Photos: Crew vs. NYCFC
New York City FC twice came from behind to deny Columbus Crew SC points they so desperately need, as both teams battled to an entertaining 2-2 draw on Saturday evening for Pride Night at MAPFRE Stadium.
Crew SC were without injured talisman midfielder, Federico Higuain, and the game was bookended with a celebration and farewell to standout goalkeeper Zack Steffan. Steffan played his last game for Columbus before departing on a dream move to the English Premier League, via the USMNT’s Gold Cup campaign.
Crew SC were first on the board from a Gyasi Zardes penalty that came after Pedro Santos was fouled inside the NYCFC area.
The home team spent the majority of the first half camped out in their opponent’s half, and despite over a dozen corner kicks and a bunch of shots on goal, the Crew couldn’t put the game to bed.
NYCFC came out the better side in the second half and in the 57th minute equalized through Heber.
Columbus would again take the lead moments after, when David Accam’s industrious midfield work put teammate Santos through on goal, and the Portuguese forward fired a low ball across NYCFC ‘keeper Sean Johnson and into the goal.
NYCFC once again leveled the score in the 75th minute with a rifled shot from way outside the box that took everyone by surprise. The ball flew past Zack Steffan in the crew goal and nestled just inside the post to silence the home crowd.
The end result gives Crew SC a welcome point among a rotten run that’s seen only one win since early April. This season of rebuild and change continues on as we say goodbye and good luck to Steffan.
Thank you, Zack.
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.