MLS Game Summary - Chicago at Columbus|
(Saturday, April 25, 2009)
From The Sports Network
Final Score: Columbus 2, Chicago 2
Columbus, OH (Sports Network) - Brian McBride and Gonzalo Segares scored in the
final five minutes as the Chicago Fire rallied for a 2-2 tie against the 10-man
Columbus Crew on Saturday at Crew Stadium.
Chicago (2-0-4) improved its season-opening unbeaten streak to six matches - a
first in franchise history - and moved back atop the Eastern Conference.
The Fire, who trailed by two goals at halftime, rallied after Columbus defender
Gino Padula was ejected. McBride scored his league-high fifth goal in the 86th,
and Segares added the match-tying goal in the 88th.
Columbus (0-2-4), which won the MLS Cup under ex-coach Sigi Schmid last season,
remained winless in its first six matches under new coach Robert Warzycha. Chad
Marshall and Alejandro Moreno scored for the Crew.
Reigning MLS MVP Guillermo Barros Schelotto, who was off to a weird start with
three goals and no assists in five matches, just missed his fourth goal of the
season in the opening 10 minutes. He struck a nice turning volley, but Chicago
goalie Jon Busch tipped the ball over the crossbar.
Schelotto continued to create, and nearly forced Chicago defender Logan Pause
into an own goal minutes later. Schelotto tried to send a ball into the box and
Pause headed to clear, but the ball sailed by Busch and off the left post.
Columbus broke through in the 25th minute when Schelotto picked out Marshall on
a free kick. Schelotto bent the pass into the far side of the penalty area, and
Marshall headed back inside the right post past a diving Busch.
Moreno had a great individual effort in the 34th minute to push the Crew's edge
to two goals. With Busch waiting to a pick up a slow rolling ball on the side
of the area, Moreno sneaked in and tapped the ball off his fingertips. Moreno
then did well to get to the ball near the end line, tap it by a sprawling Busch
again, dribble around a defender and score into the right side.
Marshall and Moreno combined for 16 goals last year - including the postseason
- but were scoreless in their first eight combined appearances this season.
Chicago did not do much for the first 55 minutes but was handed a lifeline in
the 57th when Padula got a red card after a foul on Cuauhtemoc Blanco. Although
the foul didn't seem to be that bad, the card was immediately shown, and Blanco
stayed down on the ground in pain.
Chicago's chances were still limited, though, with John Thorrington's blast in
the 67th - which was cleared by the Crew's Eric Brunner - one of the few decent
shots until the final minutes..
The Fire, who scored 10 goals through their first five matches and led the MLS
in scoring, finally cut the deficit in half in the 86th minute when McBride got
under a cross from Patrick Nyarko to head the ball into the right side from the
edge of the six-yard box.
Segares, who picked up the second assist on McBride's goal, notched the tying
goal two minutes later after a quick passing combo from Chris Rolfe and Tim
Ward. Rolfe and Ward made two quick passes on the edge of the area, with Ward
dropping the ball off to Segares outside the top of the box.
Segares hit the ball first-time and it swerved past Andy Gruenebaum, who played
in place of injured starter Wil Hesmer, and into the left side.
Columbus will try to end its season-long winless skid on May 2 when it visits
Toronto FC. Chicago will try to extend its undefeated run when it hosts Seattle
Sounders FC on May 2.
04/25 21:23:19 ET