COLUMBUS -- In a rematch of last year's memorable Eastern Conference finals, Columbus Crew SC again broke New York Red Bulls' hearts, as they scored a stoppage time equalizer to nab a 1-1 draw at MAPFRE Stadium on Saturday night.
Despite the late goal, this year's Crew SC team has fallen far from last year's heights and remain mired near the bottom of the East due to a stagnant offense that struggled yet again to create chances in front of goal. The late goal from Ola Kamara, who is now tied for the team lead in goals with the recently departed Kei Kamara, snaps a nearly two-game long scoreless streak dating back to last week's goalless draw against Montreal.
The Red Bulls, who have enjoyed a fine run of form of late - coming into the night winning four of their last five, with four shutouts - will be disappointed to not walk away with all the spoils after spending much of the game on the front foot. New York had taken the lead in the 53rd minute on a diving header from Bradley Wright-Phillips, which was his team-leading ninth of the year.
For the second straight game, New York surrendered a late lead while away from home and passed up a golden opportunity to pick up ground on conference-leading Philadelphia, who lost earlier in the evening. For their part, Crew SC have kept up a solid record at home, taking their tally to 4-1-3 within the friendly confines of MAPFRE Stadium.