ORLANDO, Fla. (AP/WCMH) — Columbus entered its final match of the Major League Soccer regular season against Orlando City needing a win or tie to make the playoffs.
A Crew hand ball inside their own box allowed Facundo Torres to score on a penalty kick in the 84th minute propelling Orlando City to 2-1 win, eliminating the Crew from the playoffs. Columbus has missed the postseason for a second year in a row.
“There’s futures up in the air probably myself included,” said Porter who has one more year left on his contract. “Unfortunately I wasn’t able to get us over the hump this year and I really believed we had the team to do it.”
Columbus set a MLS record by dropping 11 points in the 90th minute or later this season — topping the previous mark by three points. The Crew had the second-fewest losses in the MLS this season but finished with 16 ties, most in the MLS.
Derrick Etienne staked the Crew to a 1-0 lead with a goal in the 38th minute. It was Etienne’s 10th goal of the season, tying Lucas Zelarayán for the team lead.
Júnior Urso’s sixth goal of the season pulled Orlando City even in the 56th minute, setting the stage for Torres’ match winner. A handball call on the Crew’s Milos Degenek led to the penalty kick.