The Columbus Crew defeated the Portland Timbers Saturday night, 1-0, in front of 11,246 fans in Crew Stadium. Eddie Gaven scored his third goal of the season, and the only goal of the game, in the 79th minute to secure the win for Columbus. With the win, the Crew move to 8-6-7 on the season (31 points) and are currently tied for first place in the Eastern Conference. The Timbers move to 6-10-3 (21 points) and are second to last in the West.
Portland midfielder Darlington Nagbe had two shots in the first half that went just wide of the goal. However, neither team could put the ball in the net, and the first half ended 0-0.
In the 60th minute, Chad Marshall almost had his first goal of the year. Off a Dejan Rusmir corner kick, Marshall out jumped former Crew defender Eric Brunner and redirected the ball to goal. His header beat Timbers goalie Troy Perkins, but Darlington Nagbe was able to clear the ball off the line, off the crossbar, and out of danger. Replays show the ball may have completely crossed the line, but the goal wasn’t given, and the score remained 0-0.
The Crew were able to break the deadlock in the 79th minute. Robbie Rogers crossed the ball into the box from the left side. His cross found Kevin Burns’ head, who headed it straight into a Timbers player. The ball fell to Tommy Heinemann, who poked the ball with his left foot towards the goal. His shot went off the post, but Eddie Gaven was able to get onto the rebound and put the ball into the back of the net. Gaven’s shot went off Mamadou Danso’s waist, who was standing on the goal line. It was originally ruled an own goal, but credit was later given to Gaven. The game ended without many other chances, and the Crew were 1-0 winners.
Emilio Renteria made his first appearance since May 21st. He came on in the 66th minute and injected a lot of energy into the Crew.
Columbus plays this Tuesday in a friendly match against Newcastle United at Crew Stadium. Portland also plays a friendly match at home on Tuesday, against Independiente.
Columbus Crew – Andy Gruenebaum, Sebastian Miranda (Cole Grossman 78), Chad Marshall, Julius James, Josh Gardner, Eddie Gaven, Emmanuel Ekpo, Dejan Rusmir (Kevin Burns 66), Robbie Rogers, Tommy Heinemann, Jeff Cunningham (Emilio Renteria 66).
Portland Timbers – Troy Perkins, Lovel Palmer, Eric Brunner, Mamadou Danso, Rodney Wallace, Darlington Nagbe (Peter Lowry 78), James Marcelin, Jack Jewsbury, Diego Chara (Sal Zizzo 74), Kalif Alhassan, Jorge Perlaza (Kenny Cooper 46).