Columbus Crew Tie the San Jose Earthquakes in Home Opener

Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Glauber and Morrow notch goals to secure the tie.

The Crew and the Earthquakes fought to a draw on a bitterly cold and windy day in Columbus ensured that neither team would develop much of an offensive rhythm.

The while Ben Speas would repeatedly find space, working with Federico Higuain down the left side, the best chance of the first half would come in the 35th minute as Josh Williams dropped a pass into Speas on the right. His turning shot would be redirected by Dominic Oduro. Oduro's effort was pushed wide by Jon Busch.

San Jose would push for the opener throughout the second half; Salinas would fire a shot directly at Gruenebaum inside five minutes of the start of the half. The more serious effort would take a Chad Marshall effort to keep the game scoreless. Chris Wondolowki's initial shot in the 61st minute would be parried, but his followup slipped past Tyson Wahl and Gruenebaum only to be turned aside by Marshall on the goal line.

After dodging several Quakes chances, the Crew would open the scoring as Glauber would open his Crew account with an emphatic header in the 68th minute. He slipped into space and connected on a bending Higuain service to make it 1-0.

The lead wouldn't last. With both teams tiring in the deteriorating conditions, San Jose would get the breakdown it needed to bring the teams level in the 73rd minute. Ramiro Corrales took a pass then quickly switched it past Josh Williams who was pinched narrow to a wide open Justin Morrow. Morrow closed the space and then clipped the ball just past Andy Gruenebaum.

San Jose would squander a golden chance just minutes later as Sam Garza would chip a clear shot from 15 yards past the post.

Neither team would mount a serious challenge to break the deadlock in the remaining 15 minutes with both teams combining to essentially kill off the game.

Off the field, the Crew continued a strong showing at the box office with 16,528 showing up as temperatures that started in the upper 40s dipped throughout the mid 30s by the end.

Columbus heads back on the road with a trip to Washington to take on D.C. United next Saturday.

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