Columbus Crew SC (5-9-1, 16 points) were defeated by Colorado Rapids (2-8-2, 8 points) after climbing back from two one-goal deficits. Rapids were able to capitalize with an 89th-minute goal to claim a 3-2 victory on Saturday at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park.

Lineups

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Photo Courtesy of Colorado Rapids

Match Recap

First Half

Photo Courtesy of Colorado Rapids/ Bart Young

Tommy Smith scored the first goal of the game in the 23’ as he headed the ball down to the near post, this was fed from a Jack Price corner, Colorado would lead 1-0.

Pedro Santos quickly answered in the 28’ with a strike to the far post, the score would be tied at 1-1.

The half would end with a Jonathan Lewis 45+7’ goal with a strike that was deflected to the near post, Colorado would gain a 2-1 lead.

Second Half

Photo Courtesy of Colorado Rapids/ Bart Young

Columbus would score a 54’ goal as Gyasi Zardes was able to redirect a ball coming in from Federico Higuain, the game would be tied at 2-2.

Nicolas Mezquida came through in the 89’ with a loose ball that he finished off into the top-left corner, Colorado took a 3-2 lead.

FINAL: Colorado Rapids 3-2 Columbus Crew SC

 

“I think it’s another game where there were good things in the match. I thought, you know, the two things that come to mind was we came from behind twice and then we scored two goals. So, I thought we were better in our chance creation, which is what we want to do, but I also thought it was another game where it wasn’t good enough. So, there were good things, but not good enough in the end.”         — Columbus Crew SC Head Coach Caleb Porter

Standings

With this loss Columbus Crew SC find themselves in a tight battle in the Eastern Conference, currently in 9th place with 16 points. Toronto FC and Chicago Fire are ahead by just a point, and Orlando City SC are just behind with 15 points.

Colorado Rapids are currently seeded in last place of the Western Conference with 8 points, Portland Timbers and Sporting Kansas City are the next closest in points with 14.

Columbus Crew SC will travel back home against New York City FC on Saturday, June 1 at 7:30PM ET.

Colorado Rapids with travel to Philadelphia Union tomorrow 5:30 PM MT.