Taxi Fountas scored his sixth goal of the season and also provided an important assist as D.C. United came back from a goal down twice to secure a 2-2 tie against visiting Inter Miami on Saturday night.
D.C. (8-9-6, 30 points) won a point despite allowing two goals for the fourth time in their past six games, as Nigel Robertha scored only seconds after entering the game.
Tata Martino failed to win his managerial debut for Miami, which is winless in its last ten games but has drew three in a row since Marino’s hire was announced.
Fountas has now scored in consecutive games, each time assisting D.C. in overcoming a significant absence. Mateusz Klich, the team’s assists leader, was out this occasion due to a yellow card accumulation suspension.
For visiting Miami (5-13-3, 18 points), Benjamin Cremaschi and Noah Allen each scored their first professional goals. The team is likely to welcome World Cup-winning great Lionel Messi later this month.
Despite allowing two goals, Drake Callender made seven stops for the visitors. In a game where all of the goals came after halftime, D.C. led 16-11 in total shots and 9-6 in shots on goal.
After Cremaschi scored on a feed from Robert Taylor, Fountas responded with an outstanding team goal.
Donovan Pines delivered a long ball down the left to Yamil Asad, who then played a brilliant backheel pass to Cristian Dajome.
Dajome sent a pass to his right, and Fountas curled a right-footed shot past Callender’s dive and inside the far-right post.
Allen put Miami back in front three minutes later with a free kick from the right that fizzed through traffic and into the far left corner.
In the 77th minute, D.C. equalized for the second time. This time, Fountas was the spark, sending a ball down the right to Ruan, who promptly drove in a corner cross.
With Callender stranded at the opposite post, Robertha met it at the back post with a one-time finish into an open goal.