I’m talking about Eddie Gaven, of course. The midfielder made his first appearance since the August 5th game at Colorado, and proved to be the difference in a very close and important game that broke the Crew’s six game winless streak.
Gaven’s goal was the second for Columbus in a 2-1 win over hated rivals D.C. United. A solid crowd of 15,566 was reported in Crew Stadium. The win moves Columbus to a record of 12-12-8 (44 points), and back into one of the top three spots in the East. D.C.’s playoff chances took a stumble. They are now sitting on 38 points (9-10-11) and are two points out of a playoff spot.
D.C. took the lead before halftime. In the 37th minute, Dwayne De Rosario served in a free kick from the right side of the field. Daniel Woolard was completely unmarked inside the box. He was able to get a foot on the ball, knocking it into the net. Woolard celebrated in front of the Nordecke, not making the soccer gods happy.
Karma paid Woolard a visit in the 48th minute. Andres Mendoza collected a loose ball near the top of the box. His shot took a deflection. The ball fell right to Woolard whose attempt at a clearance resulted in him passing the ball right into his own net.
With the game tied 1-1, Eddie Gaven’s thick, luscious beard came to the rescue. Technically, it was Gaven’s head that scored the goal, but you know his beard had something to do with it. In the 60th minute, right back Sebastian Miranda sent the ball into the box. Gaven decided to meet the low cross with his head, sending the ball straight into the top corner of the net.
United midfielder Andy Najar almost equalized in stoppage time. Fortunately for Columbus, his shot dinged of the crossbar.
D.C. head to Vancouver on October 12th for the next game. The Crew return to action on October 15th at New England.
Columbus Crew – William Hesmer; Sebastian Miranda, Julius James, Shaun Francis (Rich Balchan 64), Danny O’Rourke; Kevin Burns, Emmanuel Ekpo, Eddie Gaven, Dilly Duka (Bernardo Anor 77); Andres Mendoza, Emilio Renteria (Tommy Heinemann 67).
D.C. United – Bill Hamid; Chris Korb, Daniel Woolard, Perry Kitchen, Marc Burch; Andy Najar, Clyde Simms (Josh Wolff 75), Dwayne De Rosario, Santana Quaranta; Charlie Davies, Joseph Ngwenya (Stephen King, 55).