Columbus Crew Tops Colorado Rapids 3-1
Second half goals from the “Bash Brothers” Jason Garey and Stephen Lenhart helped the Crew to a 3-1 win over Colorado Rapids in front of 16,063 rain soaked fans on Saturday night. The two second half goals came on the back of a fairly lifeless performance from the home side who failed to carry the momentum of a early penalty kick which was dutifully dispatched by the ever reliable Guillermo Barros Schelotto.
Schelottos’s penalty came via the always pressing Eddie Gaven who was brought to the ground inside the Rapids area by goal keeper Matt Pickens whose sliding legs took out the midfielder before making contact with the ball. The converted penalty gave Schelotto his sixth goal of the season.
Unfortunately for the Crew, the rest of the first half failed to to live up to expectation with very few clear chances at either end. The majority of the 40 minutes following Schelotto’s goal were spent in and around the midfield with the Crew seemingly confused about what to do with the rare early lead they’d been given.
While the crowd awaited the half time whistle Pablo Mastroeni did what the Columbus weather had so far held off on doing and dampened the spirits of the onlooking crew faithful by slotting home Colorado’s equalizer and setting up what could have been a nervous second period.
Thankfully the second half proved to be comfortable experience for the black and gold. Jason Garey justified his starting selection early in the second half by bravely latching on to a poor header from Marvell Wynne to put the ball into the Rapids goal ahead of the charging Matt Perkins to give Columbus the lead.
Stephen Lenhart yet again played his all too familiar ‘super sub’ role by coming on for Garey in the 77th minute and finding the back of the net three minutes later by nodding home a Chad Marshall knock back that came from a pin-point Schelotto free kick.
Columbus are now 12-5-4 and maintained their six point lead over second place New York in the Eastern Conference.
The Crew make the trip to Mexico in midweek for a Champions League game against Santos Laguna before returning to Ohio to take on FC Dallas next Saturday night at Crew Stadium.