Despite having a home playoff game, the terribly timed announcement that the club is considering a move to Austin, Texas, had fans at Mapfre Stadium thinking about the future as much as the match at hand.
Chants of "Save the Crew" were heard loud and clear multiple times throughout the night, while the fans on hand could be seen with signs, some painted on their own bodies, sharing the same message.
The bumbling timing of the announcement was compounded by a number of factors, including Crew owner Anthony Precourt calling for support for the team in the playoffs despite his admission that the club might move, and a since-reversed policy that the Crew would not refund fans who no longer wanted to invest in 2018 season-ticket packages.
The players and coaches and staff deseve your support as they make a run for an MLS Cup. They have nothing to do with ownership’s decisions.— Anthony Precourt (@APrecourt) October 19, 2017
In all, it could have lead to a scary Halloween night in Columbus.
Instead, Crew fans came out in force, held their signs, chanted their chants and, in the end, supported their team.
They'll be hoping for another home match to voice their concerns before the season ends. As it stands, with the Crew up 4-1 heading into the second leg, they may well get it.