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Harrison lifts NYCFC to road victory over Crew

Early into the second half at Mapfre Stadium, it looked as if the Columbus Crew would earn a huge three points at home against New York City FC.

However, With 15 minutes left to go, NYCFC forward Jack Harrison had other ideas as the 20-year-old scored the game winner in a 3-2 comeback win for Patrick Vieira’s men to complete a two-goal performance.

Harrison opened the scoring for Patrick Vieira’s side after eight minutes, finding the top right corner with his left-footed effort. The Englishman knocked the ball over Zach Steffen after receiving a nice pass in the box from Maxi Moralez.

After seeing his earlier effort saved by Sean Johnson, Federico Higuain brought the Crew level after 29 minutes. The Argentine’s second goal of the season came on a beautiful left-footed effort off a cross sent in from the left wing by Jukka Raitala.

Four minutes into the second half,  the Crew took advantage of a blunder in the back by NYCFC that led to a Ola Kamara strike. Kamara’s fifth of the season came after pressure from Ethan Finlay and a terrific dummy by Higuain in the box.

However, the lead only lasted until the 64th-minute as Yangel Herrera headed home Ben Sweat’s cross to the bottom right corner for a 2-2 equalizer. Herrera then played distributor on Harrison’s second goal of the match, as NYCFC took a 3-2 lead which they would not relinquish.

Harrison Afful and Kekuta Manneh came close late for the Crew, but saw their respective efforts miss the goal. NYCFC hung on for their fourth win of the season, and their third in the month of April.

NYCFC (4-1-3) leapfrogged the Crew into third place in the Eastern Conference,  and they’ll return to Yankee Stadium for a May 7th showdown with Atlanta United. The Crew (4-1-4) end April on a two-match losing streak, and will hope to bounce back on May 6th versus the New England Revolution.

MAN OF THE MATCH

Jack Harrison earned man of the match honors after a two-goal showing in his side’s 3-2 come from behind win. The 20-year-old stepped up for Vieira’s side with David Villa not in the 18-man squad.

MOMENT OF THE MATCH

The headed goal from Herrera swung the match into NYCFC’s favor. The 19-year-old also recorded a great assist on  Harrison’s game-winning goal.

MATCH TO FORGET

Justin Meram had a quiet match for the Crew, failing to record a shot on goal in his 81 minutes of action. With four goals already this season, a lot is expected of Meram and he did not show up for the Crew on Saturday evening.

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