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Columbus Wins High Scoring Game Against Chivas USA 4-3

In a high scoring and exciting game the Columbus Crew beat Chivas USA 4-3. Both

The scoring began in the 27th minute as Guillermo Barros Schelotto found the back of the net on a penalty giving the Crew a 1-0 lead. In the 36th minute Columbus added to their lead as Alejandro Moreno scored making it 2-0 Columbus.

In the game Chivas got goals from Sacha Kljestan, Jesse Marsch and Paulo Nagamura. The game was tied at 3-3 heading into the last few minutes of the game and in the 83rd minute Robbie Rodgers sent a scorching shot that found the twine from just outside the box to give Columbus a 4-3 lead, which would stand.

Asked about his second goal after the game Rodgers stated, “My second goal was pretty lucky I think. The defender misjudged it and it came to my chest and I took a whack at it and I think Brad just misjudged it.”

The first goal by Rodgers came on a breakaway and gave the Crew a 3-1 lead, which looked like a pretty comfortable cushion. However, Marsch and Nagamura scored quick goals under 5 minutes apart to knot the score. Columbus head coach Sigi Schmid said, “When we got up 3-1, we thought we had it. Then we give up a soft second goal and the game got really exciting from there. But we are finding a way to win, and finding a way to score goals and we are winning at home – all of which is important.”

Chivas head coach Preki said is was a hard defeat to take. He said
“It was a difficult way to lose a game tonight. I thought we came out and played a pretty decent 25 minutes and had a good opportunity to score and didn’t. Then we managed to make mistakes and get punished. When you play away from home and score three goals, you should be coming away with something.”

Columbus’ record is now 2-1, while Chivas stands at 1-1-1. Even though that Chivas lost their 3 goals were a positive for the offense, but giving up 4 goals in the loss pointed to the fact that their defense has many holes. The same can be said about Columbus, who have started the season well.