KISSIMMEE, FL -Minnesota United FC defeated the Columbus Crew FC 1(5) – 1(3) in a penalty kick shootout in the MLS is Back Tournament at Disney World.
Tyler Miller Saved Chris Gadden’s shot in the penalty shootout while minnesota made all five of their shots after the 1-1 tie at the end of regulation.
In regulation, Robin Lod scored to put Minnesota United early and put the ball past goalkeeper Eloy Room for the first time all tournament. Gyasi Zardes answered with his fourth goal of the tournament on a rebound of his own penalty to tie it late.
The penalty was awarded when Jose Aja fouled Derrick Etienne Jr. in the corner of the box. Miller made a diving stop of Zardes’ attempt, but the ball went directly to the forward for an unmarked follow-up.
Miller stopped a Zelarayan shot in the closing seconds to send the match to PKs.
The loss stunned the Crew, who won all three Group E matches by a combined 7-0 score but quickly faced their first deficit this season when they couldn’t defend a corner kick that was drawn by former Columbus midfielder Ethan Finlay.
Minnesota will face the San Jose on Friday in the semifinals.
More to Come