Federico Higuain’s penalty kick in the 90th minute capped an improbable comeback from a three-goal deficit when the Columbus Crew extended their unbeaten streak to eight with a 3-3 tie against visiting Toronto FC at Mapfre Stadium on Saturday.
Toronto (3-7-2) took a 3-0 lead in the 57th minute on a free-kick goal by Sebastian Giovinco, but Gyasi Zardes scored his ninth goal of the season in the 67th to make it 3-1 by heading a corner kick from Higuain.
Defender Alex Crognale, a Columbus native, scored his first MLS goal in the 81st minute for the Crew (7-3-5), which has four wins and four ties in the past eight games.
He slotted a loose ball after a headed pass by Josh Williams deflected off of Toronto’s Michael Bradley. In the 89th minute, Bradley kicked Zardes in the leg to send him to the ground to set up the penalty kick for Higuain, who has four goals on the season.
The ending for the Crew was better than their start.
Victor Vazquez scored on a penalty kick in the 17th, then set up Tosaint Ricketts for a 2-0 lead in the 38th minute.
Vazquez’s third goal of the season ended the Crew’s shutout streak at 511 minutes, the eighth longest in league history. Teammate Ryan Telfer created the penalty when he was clipped by Artur.
Toronto made it 2-0 when Giovinco found a cutting Vazquez and he sent the ball across the box to Ricketts, who had entered in the 22nd minute for the injured Jonathan Osorio.
Crew goalkeeper Zack Steffen and midfielder Wil Trapp missed the game for U.S. National Team duty. They will also not be available against the New York Red Bulls on June 9.
Toronto continues on the road with a game vs. the Philadelphia Union on Friday.
—Field Level Media