MLS Game Summary - D.C. United at Columbus|
(Sunday, Oct. 2, 2011)
From The Sports Network
Final Score: Columbus 2, D.C. United 1
Columbus, OH (Sports Network) - The Columbus Crew snapped its three-game
losing streak with a 2-1 victory over Eastern Conference rivals D.C. United at
Crew Stadium on Sunday.
The win also put a halt to the Crew's six-match winless skid as well as
lifting the team to second place in the East. With 44 points on the season,
they only trail leaders Sporting Kansas City by one point.
D.C. United's Daniel Woolard put his side in front in the first half, but he
surrendered an own goal on the other side of halftime before Eddie Gaven
completed the comeback for Columbus.
Woolard tallied his first goal of the season and just the second of his career
in the 37th minute. Dwayne De Rosario sent a free kick into the box and an
unmarked Woolard redirected the ball past Will Hesmer to give United the lead
going into the half.
But Woolard went from hero to villain early in the second half when a shot
heading toward goal clipped the D.C. United defender and trickled past
goalkeeper Bill Hamid to see Columbus go level.
Columbus then took the lead in the 60th minute following an impressive finish
from Gaven. Sebastian Miranda delivered a cross that Gaven met with a diving
header, sending his effort into the upper corner with power and pace to give
the Crew all three points.
D.C. United missed an opportunity to move into a playoff spot after Red Bull
New York was held to a 1-1 at Toronto FC on Saturday. United remain in sixth
place in the East with 38 points on the season.
Both sides return to action on Oct. 15, as Columbus (12-12-8) will face the
New England Revolution at Gillette Stadium, while D.C. (9-10-11) will host the
fellow playoff-hopeful Portland Timbers.
10/02 18:20:34 ET