Each of Diaz's two shots vs. Atlanta United led to a goal, first with Gyasi Zardes banging home an open rebound to equalize:
Persistence 𝐚𝐧𝐝 precision. pic.twitter.com/yKaX4QivHb— Columbus Crew SC (@ColumbusCrewSC) September 15, 2019
Then, Diaz committed a step-over on ATL's Miles Robinson to open up space and bend in an impressive shot from 18-yards out:
It's...it's so beautiful... pic.twitter.com/SjslOhPQNp— Columbus Crew SC (@ColumbusCrewSC) September 15, 2019
Afful played a full 90 minutes at rightback to help limit one of the League's best home teams to four shots on target overall, including zero shots on frame in the second half. The 33-year-old recorded a match-high 12 possessions gained to go along with three tackles, two clearances, and two interceptions.
The Crew's victory snapped a four-match home winning streak for Atlanta as part of a larger 11-match home unbeaten run. Additionally, Saturday was the first time since May 12 that Atlanta was held to one goal or less in regular-season play.
Crew SC's 2019 MLSsoccer.com’s Team of the Week honorees:
|Date (& Match Week)||Opponent(s)||Honoree(s)|
|March 2, 2019 (Week 1)||Gaston Sauro - Defender|
|March 9, 2019 (Week 2)||Gyasi Zardes - Forward; Caleb Porter - Coach|
|March 16, 2019 (Week 3)||Gaston Sauro - Defender; Zack Steffen - Goalkeeper|
|March 30, 2019 (Week 5)||Zack Steffen - Goalkeeper|
|April 6, 2019 (Week 6)||Zack Steffen - Goalkeeper|
|May 8 & 11, 2019 (Week 11)||Federico Higuain - Midfielder|
|June 1, 2019 (Week 14)||Pedro Santos - Midfielder|
|July 20, 2019 (Week 20)||David Accam - Midfielder|
|July 27, 2019 (Week 21)||Pedro Santos - Forward|
|Aug. 3, 2019 (Week 22)||Eloy Room- Goalkeeper|
|Aug. 10, 2019 (Week 23)||Pedro Santos - Midfielder|
|Aug. 25, 2019 (Week 25)||Gyasi Zardes - Forward|
|Sept. 14, 2019 (Week 28)||Luis Diaz - Midfielder; Harrison Afful - Bench|
Up next, Crew SC travels to face the Vancouver Whitecaps on Saturday, Sept. 21 at 5 p.m. ET.
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