NYCFC Nearly Finds A Win, But Settles For A Point

David Villa, New York City FC, NYCFC, designated player
David Villa scored twice vs. Columbus. (Photo via NYCFC)

A lightning delay, a stoppage time goal from each side and in the end, a well-earned road point for New York City FC.

Those were the highlights of Saturday’s 3-3 draw between New York City and Columbus Crew on a steamy mid-August night at MAPFRE Stadium.

New York Captain David Villa continued his push for Major League Soccer’s scoring title with two goals in the final 10 minutes, one coming from a penalty kick. Frank Lampard also returned to the score sheet as well.

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With the game scoreless early late in the first half, New York City would take the lead with a bit of luck in the 41st minute. Andrea Pirlo’s set piece kick from some 25 yards out was parried away by Crew keeper Steve Clark. But the rebound off the post fell to Lampard who tapped in to give the visitors an early lead.

Columbus leveled in the 49th minute when Justin Meram latched onto a Waylon Francis corner and headed in from eight yards out. The home side would take the lead 10 minutes before full time as Ethan Finlay scored from the penalty spot.

The late-game fireworks got started three minutes later when Villa’s 14th goal of the season leveled the match. Then, two minutes into stoppage time Villa would score his second of the game from the spot after Harrison Afful was whistled for a handball.

But Finlay followed with the equalizer in the dying seconds of the match, following a blocked shot to score from the edge of the six-yard box.