Sunday, September 20, 2009

Top Two In The East Play To 2-2 Draw In Chicago

Two teams, two players, two goals each, nothing settled.

That's the easiest way to sum up Sunday's game at Toyota Park between the top two teams in Major League Soccer's Eastern Conference as the defending conference and league champion Columbus and the second-place Chicago Fire played to a 2-2 draw.

Peter Lowry was assisted by Brian McBride and Brandon Prideaux on a sixth minute score for Chicago, then hit an unassisted shot in the 35th minute for the eventual 2-0 halftime lead.

In the second half, it was all Guillermo Barros Schelotto for the Crew as Robbie Rogers contributed to a 55th minute goal, then Schelotto scored on a penalty kick in the 78th minute for the game-tying goal.

Columbus is now 11-4-10 with 43 points and remains atop the conference table. The Crew host Mexico's Cruz Azul Wednesday in the fourth round of pool play in the 2009-10 CONCACAF Champions League tournament, then return to MLS play Saturday when they host the Los Angeles Galaxy.

Chicago remains in second in the standings at 10-6-10 with 40 points and hosts Toronto FC this Saturday.

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