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MLS Game Summary - Columbus at D.C. United



(Saturday, Oct. 20, 2012)

From The Sports Network

Final Score: D.C. United 3, Columbus 2

Washington, D.C. (Sports Network) - It has taken five years but D.C. United is finally back in the Major League Soccer postseason.

The fabled MLS club clinched a playoff berth by earning a dramatic 3-2 victory over the Columbus Crew at RFK Stadium on Saturday.

Columbus wasted no time grabbing the lead as Eddie Gaven pounced on a failed clearance in the penalty area and fired a shot past Bill Hamid in the seventh minute.

D.C. clawed its way back into the match at the 39th minute as Nick De Leon turned in a rebound conceded by Andy Gruenebaum, but Columbus reclaimed the lead two minutes later thanks to a fortuitous bounce as Jairo Arrieta's shot ping-ponged from the post to the back of the net by way of Hamid's heel.

The second half belonged to the home side though, as Marcelo Saragosa brought D.C. level once more when a one-time effort through traffic beat Gruenebaum in the 59th minute.

D.C. United was made to wait until stoppage time for the game-winner as Lewis Neal broke free in behind the Crew defense and slipped a shot past Gruenebaum for his second goal of the season.

The win lifts United (17-10-6) to 57 points on the season, three points adrift of first-place Sporting Kansas City. Should Sporting lose to the Philadelphia Union on Wednesday, D.C. can steal the top spot with a win at the Chicago Fire next Saturday.

Columbus (14-12-7) is no longer in postseason contention, sitting sixth in the East with 49 points and trailing the Houston Dynamo by four points with one game to go.

10/20 21:50:24 ET

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Scoreboard
Local
1st OT
WAS 101
CHA 101
 
Final
LOU 75
NCSU 65
 
9:53pm Tonight
DUKE
UTAH
Final
ATL 4
BOS 2
Final
STL 5
NYM 4
Final
PHI 0
NYY 10
Final
MIN 2
PIT 4
Final
WAS 1
STL 1
4th
BAL 0
TAM 0
 
Final
TOR 4
DET 1
Final
CHC 6
CWS 3
Final
OAK 7
TEX 6
Final
ANA 2
ARI 7
Final
ARI 3
CLE 2
6:05pm Tonight
HOU 0
MIA 0
 
4th
KAN 2
SEA 0
 
10:05pm Tonight
SDP
COL
 
10:05pm Tonight
CIN
MIL
 
10:05pm Tonight
LOS
SFG
 
1st OT
WAS 101
CHA 101
 
Final
ORL 97
DET 111
 
Final
PHI 98
LAC 119
 
4th
NYK 77
BOS 86
 
4th
BRK 103
CLE 96
 
4th
TOR 94
LAL 80
 
4th
ATL 99
MIA 86
 
3rd
MEM 65
GSW 85
 
3rd
HOU 83
MIN 76
 
4th
NOP 82
SAC 70
 
Half
SAN 54
DAL 41
 
2nd
DEN 35
UTA 22
 
10:00pm Tonight
PHO
POR
Final
GONZ 74
UCLA 62
Final
LOU 75
NCSU 65
 
9:53pm Tonight
DUKE
UTAH
10:00pm Tonight
NARZ
KSU
10:15pm Tonight
OKLA
MSU
2nd Intermission
MIN 1
CAL 1
 
2nd
CHI 2
CLB 4
 
1st
EDM 1
DAL 0