David Beckman remained in Los Angeles through injury, while reigning MLS MVP Guillermo Barros Schelotto was rested in advance of the Crew's midweek CONCACAF Champions League game -- the Crew scored right at each half-hour of the game.
In the 33rd minute, Emmanuel Ekpo flighted a cross from the left corner of the penalty area toward the back post, and Eddie Gaven was able to redirect it back off the inside of the left post with a looping header for his sixth on the campaign.
Then the Crew doubled their lead in the 59th minute. Emilio Renteria ran onto a long ball down the left side before firing on goal from inside the area. Galaxy goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts spilled the rebound and Steven Lenhart raced in to tap it into an empty goal, his third of the season.
Crew head coach Robert Warzycha made five changes to the team that came back for a 2-2 draw with the Chicago Fire the previous Sunday. Out went Andy Iro, Gino Padula, Robbie Rogers, Guillermo Barros Schelotto and Alejandro Moreno, and in their place came Jed Zayner, Kevin Burns, Eddie Gaven, Emilio Renteria and Steven Lenhart.
Here's Warzycha's team (4-4-2): William Hesmer - Frankie Hejduk, Danny O'Rourke, Eric Brunner, Jed Zayner - Emmanuel Ekpo, Kevin Burns (Adam Moffat 55), Brian Carroll, Eddie Gaven - Emilio Renteria (Alejandro Moreno 69), Steven Lenhart (Andy Iro 93+). Substitutes Not Used: Guillermo Barros Schelotto, Duncan Oughton, Robbie Rogers, Kenny Schoeni
"To be honest with you, I enjoyed the game; that was pretty good. I think that was one of the best performances this year by us, playing against a team that has played well, has a lot of former international players and a good coach," Warzycha said. "It's not easy, so I think we performed very well. We were very good on both sides of the ball."
Warzycha rang in the changes into his team with an eye to Tuesday's CONCACAF Champions League match against Deportivo Saprissa at Crew Stadium, and still came away with a victory against the second-place team in the Western Conference.
"We don't have a reserve team; we have 23 players right now that can step up anytime on the field and win any game ... everybody here on this club is contributing," Warzycha said. "We have a very deep squad, I can go with any player and as long as we are playing as a team, we can be very successful."
Midfielder Kevin Burns had 67 career minutes and made his last of four appearances on July 18 before making his first start. Burns went 55 minutes before Adam Moffat took over in the central midfield. Also, Venezuelan forward Emilio Renteria, coming off three minutes against Chicago on Sunday in his MLS debut, started for the first time.
"I'm been doing well in practice the past three weeks," Burns said. "I'm still not in game fitness. In the 55th minute I started cramping. I just wanted to blend in, make the simple midfield passes."
The visit by Sounders FC will conclude a 21-day stretch where the Crew have played seven games. They have won three of those with two draws.
"Every guy can come on the field and do their job and help this team win," Gaven said. "That's going to help us as we keep on going during the season. We're playing so many games you can't play every guy every single game.
The Crew were seconds away from another victory and advancing to the knockout stage of the CONCACAF Champions League before Deportivo Saprissa scored a goal in stoppage time to claim a 1-1 draw on Tuesday. Robbie Rogers converted a 27th-minute penalty before Alexander Robinson rose up to head home a Walter Centeno free kick for the equalizer.
"We created some chances so that we could have been 2-0 up," Warzycha said. "That's the game. That's the beauty of the game. It doesn't matter how many chances you create; it's how many goals you score. You have to play until the last whistle."
Here's Warzycha's team: William Hesmer; Frankie Hejduk, Gino Padula, Danny O'Rourke, Guillermo Barros Schelotto (85: Eddie Gaven), Alejandro Moreno (85: Emilio Renteria), Brian Carroll, Emmanuel Ekpo, Robbie Rogers, Adam Moffat, Eric Brunner
The result now makes the Crew's trip to Puerto Rico on Oct. 20 meaningful - a win or a draw against the USL-1 side will still put Columbus into the quarterfinals.
SEATTLE SOUNDERS FCSeattle Sounders FC saw their four-game unbeaten streak come to an end, the New England Revolution coming back with two second-half goals for a 2-1 win Saturday evening at Gillette Stadium. Sounders FC have 38 points from 27 matches, now tied for fourth place in the Western Conference, five points behind the division-leading Houston Dynamo.
The Revolution had followed three consecutive wins with two losses and a draw, last a 1-1 tie at New York. Sounders FC were unbeaten in their last four games, despite not having scored at home in more than two months following a scoreless draw with Chivas USA last time out.
In their first visit to Foxborough, the visitors pulled ahead in the sixth minute through a stunning goal. Collecting the ball on the right, Fredy Montero cantered forward before letting fly with a rasping drive from all of 35 yards that hammered off the underside of the bar, down onto the line and up into the goal, his 12th on the campaign.
The Revolution's Steve Ralston had suffered an injury that forced him off in the first half, meaning Shalrie Joseph was again pressed into service as an attacker. And the Grenada international came through with two goals after the break.
After Seattle left back Leo Gonzalez was adjudged to have handled a cross, Joseph converted a 51st-minute penalty for the equalizer. Then in the 87th minute, Jeff Larentowicz flighted a high ball into the box, and Joseph was completely unmarked to nod home the game-winner inside the right post, his eighth goal of the year.
Sounders FC head coach Sigi Schmid made two changes to the team that played to a scoreless draw at home with Chivas USA the weekend before. Nate Jaqua returned to the team along with Brad Evans, coming in for Sebastien Le Toux and Peter Vagenas.
Here's Schmid's team (4-4-1-1): Kasey Keller - James Riley, Tyrone Marshall, Jhon Kennedy Hurtado, Leo Gonzalez (Stephen King 90) - Nate Jaqua, Brad Evans, Osvaldo Alonso, Steve Zakuani (Roger Levesque 69) - Freddie Ljungberg - Fredy Montero. Substitutes Not Used: Terry Boss, Patrick Ianni, Peter Vagenas, Tyson Wahl
After a stretch of 13 league games where Sounders FC lost just once, they've now managed just two wins (and four draws) in their last 10.
"I wasn't disappointed with our aggressiveness. I thought we were good defensively as well. New England scored a PK and Shalrie Joseph scored a header. I mean outside of that, I don't think (Kasey) Keller had a whole lot to do. Most of the shots they had were from outside and distance. I think they had an open look in the first half where somebody was open, had an open header in the box, and I think they had a good shot coming through in the second half, but we had some opportunities where we were close," Schmid said. Our thing is that we still have to be better at pulling the trigger in the box. We still seem to want to have five yards of space before we want to shoot and we've got to be able to shoot with guys draped on us."
For Montero, it was his second goal of the season scored from outside the penalty area. "It was different feeling because it was a long shot -- a long distance -- and I was not expecting it to go in," he said. But it was amazing the way the ball kind of curled in the air and it went in." Said Schmid: "It was a great goal. It was a wonderful strike and probably goal of the week -- and should be one of the goals considered for goal of the season. But it was a great strike."
The loss to New England started a string of three consecutive road games, which concludes in two weeks at Kansas City. Sounders FC still have the joint fourth-best road record in MLS (3-5-5).
"We have always believed we can win on the road so we still believe the same thing," Schmid said. "Having won on the road, we aren't talking about something we might be able to do. We are talking about something we have done. I think that adds to the team's confidence level, knowing they have won on the road."
The Revolution match also marked the first time all season where Sounders FC had scored a goal, yet lost. They had been outscored 10-0 in their first six losses.
"I think if we can keep getting zeroes in the back, it definitely helps our confidence going forward. We're just a little bit away - a nick here or a nick there - from our luck changing," Tyrone Marshall said. "We just continue doing our job at the back: keeping it to zero. Eventually the floodgates have to open one of these days, hopefully this weekend."