Cucha Hernandez equalized in the 83rd minute in his MLS debut and Derrick Etienne Jr. scored twice as the Columbus Crew overcame a two-goal second-half deficit to beat the Chicago Fire 3-0 on Saturday: 2.

Hernandez deflected the ball off Luis Diaz, who had two assists, and fired a shot past goalkeeper Gabriel Slovina in the left post as the team (6-5-7, 25 points) extended its unbeaten streak to six (3-0-3).

The Fire (4-10-5) got goals from Rafael Sijas in the 29th and Chris Muller in the 41st to take a 2-0 lead. The Crew started their campaign when Etienne and Diaz were inserted early in the second half.

Etienne scored goals in the 63rd and 75th minutes and made the score 2:2. He scored five goals for the team this season.

Hernandez entered the field in the 62nd minute. The 23-year-old Colombian scored five goals for Watford of the English Premier League in the 2021-22 season before signing for the Crew on June 8 for the biggest transfer fee ($10 million) in the club’s history.

The Fire, whose 16 goals were the fewest in the Eastern Conference, took the lead with Chijos’ first MLS goal in his 14th game when Muller headed in a cross from the line.

Muller doubled the lead against a disorganized defence, making a late run into the center of the box to slot home an unmarked shot from John Duran’s pass.

Columbus turned with precision to one thanks to Etienne. Lucas Zelarayan made a precise pass that split the defense, allowing Etienne to have an open look from the left flank.

Zelarayan was the catalyst for the second goal in transition. He drew the defense before sending the ball to his right where Diaz found Etienne with a pass.

After Hernandez’s goal in the 90th minute, the Fire were reduced to 10 men when Miguel Navarro was shown a red card for violent conduct.

–Field-level media

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