Pedro Santos scored his eighth goal of the season on a ferocious effort from distance, but Przemyslaw Tyton's very late heroics forced Columbus Crew SC to settle for a 2-2 draw against FC Cincinnati on Saturday night.
Gyasi Zardes also scored from the penalty spot for Columbus moments before halftime. However, he also missed a 90th-minute sitter before being denied twice by Tyton's reflex saves in second-half stoppage time.
Columbus still extended their unbeaten run to five matches after the first-ever MLS meeting between these teams. After falling behind by two early at MAPFRE Stadium, a draw will be of little satisfaction, having begun the day eight points beneath the Eastern Conference playoff line.
Darren Mattocks headed in a corner kick early for FC Cincy, the first ever goal in the league version of the Hell is Real Derby, and Emmanuel Ledesma took advantage of a flubbed defensive clearance to double the visitors' lead. From there, the last-place side held on for their first point in five matches, in the managerial debut of Dutchman Ron Jans.
- 16' - CIN - Darren Mattocks | WATCH
- 23' - CIN - Emmanuel Ledesma | WATCH
- 45' - CLB - Gyasi Zardes (PK) | WATCH
- 62' - CLB - Pedro Santos | WATCH
- THE BIG PICTURE: Before the game began, both sides took a moment to remember the victims of a mass shooting last weekend in Dayton, Ohio, in which nine people plus the gunman lost their lives. Both teams also wore black armbands in memory of the victims.
- MOMENT OF THE MATCH: Santos' goal was his eighth of the season, the most he's ever scored in any league campaign, MLS or elsewhere. It's also arguably the best he's scored since his Columbus arrival, a belter that knuckled away from Tyton on its way into the top left corner.
- MAN OF THE MATCH: Przemyslaw Tyton. It's rare a goalkeeper conceeds twice and gets the honor, and the Polish Eagle made only four saves. But two were exceptional reflex stops of Zardes deep in second-half stoppage time, preventing the hosts from snagging all three points.