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Crew Fall 2-0 Against Saprissa in San Jose, Costa Rica in First Leg of the CONCACAF Giants Cup

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (Wednesday, April 4, 2001) - In the Columbus Crew's first international competition ever, the Black & Gold fell 2-0 to Saprissa of Costa Rica in the first-leg of a two-leg quarterfinal series of the CONCACAF Giants Cup at Estadio Saprissa in San Jose, Costa Rica. The return leg is set for next Wednesday, April 11 at 7:30 p.m. at Columbus Crew Stadium.

Saprissa's game winner was scored in the 68th minute on a free kick from 27 yards out. The teams battled through a scoreless first half. Saprissa added an important second goal in the 90th minute.

The winner of the two-leg match is determined by aggregate goals, with road goals counting for double. For example, if The Crew win next Wednesday's game 2-0 the series will end at 2-2 and a 15-minute overtime period will be played followed by penalty kicks if still tied. If The Crew were to win 3-1 on Wednesday, Columbus would lose the series 4-3 on aggregate goals because of the road goal scored by Saprissa which would count double.

The match in Columbus on Wednesday will be classified as "Special Game A" in all Crew season ticket packages, meaning that everyone with season tickets already has a ticket to the game. Single-game tickets, priced the same as regular-season Crew tickets ($13, $17 and $18 for adults; $10 and $14 for youth), are on sale now at all participating Kroger TicketMaster outlets (614-431-3600), by logging on to, or at the Crew Stadium Box Office.

The Crew was one of 12 teams chosen to compete in the CONCACAF Giants Cup, which was approved last November as one of the confederation's two major club competitions each year, the other being the CONCACAF Champions Cup, which has been the Confederation's premier club competition since 1962.

The competition's semifinals and finals will be single elimination games and played at a single venue and will be announced at a later date.

Scoring Summary:
Saprissa - 68.
Saprissa - 90.

COLUMBUS CREW: GK-Tom Presthus, D-Mike Lapper, D-Mike Clark, D-Tenywa Bonseu, D-Todd Yeagley, M-Ansil Elcock, M-Brian Maisonneuve (Edson Buddle, 88th), M-Robert Warzycha, M-Mike Duhaney, F-Brian West, F-Mike Mucino (Jeff Cunningham, 59th)