Meram scores in 89th to lift Crew past Chivas USA

Associated Press Modified: September 20, 2012 at 12:47 am •  Published: September 20, 2012
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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Justin Meram scored in the 89th minute to give the Columbus Crew a 1-0 victory over Chivas USA in Major League Soccer on Wednesday.

The Crew broke a two-game losing streak to move into fifth in the Eastern Conference, a point ahead of D.C. United for the final playoff spot. Columbus has five matches left, D.C. has six.

Meram, who entered in the 80th minute, put in a headed back pass from Jairo Arrieta after Arrieta was denied by goalkeeper Dan Kennedy. The rebound came back to Arrieta and he lunged to get the ball to Meram for his fourth goal of the season.

C.J. Sapong and Kei Kamara scored first-half goals as Sporting Kansas City beat the New York Red Bulls 2-0 in a matchup for first place in the Eastern Conference.

Sporting KC opened a four-point lead over second-place Chicago and a five-point advantage over third-place New York with five games left in the regular season.

The Red Bulls would have moved into first place in the conference with a win.

Chris Wondolowski scored two goals in the second half at Santa Clara, California, including the equalizer in stoppage time, to lift the San Jose Earthquakes to a 2-2 draw with the Portland Timbers.

Wondolowski, who entered the game in the 58th minute, scored his 20th and 21st goals — extending his club single-season record, career-high and league-leading total.

The Timbers are winless in a 16th away matches and are on pace to be just the fifth MLS club to go a full season an away win.