Schelotto’s penalty gives Crew 2-1 OT win over DC
Guillermo Barros Schelotto scored a 98th-minute penalty kick and
the Columbus Crew reached their first U.S. Open Cup final since
2002 with a 2-1 overtime semifinal victory over short-handed D.C.
United on Wednesday.
The Crew, who beat Los Angeles 1-0 in the 2002 final for their
first domestic trophy, will play the Seattle Sounders, who beat
Chivas USA 3-1.
United, who led after Pablo Hernandez’s 13th-minute penalty
kick, fell short of reaching their third straight final and fifth
overall despite creating more chances during regulation.
But after Hernandez received a red card for a kick at Columbus’
Danny O’Rourke in the 59th minute, the Crew tied it in the 89th
minute on what was ruled Marc Burch’s own goal. Really, Andy Iro’s
10-yard shot was goalbound regardless of Burch’s redirection off
the goal line.
Andy Najar then missed a breakaway chance to win it for United
in regulation. And After Carey Talley’s foul in the penalty area
led to Schelotto’s goal, Dejan Jakovic blasted Najar’s cross over a
wide open goal with a chance to tie it again in the 105th