Rooney stopped in a shootout, Crew advance past United
WASHINGTON (AP) — Wayne Rooney was stopped on a shootout attempt in his MLS playoff debut, Nick DeLeon skied D.C. United's final kick over the crossbar and the Columbus Crew beat D.C. United 3-2 on penalty kicks after they tied 2-2 on Thursday night.
Zardes hat trick gives Crew 3-2 win over Minnesota United
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Gyasi Zardes completed a hat trick in the 83rd minute to give the Columbus Crew a 3-2 victory over Minnesota United on Sunday and a fifth seed in the playoffs as the Major League Soccer regular season concluded.
The Crew (14-11-9) were assured of a playoff spot with a win but had secured the berth earlier when Montreal lost. All season finales started at the same time, but there was a long weather delay in Columbus.
Union and Crew play to scoreless draw
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Andre Blake had two saves for his 10th shutout of the season to help the Philadelphia Union tie the Columbus Crew 0-0 on Saturday night.
Blake preserved the shutout with a leaping save of Harrison Afful's attempt in the 90th minute.
Zack Steffen had his 10th shutout of the season for Columbus (13-9-9) without making a save.
Afful and Meram help Crew beat NYCFC 2-1
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Harrison Afful and Justin Meram scored in the second half to help the Columbus Crew beat New York City FC 2-1 on Saturday night.
Afful had his shot attempt from about 30 yards blocked by Alexander Ring. The rebound came directly back to Afful, who bent it into the right corner to tie it in the 61st minute.
Meram headed home Pedro Santos' corner two minutes later to give the Crew (12-8-7) the lead.
Zardes scores stoppage-time winner, Crew beat Dynamo 1-0
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Gyasi Zardes scored in the first minute of second-half stoppage time and the Columbus Crew beat the Houston Dynamo 1-0 on Saturday night.
Zardes chest-trapped Harrison Afful's diagonal ball off the first bounce and volleyed it past goalkeeper Joe Willis for his 14th goal of the season.
Zack Steffen had five saves, including a pair diving to his right, for his eighth shutout of the season.
Mullins, Mensah help Crew beat Red Bulls 3-2
HARRISON, N.J. (AP) — Patrick Mullins had a goal and an assist and Jonathan Mensah scored his first goal of the season to help the Columbus Crew beat the New York Red Bulls 3-2 on Saturday night.
Zack Steffen had four saves, including a diving stop on Aaron Long's header, for Columbus (10-7-6). The Crew have won back-to-back games for the first time since winning three in a row in May.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Gyasi Zardes scored his sixth goal of the season and the Columbus Crew kept the Philadelphia Union winless on the road with a 1-0 victory Wednesday night.
Columbus (5-3-3) extended its unbeaten streak to four matches. Philadelphia (2-5-2), which has lost four of its last five, hasn't won on the road in 16 matches.
Crew snap 4-game winless skid, beat Earthquakes 2-1
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Mike Grella scored in the 84th minute and the Columbus Crew snapped a four-game winless streak with a 2-1 win over the San Jose Earthquakes on Saturday night.
Pedro Santos' cross skirted past San Jose's Magnus Eriksson and connected with Grella, who cut it back and slotted one home inside the near post. Grella entered as a substitute in the 65th minute.
Harrison Afful opened the scoring for the Crew (4-3-2) in the 28th minute with a right-footed shot into the top left corner.
Columbus takes advantage of short-handed NYCFC 4-1
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Artur started a three-goal outburst in the second half shortly after New York City FC went down a man and the Columbus Crew won the first leg of the Eastern Conference semifinals 4-1 on Tuesday night.
Hansen’s late goal lifts Crew over Timbers 3-2
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Niko Hansen scored in his MLS debut, Ola Kamara got a goal in his third consecutive game and the Columbus Crew beat the Portland Timbers 3-2 on Saturday night.
Crew stay alive with 3-0 win over Fire
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Harrison Afful scored in the eighth minute, Justin Meram and Dilly Duka added goals in the second half and the Columbus Crew beat the Chicago Fire 3-0 on Saturday night.
The Crew (8-12-11) avoided playoff elimination but still need a strong showing their last three games, which include away games against both of the first-place New York squads.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Fabian Espindola scored in the 89th minute to give D.C. United a 1-1 tie with the Columbus Crew on Saturday night.
Espindola split three defenders to come up with a loose ball near the top of the box and slotted a low shot just beyond the fingertips of goalkeeper Steve Clark to tie it for United (5-7-7).
The Crew (3-7-9) played a man down after Harrison Afful received a red card for a studs-up challenge in the 74th.