Crew 3, Mutiny 2
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) _ Brian McBride headed home a corner kick from Robert Warzycha in the 83rd minute to lift the Columbus Crew past the Tampa Bay Mutiny 3-2 Saturday night.
Stern John and Todd Yeagley also scored as the Crew bounced back after being shut out 1-0 by New York-New Jersey in last week’s season opener.
Steve Ralston and Musa Shannon had the Tampa Bay goals.
Shannon, a second half substitution, tied the game at 2 in the 65th minute when he raced past the defense after taking a pass from Paul Dougherty.
Tampa Bay goalkeeper Andy Kirk, making his first start, kept the match close early by stopping two chances by John from close range. Kirk was filling in for Scott Garlick, who sat out the contest after being ejected in the Mutiny’s opening 5-2 loss to D.C. United.
John put the Crew in front 2-1 three minutes before halftime, using a spin move on defender Jan Eriksson and putting a left-footed shot past Kirk from about 10 yards out. The Trinidad native has four goals in five games against Tampa Bay.
Yeagley scored in the 16th minute to give the Crew a 1-0 advantage. Ralston tied it in the 29th minute.
Tampa Bay’s Jefferson Gottardi left the match in the 61st minute after being cut above the eye when he collided with the Crew’s Ansil Elcock.