RSL Battles Columbus to Scoreless Tie

RSL Battles Columbus to Scoreless Tie

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Crew goalkeeper Andy Greenbaum denied late scoring chances by Real Salt Lake and Columbus played its second consecutive 0-0 tie Saturday.

Mehdi Ballouchy and Jeff Cunningham pressured Greenbaum in the final minutes, peppering the goalkeeper with shots from both sides of the field.

Newly acquired Freddy Adu drew cheers early in each half from the home fans. The teenage midfielder, a regular starter for the first time in his career after being traded from D.C. United in the offseason, dribbled around defenders to distribute lead-in passes and got off a quick shot on goal in the second half.

RSL earned three free kicks from less than 30 yards out in the second half, but none of them resulted in goals.

RSL outshot Columbus 16-12, but the Crew (0-0-2) had one more shots on goal (7-6).

Substitute Kei Kamara had the Crew's best opportunity, but his header in front of the goal in the 90th minute sailed just over the crossbar.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.) APTV-04-14-07 1838MDT

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