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Lee Young-Pyo lifts Whitecaps past Crew, 1-0
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Lee Young-Pyo scored off a free kick in the 74th minute to help the Vancouver Whitecaps beat the Columbus Crew 1-0 on Saturday night for their sixth shutout of the season.
"Tonight was one of the first games this season where maybe a couple of things bounced our way and went our way," Whitecaps coach Martin Rennie said. "Early in the game, Columbus came out strong and put us under a lot of pressure and they continued to do that in the first half."
The Whitecaps (4-2-2) had few chances from the run of play, but took advantage of a restart on the lone goal. Young-Pyo lofted the shot from 24 yards over goalkeeper Andy Gruenebaum's outstretched hands and into the upper-left corner - a play that both sides agreed was supposed to be a crossing pass.
"It was a cross that was meant to be a cross and unfortunately it went the other way," Gruenebaum said. "He got a little bit lucky. I got caught maybe taking a step forward, then couldn't get my body back and was stuck just jumping straight up. I don't know if he hits it a few more times if he even comes close to that. I don't think he meant to do that."
The Crew, 2-4-1 and winless in four games, had the best opportunity to score in the first half in the 16th minute when Josh Williams' bicycle kick hit the crossbar. In the final 7 minutes before the break, the Crew forced goalkeeper Joe Cannon to make saves on Eddie Gaven and Aaron Schoenfeld from distance.
Cannon also made two early saves for Vancouver.
"That's a fantastic base for us to build from," Rennie said. "Joe made a couple of big saves."
Columbus had a goal called back in the third minute when a foul was called on Chad Marshall as Williams footed a corner kick into the goal.
"The ref said guys were grabbing," Williams said. "It's basically every play in MLS. I'm not sure what the call was there."
Updated April 28, 2012