COLUMBUS (AP) — David Accam turned a defender around before scoring late in the second half to lift the Chicago Fire to a 1-1 draw with the Columbus Crew is a Major League Soccer opener on Saturday.
Dax McCarty intercepted a pass at midfield and quickly put the ball forward to John Gossens, who slotted it ahead to Accam. Accam dribbled into the box where he turned around a Crew defender before rolling a shot into the far right corner in the 73rd minute.
Chicago, which made wholesale changes after finishing last two seasons in a row, managed just two off-target shots in the first half and trailed 1-0 after Ethan Finlay headed in a long cross from Justin Meram in the 17th minute.
Columbus, trying to rebound from missing the playoffs a year after reaching the championship game, had seven shots in the first half and just three in the second when the Fire had 10 shots, three on target.
Game Box Score
Chicago 0 1--1
Columbus 1 0--1
First half--1, Columbus, Finlay, 0 (Meram), 17th minute.
Second half--2, Chicago, Accam, 2, 73rd.
Goalies--Chicago, Jorge Bava, Matt Lampson; Columbus, Zack Steffen, Brad Stuver.
Yellow Cards--Higuain, Columbus, 41st; Goossens, Chicago, 81st.
Chicago--Jorge Bava; Michael Harrington, Johan Kappelhof, Joao Meira, Brandon Vincent; Arturo Alvarez (Luis Solignac, 0th), John Goossens (Drew Conner, 0th), Dax McCarty; David Accam, Michael De Leeuw, Nemanja Nikolic (Davit Arshakyan, 0th).
Columbus--Zack Steffen; Harrison Afful, Jonathan Mensah, Nicolai Naess, Jukka Raitala; Mohammed Abu (Artur, 0th), Ethan Finlay, Federico Higuain, Wil Trapp; Ola Kamara (Adam Jahn, 0th), Justin Meram.