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Played
September 19, 2012 7:40 PM EDT
Columbus Crew Stadium — Columbus, Ohio
Referee:‬ J. Gonzalez‎
Attendance:‬ 13874‎
 
90′ Justin Meram
 

Columbus Crew 1-0 Chivas USA: Meram steals win in final minutes

Columbus had to wait until the dying minutes before finding the breakthrough against the Goats.

By Zac Lee Rigg

Julius James, Columbus Crew; Nick LaBrocca, Chivas USA; MLS
Jamie Sabau
A last-minute Justin Meram goal sealed three points for the Columbus Crew against Chivas USA. The hosting side won 1-0 in Crew Stadium, with Andy Gruenebaum pulling off five saves to earn his clean sheet.

Jairo Arrieta put the ball in the back of the net in the 20th minute. Josh Williams drilled the ball on frame from distance and Dan Kennedy spilled the shot. Arrieta pounced, but the strike was called back for offside.

A few minutes later Julius James clanked a towering header from a Federico Higuain free kick off the upright.

The game's only goal came in the 89th minute. Tony Tchani split the Chivas defense with a through ball to Higuain. Arrieta slid to direct the low cross on frame, but Kennedy blocked it again. From the ground, Arrieta put his head on the rebound, keeping the ball aloft, and Justin Meram streamed into the box to slam home the finish.

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Columbus Crew

30
Andy Gruenebaum
Goalkeeper
 - 
3
Josh Williams
Defender
 - 
-
Danny O'Rourke
Defender
 - 
14
Chad Marshall
Defender
 - 
20
 - 
-
Julius James
Defender
 - 
10
Milovan Mirosevic
Midfielder
67′
 - 
11
Dilly Duka
Midfielder
57′
 - 
12
Eddie Gaven
Midfielder
80′
 - 
19
J. Arrieta
Striker
 - 
10
 - 

Chivas USA

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1
Dan Kennedy
Goalkeeper
 - 
26
James Riley
Defender
 - 
6
Ante Jazic
Defender
 - 
-
Dan Califf
Defender
 - 
30
O. Minda
Midfielder
76′
 - 
2
Nick LaBrocca
Midfielder
77′
 - 
51
M. Bolaños
Midfielder
 - 
14
Ben Zemanski
Midfielder
 - 
-
Ryan Smith
Midfielder
72′
 - 
15

Substitutes

28
Matt Lampson
Goalkeeper
 - 
-
 - 
6
Tony Tchani
Midfielder
67′
 - 
33
Chris Birchall
Midfielder
 - 
9
Justin Meram
Midfielder
80′ 90′ 90′
 - 
-
O. Vargas
Striker
 - 
20
 - 

Substitutes

 - 
-
Patrick McLain
Goalkeeper
 - 
2
 - 
19
 - 
33
Peter Vagenas
Midfielder
 - 
16
J. Agudelo
Striker
72′
 - 
-
 - 
-
J. Correa
Striker
83′ 90′

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