The Columbus Crew and the San Jose Earthquakes played to a 0-0 tie Saturday night in front of 14,109 fans at Crew Stadium. The night was very entertaining and eventful. Brian McBride became the Crew’s first player in their Circle of Honor, Andy Iro and Leandre Griffit made appearances in the Nordecke, and Guillermo Barros Schelotto and Gino Padula connected with fans after the game. Newest Crew member Tony Tchani was also at the game and was interviewed at halftime. With the tie, Columbus is now 7-5-7 on the season (28 points), and the Earthquakes move to 5-6-8 (23 points).
In the 38th minute, Crew goalie William Hesmer tipped a far shot from Simon Dawkins over the crossbar.
The Crew had a chance to take a 1-0 lead into the break, but couldn’t capitalize. Midfielder Robbie Rogers was sent through on goal by Eric Gehrig, but Rogers couldn’t get the ball past former Crew goalie Jon Busch, as his shot was saved out of bounds for a corner kick.
At halftime, the Crew honored great Brian McBride, making him the team’s first member in their Circle of Honor. His name was added to the west side of the stadium, and a video was played with players from around the league (and Don Garber and Mark McCullers) expressing their gratitude to all McBride has done for MLS, the Crew, and U.S. soccer. McBride addressed the crowd for a final time, tearing up a bit. He then made his way over to the Nordecke, where fans cheered, “Thank you Brian.”
William Hesmer made another great save in the 60th minute. Off a long punt by Jon Busch, the ball bounced into the Crew’s penalty box. Simon Dawkins got on the end of it, but his shot was saved by a jumping Hesmer’s left foot.
Andres Mendoza had the best chance of the game in 74th minute. His pass to Robbie Rogers was deflected right back to him and sent him clear in on goal. However, another great save was made, and Mendoza’s right footed shot couldn’t find the back of the net.
Speaking of great saves, William Hesmer made arguably the best one of the night a minute later. Rafael Baca sent in a cross from the right side. Last year’s MLS Golden Boot Winner, Chris Wondolowski, got his head on the end of it and tried to redirect the ball back across goal. Hesmer was able to make a diving, fingertip save to keep the game 0-0.
The Crew will now head to LA to play the Galaxy on Wednesday night. San Jose also plays on Wednesday at home against the Vancouver Whitecaps.
Columbus: William Hesmer, Sebastian Miranda, Chad Marshall, Julius James, Josh Gardner, Eddie Gaven (Justin Meram 79), Eric Gehrig, Emmanuel Ekpo, Robbie Rogers, Bernardo Anor (Tommy Heinemann 58), Andres Mendoza (Jeff Cunningham 79).
San Jose: Jon Busch – Chris Leitch, Jason Hernandez, Bobby Burling, Ramiro Corrales – Jacob Peterson (Rafael Baca, 62’), Brad Ring, Khari Stephenson, Simon Dawkins (Sam Cronin, 93+) – Chris Wondolowski, Steven Lenhart (Scott Sealy, 73’).