Rentería, Crew settle for draw against SEA

Columbus left frustrated after Keller's star outing

Emillio Renteria and Eddie Gaven celebrate in front of the Nordecke

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The last time the Columbus Crew had a penalty kick in Crew Stadium
against Seattle, Guillermo Barros Schelotto missed the late attempt and
the expansion Sounders ended the longest home unbeaten streak in league
history with a 1-0 win.

Emilio Rentería didn’t make the same mistake on Saturday, picking up
his fourth goal in three games in a 1-1 draw against Seattle in soggy
conditions.

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The goal came after defender Chad Marshall was pulled down by defender Patrick Ianni in the 67th minute.

Although Rentería said he wasn’t impressed with the effort – “I hit
it terribly,” he said – the goal was good enough to push the Crew’s
unbeaten streak to seven, and beat Kasey Keller on a night when the
Seattle goalkeeper did everything in his power to help Seattle get the
win.

Keller was outstanding on a stop on Eddie Gaven in the 82nd minute
and a parry of Andres Mendoza’s free kick in the first minute of
stoppage time.

“We started the game pretty well. We had good balance,” Crew coach
Robert Warzycha said. “The second half it was a different game. We
pushed for the goal. We got one and almost had another one. We didn’t
get lucky.”

The Crew, 3-0-4 since losing the opener, had 13 of the 14 shots in the second half, including the last 12.

“I really felt like we killed them in the second half,” midfielder
Robbie Rogers said. “I even thought at the end of the first half we did
well. I was happy with the way we played.”

Rogers could have tied the match in the 32nd minute when Dilly Duka
set him free on a breakaway, but Keller came out to the top of the box
to make the kick save.

“The only second thought was maybe I should have dribbled around
him, but I couldn’t quite get there quick enough,” Rogers said. “He made
a great save. He got it with his hand. It was a good flick by Dilly. If
I make runs like that, I’ll be very dangerous.”

Columbus still have yet to score in the first half this season, but Warzycha is unconcerned.

“The most important thing is the result,” he said. “We’d like to
score first whether it’s the first half or second half, but the result
is after 90 minutes.”