August 29, 2012
Man down Crew stuns Union in stoppage time
COLUMBUS CREW 2, PHILADELPHIA UNION 1
|Dwayne De Rosario scored his 100th career MLS goal Wednesday night.
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CHESTER, Pa.---Eddie Gaven scored in the fifth minute of stoppage time to give the man-down Columbus Crew a 2-1 win over the Philadelphia Union at PPL Park Wednesday night.
The goal was masterminded by the Crew's new designated player, Federico Higuain. Making a run across the field, Higuain spotted Justin Meram whose shot was blocked by Union goalkeeper Zac MacMath. The rebound fell to Gaven who poked it in for the winner.
The Union got the man advantage in the 69th minute when Josh Williams was red cared following a foul on Antoine Hoppenot. Hoppenot also received a yellow at the same time.
The Union went up inside the first half hour, after Chris Birchall was yellow carded for a foul on Michael Farfan. Carlos Valdes teed up the free kick from 30 yards. His shot deflected off Gaven in the wall. Crew goalkeeper, Matt Lampson got a hand on it, but it managed to settle in the net.
Columbus tied it up in the 41st minute, also as the result of a free kick after Dilly Duka was fouled by Sheanon Williams. Higuain, sent a ball into the area from 24 yards out off the left corner. Williams got a header on it and put the ball inside the left post.
Columbus moves to 39 points with an 11-8-6 record. The Union drop to 7-13-4 with 25 points.
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NEW YORK RED BULLS 2, DC UNITED 2
WASHINGTON, D.C. --Dwayne De Rosario scored his 100th career MLS goal to give DC United a lead they could not hold on to, as the New York Red Bulls Wilman Conde scored in the 88th minute to lift the visitors into a 2-2 draw at RFK Stadium.
Conde, finding all sorts of space off a D.C. clearance, fired a right-footed bullet into the right side of the net to equalize.
De Ro became the seventh player in Major League history to reach the 100-goal barrier in the 68th minute to give the hosts a 2-1 lead. De Rosario knocked in a long ball past netminder Bill Gaudette at the top of the penalty area.
But Conde had some other plans as he celebrated his 30th birthday with his first goal as a Red Bull. A left-footed player, Conde took the winning shot with his right foot.
The tie left the Red Bulls (13-8-7, 46 points) in second place in the Eastern Conference while United moved to 13-9-5 and 44 points.
Joel Lindpere lifted the visitors into a 1-0 lead in the 17th minute . Thierry Henry, back from paternity leave due to the birth of his son, pushed the ball to Lindpere while he fell to the ground. The Estonian international found some room on the left side and blasted a 15-yard shot past Hamid for his fourth goal of the season.
The Red Bulls allowed United to score barely two minutes later.
Central defender Markus Holgersson set the stage as he failed to clear the ball out of danger. The ball eventually came to De Rosario, who fed rookie Nick De Leon in the penalty area. De Leon slotted the ball past Gaudette for a 1-1 deadlock in the 21st minute.
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CHIVAS USA 3, NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION 3
FOXBOROUGH, Mass.---Shalrie Joseph made a triumphant return to Gillette Stadium, scoring a pair of first-half goals to negate a Saer Sene brace as Chivas USA overcame an early two-goal deficit to earn a 3-3 draw and extend the New England Revolution's winless streak to nine games.
The Revolution (6-14-6, 24 points) jumped to an early lead behind Sene’s tenth goal of the season.
Sene brought down a fourth minute pass over the top of the Chivas defense from Chris Tierney. After defender Rauwshan McKenzie flubbed the clearance off Sene’s initial effort, the golden crested Frenchman made no mistake on his second attempt, rifling a left-footed half-volley across the goalmouth past a flailing Dan Kennedy.
New England doubled their lead in the eleventh minute, when rookie Kelyn Rowe, starting off the right flank, got to the end line past veteran left back Ante Jazic and sent a low cross into the box that Jerry Bengtson appeared initially to get a toe on, although the official ruling was an own goal from McKenzie.
Sene made it a first-half brace in the 21st minute, collecting a loose ball 25 yards from goal, then turning and firing a rocket that was still rising as it rippled the net behind a stunned Kennedy.
Joseph got one back for the Goats a minute later, elevating above Ryan Guy and nodding a header home off a Nick LaBrocca corner kick as Matt Reis was late to arrive for the punch.
Joseph reduced the deficit to a goal in the waning moments of the first half, galloping from the center circle onto a square ball from Juan Agudelo and letting loose with a left-footed drive from just beyond the arc that eluded Reis as the Revolution ‘keeper dove right.
The Goats started the second half the way they ended the first and found the equalizer less than two minutes after intermission.
Agudelo collected a throw-in in the right corner and sent a cross through the box that Casey Townsend headed back toward the spot for Ecuadoran midfielder Miller Bolanos to volley past Reis as defender Stephen McCarthy watched flat-footed.
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