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            === Crew aims to end winless skid against Whitecaps ===
 
 Columbus,  OH (SportsNetwork.com)  - The  Columbus Crew  returns home  to Crew
 Stadium  to  face Vancouver Whitecaps  FC on Saturday in  an effort to end its
 winless streak.
 
 A  1-0 defeat at Houston in midweek stretched the Crew's winless streak to six
 games,  while the Whitecaps won for the first time in five league matches with
 a 3-2 home victory against San Jose.
 
 The  loss to Houston on Wednesday marked the second straight time the Crew has
 been  held  without a goal,  while Houston's  lone tally arrived shortly after
 halftime through Will Bruin, who headed home a Brad Davis free kick.
 
 Columbus  has  gone 231  minutes without  a goal, and  after winning its first
 three  games this season, Gregg Berhalter's men have claimed only three points
 from their last six matches.
 
 Two  losses  in four days  has left  Berhalter frustrated, especially when the
 coach feels his side should have taken something from the game in Houston.
 
 "Disappointed  to  lose  two  games  and  I think  we  need  to  look  at  our
 performance," Berhalter said following Wednesday's game. "I think it's time to
 be  a little bit critical of the performance and I think today's especially is
 a  game where we  should have gotten something out of the game and that's what
 I'm  disappointed about.  I don't want to take anything from Houston and their
 effort, but I think on this night we should have come away with something."
 
 Vancouver  came away with  three points from its last game, but only after the
 club  had  to withstand a rally  from San Jose  that nearly saw the team throw
 away a three-goal lead.
 
 Kekuta  Manneh  scored the opening  goal in the  10th minute and Pedro Morales
 added  two  more to put  the Whitecaps up  3-0 in the  first 30 minutes of the
 game.
 
 But  a  Chris  Wondolowski  penalty  kick just  before  halftime  brought  the
 Earthquakes  back into  the game,  and Wondolowski  scored again  late in  the
 second half before Vancouver saw out the rest of the match to claim the win.
 
 Whitecaps  head coach Carl Robinson was pleased to have his front four back in
 the lineup, and they didn't disappoint him with a brilliant first-half display
 that didn't surprise the boss.
 
 "The front four were excellent and really were electric," Robinson said of his
 group  of  attackers.  "Pedro's  passing  obviously  we  all  know.  Sebastian
 Fernandez,  coming in off his goal last week, started very brightly and Kekuta
 is  a  young special player  and Darren [Mattocks] is  causing a threat at the
 moment,  he really is.  And the reason I went for that system and formation is
 because I knew that would happen."
 
 
 05/09 16:03:18 ET

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