Lucas Zelarayan scored, then set up the first MLS goal by Miguel Berry in the 77th minute as the 10-man Columbus Crew rallied to tie host FC Cincinnati 2-2 on Friday.
The Crew (4-3-5, 17 points) were down 2-0 within the first 24 minutes and lost defender Harrison Afful to a red card in the 42nd minute before mounting a comeback.
Cincinnati (3-5-3, 12 points) has three losses and a tie at TQL Stadium since its debut on May 16.
Berry had been in the game 20 minutes when he took a lead ball from Zelarayan on the right side of the box and chipped a shot past goalkeeper Kenneth Vermeer for a 2-2 tie.
Berry’s previous MLS experience was one minute vs. New England on July 3, a game in which the Crew also were down 2-0 before earning a 2-2 tie in Columbus’ first game at Lower.com Field.
Edgar Castillo scored 25 seconds into the match and Luciano Acosta made it 2-0 in the 24th minute. After Afful’s exit, Zelarayan pulled the Crew to within 2-1 in the first minute of first-half stoppage time.
Castillo’s first goal since Aug. 14, 2018, while playing for the Colorado Rapids, was a stunner from 22 yards upon a pass from the end line by Acosta.
Cincinnati doubled the lead off a restart when Acosta laced a shot from the left of the box for his third goal of the season.
Zelarayan, who had no goals or assists in the previous five matches, scored with a 35-yard bender. It was the 2020 MLS Cup MVP’s fourth goal of the season.
The first 45 minutes had 15 fouls and three yellow cards apiece in addition to Afful’s red card. Cincinnati had three cautions in the second half.
Both teams had numerous players missing because the CONCACAF Gold Cup. Cincinnati was without defender Ronald Matarrita and midfielder Allan Cruz, both of whom are with the Costa Rican national team. The Crew have six players in the tourney, including goalkeeper Eloy Room (Curacao) and leading scorer Gyasi Zardes (United States).
–Field Level Media
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