As with CF Montreal, indiscipline undermined the Crew’s chances of winning over Atlanta United FC. On Saturday night, the reigning Major League Soccer champions escaped the game 3-1 in Columbus.
On Wednesday, Atlanta took advantage of two red cards from Montreal to make a comeback and snatch a 2-2 draw. This time, Rob Valentino’s men got two penalty shots to win.
Ezequiel Barco (35th minute) and Marcelino Moreno (65th) converted these, while the former completed a brace by scoring in the fifth minute of play.
Jonathan Mensah and Pedro Santos (on penalty) ensured the response from the Crew side. They were also denied a goal on an offside.
The Ohio team suffered a third straight setback and are trying to hold on to their seventh place in the Eastern Conference standings, the last spot leading to the playoffs. With 24 points, the Crew is only one point ahead of CF Montreal.
Cincinnati is doing well
On the TQL Stadium side, FC Cincinnati held off Orlando City SC despite the injury loss of its number one goalie, to get a 1-1 draw.
Shortly after Orlando captain Nani’s tying goal, goaltender Kenneth Vermeer started showing signs of injury. Forced to sit down to get the attention of the healers, he was replaced by Przemyslaw Tyton in the 65th minute.
Brenner scored Cincinnati’s only goal in the first half and came close to adding more late in the game.
Neither team from the East has moved in the standings with this result. Orlando remains second and Cincinnati remains 11th.