The Philadelphia Union pulled off a tremendous comeback on Saturday night, battling from 2-0 down to tie things up against the Columbus Crew at Crew Stadium, but a blown call helped the home team earn a crucial victory and hand the Union another heartbreaking result.
Milovan Mirosevic scored in the 87th minute on a goal to give the Crew a 3-2 victory that help stay within range of the Houston Dynamo for the fifth and final playoff spot in the East.
The Crew jumped out to a 2-0 lead on the strength of a pair of Jairo Arrieta goals, one late in the first half and the other early in the second half, but the Union found life in the 65th minute when Michael Lahoud found Antoine Hoppenot with a dangerous pass in the penalty area. Crew goalkeeper brought Hoppenot down in the area, giving the Union a penalty that Danny Cruz converted.
Jack McInerney came off the bench and tied things up in the 86th minute with a quality volley, and the Union looked like they might snatch a road point, but their celebration didn't last long. Just one minute later, Josh Williams found Milovan Mirosevic with a pass behind the Union defense and Mirosevic finished the chance to give Columbus the lead. Replays showed that Mirosevic was well offside on Williams' pass, but the assistant referee missed the call, giving Columbus a valuable victory.
Here are the match highlights:
What did you think of the match? Impressed with Jairo Arrieta's form since joining the Crew? Surprised to see the Union show life in the second half? Was the blown offside call at the end one of the worst blown calls of the season?
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