Crew Draws NYC FC 2-2 in Rainy Mid-Week Home Game
A lengthy rain delay with 15 minutes to go put a damper on Columbus Crew SC’s home game against New York City FC as Kei Kamara grabbed yet another goal as both teams walked away with a point in a 2-2 draw at MAPFRE Stadium.
New York City brought along some of it’s superstar players as Andrea Pirlo and David Villa made their first appearance on Crew SC soil, but it was the leagues most dangerous striker that opened the scoring when Kei Kamara was allowed to drift into the NYC FC box unmarked to tap home from Ethan Finlay’s cross.
The second half saw NYC FC apply more pressure on Crew SC and in the 57th minute Kwadwo Polu grabbed the first of his two goals for the evening as the pacey midfielder blazed past the Crew SC backline and tapped the ball beyond Steve Clark in the Crew SC goal.
NYC took the lead less than ten minutes later coming off of a corner kick that fell to the foot of Poku whose shot flew through a crowd of players and beyond a flat-footed Crew SC keeper.
Columbus levelled the score in the 72nd minute through Cedrick Mabwati who grabbed his first MLS goal after coming off of the bench for Justin Meram. Kei Kamara picked up the assist during a nice one-two on the edge of the box that set Cedrick free with only the goal keeper to beat.
Lighting and rain then decended upon MAPFRE Stadium and sent both fans and players to seek shelter. Play resumed over an hour later with both teams looking content to settle with the point as the game uneventfully came to an end.
Columbus Crew SC are back in action this coming Saturday against Kansas City.
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