MLS Game Summary - Columbus at Real Salt Lake|
(Thursday, April 2, 2009)
From The Sports Network
Final Score: Real Salt Lake 4, Columbus 1
Sandy, UT (Sports Network) - Last season the Columbus Crew started the season
with six wins in their first seven Major League Soccer fixtures en route to
the Supporters' Shield and MLS Cup trophies.
But in 2009, the season has a much different feel with the champions
winless in their first three league fixtures.
The latest setback occurred Thursday night with the Crew (0-1-2) being
dominated by Real Salt Lake, 4-1, in the Utah side's home opener.
Robbie Findley scored his first career hat trick while Kyle Beckerman added a
goal to help the home side earn it's first win of the young season.
RSL started its onslaught early when Findley scored in the second minute.
Canadian international Will Johnson blasted a free kick from about 35 yards
out on goal before Crew goalkeeper Will Hesmer knocked it to the top of the
six-yard box. Findley pounced on the errant clearance and knocked it home for
his first goal of the season.
The Crew were able to equalize about 20 minutes later on a short corner kick
taken by Guillermo Barros Schelotto. The Argentine veteran played the ball to
fullback Gino Padula, who crossed into the six. After the ball deflected off
RSL's Clint Mathis, Jason Garey snapped it home for his first goal of the
The home side was able to take a 2-1 lead into halftime thanks to another
blunder from Hesmer just before the half-hour mark, however. After midfielder
Brian Carroll played the ball back to the normally steady 'keeper, he blasted
it right to Findley at the top of the penalty area. Findley then drove in on
goal alone, deked around Hesmer and calmly touched the ball into the net for
his second goal of the game.
Findley completed the hat trick just after the hour mark when fellow striker
Yura Movsisyan crossed the ball from the left side. The third-year
professional then skied in the middle of the box and headed home to make it
Beckerman closed out the scoring five minutes later when he headed a Mathis
corner kick past Hesmer for his first goal of the season.
Columbus has little time to recover from the loss with a game Sunday night in
Carson, Calif. vs. a 2-0-0 Chivas USA side. Real Salt Lake (1-1-0) is off
until April 11, when it hosts D.C. United at Rio Tinto Stadium.
04/02 23:17:49 ET