Columbus Crew came from two goals down to record a 2-2 draw with Mexican club Toluca in the CONCACAF Champions League quarter-finals.
Toluca hit the front at Columbus Crew Stadium in the 19th minute through Brazilian midfielder Zinha before Antonio Rios Martinez made it 2-0 a minute before half-time.
But 23-year old Crew forward Steven Lenhart hit back twice for the home team with goals in the 65th and 83rd minutes to set up an enthralling second leg tie.
Lenhart’s first goal was a sublime piece of skill as he turned in the box after controlling with his chest before half-volleying into the back of the net.
Crew will now prepare for the return leg at Toluca’s Nemesio Diez and although they are equal on goals, the Mexicans take an away goal advantage into their home leg.
Columbus will welcome back last season’s top goalscorer Guillermo Barros Schelotto and USA defender Frankie Hejduk for the second leg to be played on March 17.