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MLS Game Summary - Real Salt Lake at Columbus



(Saturday, April 24, 2010)

From The Sports Network

Final Score: Columbus 1, Real Salt Lake 0

Columbus, OH (Sports Network) - Guillermo Barros Schelotto scored his third goal in as many matches, leading the Columbus Crew to a 1-0 win over Real Salt Lake on Saturday at soggy Crew Stadium.

Schelotto converted a penalty kick in the 38th minute, and William Hesmer made four saves - one a late breakaway Real striker Robbie Findley - for his second shutout of the season.

Columbus (2-0-1), which has finished with the best record in MLS the last two seasons, avenged last season's playoff loss to Real Salt Lake.

Real Salt Lake (1-3-1) defeated Columbus in the opening round of the playoffs, and then beat the Chicago Fire and Los Angeles Galaxy to win the league title. RSL, which won just twice on the road last season, has lost three of its four away from home already this season.

Real Salt Lake created the first chance in the 10th minute when Alvaro Saborio drove in alone on goal. Hesmer sprinted off his line and dove to steal of the ball off Saborio's shoelaces to prevent a shot.

Schelotto set up the Crew's first chance in the 15th when he swung a cross to Andy Iro at the far post but the defender headed nearly straight down into the wet ground and the ball then bounced over the crossbar.

Columbus took the lead in the final 10 minutes of the half when Real Salt Lake midfielder Robbie Russell knocked down Robbie Rogers inside the box. Schelotto drove the penalty to the left side and, although Real goalie Nick Rimando dove that way, converted for his third goal of the season.

Schelotto set up a chance for Columbus early in the second half off a corner, but then the Crew relied on Hesmer to preserve the victory.

Real didn't put Hesmer under a lot of pressure until the final 10 minutes, and Nelson Gonzalez presented the first big test off a free kick from 19 yards. He drove the ball around the Crew's thee-man wall and had the left side in sight, but Hesmer dove across the goal and made a one-handed save in the 81st.

Findley, who came off the bench early in the second half, broke in alone after a Crew player fell down outside the area and tried to slip a shot by Hesmer at the near post, but was denied by another fine save.

Hesmer made another point-blank stop in the 89th, although the shot was called back for a foul, and Columbus held on through five minutes of extra time.

Columbus remained perfect at home with two wins in two matches, and has yet to concede a goal at Crew Stadium this season. The Crew topped Toronto FC 2-0 in their other home match.

Real Salt Lake hosts Toronto and Columbus visits Seattle Sounders FC on May 1.

04/24 21:43:12 ET