Rogers scores twice in Crew’s 4-3 victory over Chivas USA
COLUMBUS, April 12, 2008 (AP): Robbie Rogers scored to lead the Columbus Crew in a 4-3 victory over Chivas USA on Saturday night in a game marked by two ejections, eight yellow cards and faltering stadium lights.
Guillermo Barros Schelotto scored on a penalty kick for the Crew (2-1-0) and set up goals for Alejandro Moreno and Rogers.
Referee Ricardo Salazar signaled for the penalty kick after Moreno was brought down in the penalty area by Chivas defender Jim Curtin in the 25th minute. Schelotto sent goalkeeper Brad Guzan the wrong way in converting the penalty for his first goal of the season.
Sacha Kljestan, Jesse Marsch and Paulo Nagamura scored for Chivas (1-1-1).
Kljestan tied the game in the 33rd minute, bending a 19-yard shot past Crew goalkeeper Will Hesmer and inside the right post for his second goal of the year.
Moreno regained the lead for the Crew in the 35th minute with his second score of the season. Columbus took a 3-1 lead in the 71st minute when Schelotto rolled a long pass from midfield that left Rogers alone with Guzan inside the penalty area for his first goal of the night.
The Crew saw its lead evaporate in the span of 6 minutes, when Marsch scored in the 72nd and Nagamura in the 78th.
Rogers gave the Crew its second win of the season when his 18-yard shot was fumbled by Guzan and rolled across the goal line in the 82nd minute.
Chivas midfielder Francisco Mendoza received a yellow card for a rough tackle in the 13th minute and ejected for a second yellow card in the 83rd. Kljestan was ejected for serious foul play one minute later.
They were joined in Salazar's book by Crew midfielder Eddie Gaven after Gaven dragged down defender Jonathan Bornstein in the 22nd minute. Bornstein was booked in the 37th minute, as was Chivas captain Marsch in the 68th. Crew midfielder Adam Moffat was carded for a rough tackle in first half stoppage time, and Schelotto was carded at the end of the game for interfering with a free kick.
Banks of lights in the northeast and northwest corners of the stadium went dark in the 16th and 17th minutes, causing play to be suspended briefly. Both teams agreed to continue under reduced lighting, and the banks were relit moments later, only to fail again early in the second half.