Visiting NYCFC and the Columbus Crew battled to a 2-2 draw on Saturday night in front of 13,700 fans at MAPFRE stadium.
The teams traded goals throughout with Gyasi Zardes opening the scoring with a penalty kick in the 28th minute to give the Crew a 1-0 lead which they took into halftime. Heber opened the scoring for NYCFC in the 57th minute which was quickly answered by Columbus as Pedro Santos put one in the back of the net four minutes later. Finally NYCFC’s Valentin Castellanos, the 20-year old Argentinian, struck from about 30 yards out with a rocket to enable the visiting squad to leave Ohio with a draw.
The match was the final one for Crew goalkeeper, and last year’s MLS Goalkeeper of the Year Zach Steffen who was signed by Manchester City in the offseason. Steffen will report to City after playing for the U.S. in the CONCACAF Gold Cup later this month.
The draw enables NYCFC to keep their unbeaten streak alive. They have achieved four wins and five ties in their past nine matches and stand at 4-1-8 on the season. Their 20 points puts them in 6th place in the Eastern Conference, 7 points behind conference leading D.C. United.
The Crew stand at 5-9-2 and 17 points, good enough for 10th place in the Eastern Conference.
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