Crew Do Everything But Score
- George Pennington
- Sun May 30 2010, 2:13pm GMT
The much-awaited match between the last two unbeaten teams in MLS finally landed at Crew Stadium Saturday night, as Columbus hosted the L.A. Galaxy.
The Crew went into the locker room at halftime down 1-0, thanks to an early goal from Galaxy midfielder Michael Stevens. Steven Lenhart nearly equalized in the 15th minute but narrowly missed a header on a well-placed cross from Robbie Rogers.
In the 83rd minute, midfielder Chris Klein came on the field to replace Sean Franklin and give the Galaxy the insurance they were seeking. Klein stripped Crew defender Andy Iro of the ball and found lone Galaxy forward Tristan Bowen streaking toward the 18 for an easy shot.
Bowen's strike put the game out of reach at 2-0 and prompted a mass exodus from the stands – even the supporters in the Nordecke realized the game was over.
Columbus, playing more aggressively and cohesively than in previous matches, and outshooting the visitors 21-3, were simply unable to capitalize on multiple scoring chances.
Minutes 74 through 78 saw on flurry of chances for the Black and Gold. Forward Guillermo Barros Schelotto leveled three corner kicks in quick succession – one of which Iro knocked off the far post – and forward Jason Garey had a potential equalizer called back for offside.
Despite the loss, the Crew remain at the top of the Eastern Conference, five points ahead of the New York Red Bulls. The Crew will have road games at San Jose and Colorado before the World Cup break.