Federico Higuain scored the equalizer in the 66th minute, and the Columbus Crew salvaged a 1-1 draw with the Los Angeles Galaxy after a lightning storm delayed the start of the match for 2 hours, 10 minutes Saturday night.
Ethan Finlay hurdled Galaxy defender Leonardo to get to Tony Tchani’s entry pass along the right side and cut it diagonally back to Higuain for the finish.
Despite lightning being spotted in the area just moments before kickoff, the Crew (4-6-5) attracted the season’s first sellout crowd at expanded capacity (21,051) Mapfre Stadium.
Sebastian Lletget, in his first MLS start, scored in the 14th minute for the Galaxy (5-5-7). He allowed Robbie Rogers’ pass to go through his legs and beat Crew goalkeeper Steve Clark with a left-footed shot just inside the near post.
Columbus had the momentum and chances in the final minutes but failed to capitalize, extending its winless streak to six games.