Pinho.

The Crew were tossed a huge lifeline late into the game, when referee Silviu Petrescu pointed to the spot after what looked to be a fairly innocuous challenge on Crew SC’s newly signed Patrick Mullins.

Zardes made no mistake from the resulting penalty.

With time ticking away and Orlando looking shell-shocked, Trapp picked up the ball way outside the Orlando box. The Crew captain took a quick look at the goal before firing off a shot he’s unlikely to ever replicate. It arrowed into the top corner of a desperately diving Joe Bendik’s goal.

It was goal of the week, for sure. But, more importantly, it was a huge three points for a team coming off of a rough couple of road defeats.

Matt Ellis is a freelance photographer who covers bands that visit the city and the Columbus Crew MLS team. More about Matt can be found at Matt Ellis Photography.


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