MLS Game Summary - San Jose at Columbus|
(Saturday, July 16, 2011)
From The Sports Network
Final Score: San Jose 0, Columbus 0
Columbus, OH (Sports Network) - On a night that the Columbus Crew honored one
of its greatest players ever, it certainly could have benefited from his
predatory instincts in front of goal, as Columbus and the San Jose Earthquakes
battled to a 0-0 draw.
The Crew held a special ceremony before kickoff to honor former striker Brian
McBride, but no Columbus player was able to commemorate the occasion with a
In a tame first half, the best chance came in the opening minute for San
Jose's Khari Stephenson. Stephenson collected a Steven Lenhart pass at the top
of the box and hit a rocket that struck the outside of the post and trickled
out of bounds for a goal kick.
Robbie Rogers came closest to scoring for Columbus in the first half, finding
himself one-on-one with 'Quakes keeper Jon Busch in the 43rd minute. Rogers
was unable to convert his opportunity, as Busch made a great reaction save.
Columbus had the much better run of play in the second half, but failed
convert any of the few opportunities it could create.
Earthquakes striker Chris Wondolowski had a golden opportunity to put his side
ahead, but his looping header in the 75th minute was brilliantly tipped over
the crossbar by Crew goalkeeper Will Hesmer, preserving the clean sheet.
Busch made a couple key saves for San Jose in the dying minutes to earn a draw
for his side. After four minutes of stoppage time, the valuable road point was
With the point, Columbus moves into a temporary three-way tie for first place
in the Eastern Conference, as the Philadelphia Union and Red Bull New York are
both set to play later in the weekend.
Both teams return to Major League Soccer action Wednesday night, as the Crew
(7-5-7) travel to The Home Depot Center to face the Los Angeles Galaxy and the
Earthquakes (5-6-8) host the struggling Vancouver Whitecaps FC at Buck Shaw
07/16 21:56:44 ET