Match Recap: FCD tie Crew 2-2 at home

Avila comes up big in stoppage time

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A stoppage-time goal from
substitute Eric Avila helped FC Dallas steal a point from the visiting Columbus
Crew in a 2-2 tie at Pizza Hut Park on Saturday. Jeff Cunningham opened the
scoring for Dallas before Adam Moffat and Guillermo Barros Schelotto tallied
for Columbus.

FCD head coach Schellas Hyndman made five changes from the side that tied with
Houston in the season opener, including starting Kevin Hartman in goal for
Dario Sala, who has an injured hamstring.

FCD’s constant first-half pressure finally paid off in the 28th minute. After a
great pass from Daniel Hernandez, FCD midfielder David Ferreira was taken down
inside the opposing area by Columbus’ Danny O’Rourke, resulting in a penalty
kick.

Cunningham stepped up to the spot and quickly converted, sending the ball into
the left side of the net to give the home side a 1-0 advantage. It was his
third career goal against Columbus, who had drafted him ninth overall in the
1998 MLS Super Draft. Watch it here.

However, Columbus head coach Robert Warzycha must have given some serious pep
talk to his team at halftime because the Crew looked inspired from the whistle
to start the second half.

In the 51st, a shot from long range by Columbus’ Brian Carroll was stopped by
Hartman. That was the visitors’ first shot on goal of the game.
Carroll’s blast proved to be a hint of good things to come for the Black and
Gold because just one minute later, Moffat’s first goal of the year drew things
level. Steven Lenhart sent a great pass to his teammate, who quickly knocked it
into the left side of the net to tie the game. Watch it here.

FCD had a great chance to take their second lead of the night in the 68th.
After Jair Benitez delivered a great ball from the left flank, Pearce headed
the ball squarely inside the Columbus area but his effort went high.

Schelotto’s second goal of 2010 came after a penalty kick he took was stopped
by Hartman in the 82nd. Columbus was awarded the kick after FCD center back
George John took Chad Marshall down inside the box on a corner kick.

Just seconds later, Schelotto stepped up, struck the ball from the spot but was
stopped cold by Hartman. However, the Columbus playmaker alertly went for the
rebound and headed it into the right side of the goal to make it 2-1. Watch it here.

But FCD wasn’t done. After Ferreira was denied near post by Crew goalkeeper
Will Hesmer, the ball popped back into the midfield. Avila then hit a low shot
toward the far post that tucked just inside the net for the equalizer. Watch it here.