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July 16, 2011 7:37 PM EDT
Columbus Crew Stadium — Columbus, Ohio
Referee:‬ J. Marrufo‎
Attendance:‬ 14109‎
 

Columbus Crew 0-0 San Jose Earthquakes: Stalemate brings Crew top of the East

On the day goalscorer Brian McBride was honored at halftime, the goalkeepers stood out in a scoreless draw.

By Zac Lee Rigg

Chad Marshall, Columbus Crew; Steven Lenhart, San Jose Earthquakes; MLS
Jamie Sabau
The Crew and the 'Quakes played out a draw in Ohio. Khari Stephenson smashed a long shot off the upright in the very first minute to belie what would turn out a scoreless encounter.

Jon Busch pulled off six saves to preserve the draw, but San Jose is still winless in six, shut out in five of those. His counterpart, Will Hesmer, made five saves to collect his seventh shut-out of the year.

The shots kept raining in, but both goalkeepers proved in better form than the finishers. Steven Lenhart was making his first appearance against the Crew since being traded in January. Prior to the match, he had five goals in six appearances.

"We feel good about getting the point on the road in the end," San Jose assistant coach Mark Watson said. "There were chances at both ends, but nobody could get that first goal. Both teams worked hard and created enough opportunities to score and on another night it might have been a 2-2 game."

With the point, Columbus moves tied at second the Eastern Conference with the Philadelphia Union.

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Columbus Crew

1
Will Hesmer
Goalkeeper
 - 
20
 - 
-
Julius James
Defender
 - 
14
Chad Marshall
Defender
 - 
16
Eric Gehrig
Defender
 - 
7
Bernardo Anor
Midfielder
58′
 - 
17
Emmanuel Ekpo
Midfielder
 - 
12
Eddie Gaven
Midfielder
79′
 - 
31
Josh Gardner
Defender
 - 
14
Robbie Rogers
Midfielder
 - 
-
A. Mendoza
Striker
79′
 - 

San Jose Earthquakes

 - 
18
Jon Busch
Goalkeeper
 - 
-
 - 
33
 - 
21
 - 
2
 - 
5
Brad Ring
Midfielder
70′
 - 
9
 - 
-
 - 
37
 - 
16
 - 
8

Substitutes

30
 - 
35
 - 
15
Kevin Burns
Midfielder
 - 
-
Dejan Rusmir
Midfielder
 - 
-
 - 
9
Justin Meram
Midfielder
79′
 - 
-
 - 

Substitutes

 - 
33
Andrew Weber
Goalkeeper
 - 
-
Tim Ward
Defender
 - 
4
Sam Cronin
Midfielder
93′
 - 
-
Rafael Baca
Midfielder
62′
 - 
17
 - 
19
 - 
24

Coach/Manager

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Coach/Manager

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  • Goal
  • Own Goal
  • Penalty
  • Penalty Missed
  • Yellow Card
  • Assist
  • Penalty Save
  • Penalty Shootout Goal
  • Penalty Shootout Miss
  • Yellow Card / Red Card
  • Red Card
  • Substitution IN
  • Substitution OUT
  • Injury
  • Goal.com Rating
  • Goal.com Man of the Match
  • Goal.com Flop of the Match
  • Top & Flop Global Ranking
  • Fans' Man of the Match
  • Fans' Flop of the Match
Results
 
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Clint Dempsey Clint Dempsey
Striker
Seattle Sounders
6 1
E. Torres E. Torres
Striker
Chivas USA
5 2
V. Sánchez V. Sánchez
Striker
Colorado
4 3
Federico Higuaín Federico Higuaín
Striker
Columbus Crew
4 2
Kenny Miller Kenny Miller
Striker
Rangers
3 2