The Columbus Crew made an emotional return to action on Wednesday night, playing their first match since the death of midfielder Kirk Urso. As difficult as it was to get back on the field after such a tragedy, the Crew battled on and honored their fallen teammate with a gutsy performance.
A Jairo Arrieta goal and some outstanding goalkeeping by Andy Gruenebaum helped the Crew earn a 1-1 draw against the Los Angeles Galaxy at Crew Stadium on Wednesday. Robbie Keane spoiled the chance for a home-team win with his own second-half equalizer.
The Crew honored Urso before the match with a moment of silence and a video tribute. The emotional moment took its toll on the Crew early on, but Columbus eventually got going and gave the favored Galaxy all they could handle.'
After a scoreless first half, Arrieta opened the scoring in the 47th minute to give the Crew the lead. Keane tied things up in the 65th minute to leave the teams tied.
Here are the match highlights:
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Add in With the backline healthy and Higuain in the fold, Crew has a very decent lineup now.
Tragedy to a young man made it hard to care about soccer and say much about what the game means. The game itself probably showed that LA without its two biggest stars is better than Columbus, although Arieta has added to the Crew’s paltry offense. Another offensive addition, DP Federico Higuain, has arrived but can he make a difference? Glad they didn’t lose at the end. Columbus has a number of winnable games left, and a defense that keeps them in games, but they have played better against good teams and bad ones, and have too many teams too far ahead of them in the standings. LA will be a tough out in the playoffs, and factors in what should be a thrilling battle in the West. With Gonzales back, Beckham reasonably healthy, Keane playing great and the general effects of their huge payroll, they may not catch San Jose but they will definitely be high in the odds to win the cup again.