Crew SC earned a second consecutive point, drawing 1-1 with FC Dallas in Frisco, Texas Saturday night. Let’s break down the Black & Gold's second straight road match by the numbers…
The Black & Gold snapped the Hoops’ seven-match win streak at home and scored the first goal by an opponent at Toyota Stadium this season. But second-half sub Tesho Akindele scored for the home team in the 77th minute to even the score at one, tapping in a loose rebound.
Crew SC came out hot and got on the board early as its No. 9 Justin Meram scored in the 9th minute. Running through the hosts’ defense onto a corner kick by Federico Higuaín, he buried a powerful header to beat Dallas goalkeeper Chris Seitz near post. We can’t get enough of this goal celebration for the middy’s first goal this season…
Meram put away Crew SC’s third goal of the season, assisted by Pipa—his 33rd career helper. Meram led his team with three shots on goal (four total), Kei Kamara followed suit with three shots (two on goal) and Ethan Finlay tallied the only other strike for the Black & Gold on the night, as they attempted four per half. Steve Clark fought off several Dallas attackers making three saves.
Columbus impressed again with passing accuracy at 78%. Through four matches, they now boast an average of 81.53%, above the MLS average. A reliable contributor was in the lineup for the first 78 minutes of play Saturday as Mohammed Saeid started for the Black & Gold. His precision was present, leading Crew SC’s starters with 91.07% passing accuracy.