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2019 Major League Soccer, Regular Season
  • Tommy Smith (23')
  • Jonathan Lewis (45'+7')
  • Nicolás Mezquida (89')
  • Pedro Santos (28')
  • Gyasi Zardes (54')

Colorado beats Columbus late in 5-goal thriller

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Rapids leave it late in 5 goal thriller vs. Crew (2:02)

Nicolas Mezquida's tidy finish late on handed Colorado Rapids a hard fought 3-2 win over Columbus Crew SC. (2:02)

Nicolas Mezquida delivered the winner in the 89th minute when the Colorado Rapids defeated the Columbus Crew 3-2 at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colo., on Saturday.

The Rapids (2-9-2) have won two straight following an eight-game losing streak.

Mezquida, who entered in the 67th minute, brought down a clearance by goalkeeper Zack Steffen after a corner kick by Jack Price and ripped a shot from 18 yards.

The Crew (5-9-1) have lost three straight and eight of nine.

Pedro Santos in the 28th minute and Gyasi Zardes in the 54th scored for the Crew to counter goals by Tommy Smith and Jonathan Lewis before Mezquida gave the Rapids their first home win (1-4-2).

Smith put the Rapids ahead in the 23rd minute with a 6-yard header from a left corner kick by Price. Smith snuck inside of Santos and used a six-inch height advantage to get his second goal of the season.

Santos made amends five minutes later to earn his third goal in 13 matches after scoring once in 39 games entering 2019. He did not play in the Crew's last match at Minnesota because he was home in Portugal to be with an ailing family member.

The goal ended a 242-minute scoreless streak.

Lewis broke a 1-1 tie in the seventh minute of first-half stoppage time, finishing the build-up from midfield by Sam Nicholson.

He got his first goal in his third game for the Rapids since being acquired in a trade with New York City FC on May 7.

Zardes netted the equalizer with his team-best fifth goal by making a run through the box and converting from 6 yards a service from the right flank by Federico Higuain.

It was the 10th time this season the Rapids have allowed at least two goals in a game.

The Rapids play at Philadelphia on Wednesday. The Crew hosts New York City FC on June 1.

Major League Soccer Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Atlanta United FC 26 +15 45
2 Philadelphia Union 27 +8 45
3 New York City FC 24 +13 41
4 DC United 27 +1 39
5 New York Red Bulls 26 +5 38
6 New England Revolution 26 -7 35
7 Montreal Impact 27 -11 34
8 Orlando City SC 27 0 34
9 Toronto FC 26 -2 34
10 Chicago Fire 28 +2 33
11 Columbus Crew SC 27 -12 27
12 FC Cincinnati 26 -35 18

Major League Soccer Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 LAFC 25 +42 58
2 Minnesota United FC 26 +8 42
3 LA Galaxy 26 -3 41
4 Real Salt Lake 26 +4 40
5 Seattle Sounders FC 26 +1 40
6 San Jose Earthquakes 25 +4 38
7 Portland Timbers 25 +3 37
8 FC Dallas 27 +3 37
9 Houston Dynamo 26 -6 31
10 Sporting Kansas City 26 -6 31
11 Colorado Rapids 26 -9 27
12 Vancouver Whitecaps 27 -18 27