Rookie Miguel Berry fell 78 seconds back in the second half to lead the Columbus Crew to a 3-2 win over visiting FC Cincinnati on Friday to end a six game losing streak.
Berry equalized 2-2 in the 81st minute, then had in the 83rd minute.
After a 1-1 at halftime, Cincinnati (3-9-8, 17 points) went in the 74).
Coming in in the 73rd minute, Berry has scored three goals in six games – all of them in two games against Cincinnati.
The crew took a 1-0 lead in the 45th minute with a Lucas Zelarayan free-kick before Ronald Matarrita tied on points after a corner kick in the third minute of stoppage time in the first half.
Atanga scored in his 13th game in a series of saves from Kenneth Vermeer on the counter to keep Cincinnati balanced.
But Vermeer couldn’t handle a Pedro Santos shot and passed the rebound to Berry to equalize. He then had a rebound hit Cincinnati Gustavo Vallecilla before finding Berry the winner.
The ending was befitting of the Hell is Real rivalry.
Zelarayan, a surprise starter after playing the first 30 minutes for the MLS All-Stars against the Mexican Liga MX in Los Angeles on Wednesday, scored his seventh goal of the season with a free kick from 24 yards by hitting the ball over the wall in the direction of the top left corner.
It was his fifth free kick goal of the season to set the club record, one more than Robert Warzycha did in 2000.
Zelarayan’s stunner was outdone by Mataritta. Cincinnati’s last corner was cleared with Mataritta’s left foot and the defender cleared the ball, shooting a shot from 22 yards for his first goal of the season and fifth in 120 MLS career games.