MLS Snapshot: Columbus Crew SC 1-1 LA Galaxy

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The game in 100 words (or less): Columbus Crew SC are a team without their mojo at the moment. Their ongoing struggles resulting from a complete lack of identity continued for much of the night on Saturday, as Gregg Berhalter’s side came from behind to salvage a 1-1 draw with the Robbie Keane- and Gyasi Zardes-less (Zardes began the game on the bench) LA Galaxy. For much of the night, Crew SC were content to hit long balls forward to the head of Kei Kamara, who while often times winning said long balls, was unable to create much of anything on the knock-down. For one brief moment in the second half, they looked like the Crew SC side who run roughshod over the rest of Major League Soccer the first month and a half of the season. In the end, a draw was probably a fair result, though the Galaxy will be disappointed by the one missed tackle that cost them two points.

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Three moments that mattered

6′ — Clark makes a big save on Villarreal — Michael Parkhurst gifted Jose Villarreal a golden scoring chance with a weakly hit back-pass to goalkeeper Steve Clark, which the young Galaxy attacker pounced on and nearly converted into an early goal, if not for Clark’s intervention at the top of the six-yard box.

14′ — Pinball in the box leads to Lletget’s first MLS goal — The Crew SC defense decided to play pinball inside their own penalty area, failing to clear the ball on a pair of occasions, which presented Sebastian Lletget with a golden chance to score his first MLS goal, and he made the most of it.

66′ — Finlay to Higuain for the Crew SC equalizer — Tony Tchani’s diagonal ball sprang Ethan Finlay down the right wing, where the lightning-quick winger received a fortunate bounce off of Leonardo. From there, Finlay cut the ball back for Federico Higuain near the penalty spot, and Pipa did not miss from there.

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Man of the match: Sebastian Lletget — Outside of his goal, Lletget was the most consistently dangerous attacking player during his 84 minutes on the field. A bit more patience and vision here and there, and he could have had a second goal or an assist, but a strong outing for the Galaxy youngster regardless.

LINEUPS

Columbus Crew SC: Clark, Francis, Pogatetz, Parkhurst, Jimenez, Tchani, Saeid, Meram, Higuain (Speas 90+1′), Finlay (Schoenfeld 84′), Kamara

Goals: Higuain (66′)

LA Galaxy: Penedo, Gargan, Gonzalez, Leonardo, Rogers, Juninho, Vayrynen (Walker 81′), Ishizaki, Lletget (Gordon 84′), Husidic, Villarreal (Zardes 60′)

Goals: Lletget (14′)