Razov's unassisted goal helps Chivas USA draw with CrewMay 13, 2007 - 3:59 AM COLUMBUS, Ohio (Ticker) -- Anton Razov and Chivas USA didn't get a long-awaited road win, but didn't suffer a loss, either.
Razov scored less than two minutes into the game to help Chivas draw with the Columbus Crew, 1-1, on Saturday.
Goalkeeper Brad Guzan made seven saves and Chivas withstood 20 of its own fouls to avoid its fourth defeat in four road games.
"I think we deserved more than one point with all the games we've played on the road," Chivas coach Preki said. "Sometimes the ball doesn't bounce your way or you make a mistake and you get punished. It was nice to get that point on the road and hopefully we can build on this."
Chivas (2-3-1) got on the board just 93 seconds into the contest, when Razov scored on a direct free kick from the top of the box after a hard foul by Columbus' Marcos Gonzalez.
The infraction by Gonzalez earned him a yellow card.
The goal by Razov was a left-footed strike that went over the Crew wall and hooked just inside the left post beyond the reach of Crew goalkeeper Any Gruenebaum.
"It was just a play," Razov said. "He is a young goalie and was cheating a little bit. He was thinking it's going around the wall. He stepped right and I went left."
The goal, his third of the season, had to be sweet for the former Columbus player, who spent part of the 2005 season with the Crew before being traded to the MetroStars.
Earlier in the season, Razov became the third player in MLS history to score 100 career goals.
However, Columbus (1-1-4) tied the game with help of one of its recently acquired players. Guillermo Barros Schelotto, who was signed by the Crew on April 19 from Argentine club Boca Juniors, made his presence felt in the 18th minute with an assist on the tying goal.
"Guillermo certainly showed tonight he is a great player" Crew coach Sigi Schmid said.
Schelotto slid a soft pass to his left to Ned Grabavoy directly in front of the net. Grabavoy fired a low shot that caromed off the right post and rolled along the goal line before settling inside the left post.
"It's tough to take a goal like we did that early," Schmid said. "But we showed some character tying it up. I think we were a lot closer to scoring the second goal than they were."
It was the second goal of the year by Grabavoy and only the fourth goal of the year for Columbus in its sixth game. The assist by Schelotto was his first MLS point.
"It feels good to be able to contribute," Schelotto said. "It would have been nice to get the win but I am enjoying playing here and will try to do all I can to help this team win."
Chivas had 16 shot attempts to 14 by Columbus. Gruenebaum made four saves for the Crew.
COLUMBUS 1 FINAL
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COLUMBUS GOAL: Ned Grabavoy in the 18th minute
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