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  • October 2, 2010
  • • 7:30 PM
  • • MAPFRE Stadium, Columbus, Ohio
  • Referee: J. Gonzalez
  • • Attendance: 10867

Columbus Crew 0-0 San Jose Earthquakes: 'Quakes Hold Crew To Goalless Draw

Columbus Crew 0-0 San Jose Earthquakes: 'Quakes Hold Crew To Goalless Draw

The Crew squandered their chances and now trail New York by one point in the East, but clinched a playoff spot with Kansas City's loss.

The Crew came into the match with some welcome news, with Chad Marshall returning to the starting XI and Robbie Rogers to the bench. It didn't get much better from there, though as the Crew continued a recent habit of poor finishing, lacking a killer instinct despite a number of clear opportunities.

First Half

The match started out at a high pace, with San Jose fielding an agressive 4-4-2 formation just four days after losing 3-0 to the Chicago Fire, though new DP acquisition Geovanni started on the bench.

An early chance from Steven Lenhart was deflected away from goal, while just one minute later Lenhart cut to his left from the right wing and fired a shot that was easily saved by former Crew goalkeeper Jon Busch. Emmanuel Ekpo brought another save out of Busch when the winger cut in from the right wing in the seventh minute, only to put a tame effort on target.

The 'Quakes first chance came from a Brandon McDonald header from a corner, but he put his effort wide right. Soon after, in the 16th minute, Ryan Johnson headed wide from a deep free kick.

The Crew should have taken the lead in the 25th minute, when left back Shaun Francis whipped in a excellent cross right to the unmarked Steven Lenhart, whose header missed left, much to the chagrin of the frustrated forward.
Andy Iro met another Schelotto corner in the 36th minute, but the big Englishman could not find the target. The chance was indicative of the frustrating half for the Crew, as they created several good chances but lacked a finishing touch.

Second Half

The second half started a tad slower than the frantic start to the first half, with neither team wanting to concede the first goal. The first good chance didn't come until the 64th minute, when the lively Eddie Gaven's left footed cross just missed the outstretched leg of the ever-active Steven Lenhart. T

The 'Quakes thought they had a goal on a Wondolowski header off a Bobby Convey corner, but William Hesmer brilliantly denied the in form Earthquakes forward. Two minutes later, Steven Lenhart thought he had atoned for his earlier misses when was through on goal, but Jon Busch stood firm to deny him.

Then in the 75th, Chad Marshall thought he had bested San Jose for a second time this year on yet another Schelotto corner, but he was also stopped by leaping Busch, who kept San Jose in the game on several occasions.

The Eathquakes were second best for most of the half, and they rarely managed to create good chances, with their last chance coming when Ryan Johnson directed his effort right to William Hesmer.

Second half substitute Emilio Renteria had two good chances to steal a late winner, but put a pair of headers wide in the 86th and 90th minutes. That proved to be all the action left and at full time a frustrated Crew side managed only a scoreless draw against San Jose

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