Columbus Crew 1-1 Charlotte FC: Crew, Crown share the points
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Charlotte FC picked up just their second-ever point on the road as they drew 1-1 with the Columbus Crew at Lower.com Field.

The Crew struck first as Erik Hurtado took advantage of a heavy touch by Kristjian Kahlina to put the hosts in front.

Andre Shinyashiki equalized in the 49th minute with an unstoppable shot, his third goal since being traded to Charlotte from Colorado on May 3rd.

It was the first time in franchise history that CLTFC picked up a point away from home when conceding first.

Story of the match

Charlotte started the match conservatively, trying to create chances with long passes and on the counterattack. Eloy Room was called on to make just one save in the first half.

In the 37th minute, a poor back pass by the visitors was intercepted by Miguel Berry, who found Hurtado, but he wasn't able to cross his defender.

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Four minutes later, he put the Crew ahead. The ball bounced off of CLTFC goalkeeper Kristijan Kahlina with his first touch and fell to a charging Hurtado, who buried his chance.

Four minutes after halftime, Charlotte leveled. The ball took a deflection in the penalty area from a Tito Ortiz shot and Shinyashiki picked it up and fired into the left side of the net, leaving Room with no chance.

The 58th minute brought Columbus' best chance of the second half  Another interception led to a counter led by Hurtado. He was felled by defender Guzman Corujo, but nothing was given.

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More controversy ensued six minutes from time as winger Derrick Etienne Jr. was brought down as he tried to dribble to the side of the penalty area, but again referee Silviu Petrescu waved play on.

Man of the match: Erik Hurtado

In a match that lacked real quality in the final third for both sides, it was the Mexican who was the most dangerous player on the pitch, nearly drawing a penalty and shortly after that, scoring the opening goal.

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