Laventure's chip punctuates 2:0 win over Crew
July 19, 2006
The Red Donkeys won as many games in six days as they've won in the season's opening three months, this time topping the Columbus Crew 2:0 to move into a three-way tie for third in the East. Chris Henderson scored the first Metro goal and Jerrod Laventure added the insurance marker on a spectacular chip.
The Red Donkeys came out with the same lineup as last week, but as opposed to the first half against Colorado, failed to control the game early on. Their two best chances came from Marvell Wynne runs down the right flank. A big Jon Conway save late in the half amid a Columbus barrage kept the game scoreless.
The second half started much better for Metro, and they got the first goal five minutes in. Edson Buddle stole the ball in midfield, and then threaded a perfect pass onto Chris Henderson, who took what looked like one extra step, but then beat Crew keeper Noah Palmer from a tough angle. That was all the Donkeys needed, as the Columbus attack proved feeble. Then, in the 90th minute, after the Metro defense held strong while protecting the lead, Laventure took a ball on a bounce and hit it at an arc that completely fooled Palmer, and dropped under the crossbar and into the net for the rookie's first professional goal. Conway got a secondary assist on the play.
Overall, it was a good performance for Metro, and hopefully the first winning streak of the season, some stability in the lineup, and the pending arrival of Bruce Arena can lead to better things that we expected just a week ago.
Todd Dunivant made his Metro debut as a second-half sub.
Lineup: Conway, Stammler, Mendes, Parke, Wynne, O'Rourke, Henderson, Magee, Guevara, Peguero, Buddle. Subs: Dunivant, Laventure, Lisi.