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Champions League

  • February 22, 2011
  • • 8:00 PM
  • • MAPFRE Stadium, Columbus, Ohio
  • Referee: J. Marrufo
  • • Attendance: 4500

Live Commentary

  • 90' + 3'
    That's it from Crew Stadium! The game ends 0-0, a result that will make Jason Kreis and Salt Lake much happier than the Crew, who failed to take advantage of being a man up for nearly the whole second half. There is plenty to improve on for both sides, as the game was rife with poor passing and heavy touches.
  • 82'
    SubstitutionA. Mendoza Justin Meram
  • 81'
    SubstitutionNed Grabavoy Andy Williams
  • 80'
    Ned Grabavoy leaves the field after a solid shift, to be replaced by Andy Williams.
  • 79'
    Cunningham all alone but can't make any sort of contact with the bouncing ball off a Rogers free kick, and Rimando is lucky to collect.
  • 78'
    Clear now that RSL are holding out for the draw, though still no shortage of physical play, resulting in some dangerous free kicks for Columbus.
  • 75'
    SubstitutionJosh Gardner Jeff Cunningham
  • 75'
    Justin Meram, the 15th overall pick in the 2011 SuperDraft enters the game for Andres Mendoza.
  • 74'
    Jeff Cunningham receives a rousing ovation as he replaces debutant Josh Gardner to start his second spell at the Crew.
  • 72'
    Red Card Nat Borchers
  • 72'
    Red Card E. Rentería
  • 72'
    Two red cards! Hard to tell what the referee saw, but it appears Emilio Renteria for the Crew and Nat Borchers for RSL were in a tussle and both shown red.
  • 63'
    SubstitutionEddie Gaven Leandre Griffit
  • 61'
    Leandre Griffit enters the game for Eddie Gaven as Robert Warzycha looks to find that creative spark for the Crew offense.
  • 59'
    SubstitutionFabian Espindola Robbie Russell
  • 58'
    Jason Kreis opting for a more defensive outlook, possibly playing for the draw, bringing in right back Robbie Russell for Fabian Espindola, leaving Alvaro Saborio as RSL's lone striker.
  • 53'
    Yellow/Red Tony Beltran
  • 53'
    Yellow Card Kyle Beckerman
  • 53'
    Tony Beltran sees red! The full-back was struggling in the first half and had picked up a yellow late in the first half and now a second yellow sees RSL down to ten men with over 30 minutes to play.
  • 50'
    Both teams struggling to maintain possession as the temperature continues to drop in Columbus. Javier Morales fires a free kick into the wall.
  • 49'
    Yellow Card Sebastián Miranda
  • 46'
    The second half is underway at Crew Stadium! No changes for either side.
  • 45'
    Jair Maruffo blows for halftime. It's been a jilting first half, with some bursts of quality from the Crew, but lots of errant passing and poor finishing from both sides. Someone should let Fabian Espindola he won't get very far by staying offside, though to be fair he has been RSL's biggest threat when onside. Emilio Renteria and Andres Mendoza, along with Andy Iro, have been solid for Columbus, though Eddie Gaven could really stand to improve in the second half.
  • 43'
    Lots of errant passing this evening, clearly evident that these two teams have only finished preseason.
  • 42'
    Yellow Card Tony Beltran
  • 42'
    Yellow card for RSL's Tony Beltran, who misses the ball and brings down Robbie Rogers, though Nick Rimando collects the crossed free kick.
  • 38'
    Nick Rosano here. After some technical difficulties, we're here for the end of the first half. Despite a makeshift lineup, the Crew have been the better of the two sides, with the best chances falling to Eddie Gaven (headed wide) and Emilio Renteria. Renteria and Andres Mendoza have been particularly effective for the home side on this cold Columbus night.