CHESTER, Pa. (AP) -- Ethan Finlay, Justin Meram and Jairo Arrieta scored in a late 5-minute span in the Columbus Crew's 3-2 comeback victory over the Philadelphia Union on Saturday night.
Finlay started the flurry in the 78th minute with a one-timer off Hector Jimenez's cross. A minute later, Meram weaved through the defense to even the score, and Arrieta flicked the winner past the goalkeeper in the 82nd.
The Crew (12-10-10) solidified their hold on the fifth-and-final MLS playoff position, extending their lead to six points over Toronto FC, the nearest challenger.
Following a scoreless first half, Danny Cruz opened the scoring for the Union (9-11-12) in the 68th minute and Andrew Wenger extended the lead with another goal in the 75th.
The late collapse was a crushing blow to Union's playoff hopes when a win would have moved them within a point of Columbus.