On Saturday night, Ohio brought the lightning, but David Villa and Ethan Finlay brought the thunder.
A weather delay pushed back the start by 45 minutes, but the two combatants made up for it with five second half goals -- including one apiece in stoppage time -- as NYCFC and the Columbus Crew drew at the Mapfre Stadium, 3-3.
Villa and Finlay each finished with a brace.
For Patrick Vieira's Blues, Frank Lampard opened the scoring to secure his ninth goal in his last ten games, Tony Taylor started for Jack Harrison on the right wing, and center backs Maxime Chanot and Frederic Brillant were kept busy all night by the Crew attack.
By the end, however, Finlay and Iraq international Justin Meram did what they needed to do. Their three combined goals marked the first time either had scored in MLS play since the last time the two teams met on April 16th. Finlay's frantic equalizer, mere seconds from the final whistle, ensured that New York City would have to wait yet again for its first-ever win against Columbus, the only Eastern Conference team they've yet to defeat overall.
But you'll take any point on the road, right?
"It was, I think, the type of game everybody enjoyed," Vieira said after the match. "I think both teams, at times, played well. It was a drama, if you call it like that, and I hope the fans enjoyed it."
Personally, being forced to watch NYCFC defend oodles of corner kicks and crosses is not what I consider enjoyment, but a result is a result.
Next up for the Blues: a return to Yankee Stadium to host the Galacticos of Los Angeles. The action touches off at 3:30pm ET Saturday on ESPN.