Justin Meram

Crew drops 2-1 decision to Vancouver

The Crew fell 2-1 to MLS expansion side Vancouver Whitecaps FC in its second match of the 2011 preseason at the Reach 11 Sports Complex in Phoenix. After a goal by Vancouver’s Atiba Harris, Eddie Gaven drew and converted a penalty shot for the Black & Gold to briefly tie the game. But 2011 MLS SuperDraft First Pick, Omar Salgado scored the game-winner for the ‘Caps just a minute later.

Trialist goalkeeper and former Ohio State standout Ray Burse stopped a penalty kick in the 30th minute to keep the teams scoreless through halftime.

Midfielder Eddie Gaven was forced to leave the pitch in the final minutes of play after he tweaked his ankle.

After spending the first part of preseason at Reach 11 in Phoenix, the Crew will now move to the Westside Complex in Avondale, Ariz., where it will host the Seattle Sounders on Thursday, Feb. 10.

Scoring Summary: 

VAN – Atiba Harris, 62’
CLB – Eddie Gaven (pk), 76’
VAN – Omar Salgado (Harris), 77’

Crew Lineups:

First 45 minutes: Ray Burse, Sebastian Miranda, Chad Marshall, Andy Iro, Shaun Francis, Robbie Rogers, Rich Balchan,  Emmanuel Ekpo, Dilly Duka, Emilio Renteria, Jeff Cunningham

Second 45 minutes: Caleb Patterson-Sewell, Ben Sippola (Cory Elenio, 73’), Kyaku Nyamekye, Alex Fraga, Josh Williams, Eddie Gaven (Santiago Prim, 89’), Kevin Burns (Cole Grossman, 71’), Dejan Rusmir, Bernardo Anor, Justin Meram, Andy Adlard (Leandre Griffit, 72’)

Vancouver Lineup: 

Jay Nolly, Alain Rochat, Michael Boxall (Bilal Duckett, 63’), Greg Janicki (Jay Demerit, 76’), Jonathan Leathers (Wes Knight, 59’), Nizar Khalfan (Kyle Porter, 46’), Gershon Koffie (John Thorrington, 76’), Terry Dunfield, Shea Salinas (Philippe Davies, 70’), Davide Chiumiento (Atiba Harris, 46’), Long Tan (Omar Salgado, 59’)