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I am now a converted Columbus Crew/MLS fan.
Part One of this week's two game homestand started badly but ended well. Real Salt Lake scored early with a 7th minute header. Then RSL held off the Crew until a penalty in the box on the 76th minute. Mendoza converted the PK to tie the game. Gardner won the game in the 82nd minute with a booming right-footed kick. The 2-1 victory moves Columbus up to third place in the Eastern Conference. A Sunday win against Chicago could move the Crew into second place over New York or into a first place tie with Philadelphia.
I am worried about any prospective fallout from the PK. It should have been Cunningham taking it, thereby tying him for all-time goals leader. It looked like Marshell and others were trying to tell him this too. Cunningham did say all the right things afterward and he will eventually get the overall lead, but drama like this can unravel a team.