Photos: Columbus Crew vs. New England Revolution
It was the beginning of a new era on Saturday, July 3 as Columbus Crew opened up their fancy new Downtown stadium, yet it was another display of the same never-say-die attitude that’s held this team together in recent years as the black and gold fought back from two down to draw 2-2 against the New England Revolution.
Tajon Buchanan opened the scoring to silence the incredibly noisy stadium when he headed home from close range.
New England doubled their lead in the 30th minute when Buchanan turned provider for Gustavo Bou who broke the Crew backline to slot the ball into the net.
Columbus managed to pull themselves together and turn the game back around with Gyasi Zardes first halving the deficit with a tidy turn and shot from the edge of the box.
The Crew levelled the game in the 69th minute with a gift from New England as Andrew Farrell managed to deflect the ball past his own ‘keeper and Zardes closed down.
Columbus, clearly wanting to open with a win, pushed forward and almost got their reward in the 94th minute as Alexandru Matan saw his goal-bound shot cleared off the line.
Moments later the referee blew the whistle to end the first game at Lower.com Field with both teams sharing the points.
Before the game began, fans gathered and marched to the ground along Nationwide Boulevard.
Next up for Columbus Crew comes the first of this year’s “Hell is Real” games with a trip down I-71 to FC Cincinnati on Friday, July 9.
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Matt Ellis is a freelance photographer who covers bands that visit the city and the Columbus Crew MLS team. More about Matt can be found on his Instagram.
All photos by Matt Ellis