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October 7, 2012 4:07 PM EDT
Columbus Crew Stadium — Columbus, Ohio
Referee:‬ M. Geiger‎
Attendance:‬ 13566‎
 
90+1′ Eddie Gaven
C.J. Sapong 10′

Columbus Crew 1-1 Sporting Kansas City: Late Gaven goal gives Crew precious point

The Crew picked up a vital point at home as they continue to sit just outside a playoff berth.

By Seth Vertelney

Josh Williams, Graham Zusi, Sporting Kansas City, Columbus Crew, MLS
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Eddie Gaven scored in the first minute of stoppage time to hand the Columbus Crew a point in a 1-1 home draw against Sporting Kansas City.

It appeared that C.J. Sapong's header in the 10th minute would be the match's only goal. The second-year man got on the end of a deflected cross from Graham Zusi and headed against the post, but the ball rebounded right back to him and he headed home to score his eighth goal of the season.

After a number of chances, the Crew finally found the vital equalizer in stoppage time. Emilio Renteria got on the end of a loose ball and crossed for Gaven, who just snuck a header in at the near post.

The point meant Columbus is now one point behind Houston for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Sporting KC remains atop the conference, three points ahead of Chicago, which clinched a playoff berth with the result.


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Columbus Crew

30
Andy Gruenebaum
Goalkeeper
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3
Josh Williams
Defender
69′
 - 
14
Chad Marshall
Defender
 - 
20
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-
Julius James
Defender
67′
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33
Chris Birchall
Midfielder
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10
Milovan Mirosevic
Midfielder
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12
Eddie Gaven
Midfielder
91′
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9
Justin Meram
Midfielder
68′
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19
J. Arrieta
Striker
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10
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Sporting Kansas City

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1
Jimmy Nielsen
Goalkeeper
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5
Matt Besler
Defender
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7
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13
Lawrence Olum
Midfielder
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15
 - 
6
Paulo Nagamura
Midfielder
 - 
8
Graham Zusi
Midfielder
87′
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-
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-
R. Espinoza
Midfielder
 - 
-
Kei Kamara
Striker
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17

Substitutes

28
Matt Lampson
Goalkeeper
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16
Eric Gehrig
Defender
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-
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6
Tony Tchani
Midfielder
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11
Dilly Duka
Midfielder
84′
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-
O. Vargas
Striker
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20
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Substitutes

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18
Eric Kronberg
Goalkeeper
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5
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78
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20
Oriol Rosell
Midfielder
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15
Bobby Convey
Midfielder
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14
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37
Jacob Peterson
Midfielder
87′

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Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
E. Torres E. Torres
Striker
Chivas USA
6 3
Clint Dempsey Clint Dempsey
Striker
Seattle Sounders
6 1
V. Sánchez V. Sánchez
Striker
Colorado
4 3
Federico Higuaín Federico Higuaín
Striker
Columbus Crew
4 2
Dominic Dwyer Dominic Dwyer
Striker
Sporting KC
4 1