It almost seemed certain that the Columbus Crew were going to suffer sixth loss of the MLS season on Saturday night, until Ola Kamara provided some late-game heroics for the home side.
Kamara’s fifth goal of the season provided the Crew with a 1-1 draw against the New York Red Bulls, after appearing to be dead in the water entering second-half stoppage time. The 26-year-old striker netted the equalizer in the 93rd minute, breaking the Red Bulls’ hearts in the process.
Alex Muyl continued to make an impact with the Red Bulls in his debut season, tallying his second assist, when he set up Bradley Wright-Phillips’ header finish in the 52nd minute.
Wright-Phillips nearly gave the Red Bulls an early advantage after nine minutes, as the striker whizzed a shot just wide of Steve Clark and the Crew net.
The Crew were pegged back early and faced several quality chances in the opening half, but the home side defended well and kept Jesse Marsch’s team off the board. The home side had solid spells of possession at times, but Kamara’s finish luckily gave the Crew something to show for their efforts.
The Red Bulls will return to the field on Wednesday night against the Philadelphia Union in the U.S. Open Cup, while the Crew travel to the Chicago Fire the night before.
MAN OF THE MATCH
After struggling to make a difference for much of the night, Ola Kamara‘s late finish gave the Crew seventh tie of the season.
MOMENT OF THE MATCH
Ola Kamara’s finish handed the Crew a point in a match that seemed to be the Red Bulls’ for the taking.
MATCH TO FORGET
Luis Robles and the Red Bulls backline only faced two shots on target all night, but Kamara’s late finish won’t sit well with the team as they looked to secure three points.