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Columbus left it left, but they come home for the international break still undefeated through four matches. Darlington Nagbe scored the equalizer in the 90+5' minute to secure a point for the visitors, and keeps Columbus's unblemished record in tact.
This game was pretty tight from the first whistle. Both of these teams are projected to make the playoffs this season, and this match showed that quality. It was a deadlock through the first 84' minutes of the match, until an unlucky break for the Columbus defense allowed Tom Barlow to score. The final six minutes of the match, with an additional five minutes of stoppage time, were tense. Columbus, not wanting to ruin their unbeaten start to the season, pushed for that equalizing goal when, in the 90+5' minute, with virtually the last kick of the match, Darlington Nagbe finished off a ball that bounced around the box to level the score 1-1. Less then 30 seconds of gamete later, referee Joseph Dickerson would blow his whistle for full-time, and the match ended 1-1. Though, Columbus would not leave New Jersey unscathed, as star midfielder Lucas Zelerayan would pick up a knee injury that is expected to keep him out 1-2 weeks.
Man Of The Match
Who else would it be other than Darlington Nagbe. He was a presence in the midfield, and he had the equalizer to help secure a point for the visitors. Nagbe has started the season strong, and is the guy the Crew need in the midfield.
The Crew do not play this weekend, as it is an International break. Columbus returns to action Saturday, April 2nd against Nashville SC at Lower.com Field. It will be a massive day in the teams history, as club legend Federico (Pipa) Higuain will sign a one-day contract to officially retire as a member of the Columbus Crew. That match is scheduled to kick-off at 6 p.m.