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MLS Game Summary - Columbus at Chivas USA



(Saturday, July 31, 2010)

From The Sports Network

Final Score: Chivas USA 3, Columbus 1

Carson, CA (Sports Network) - Chivas USA rolled to a surprising 3-1 win over the Columbus Crew at The Home Depot Center on Saturday behind a pair of late first-half goals.

Justin Braun tallied his seventh goal of the season in the 37th minute before Blair Gavin scored shortly before halftime, doubling the lead. Carlos Borja then notched his first MLS goal in the 53rd minute, putting Chivas well on its way to three points before a late goal from Steven Lenhart spoiled the clean sheet.

The Goats victory gives the team eight points from its last four games following a six-game losing skid, while Columbus saw its modest two-game win streak halted.

Rodolfo Espinoza provided the service on the opening goal with a left-wing cross toward the middle of the penalty area that was met by a powerful header from Braun, who sent the ball sailing past goalkeeper Will Hesmer and inside the right post.

The lead was then doubled thanks to some poor defending by the Crew, with Chivas goalkeeper Dan Kennedy starting the move with a long clearance from the back.

The Crew back line allowed the ball to bounce, and after it came off of a defender, Gavin pounced to fire the ball past Hesmer.

It took only eight minutes into the second half for Chivas to take complete control as Giancarlo Maldonado assisted on Borja's goal before Lenhart took down a cross from Jason Garey and lobbed the ball over the head of Kennedy for a goal two minutes from time for the Crew.

08/01 00:31:31 ET