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MLS Game Summary - Colorado at Columbus



(Saturday, Aug. 21, 2010)

From The Sports Network

Final Score: Columbus 3, Colorado 1

Columbus, OH (Sports Network) - Guillermo Barros Schelotto had a goal and an assist Saturday, leading the Columbus Crew to a 3-1 victory over the Colorado Rapids at Crew Stadium.

Schelotto converted a penalty kick in the eighth minute for his sixth goal of the year, then set up the Crew's final goal off a free kick in the 80th. Jason Garey and Steven Lenhart scored Columbus' other goals.

Columbus (12-5-4) won for the ninth time in 11 home games, and pushed its lead in the Eastern Conference back to six points. Red Bull New York topped Toronto FC, 4-1, earlier Saturday to temporarily close within three points.

Colorado (7-6-7) got its lone goal from Pablo Mastroeni, as the Rapids slipped to 1-3-7 in their last 10 games.

Columbus got off to a perfect start when Eddie Gaven earned a penalty kick for a foul on Colorado goalie Matt Pickens inside 10 minutes. Schelotto drove the penalty inside the left post to give the Crew a quick lead.

Colorado equalized before half when Mastroeni took a pass from Mehdi Ballouchy and set up a right-footed shot from 14 yards that beat Crew goalie Will Hesmer to the bottom right in stoppage time.

Columbus regained the lead early in the second half when Garey latched onto a poor clearance from Colorado defender Marvell Wynne and hit a first-time shot past Pickens from 18 yards to the right post.

Lenhart capped the scoring 10 minutes from time in pouring rain. Schelotto played a free kick from the right to the far side of the box to Chad Marshall and he headed back across the goal to Lenhart. Lenhart just nodded home from a few yards out for his fifth goal of the season.

Columbus hosts FC Dallas in its next match on Aug. 28, when Colorado hosts the Houston Dynamo.

08/21 22:10:55 ET