Columbus Crew 1 West Ham 3
West Ham started with Green, Neill, Ferdinand, Davenport, Widdowson, Faubert, Noble, Parker, Reid, Bellamy, Ashton.
West Ham started well applying some early pressure. Bellamy got an early shot in, which flew wide right in the fourth minute. Two minutes later Ashton turned and shot from the edge of the penalty area. His shot was too good for Gruenebaum in goal who was unable to do anything to stop the shot flying home.
It was a superb goal from the West Ham striker, a shot that even Zamora would have been proud of.
In the 15th minute Bellamy crossed from the right and Ashton's headed shot just missed the Crew goal wide right. Zamora would probably have converted the effort, but then again Zamora is good enough to play for England.
With West Ham dominating play it was only a matter of time before Crew got on the score sheet. In the 20th minute Jason Garey beat Ferdinand to meet Elenio's right-wing cross with his head to even the score.
West Ham, despite the lack of Zamora up front, refused to let their head drop and regained the lead five minutes later. The goal was an own goal by Crew's Brad Evans, who under pressure from Mark Noble gifted the lead back to West Ham. Crew were left to rue the fact that they didn't have Zamora in defence.
After West Ham's second goal both sides looked fairly even for the rest of the half. Bellamy and Ashton looked good up front with Bellamy working the flanks well and pulling the Crew defence out of position.
In the second half Cole came out in place of Ashton. Crew had an early effort when Elenio smashed a ball against the bar in the 46th minute. In the 52nd minute however Bellamy raced forward with the ball from the half-way line and squared the ball for Reid to shoot home. A few minutes later and Reid was replaced by Stanislas and Noble was replaced by Mullins.
In the 70th minute Davenport was replaced by Jordan Spence whilst Parker was replaced by Jack Collison. Six minutes later and Walker came on for Robert Green and Tony Stokes replaced Faubert. A few minutes after that N'Gala came on for Ferdinand.
In the end West Ham deserved their win with Bellamy, Ashton and Faubert all looking sharp.