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Crew fall short in Hell is Real match-up vs FC Cincinnati

Updated: Sep 28, 2023

In a thrilling soccer match that had fans on the edge of their seats, the Columbus Crew faced a devastating loss against their bitter rivals, FC Cincinnati, with a final score of 3-2. The high-stakes encounter showcased the intense rivalry between the two Ohio-based Major League Soccer (MLS) teams, leaving fans and players alike reeling from the emotional rollercoaster of the game.

From the opening whistle, both teams showed great determination, attacking relentlessly and showcasing their offensive prowess. FC Cincinnati struck first, with a beautifully executed goal from their star midfielder, Lucho Acosta, just 17 minutes into the game. Dominique Badji took the ball to the endline and squared a pass to the center of the penalty area, where Acosta was able to hammer the ball past Patrick Schulte.

FC Cincinnati quickly responded with another, this time from the penalty spot. Acosta was able to get around Philip Quinton, who in turn took down the speedy midfielder inside of the penalty box. Acosta converted the ensuing spot kick, doubling the Cincy lead.

The momentum shifted back and forth throughout the match, with both teams exchanging blows. In the 40th minute, the Crew would pull a goal back of their own after Cucho Hernandez squared a ball into the box that found the foot of Lucas Zelarayan, putting the ball into the back of the net to make the score 2-1.

The Columbus Crew fought valiantly to regain control of the match. Their relentless efforts finally paid off in the 52nd minute when Malte Amundse, the new guy on the block, scored an impressive goal, drawing the teams level at 2-2. The thousand-plus away fans erupted with joy, hoping for a late surge that would secure victory for their beloved team.

However, FC Cincinnati had other plans. Just as the game seemed destined for a draw, they capitalized on a defensive error by the Crew and scored the winning goal in the 67th minute. Schulte, who is the main man when Columbus play out from the back, had his pocket picked by Acosta. Junior Moreno would receive the ball from Brandon Vazquez just inside the 18-yard box and capitalized on the empty net, sealing all three points for the Orange & Blue.


The Columbus Crew’s heartbreaking 3-2 defeat against FC Cincinnati was a testament to the intensity and unpredictability of soccer rivalries. Despite a strong start and a valiant comeback effort, the Crew fell short in the dying moments of the game. The loss will undoubtedly sting for both the players and their passionate supporters.

The rivalry between the Columbus Crew and FC Cincinnati has always been heated, and this game added another chapter to their storied history. While the loss is disappointing for the Crew, it provides an opportunity for reflection and improvement as they aim to bounce back stronger in future matches.

Credit must be given to FC Cincinnati, who showed resilience and capitalized on the chances they created. Their victory will serve as a morale boost for the team and its fans, giving them bragging rights until the next encounter.

As the season progresses, both teams will have ample opportunities to prove themselves on the pitch. The Columbus Crew will undoubtedly learn from their mistakes and come back stronger, while FC Cincinnati will strive to build on their recent success. The rivalry between these two teams will continue to fuel the fire of Ohio soccer and keep fans eagerly anticipating the next showdown.

The Columbus Crew are back in action Wednesday, as they are in the Round of 16 in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup against USL Championship side Pittsburgh Riverhounds.

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