Columbus Crew SC scored a goal 30 seconds after kickoff, but yielded the equalizer in the second half, settling for a 1-1 draw against the New York Red Bulls in the Visit Tucson Sun Cup preseason tournament.
Derek Etienne Jr. found a quick opener for Columbus against his former team, but Brian White struck back for RBNY to salvage the draw minutes after Crew SC's Sebastian Berhalter was sent off with a straight red card.
Etienne Jr. gave Columbus the lead almost immediately after the match got underway, slotting home a feed from Chris Cadden past RBNY goalkeeper David Jensen, giving Crew SC a 1-0 lead they would take into halftime.
RBNY nearly equalized four minutes after second-half kickoff from a free kick sent into the penalty box that resulted in a pair of shots on goal. But new Columbus goalkeeper Andrew Tarbell, who subbed on at halftime, was up for task, making back-to-back reaction saves.
Columbus went down a man in the 61st minute after Berhalter was issued a straight red card for a tackle on RBNY's Omir Fernandez, who was helped off the field by the training staff.
Omir Fernandez is down. He will need to be helped off the field by training staff.— New York Red Bulls (@NewYorkRedBulls) February 20, 2020
Brian White on for him. Kyle Duncan also enters for Rece Buckmaster.
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RBNY would find the equalizer shortly thereafter, with White cashing home a point-blank finish to level the score following a botched clearance attempt by Hector Jimenez.
RBNY had one last good look at the winner near the final whistle off a rocket shot off the boot of Jared Stroud, but Tarbell made the denial to preserve the 1-1 result.
Crew SC move to 4W-0L-2D through six preseason matches with one more exhibition match to go for Caleb Porter's side against the Houston Dynamo on Saturday. RBNY (3W-2L-2D) will also close out their preseason on Saturday with a matchup against Sporting Kansas City.
- 1' - CLB - Derrick Etienne
- 68' - RBNY - Brian White
Columbus Crew SC: Jon Kempin (46' Andrew Tarbell) – Chris Cadden, Josh Williams, Aboubacar Keita, Hector Jimenez – Darlington Nagbe (46' Artur), Sebastian Berhalter – Derrick Etienne, Pedro Santos (46' Aidan Morris), Youness Mokhtar (72' Luis Diaz) – Fanendo Adi (75' Miguel Berry)
New York Red Bulls: David Jensen – John Tolkin, Amro Tarek (Kyle Zajec), Sean Nealis, Rece Buckmaster – Marc Rzatowksi, Chris Lema (Kaku) – Josh Sims (Jared Stroud), Ben Mines (Alex Muyl), Omir Fernandez – Tom Barlow (Mathias Jorgensen)