Fulham’s tour of America got off to the worst possible start as the Whites were beaten by Columbus Crew. Midfielder Domenic Mediate punished a dreadful mix-up beaten Jaroslav Drobny and Zesh Rehman to secure victory over the Premiership side.
The Crew had gone in front in the seventeenth minute when Marcus Storey guided home a cross from Danny Szetela. Fulham equalised just before half time when Chris Wingert turned a ball from Luis Boa Morte into his own net. Ahmad Elrich spurned a great chance to put Fulham ahead in the second half, missing a one-on-one by shooting wide.
COLUMBUS CREW: Walker (Gaudette 46), Marshall, Wingert, Fraser (Schulte 46), Szetela, Elliott (Rodriguez 46), Vasquez (Barclay 64), Henderson (Mediate 46), Martino (Sutton 46), Cameron (Wolyniec 59), Storey (Buddle 59). Subs (not used): Kelly, Gallardo.
GOALS: Storey (64), Mediate (86).
FULHAM: Drobny; Volz (Leacock 45), Jensen, Knight (Legwinski 78), Goma (Bocanegra 45), N. Jensen; Rehman, C. Jensen, Malbranque (Elrich 45), Boa Morte (Timlin 71); Helguson (McBride 45), John (Radzinski 61). Subs (not used): Crossley.
GOAL: Wingert (o.g. 43).
REFEREE: Hilario Grajeda.