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Crew tie Fire on newcomer Williams’ late goal

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A goal by Romario Williams in the 90th minute in his Columbus debut gave the Crew a 2-2 tie with the Chicago Fire at SeatGeek Stadium in Bridgeview, Ill., on Wednesday.

His header from Luis Diaz countered a go-ahead goal by the Fire’s C.J. Sapong in the 63rd minute.

Williams was acquired in a trade with Atlanta United on July 1. Diaz, also in his Crew debut, was signed from Club Sport Herediano of Costa Rica’s first division on July 2.

The Crew (5-14-3) broke a five-game losing streak but has eight losses and two ties in the past 10 games and are 1-13-2 in the past 16 matches.

Chicago (5-9-8) is 0-2-1 in three games and 1-5-4 since May 11.

The score was tied at 1 on goals by U.S. national teammates at the recent CONCACAF Gold Cup. Chicago midfielder Djordje Mihailovic scored in the 28th minute and Crew forward Gyasi Zardes equalized in the 47th.

Sapong put the Fire ahead 2-1 after continued pressure in the Crew goal. A minute earlier, Nicolas Gaitan’s bicycle bounced off the left post. The Fire kept possession and an innocent pass through the penalty area by Gaitan deflected off Crew midfielder Hector Jimenez to Sapong for his ninth goal.

The Fire took the 1-0 lead in the choppy match between two struggling teams playing the middle of the three games in eight days.

Columbus had the better of the opening 20 minutes but Mihailovic’s third goal broke the deadlock when he was unmarked in the arc to chest down a pass by Przemyslaw Frankowski before striking the ball to the right corner.

Zardes made it 1-1 on the counterattack with Eduardo Sosa finding Luis Argudo down the left wing. His service was converted by Zardes at the near post as Argudo, in his 29th MLS game, earned his first career assist.

Both teams play Saturday with the Crew home to Montreal and the Fire at Philadelphia.

REUTERS/Field Level Media

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