The Columbus Crew opened Lower.com Field on Saturday evening with a 2-2 draw against the New England Revolution, rallying back in a battle of MLS originals during the league’s third soccer-specific stadium debut of the 2021 season.

The Tajon Buchanan show started in the 13th minute when he rose highest at the back post to head home the first goal in Columbus’ new home. Left back DeJuan Jones did well to wriggle free from Harrison Afful, then the Canadian winger opened a 1-0 lead from the ensuing cross.

Buchanan turned provider in the 30th minute, setting up Gustavo Bou with a low cross across the six-yard box for a 2-0 advantage. Bou was left unmarked and punched home with his left foot to score in a fifth straight game for the Revolution.

But the Crew rallied back in the 39th minute when Gyasi Zardes tallied the club’s first goal in their new home. The striker turned atop the 18-yard box and sliced a left-footed shot past goalkeeper Matt Turner, cutting New England’s lead in half.

Columbus equalized in the 69th minute via an Andrew Farrell own goal, drawing level at 2-2 in one of the season’s strangest sequences. A long ball from Liam Fraser deflected off the center back’s head and evaded Turner, catching the Revolution defense unable to clear in a panicked moment as they raced toward goal.

The Crew nearly secured a dream winner in the 94th minute, though Farrell cleared a goal-bound shot from Alexandru Matan off the line and Turner stood tall before they fended off one final corner kick.

Goals

  • 13' – NE – Tajon Buchanan | WATCH
  • 30' – NE – Gustavo Bou | WATCH
  • 39' – CLB – Gyasi Zardes | WATCH
  • 69' – CLB – Andrew Farrell (OG) | WATCH

Three Things

  • THE BIG PICTURE: Columbus vs. New England, just like in 1999 when Historic Crew Stadium opened, was the matchup for a new MLS era in Ohio. And while the Nordecke and other Crew supporters couldn’t celebrate three points, there was plenty for the defending MLS Cup champions to savor. The Revolution did their best to sour the Crew’s big day, with only an unfortunate own goal preventing them from getting revenge for a second time this year in what was also a rematch of the 2020 Eastern Conference Final.
  • MOMENT OF THE MATCH: This July 4th weekend game was always about celebrating Columbus opening their second soccer-specific stadium in club history. And there was no better way to do that than thousands signing “Wise Men Say” before first kick.
  • MAN OF THE MATCH: With one goal and one assist, Tajon Buchanan did his best to spoil the party at Lower.com Field. He even dropped a “shhhhh” celebration after starting the scoring.

Next Up

  • CLB: Friday, July 9 at FC Cincinnati | 7:30 pm ET (MLS LIVE on ESPN+)
  • NE: Wednesday, July 7 vs. Toronto FC | 7 pm ET (MLS LIVE on ESPN+)