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Crew downs Rochester in Open Cup clash

Posted on 03 July 2010 by jzidar

In recent years MLS teams have treated the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup with less respect than their other competitive matches. The players that take the field are generally the last guys you’d expect to see on the pitch during a regular season match.  It isn’t until the final few games of the tournament do teams trot out the big guns in the hopes of snatching an easy piece of silverware for their trophy case.  However, this season the Columbus coaching staff promised to give the Open Cup, a tournament named after the club’s founder, the attention it deserves.

Columbus

—————Gruenebaum————–

—-Zayner–Brunner–Iro–Francis—-

——————Carroll——————-

—Ekpo—Duka—–Gaven—Rogers—

——————Lenhart——————

Bench: Hesmer; Marshall, O’Rourke; Oughton, Griffit; Garey, Renteria

Rochester

———————–Vallow——————–

–Greenfield-Sanfilippo-Roberts-Bellamy–

—–Pitchkolan—Franks—Motagalvan—–

–Rosenlund—————————-Heins–

———————Hamitlon——————–

Bench: Kitson; Costanzo; Spicer, Versailles; Gore, Kissi, Nunez

The Crew went into this match as the undisputed favorites.  Columbus dominated possession from start to finish and out shot Rochester 14-5.  Columbus pressed the Rhino’s box but it wasn’t until the 30 minute mark that they finally drew first blood.  In the absence of Guillermo Barros Schelotto the responsibility of corner kicks fell to Eddie Gaven who served in a beautiful ball that was met by the head of Andy Iro. The goal was Iro’s third of 2010 and his first in Open Cup play.  The goal held up until the half and Columbus went into the locker room feeling fairly confident.

Rochester came out a bit stronger in the second half and while Columbus still saw a majority of the ball possession wasn’t as lopsided as during the first half.  In the 69th minute the Rhinos brought the game level courtesy of a shot by Darren Spicer at the top of the box.

As the clocked ticked towards the 90 minute mark it looked like a match destined for extra time. The game was well into stoppage time when Eric Brunner bombed the ball up field into the Rochester box.  Rochester defeneder, Frankie Sanfilippo, tried to head the ball clear but instead it smacked directly into Lenhart.  The ball took a bounce and as Lenhart lept into the air and knocked the ball past the keeper and into the corner of the goal.

Columbus will now face the Charleston Battery at home on Tuesday July 6th in the quarterfinal match.

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