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Crew rallies to beat Real Salt Lake 2-1; Mendoza, Gardner goals 6 minutes apart key

Andres Mendoza (courtesy of MLS)

The Columbus Crew were trailing for over 70 minutes against Real Salt Lake, one of the MLS’ top defensive teams.

Then, in the span of six minutes, “America’s Hardest Working Team” scored two goals which changed the momentum of the game.

Josh Gardner’s first goal in a Crew uniform lifted Columbus to a thrilling come-from-behind 2-1 victory over Real Salt Lake Wednesday night at Crew Stadium. The Crew remained unbeaten at home (4-0-3) and improved to 4-3-6 on the season.

Gardner gave Columbus the lead in the 82nd minute when his shot from 22 yards out hit the left thigh of Real Salt Lake defender Chris Schuler and skipped past goalkeeper Nick Rimando.

The Crew had been trailing when they finally received a break in the 76th minute when Justin Meram was tripped in the box by Jamison Olave and Andres Mendoza converted the penalty kick to tie the game at 1-1.

RSL (6-3-2) had led 1-0 since the 7th minute when Olave scored off a Nelson Gonzalez corner kick.

Josh Gardner (megasportsnews.com photo)

Scoring any goals against Real Salt Lake is a chore in itself, but two! In its previous four games, they had yielded just one goal.

GAME NOTES:

* Andres Mendoza of the Crew scored his fourth goal of the season.

* Josh Gardner’s goal was his first in MLS play since the 2006 season, when he was with the LA Galaxy.

* Aaron Horton, the Crew’s first Home Grown Player, made his major league debut, coming in for his idol Jeff Cunningham in the 89th minute.

* The Crew are the only MLS team not to score off set pieces in 2011.

* Columbus is now 1-3-4 when allowing the game’s first goal.

* Columbus is 9-7-2 vs Real Salt Lake, 6-1-0 at Crew Stadium.

* Real Salt Lake is 2-2-1 on the road

 

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