In his first match since being loaned to Orange County SC on a game-by-game basis, Columbus Crew SC Homegrown Player and defender Alex Crognale scored the equalizing goal last Saturday.
Crognale came on for Owusu-Ansah Kontor in the 82nd minute and made an immediate impact. Just moments after entering the match, the Gahanna-native forced Phoenix into a fingertip save off a headed free kick. His second attempt, this time in the 90th minute, Crognale found the back of the net to equalize.
Crognale, a Crew SC Academy product signed as a Homegrown Player in 2016. The defender has made 17 regular-season appearances (12 starts) and registered one assist for the Black & Gold in his rookie year. Prior to joining Crew SC, Crognale made 73 appearances (69 starts) from 2013-2016 for the University Maryland, scoring 11 goals and notching three assists.
Led by Head Coach Oliver Wyss, Orange County SC continues its United Soccer League campaign against Sacramento Republic FC on March 24 at 10 p.m. ET.