Crew 2, United 1
Ben Speas scored 13 minutes into the second half to lead the
Columbus Crew to a 2-1 victory over D.C. United on Saturday.
Josh Williams also scored to help Columbus win for the first
time win in Washington since 2010, and snap D.C. United’s 17-match
home unbeaten run, during which they won 13 matches and drew
Columbus has won two of its first three road matches, during a
season-opening stretch where it will play five of seven away from
Rafael Teixeira scored in his club debut for D.C. on a
sensational volley, but couldn’t prevent United’s first home defeat
since the 2012 season opener against Kansas City.
Goalkeeper Bill Hamid made seven saves to keep United in it,
including several of the sensational variety.
But shortly after a Hamid made two saves to keep it tied, Speas
put Columbus ahead after the goalkeeper failed to hold Federico
Higuain’s free kick. The rebound eventually fell to Speas, who
struck from the edge of the penalty area.
Lionard Pajoy and Dwayne De Rosario both nearly leveled it in
the 72nd minute for United, only to be denied by Columbus
goalkeeper Andy Gruenebaum.
Otherwise, D.C.’s pressure rarely translated to clear chances,
as Gruenebaum finished with four saves.
Columbus opened the scoring in the 15th minute when Williams
reached Tyson Wahl’s curling free kick and headed beyond a stranded
Bill Hamid. Teixeira tied it 7 minutes with a sensational
half-volley from 35 yards out that dipped out of the reach of the
D.C. United’s Nick DeLeon left the match in the 30th minute with
an apparent injury to his right leg.