McInerney scores winner in home debut for Crew

Columbus Crew

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Jack McInerney scored the go-ahead goal in the 88th minute in his home debut and the Columbus Crew beat Sporting Kansas City 3-2 on Saturday night.

Michael Parkhurst sent a long ball to Federico Higuain, who forced goalkeeper Tim Melia to make a diving save that deflected to McInerney. The open tap-in was McInerney’s 37th career goal. He is the second youngest MLS player (23) to reach that mark behind the Crew’s Stern John (1998-99).

Tony Tchani tied it for the Crew (10-8-8) in the 80th minute, finishing Tyson Wahl’s glancing header.

Graham Zusi gave Sporting (11-6-7) a 2-1 lead in the 62nd minute with a right-footed blast from the top left corner of the 18-yard box.

Marcel de Jong opened the scoring in the 14th minute for Sporting and Ethan Finlay answered for the Crew in the 35th minute.

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