After they beat Atlanta United in the knockout round, it was always going to be an emotional night when Columbus Crew SC hosted a playoff game, given the reports the Crew could be headed to Austin after next year. Emotional it was, and the Crew used that to throttle NYCFC 4-1. Ola Kamara scored off a rebound early in the game, and the Crew never looked back. They were aided by Alexander Callens who was sent off for elbowing Justin Meram early in the second half. David Villa grabbed a goal in the 78th minute, and at 3-1 the game was not a good result for NYCFC, they could take some solace headed back home. However, Harrison Afful scored a great individual goal in stoppage time, and now NYCFC truly have a mountain to climb in the second leg.
Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich advanced from their Champions League groups with wins on Tuesday, as Bayern beat Celtic 2-1, and PSG smashed Anderlecht 5-0. Layvin Kurzawa scored a hat trick for the Paris side, and with their victory over Bayern Munich earlier, they are in pole position to win the group. Chelsea suffered a bad loss 3-0 at Roma, as their early season woes continue. This was a huge win for Roma who vaulted to the top of the group. Also encouraging for the Rome side is the fact that Atletico Madrid drew 1-1 with Qarabag, the other team in the group. Also on the day Manchester United defeated Benfica 2-0, and Juventus tied Sporting Lisbon 1-1.
Lost in the shock of the Crew possibly leaving Columbus is the fact that MLS already has two teams in Texas, FC Dallas and the Houston Dynamo, and also a USL team in San Antonio with ambitions to join MLS. San Antonio is not happy this potential Austin move, and a county judge sent MLS commissioner Don Garber a letter asking him to clarify the timeline of Anthony Precourt’s pursuit of a move to Austin. San Antonio feels misled, because they said they would only pursue a bid if there was a “clear path” to MLS for San Antonio, without the possibility of a bid from Austin as well. It’s not clear if MLS misled the San Antonio group, but this is one problem of MLS expansion plan, by trying to keep as many teams as possible involved in the bidding process for as long as possible, you risk having to promise everything to everyone involved just to keep people involved and hoping for an expansion bid.
From a Mike Petke rant themed costume, to a Cascadia trio, to the Dwyers, America’s favorite soccer family, people in and around MLS seemed to enjoy Halloween this year. Hope all your readers enjoyed the holiday as well!
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