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July 21, 2012 7:38 PM EDT
Columbus Crew Stadium — Columbus, Ohio
Referee:‬ C. Penso‎
Attendance:‬ 17150‎
 
 

Columbus Crew 1-0 D.C. United: Birchall goal grabs all three points for Columbus

A Birchall goal early in the second half gave Columbus three points.

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Jairo Arrieta's smartly taken free kick set up Chris Birchall for the only goal of the game as the Columbus Crew took a 1-0 win over D.C. United.

After an opening half where neither side could open the scoring, despite Columbus having a goal called back for offside, it took under a minute of the second half for the Crew to take the lead.

Arrieta took a free kick quickly, slotting it between defenders and springing Birchall through the line where he finished calmly.

Minutes late Dwayne De Rosario tapped home a rebound for what looked like the equalizer, but he was also ruled offside.

Despite a strong push for the equalizer and several good chances for United, Andy Gruenebaum and his defense managed to keep the clean sheet for Columbus in the win.

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Columbus Crew

30
Andy Gruenebaum
Goalkeeper
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3
Josh Williams
Defender
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4
Carlos Mendes
Striker
 - 
14
Chad Marshall
Defender
76′
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20
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33
Chris Birchall
Midfielder
46′
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11
Dilly Duka
Midfielder
73′
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12
Eddie Gaven
Midfielder
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12
Nicholas Grossman
Midfielder
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9
Justin Meram
Midfielder
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19
J. Arrieta
Striker
89′
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D.C. United

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31
Joe Willis
Goalkeeper
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14
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-
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24
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22
Chris Korb
Defender
 - 
14
 - 
13
Chris Pontius
Midfielder
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14
Nick DeLeon
Midfielder
76′
 - 
23
Perry Kitchen
Midfielder
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24
Lewis Neal
Midfielder
65′
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Substitutes

28
Matt Lampson
Goalkeeper
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16
Eric Gehrig
Defender
89′
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-
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-
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6
Tony Tchani
Midfielder
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13
Ethan Finlay
Midfielder
73′
 - 
-
O. Vargas
Striker
 - 

Substitutes

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50
Andrew Dykstra
Goalkeeper
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-
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44
Danny Cruz
Midfielder
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55
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-
Josh Wolff
Striker
76′
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-
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23
Long Tan
Striker
73′

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