Columbus Crew SC will be riding the emotion of a dramatic knockout round victory against Atlanta United and the passion of their fans when they play New York City FC on Tuesday in the first leg of Eastern Conference semifinals.
Few expected the fifth-seed Crew to go down to Georgia and beat fourth-seeded Atlanta, especially in front of an MLS-playoff record crowd of more than 67,000 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Thursday.
But eight saves by rookie goalkeeper Zack Steffen through 120 scoreless minutes and two more stops in the penalty-kick phase enabled reserve forward Adam Jahn to clinch the upset.
"It gives us motivation. We're the underdogs," Steffen said. >> Read more
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