Lucas Zelarayán scored a ridiculous winning goal on Saturday night in Chicago.
The Columbus Crew star scored a wild goal from behind the halfway line to put them past the Chicago Fire in stoppage time. The goal was from almost 61 yards and will undoubtedly be in contention for the best goal scored in the Major League Soccer all season.
“I didn’t know what to do,” Zelarayán said, via MLS. “I was so, so excited and took my shirt off. I’ve seen this celebration before and, yes, I was so excited. I did this because I was crazy.”
The goal was Zelarayán’s second from behind 50 yards in the past two seasons. He scored one from just over 56 yards in October.
“It’s funny because at the start of the year I was talking with Lucas,” team head coach Wilfried Nancy told MLS. “He had a few chances like this and I was like, ‘Hey, give it a try. If it’s a logical game, try it. I have no problem with that. Today he did and when the ball bounced I saw the ball like, ‘He’s gonna do it, he’s gonna do it.’ When he touched the ball, it was magnificent.”
Cucho Hernández scored the first for the Crew in the 59th minute on Saturday night to give them a 1-0 lead. Chicago’s Zherdan Shaqiri then tied the game in the 88th minute with his own goal.
Zelarayán has scored eight times in 15 starts so far this season, his fourth with the Crew. Columbus holds an 8-3-6 record, which ranks sixth in the Eastern Conference standings.