August 22, 2012
Crew slips past TFC, United gains ground
COLUMBUS CREW 2, TORONTO FC 1
|Lionard Pajoy celebrates his fist goal with DC United with team mate Dwayne De Rosario.
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COLUMBUS, Ohio--- Federico Higuaín scored a goal and added an assist, leading the Columbus Crew to a 2-1 win over Toronto FC at Columbus Crew Stadium Wednesday.
The Crew’s new designated played squared a ball across the top of the area to Eddie Gaven, whose hard shot deflected off a Toronto player and into the net giving Columbus the lead just four minutes in.
Higuain extended the Crew’s lead in the 58th minute with his first MLS goal. After a buildup from midfield and several touches around the penalty area, Gaven headed the ball down to Higuain, who deftly touched it to Jairo Arrieta. Arrieta played the ball back to Higuain near the penalty spot, and he volleyed it off the crossbar into the net.
Toronto got one back in the 71st minute. Quincy Amarikwa laid the ball off to Eric Hassli, who played it through for Luis Silva breaking in from midfield. Silva slotted the ball under Columbus goalkeeper Andy Gruenebaum.
The Crew improve to 9-8-6, 33 pts, while Toronto falls to 5-15-5, 20 pts and are on a five game winless skid.
DC UNITED 4, CHICAGO FIRE 2
WASHINGTON, DC---DC United made up some ground on the Chicago Fire with a 4-2 win at R.F.K. Stadium Wednesday night.
The loss didn’t change the Fire’s spot in the table, but it put DC just a point back of them in fifth place in the East with a 12-8-4 record and 40 points. Chicago falls to 12-8-5 with 41 points.
Dwayne De Rosario gave DC United the lead in the 19th minute, poking in a Chris Pontius cross for his sixth goal of the season.
It looked like DC would go into the half with a 1-0 lead, but the Fire managed a nice buildup from midfield with Sherjill MacDonald making a run down the middle of the field and dishing the ball off to Marco Pappa, who was near the edge of the penalty area. Pappa fed the ball to Daniel Paladini for the finish past DC goalkeeper Bill Hamid.
DC answered just seconds later. Andy Najar controlled the ball down the right wing and sent a beautifully-timed cross to the opposite post, where recently-acquired striker Lionard Pajoy went up for the header and nodded the ball past Johnson for his first DC goal.
United increased their lead to two goals in the 51st minute, following a corner kick that was cleared. Chris Korb picked it up some 35 yards out and lobbed a soft high ball to the opposite side of the area, and Brandon McDonald turned his head just enough to gently direct it inside the left post.
Chicago pulled within one in the 75th minute. Pavel Pardo teed up a long free kick from the right side about 35 yards out and sent a ball floating to the far side of the area. As he was falling down, Gonzalo Segares got his head on the ball and sent it to the inside of the right post.
But De Rosario helped put the final nail in the Fire’s coffin in the 89th minute, slipping a ball from near the end line on the right side to second half sub Long Tan, who put it past the exasperated Johnson.
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