The Columbus Crew held the New York Red Bulls to a 1-1 draw at Red Bull Arena on Sunday afternoon after Eloy Room’s own goal was canceled out by a swift ball in by defender Darlington Nagbe.
The New York Red Bulls dominated for the majority of the match, but couldn’t manage a goal until the 84th minute. Though it’s credited to the Columbus Crew goalkeeper, it was Lewis Morgan’s corner kick that inspired Tom Barlow and Aaron Long to keep the ball by the right post before a shot deflected off of Room and into the net.
It looked like the game was over and the Crew’s destiny sealed, but Gyasi Zardes and Nagbe had other plans.
Zardes, who came off the bench late into the second half, inspired the last offensive threat of the game by gaining possession and running through the right side before switching the field. Once inside the box, Nagbe found the ball and tapped it past goalkeeper Carlos Miguel Coronel for the equalizer.
Notable Crew star Lucas Zelarayan limped off the pitch in the last few minutes of the match with an injury.
The Columbus Crew go into week 5 of the MLS season with two victories and two draws, while the Red Bulls walk away with two wins, one draw and one loss.
New York Red Bulls player ratings
1. Goalkeeper & defenders
Carlos Miguel Coronel (GK) - 7/10 - Strong before slipping up during the Crew's extra time goal.
Dylan Nealis (RB) - 6/10 - When in doubt, commit unnecessary fouls.
Tom Edwards (CB) - 7/10 - Helped make the backline secured, pushed forward when possible but failed to defend during the equalizer.
Sean Nealis (CB) - 7/10 - Sharp at the back, but failed to defend in the stoppage time goal.
Aaron Long (CB) - 8/10 - Strong performance throughout, propelled moments on the attack and inspired the first goal.
John Tolkin (LB) - 8/10 - Engaged throughout the 90 minutes, threatened on the break and protected when needed, except in the last minute of the match.
Lewis Morgan (RW) - 7/10 - Lost steam as the game progressed, but provided a good ball into the box for the goal.
Frankie Amaya (CM) - 8/10 - Quick and sharp on the ball when reaching the Crew's half, unlucky not to get better chances.
Dru Yearwood (CM) - 7.5/10 - Has yet to find a balance, great at times but really messy at others.
Omir Guadalupe Fernandez Mosso (LW) - 6/10 - Should have been replaced earlier in the match by Luquinhas, a poor showing and messy on the ball.
Patryk Klimala (F) - 5/10 - Another disappointing performance, slowed down the game and failed to create.
Tom Barlow - 8/10 - Great as a sub, inspired the last minute goal.
Cristian Casseres - 8/10 - A breathe of fresh air for the NYRB, at least attempted to threaten the Crew's defense.
Luquinhas - 7/10 - Pushed numbers forward, ignited the attack.
Ashley Fletcher - 7/10 - Not given enough time to make a difference.
Columbus Crew player ratings
5. Goalkeeper & defenders
Eloy Room (GK) - 7.5/10 - A strong performance before being credited for the goal.
Steven Moreira (RB) - 6/10 - Messy, and unnecessary fouls.
Jonathan Mensah (CB) - 7/10 - Made a couple of necessary saves, game could've been at least 3-1 without him.
Miloš Degenek (CB) - 6/10 - Didn't help, didn't hinder.
Pedro Santos (LB) - 6/10 - Created more fouls than chances or saves.
Yaw Yeboah (RW) - 6/10 - A messy performance, shaky when faced with pressure.
Jose Artur de Lima Junior (CM) - 6/10 - Fine.
Lucas Zelarayán (CAM) - 6.5/10 - A few good moments here and there, but should be much better at this point.
Darlington Nagbe (CM) - 8.5/10 - Standard throughout, but managed the equalizer in extra time.
Derrick Etienne (LW) - 7/10 - Unfortunate not to get the goal in a 1v1 with the goalkeeper, but decent performance overall.
Miguel Berry (F) - 4/10 - Complete disappointment as the lone striker, didn't initiate anything on the attack.
Gyasi Zardes - 8/10 - Unfortunate not to get the goal with a stellar chance, but did his job as a sub.
Luis Díaz - 8/10 - Helped in the equalizer.
James Omonigho Igbekeme - 7/10 - Not given enough time to make a difference.