Meram scores in 89th to lift Crew past Chivas USA

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Associated Press

Posted on September 20, 2012 at 9:00 PM

Updated Thursday, Sep 20 at 9:01 PM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Justin Meram scored in the 89th minute to give the Columbus Crew a 1-0 victory over Chivas USA on Wednesday night.

The Crew (13-10-6) broke a two-game losing streak to move into fifth in the Eastern Conference, a point ahead of D.C. United for the final playoff spot. Columbus has five matches left, D.C. has six.

Meram, who entered in the 80th minute, put in a headed back pass from Jairo Arrieta after Arrieta was denied by goalkeeper Dan Kennedy. The rebound came back to Arrieta and he lunged to get the ball to Meram for his fourth goal of the season.

Chivas (7-14-7) is 0-6-2 in the past eight games and has lost four straight.

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