in the first game in his return to Major League Soccer -- provided the equalizer, tapping home from close range after Jewsbury rolled in a centering pass from the right flank.
Crew head coach Sigi Schmid made two changes to the team that lost 2-0 to Real Salt Lake the previous weekend. Andy Iro came into the back four for Ryan Junge, while Stefani Miglioranzi came into the midfield for Brad Evans.
Here's Schmid's team (4-1-3-1-1): William Hesmer - Frankie Hejduk, Andy Iro, Chad Marshall, Danny O'Rourke - Brian Carroll - Emmanuel Ekpo (Brad Evans 69), Stefani Miglioranzi (Steven Lenhart 85), Robbie Rogers - Guillermo Barros Schelotto - Alejandro Moreno. Substitutes Not Used: Jason Garey, Ezra Hendrickson, Duncan Oughton, Kenny Schoeni, Jed Zayner
"It was an entertaining game for the fans. We shouldn't have been down in the first half based on the way we played. It's disappointing we were down. If you score three goals you should win the game," Schmid said. "The first 15-20 minutes we carried the game. We did a great job fighting back. We didn't need to give up that third goal in the second half. It was a missed opportunity to get three points tonight but at the same token, our play, I think there are more good things than bad things."
For the fourth time in five games, the Crew gave up goals in the first quarter of the match, and they've been able to get just two draws out of those games. In the last seven goals the Crew have allowed, five have come in the first half.
"It's good we came back, bad we're giving up the goals," Alejandro Moreno said. "We've been an explosive team the whole year and we're going to score goals but what has made us successful is when we're united, we're making key tackles for each other at key moments and making good decisions at key moments in the game. Today it didn't seem like we did that. Obviously, we got punished. We're satisfied with what we do offensively but we know we can do better defensively. That comes from all of us, not just a few of us."
In addition, after coming back to grab the lead, the Crew weren't able to hold off the Wizards after the break.
"You're going to absorb some pressure when a team is losing. They're going to try to press the issue. But one of our big things is we didn't step out when we played the ball forward. We didn't step out, we played too deep. That's something that we are going to work on next week," Schmid said.
At the weekend, the Crew lost 3-1 to West Ham United as they started their two-match North American tour which concluded with the Pepsi MLS All-Star Game.
Dean Ashton put the Hammers ahead in the sixth minute with an 18-yard strike to the lower-left corner past Andy Gruenebaum after taking a pass from Julian Faubert. The Crew responded in the 20th minute when Cory Elenio worked down the right side and found Jason Garey for a header from 12 yards. The tie was broken as Mark Noble pressured Brad Evans and the midfielder struck out his leg for an errant clearance in the 26th minute, then Craig Bellamy was the catalyst for the third goal in the 53rd minute when his square ball was perfectly placed for Kyel Reid's strike from 10 yards.
"We put up a pretty legitimate challenge," Andy Iro said. "The two goals they scored were phenomenal strikes. Maybe it shows the difference in quality but I think we held our own. We had certain spots where we had good possession. They're not at the peak of their game yet. They're trying to get in the best condition for when the Premiership starts Aug. 16. We gave them a good test, caused them some problems defensively. It was a good tune-up for them."
Here's Schmid's team: Andy Gruenebaum, Jed Zayner, Ryan Junge (Andy Iro 64), Ezra Hendrickson (Chad Marshall 64), Andrew Peterson, Duncan Oughton (Stefani Miglioranzi 71), Brad Evans (Ryan Miller 71), Cory Elenio (George Josten 76), Eddie Gaven (Brian Carroll 46), Steven Lenhart (Alejandro Moreno 64), Jason Garey (Ricardo Pierre- Louis 64). Substitutes not used: Kenny Schoeni (GK)