Steffen saved two Atlanta United penalties

Columbus goalkeeper Zack Steffen saved two Atlanta United penalties in a shootout on Thursday as the Crew advanced to the Major League Soccer semi-finals 3-1 after neither team could break the deadlock through extra time.

Oct 26, 2017; Atlanta, GA, USA; Columbus Crew goalkeeper Zack Steffen (23) leaps to knock the ball up against the Atlanta United during the first half in the Eastern Conference knockout round soccer game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

The Western Conference knockout match between Houston and Sporting Kansas City also failed to produce a goal in the regulation 90 minutes, but Honduras international Alberth Elis scored the winner for the Dynamo early in the first extra period.

The Crew, who have one of the lowest attendance records in the league and an owner threatening to move the franchise to Austin unless the city of Columbus builds a new stadium, go on to an Eastern Conference semi-final against New York City FC.

Oct 26, 2017; Atlanta, GA, USA; Columbus Crew forward Adam Jahn (12) reacts with goalkeeper Zack Steffen (23) and fellow Crew teammates after scoring the winning shootout goal against the Atlanta United during the Eastern Conference knockout round soccer game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.