Columbus Crew Survive Indy Eleven in Extra Time


In a match with plenty of drama, the Columbus Crew beat Indy Eleven 2-1 in extra time to advance in the US Open Cup despite playing with as few as nine men by the end of the match.

The Crew started the game fast, when Bernardo Anor headed home a Ben Speas corner kick in the fourth minute to give Columbus – the home team playing at the University of Akron’s FirstEnergy Stadium – an early lead. But Columbus were forced to play with 10 men for the majority of the match after Adam Bedell earned a straight red card in the 34th minute for a rash challenge.

Indy capitalized in the 63rd minute when Montreal Impact loanee Blake Smith beat Steve Clark to level the game for the visitors.

The Crew clung to the level score into extra time, when Daniel Paladini became the second Crew player sent off in the 110th minute thanks to a late elbow borne out of frustration.

But Indy could not capitalize on the advantage, and when Ethan Finlay was brought down in the box, the Crew earned a late penalty kick and substitute Jairo Arrieta capitalized in the 115th minute to hand Columbus a hard-earned win.

Pedro Heizer

The founder, editor and publisher of 90 Minutes Stong, Pedro is credentialed member of U.S. Soccer, Orlando City Soccer Club, Fort Lauderdale Strikers and others, as well as a member of the North American Soccer Reporters.

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