First XI: Galaxy and Crew play to emotional draw

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The First XI stories from Wednesday’s 1-1 draw between the LA Galaxy and the Columbus Crew

1. Columbus Dispatch reporter Adam Jardy provided this recap on an emotional night at Crew Stadium as the club honored the late Kirk Urso.

2. Jardy also wrote this blog post further dissecting a difficult night for all involved.

3. Meanwhile, Dispatch columnist Michael Arace wrote a moving column on Crew players attempting to move on, but not forgetting the loss of Urso.

4. Local Columbus television station ABC 6 provided this report on the Crew’s first night back on the field following Urso’s tragic passing.

5.’s Craig Merz wrote this story on the most poignant moment on the night, when the Urso family was present in the Crew locker room after the match.

6. Providing a Galaxy perspective,’s Luis Bueno looks into how LA were able to handle an emotion and ultimately earn a point.

7. The Associated Press wrote the following recap on how the Crew were able to honor Urso’s memory.

8.  On the LA Galaxy Insider Blog, LA head coach Bruce Arena gives his assessment of the match as well as an update on Mike Magee.

9.   Also on the Insider Blog, check out a look at the ceremonies at Crew Stadium, including the touching Urso tribute video that was played during pregame.

10.  Following the match, I spoke to Galaxy midfielder Michael Stephens, who provided his thoughts on playing in a match honoring his childhood friend.

11. Lastly, my Three Points to the match.