One year later: The shot heard round the world


In a season filled with uncertainty and despair regarding the future of Columbus Crew SC, a fixture against Orlando City in July 2018 set the tone for the fight to come.

It's the game that many fans saw as a beacon of hope in the Save The Crew movement. Homegrown player and Gahanna, Ohio, native Wil Trapp drilled a shot past then-Orlando City goalkeeper Joe Bendik to send Crew SC home with a walk-off 3-2 win.

It seemed as Trapp was being chased down by his teammates to celebrate the moment, the Crew SC captain extended his hands in an effort to embrace the warmth and jubilation from the crowd and say "this is your moment too."

Almost a year later the team remains in its rightful place in Columbus, Ohio. The Black & Gold are led by new owners, front office staff, and coaches. A new stadium is on the horizon, bringing the promise of a better future.

Take a moment to reflect on the battle that ensued with previous ownership. If I told you that we would be able to sit back a year later, reflect on this magical moment and smile, would you believe me?

I know I wouldn't.


    ©2020 by Ralph Schudel

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