MLS Game Summary - Los Angeles vs. Columbus|
(Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2012)
From The Sports Network
Final Score: Los Angeles 1, Columbus 1
Columbus, OH (Sports Network) - The Columbus Crew returned to the pitch on
Wednesday with a 1-1 draw against the Los Angeles Galaxy at Crew Stadium.
Columbus, which postponed its match at weekend to mourn the loss of midfielder
Kirk Urso, came out firing on all cylinders and eventually went in front
thanks to Jairo Arrieta's second-half strike.
But the Crew would have to settle for a point against the reigning MLS Cup
champions as Robbie Keane continued his fine season with an equalizer in the
The result helps Columbus (8-8-5) improve to 29 points, bringing the club to
within seven points of a playoff position. The Crew return to action Sunday
with a trip to BBVA Compass Stadium to face the Houston Dynamo.
Los Angeles (11-11-4) moves into a three-way tie for third place in the
Western Conference as it sits level with Seattle Sounders FC and Vancouver
Whitecaps FC on 37 points apiece, although the Sounders and Whitecaps hold
three and two games in hand, respectively. The Galaxy will enjoy a short
break, playing their next match on August 26 against FC Dallas.
The Crew could have found themselves up by several goals at halftime had it
not been for the heroic play of goalkeeper Josh Saunders, who denied Eddie
Gaven and Chris Birchall on multiple scoring chances throughout the opening
But Saunders was largely at fault for conceding the opening goal just two
minutes after the break.
Arrieta collected a ball played wide to the left flank and drifted inside to
the top of the box. The Galaxy defense laid off and the Crew striker took
advantage, firing a left-footed shot that Saunders was unable to keep out of
the net. The Galaxy 'keeper got both hands to the effort, but the ball slipped
underneath and trickled into the back of the net for Arrieta's third goal of
The Galaxy clawed their way back though, and it was the team's leading scorer
who provided the finishing touch.
Sean Franklin beat his defender in a one-on-one situation wide on the right
and slipped a square ball to the top of the six-yard box. Keane narrowly beat
the offside trap to turn in the delivery uncontested, netting his 11th goal of
08/15 21:14:35 ET