Columbus Crew opens Field with 2-2 tie against New England


COLUMBUS (WCMH) — The Columbus Crew opened its new stadium, Field, with a 2-2 draw against the New England Revolution on Saturday in front of a sold out crowd of more than 20,000 fans.

New England scored the first two goals of the game, but Columbus finally broke through in the 39th minute when Gyasi Zardes received a pass from Harrison Afful and the forward turned to his right and fired a shot through the defense sneaking the ball just inside the post to make it 2-1.

The goal snapped Columbus’ scoreless streak of nearly 270 minutes following back-to-back shutouts.

Columbus crew even thanks to an own goal by the Revolution’s Andrew Farrell in the 69th minute when Liam Fraser hit a long ball toward Zardes but the ball hit off Farrell’s head and bounced toward the goal where goalie Matt Turner, Zardes and Farrell crashed into each other as the ball slowly rolled across the line to even the game 2-2.

Crew players past and present, like defender Jonathan Mensah and Manchester City goalkeeper Zack Steffen, stuck around after the game to sign autographs and take pictures with fans.

Columbus returns to action next Saturday when the Crew face rival FC Cincinnati for the first time at Cincinnati’s new stadium.

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