Both teams prodded in the final quarter hour, but neither goalkeeper was tested by a single shot until Michel latched onto a whipped-in low Ruan cross, split a pair of Crew defenders and slammed home a first-time shot from the edge of the six-yard box for his first career MLS goal.
Moments later, Afful picked out an open Gyasi Zardes at the six-yard box, but the US international couldn't put his downward header on target. Zardes also had the best chance of the first half, running onto a Pedro Santos cross and clipping a shot from 12 yards out that caromed off the crossbar in the 5th minute.
- 84’ — ORL — Benji Michel | WATCH
- THE BIG PICTURE: For large chunks of the game, they were the second best team, looking every bit a team that played 120 minutes in a midweek penalty-kick shootout win over NYCFC in the U.S. Open Cup quarterfinals. But the Lions found that moment of magic to move above the playoff line. The Crew were punished again and lost a fifth straight and extended a winless streak to eight games.
- MOMENT OF THE MATCH: Rowe had nothing to do for the first 88 minutes, but when finally called upon, he came up with this critical intervention.
- MAN OF THE MATCH: It’s all about Michel. The 21-year-old Homegrown forward earned his second consecutive start and rewarded James O’Connor’s confidence with his first MLS goal.