For a team that hasn't played well on the road - no wins - and hasn't done well while playing a man down - haven't won - Columbus Crew SC probably would have taken a draw Saturday night if you asked the team before the match.
The Black & Gold played a man down for 74 minutes, conceded a penalty kick and a late goal, yet managed a 2-2 draw at Orlando City SC.
Crew SC couldn't have asked for a much better start. After just six minutes, right back Hector Jimenez found 6-foot-4 Tony Tchani in the box for the snap header by City goalkeeper Tally Hall for the 1-0 lead.
Ten minutes later and the center official awarded Orlando a penalty kick and an opportunity to get back in the match after center defender Michael Parkhurst was ruled to have stopped a shot with his hand on the goal line. Parkhurst was issued a straight red card for denying a goal scoring opportunity.
Brazilian midfielder Kaká stepped up to the spot and pulled the game level with his sixth goal of the year, fourth from the penalty spot.
After the red card, Columbus head coach Gregg Berhalter made a tactical change, taking off creative midfielder Federico Higuain for usual center back starter Emanuel Pogatetz.
Despite playing a man down, Crew SC still created opportunities. In the 23rd minute winger Justin Meram played Ethan Finlay in behind the City defense. Finlay's shot was dangerous, but saved by Hall.
Just a minute later, Orlando's rookie forward Cyle Larin had a great chance to give his side the lead. On a breakaway, Clark came out and made a save. The rebound went behind the goalkeeper, but Pogatetz got there before Larin, clearing the ball with a slide.
At the half, Berhalter elected to make another change, substituting Meram for fellow winger Kristinn Steindrosson.
Four minutes into the second half, midfielder Carlos Rivas was the benefactor of a ball played over the top of the Black & Gold's defense. The winger turned and hit a shot, but Clark came up big once again to deny the opportunity.
In the 53rd minute, as Orlando began to pile on the pressure, Rivas missed another opportunity. After a ball was headed down, he put his attempt over the crossbar.
In the 61st minute, league-leading goal scorer Kei Kamara found the net once again. The forward got on the end of a Waylon Francis cross, and a powerful downward header found the net for the 2-1 lead.
City piled on the pressure with the man advantage, looking for the equalizer. Time after time, Clark and the Crew SC defenders came up big.
In the 89th minute, Orlando finally got what it was looking for. Pedro Ribero, who made his first start after returning from injury, fired a long-range rocket that beat Clark to tie the game at two a piece.
The 2-2 draw is the second time in just over a week that Columbus have drawn by that score while conceding late goals.
The Black & Gold don't have much time to look back at this one, as the team travels to Philadelphia to take on the Union Wednesday night. Crew SC will hope to get off its slide, where the team hasn't registered three points in three matches, in that contest.