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MLS Snapshot: FC Dallas 1-1 Columbus Crew SC (video)

Maximiliano Urruti

FC Dallas’ Maximiliano Urruti, left, and Columbuss Crew’s Michael Pankhurst fight for possession during the first half of an MLS soccer match in Frisco, Texas, Saturday, April 2, 2016. (AP Photo/Ralph Lauer)

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The game in 100 words (or less): Columbus Crew SC were 13 minutes from making me look like a prophet, but will leave Toyota Stadium, where they drew a high-flying FC Dallas side 1-1 on Saturday night, extremely happy having won their second point of the 2016 season (typo in the tweet, I know). Justin Meram put the visitors on top after nine minutes, but a load of misfortune saw FCD equalize inside the game’s final quarter-hour, as Tesho Akindele scored one of the head-shaking-est goals we’ll see all season. So how did Crew SC, a side who looked completely out of sorts through three games, come so close to knocking off a fellow MLS Cup contender? A few words: urgency, pace, cutting edge — three things they exhibited little or none of en route to two losses and a draw to open the season.

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Three moments that mattered

9' — Meram heads home from the corner for 1-0 — Federico Higuain serves them up like beach balls on set pieces, and Meram went up and got this one to give the visitors an early lead.

28' — Meram blasts one right at Seitz, nearly bags his brace — Harrison Afful released Ethan Finlay down the right wing, and last year’s prolific assist man whipped in a cross from the end line that found Meram near the penalty spot. The only problem: as well as he struck the ball, he hit it right at Chris Seitz, who made the save.

77' — Akindele hammers home a rebound off Clark’s back — Maximiliano Urruti unleashed a powerful strike from 20 yards out that clanged off the left-hand post of Steve Clark, hit the Crew SC goalkeeper on his back and sat on the ground two yards from the goal line.

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Man of the match: Justin Meram

Goalscorers: Meram (9'), Akindele (77')

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