Columbus Crew holds off Minnesota United in 2-1 victory

REUNION, FLORIDA - JULY 11: Lucas Zelarrayan #10 of Columbus Crew celebrates after scoring a goal on a free kick in the 27th minute against Przemyslaw Tyton #22 of FC Cincinnati during a match in the MLS Is Back Tournament at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex on July 11, 2020 in Reunion, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

The Columbus Crew held off a late charge by Minnesota United and picked up its ninth victory of the season Wednesday night at MAPFRE stadium.

The Crew improved to 9-1-3 with the 2-1 victory over Minnesota.

Lucas Zelarayan gave the Crew a 1-0 lead in the 31st minute when he scored on a diving header from a cross from Pedro Santos.

In the 70th minute, Santos found the back of the net to give the Crew a 2-0 lead.

Minnesota's Robin Lod cut the Crew's lead in half in the 88th minute.

As the game entered stoppage time, Minnesota scored to tie the game, but the goal was called off because of offsides.

The victory gave the Crew revenge over Minnesota, who eliminated Columbus from the MLS is Back tournament.

With the win, the Crew remains on top of the MLS Eastern Conference standings.

Columbus will be back in action Sunday when it takes on Toronto FC.