NYCFC Extends Unbeaten Streak With Draw Against Columbus

NYCFC, Heber
Heber celebrates after his goal against Columbus Crew SC. Photo: Greg Bartram-USA Today Sports

New York City FC (NYCFC) extended its unbeaten streak to nine with a 2-2 draw against the Columbus Crew at MAPFRE Stadium on Saturday.

While New York City only has one loss on the season, the draw was the team’s eighth in 2019.

The match was a back-and-forth affair in which the teams exchanged goals.

Columbus got on the board in the 28th minute when Gyasi Zardes converted from the spot to give the home side a 1-0 lead. Alex Callens was called for a foul in the box to the right of City keeper Sean Johnson and the call was upheld after VAR review.

First-half substitute Ismael Tajouri-Shradi proved influential early in the second half as NYCFC would draw level. Tajouri-Shradi connected with Maxi Moralez. who then crossed to Héber for the visitor’s first goal of the night in the 57th minute.

However, four minutes later Columbus would regain the lead as Pedro Santos would find the back to the net beating Johnson low to his right.

NYCFC responded with several high-quality changes from Alexandru Mitriță and Tajouri-Shradi that Crew keeper Zack Steffan, playing in his final game with Columbus, would turn away.

The equalizer would come in the 76th minute when substitute Valentin Castellanos would score a golazo. His strike from 35 yards out would beat Steffan and find the bottom corner of the net.

Both teams would have opportunities to grab three points but neither could find the game-winner.

NYCFC will be back home on Thursday, June 6, as it takes on expansion side FC Cincinnati. Kickoff is 7 p.m.