When Ethan Finlay scored into the north goal at Columbus Crew Stadium tonight, it was the first time he hit the back of the net at home. Given the chance to finally celebrate in front of the home supporters, he did what so many have done before him: run to the Nordecke.
Standing in front of the most voracious supporters, Finlay did the one thing that felt right to him in that moment: he held up one finger on his left hand, and five on his right, forming a 15 in honor of Kirk Urso.
"It was very special," said Finlay. "I dedicate [the goal] to an old teammate, Kirk Urso. He never got to score a goal in the League. That was for him."
Finlay admitted that the nature of his first career MLS goal last weekend in Portland didn't give him a moment to think about celebrating, so he was happy to be able to honor his teammate in front of the home fans.
"They brought it all night tonight. We can’t thank them enough. They’ve been through this with us, some tough results in the last four or five, so for us to come home and get a victory for them, it’s important and it will be good going forward."