Tajon Buchanan in the first 30 minutes scored and assisted on a Gustavo Bou goal for a 2-0 lead for the Revolution (7-2-3, 24 points). Gyasi Zards did it 2-1 in the 39th minute for Columbus (4-3-4, 16 points) in front of a sold-out crowd of 20,371.
The home goal was as strange as it gets. Liam Fraser sent a long ball from past midfielder towards Zardes in the final third. Defender Andrew Farrell turned to follow Zardes and the ball took off from his head 20 yards from the goal, and he passed the goalkeeper Matt Turner with Zardes and Farrell also chasing an open net. When the ball hit the line, they all collided. Turner tried to push the ball back, but it fell on Farrell.
Turner made an exceptional left hand save on Zardes at the near post in the 86th minute to preserve the tie. Farrell then secured the redemption with a clearance over the goal line in the 94th minute.
Turner made five saves. Éloy room stopped three shots for Columbus.
The $ 314 million facility is MLS’s first second-generation stadium. New England was the opponent on May 15, 1999, when Historic Crew Stadium opened as the league’s first football-specific stadium.
Buchanan silenced the boisterous crowd when he scored his third with a header on a cross from By Juan Jones in the 13th minute. Bou scored in his fifth straight game to double the lead 17 minutes later.
The defending MLS Cup champions were not followed when Zardes scored for his fourth goal. He took a bullet from Harrison afful in the arc and turned to his left for a shot.