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  • June 4, 2014
  • • 19:30
  • • Columbus Crew Stadium, Columbus, Ohio
  • Referee: B. Toledo
  • • Attendance: 11121
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Columbus Crew 1-1 Real Salt Lake: Finlay goal salvages draw

Columbus Crew 1-1 Real Salt Lake: Finlay goal salvages draw

Russell Isabella

The forward continued his run of good form with a late equalizer, and now has three goals and an assist in his last four games.

The Columbus Crew spurned a penalty chance and needed a late goal to avoid a home loss against Real Salt Lake in Ohio.

Columbus could have taken an early lead when it was awarded a penalty in the 11th minute. Augustin Viana was knocked over by Rich Balchan in the area, but Federico Higuain shot the spot kick over the bar.

It was RSL who would open the scoring, with Luis Gil finding the net in the 56th minute. Crew goalkeeper Steve Clarke saved Kenny Mansally's long shot, but spilled it wide, and Gil picked out the far post.

Ethan Finlay saved the Crew from a second straight loss with his third goal in four games. The 23-year-old chipped Jeff Attinella with a first-time shot from a wide position, capitalizing on Ben Speas' through ball.

The Crew move into the playoff spots with their 4-5-5 record, but one point back, Toronto has four games in hand. RSL stays second in the West and the overall standings with their 6-1-7 record. The three-game winless stretch the Claret-and-Cobalt are currently experiencing is their longest of 2014.

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