Crew win in Champions League Play: Carry momentum into Sunday

The first place Columbus Crew won their CONCACAF Champions League group stage match against Saprissa last night, [upsetting the Costa Rican side 1-0 on the road.](

Midfielder Eddie Gaven scored the winner for the Crew in the 5th minute of play, when forward Steven Lenhart played him in behind the Saprissa defense, giving Gaven a golden-opportunity that he made no mistake with.
The win is the second in a row (in all competitions) for the Crew, who appear to have gotten over their late August 'mini-slide' that saw the side lose 5-0 to Cruz Azul in Champions League play and fall 1-0 to New York in MLS action.

Other than Gaven (who played the full 90 minutes) key Crew players that saw time in last night's game include midfielders Danny O'Rourke, Brian Carroll and Emmanuel Ekpo - all of whom played the entire match. Crew midfielder Robbie Rogers saw time in the match as well, coming on for forward Jason Garey in the 57th minute.

Any effects Wednesday night's match may have on Sunday's game at the Fire should be minimal. All of these players are well-conditioned and playing two games in five days should not be too much of a problem for them. The only thing that I could see bothering the Crew would be the travel schedule. Going to Costa Rica and back isn't the easiest trip in the world and the extra miles may have a residual effect on some players come Sunday. In the end though, I really don't see the midweek game having any real effect on the Crew come Sunday afternoon...

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