Two teams looking to inject some energy into their seasons had to settle for only the boost of a single point, as the Columubs Crew and Chivas USA played to a scoreless draw.
Nick LaBrocca certainly wanted to get the scoring started for the Goats, as he looked to put in a goal within the first 15 minutes of action. However, Columbus goalkeeper Wil Hesmer pulled in the attempt, even as the linesman indicated offside.
Both teams tried to push the pace in midfield, but while there were plenty of tackles and counterattacks, the smooth passing play of the two squads was clearly lacking.
With Guillermo Barros Schelotto gone, the Crew lacked a midfield magician to put forth the perfect through-ball for an effective play.
Eddie Gaven was doing his best to be an effective threat, shooting a ball in the 17th minute which was deflected.
Meanwhile, Chivas USA showed the signs of a team in a rebuilding period. The players exhibited plenty of hustle, but little finesse.
In the 30th minute, the Crew's Renteria broke through to force a save from Chivas USA goalkeeper Dan Kennedy.
The match began to heat up in the 35th minute, when Chivas USA player Marcos Mondiani was carded for a hard foul on Renteria, who was doing well to preoccupy the Chivas USA defense.
Yet, other than annoying each other, neither team could accomplish much for the rest of the half.
The linking play to put together a goal against a tenacious defense was lacking for both squads.
The Crew's Gaven was flagged for offside in the 47th minute, while two minutes later, Heath Pearce of Chivas USA shot high on an attempt.
Though he wasn't able to contribute to the scoring, Chivas USA's Alejandro Moreno was industrious and active, doing his best to hold up the ball for his teammates.
In trying to shut him down, the Crew's Kevin Burns earned a yellow card in the 65th minute.
Probably the closest scoring chance of the entire match came when the Crew struck quickly on a counterattack in the 74th minute. Gaven wound up for the shot and fired it low, but Kennedy dived to parry the ball away to safety.
Chivas USA put their own attempt on frame in the 79th minute, as LaBrocca fired true, but Hesmer was up for the challenge.
Though there wasn't a goal, the match did hold yet another yellow card. In the 81st minute, Sebastian Miranda of the Columbus Crew took down Chivas USA rival Victor Estupinian with a tackle that had the referee reaching into this pocket to pull out the caution.
The hard-fought match finally ended, with both sides another point richer in the league standings.
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