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The Crew finally gets a W [VIDEO]
by Mike Woitalla, May 11th, 2009 7AM



[MLS NAMES & NUMBERS] The defending champion Columbus Crew finally got its first win of the season, joining three other teams that have mustered only one victory. Chivas USA continues to rule at the Depot, while Chicago remains undefeated. New York had its most productive outing of the year. ...

EDDIE GAVEN's goal in the 78th minute proved to be the gamewinner for Columbus in a 3-2 victory over Kansas City in front of 14,271 in Crew Stadium. The Crew, whose start was the worst for a defending champ in league history, took a first-half lead on a goal by Emmanuel Ekpo, who finished a sequence that included three back-heel passes. Claudio Lopez equalized early in the second half, but the brilliant Guillermo Barros Schelotto (diving header) and Gaven (low 10-yard shot) ensured that Josh Wolff's strike would only be for consolation. The 1-2-5 Crew is in last place of the East. VIDEO

1. Besides Columbus, three other teams have only one win so far this season. FC Dallas, a 1-0 loser at Houston, lost its third straight game and is 1-6-1 at the bottom of the West. Not much better is San Jose, a 4-1 loser to New York, at 1-5-2. Los Angeles couldn't get its second win, instead tying for the sixth time, 1-1 at Seattle.

CHRIS PONTIUS. For the first time this season, the D.C. United rookie didn't start. But the Californian came off the bench against Toronto FC in the 74th minute and scored his third goal of the season to tie the game, 2-2. Dwayne De Rosario scored his second of the game to put Toronto back in the lead, but in stoppage time, Jaime Moreno hammered home a penalty kick (after a Marvell Wynne handball) to earn the home team a 3-3 tie and keep D.C. United in first place of the East. VIDEO

5. Chivas USA beat Real Salt Lake, 1-0, on a Paulo Nagamura goal to remain perfect at home in 2009, winning all five of its games at the Home Depot Center. Salt Lake, meanwhile, remains winless and scoreless on the road this season.

JAMES RILEY was red-carded in the 57th minute of Seattle's 1-1 tie with Los Angeles - a game in which eight other players saw yellow cards. A Seattle crowd of 29,025 celebrated Sebastien Le Toux's first goal of the season in the 22th minute, then saw Alan Gordon equalize in 13 minutes later. Expansion Seattle is second in the West behind Chivas USA.

8. Chicago drew, 1-1, with New England to extend the Fire's club record undefeated streak to eight. Wilman Conde, after a Cuauhtemoc Blanco corner kick, opened the scoring for Chicago, but Shalrie Joseph's goal meant that the Fire's streak includes just two wins to go with six ties. VIDEO

JORGE ROJAS. The New York Red Bulls, who failed to score - besides on own goal - in their first four games of the season, exploded against hapless San Jose, romping to a 4-1 win, scoring all their goals in the first half. The Venezuelan Rojas, who hadn't scored an MLS goal since arriving in the middle of the 2008 season, scored twice in the first 13 minutes. Juan Pablo Angel followed up with his third of the season and Macoumba Kandji notched his second. VIDEO


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