LANDOVER, Md. (AP) — Steve Clark stood firm to save Fabian Espindola's penalty kick in second-half stoppage time and preserve the Columbus Crew's 0-0 draw with D.C. United on Saturday night.
The shutout, just Columbus' third of the season, prevented United (6-4-4) from leaping above the New England Revolution into first place in the Eastern Conference.
Columbus (4-5-6) finished the season series against United with a win and two draws. The Crew won just once in its last 12 matches overall.
Clark saved the penalty simply by remaining upright.
Espindola attempted to fake the goalkeeper into a dive, and then chipped his kick straight at Clark, who caught it easily for his third stop of the game.
Referee Hilario Grajeda awarded the kick after he ruled that Columbus defender Bernardo Anor handled the ball inside the penalty area.