MLS Qualifiers: Columbus Crew qualifies for the semi-finals by defeating Atlanta | Columbus Crew

Columbus scored three targets within the first 33 minutes to advance to the Japanese Convention semifinals with a 4-2 win over Atlanta United on Sunday evening. The collection was tied 1-1 earlier than the rubber match, with the Crews successful video games one and three.

Columbus prolonged its unbeaten streak at house in all competitions to 17 video games, however third-seeded Crewe will battle its method to a semi-final conflict with No. 2 seed Orlando Metropolis on November 25. Prime-seeded FC Cincinnati will host fourth-seeded Philadelphia Union within the different semifinal, which can even happen on November 25.

Columbus hit the bottom operating in opposition to Atlanta, taking the lead within the ninth minute on an unassisted objective from Darlington Nagbe. It was Nagbe’s third profession post-season objective and his second with the Crew.

Defender Malte Amundsen took a 2-0 lead after eight minutes, utilizing an help from Aidan Morris to attain his first profession objective within the qualifiers. Alexandru Mitan made it 3-0 within the thirty third minute together with his first post-season objective of his profession. Diego Rossi and Cucho Hernandez scored assists.

Assists from Brooks Lennon and Thiago Almada helped Giorgos Giakoumakis rating within the thirty fifth minute, with Atalanta trailing 3-1 at halftime. Giakoumakis scored two targets in his debut season. Giakoumakis beat out Lionel Messi to be named MLS Newcomer of the Yr for 2023. He additionally grew to become the primary participant in membership historical past to contribute three targets in a playoff recreation in a 4-2 win over Atalanta within the second recreation.

Rossi scored on an help from Mann two minutes into the second interval to attain his first post-season objective with the Crew and provides the workforce a commanding 4-1 lead. Rossi, in his first season with Columbus, scored one objective within the playoffs throughout his two seasons with FC Los Angeles.

Xande Silva responded three minutes later for Atlanta United to finish the scoring. Lennon and Ajani Fortune assisted on Silva’s second objective of his debut season.

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Patrick Schulte completed with two saves for the Crews. Schulte saved a clear sheet within the Crews’ 2-0 win within the opening match. Brad Guzan made 4 saves for Atlanta United.

“We began from scratch as a result of it was a 3rd recreation,” Columbus coach Wilfred Nancy mentioned after the match. “I actually loved the week we had. We had been capable of finding methods, with the teaching workers and the gamers, to discover a steadiness between, ‘Okay, we misplaced the sport.’ However on the identical time, we transfer ahead as a result of we all know what we are able to do.”

Columbus improved to twenty wins, one draw and eight defeats of their final 29 house matches in all competitions. The Crew has received seven straight house victories within the playoffs. The Crew haven’t misplaced a playoff recreation at house for the reason that 2015 MLS Cup Closing to the Portland Timbers.

Atlanta United have received simply 4 of their final 36 matches on the street in all competitions. Atlanta United had been eradicated in all three earlier postseason video games on the street.

With the brand new best-of-three first-round format, the inaugural postseason ended 22 days after the top of the common season.

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