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MLS Game Summary - Columbus at Philadelphia



(Thursday, Aug. 5, 2010)

From The Sports Network

Final Score: Columbus 2, Philadelphia 1

Chester, PA (Sports Network) - Substitute Steven Lenhart scored twice to lead the Columbus Crew to a 2-1 win Thursday night over the Philadelphia Union in Major League Soccer at PPL Park.

Lenhart scored on each side of half for his third and fourth goals of the year and the Crew (11-4-4) opened a 10-point lead atop the Eastern Conference.

Sebastien Le Toux converted a penalty kick in first-half stoppage time for his team-leading ninth goal for the Union (4-9-3), who dropped 22 points off the pace in the East.

Lenhart notched his first goal in the 43rd minute, when he turned a free kick from Guillermo Barros Schelotto past Union goalkeeper Chris Seitz. Schelotto lofted the free kick perfectly to the top of the six-yard box, and Lenhart got enough space against Union defender Jordan Harvey to head past Seitz.

The Union tied the match before half after Crew defender Frankie Hejduk earned a card for a foul on Le Toux in the area in stoppage time. Le Toux then buried the penalty kick into the right side of the net past a diving Columbus goalie William Hesmer.

Columbus quickly regained the lead after halftime, and Hejduk started the play with a quick pass out of the back. Schelotto headed a pass from Hejduk to Crew forward Emilio Renteria, who drove down the right before crossing to Lenhart.

Lenhart ran onto the pass and dove in front of Union defender Danny Califf to head the ball inside the right post from close range in the 50th minute, as he scored both goals within 22 minutes of entering the match.

Philadelphia had a late chance to tie the match on a scramble in front of the net, but substitute Jack McInerney couldn't get to a loose ball in time at the right post and the ball deflected wide in the 85th minute.

Philadelphia will try to bounce back from its second home defeat of the season on Sunday when it visits FC Dallas. Columbus returns to MLS play on Aug. 14 at Real Salt Lake.

08/05 22:36:04 ET