United’s home unbeaten streak ends courtesy of Crew

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Updated: March 23, 2013

Ben Speas scored his first MLS goal on
Saturday at RFK Stadium to lift the Columbus Crew to a 2-1 win over D.C.
United.

Josh Williams netted a goal 15 minutes into the match to put the Crew on top,
while United equalized seven minutes later through a long-range effort from
Rafael.

But Speas picked a good time to find the net in the 58th minute, and Columbus
goalkeeper Andy Gruenebaum made the lead hold up, bringing an end to United’s
19-game home unbeaten streak.

Tyson Wahl’s free kick from the right wing set up the first goal as Williams
turned a header inside the right post in traffic.

However, United equalized seven minutes later as Gruenebaum’s clearance was
quickly pushed back to the feet of Rafael, who caught the goalkeeper out of
position and was able to score from 35 yards.

D.C. goalkeeper Bill Hamid kept his side level with some good goalkeeping on
both sides of halftime, first denying Federico Higuain before making a great
double save on Chad Marshall and Wahl.

Yet Hamid couldn’t prevent Speas from putting Columbus into the lead when a
clearance got only as far as the Crew midfielder at the top of the box,
allowing him to hammer a first-time shot through a crowd that Hamid was unable
to keep out.

It was then Gruenebaum’s turn to come to the rescue for the Crew as he did
well to tip a header from Dwayne De Rosario past the post in the 66th minute.

The best chance the home side had at leveling the contest came 18 minutes from
time when Lionard Pajoy’s header struck the post, while De Rosario was denied
by a wonderful sprawling save from Gruenebaum on a rebound chance.