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MLS: Off-duty firefighter goes into cardiac arrest after lightning strike at Crew game

Published June 29, 2014 3:26 pm

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Columbus, Ohio • An off-duty firefighter went into cardiac arrest after a lightning strike in the Columbus Crew's stadium parking lot Saturday night, sending him to the hospital in critical condition and leading the Major League Soccer team to postpone its game against FC Dallas.

Firefighters said there was a lightning strike outside of the stadium, but it's not known if the off-duty lieutenant was struck directly, Columbus Fire Department Battalion Chief Tracy Smith said.

She said he was in critical condition in the intensive care unit at the Ohio State Medical Center and that it takes between two and three days to determine the total effects of a possible lightning strike.

Callers reported the lightning strike to emergency officials around 8 p.m., just before the Crew's scheduled start against Dallas.

Seattle 1, D.C. United 0 • In Washington, Chad Barrett scored in the 39th minute to help the Sounders win their third straight game and extended their undefeated streak to five games.

Gonzalo Pineda lofted a cross and Barrett headed the feed from the penalty spot. —

Standings

EASTERN CONFERENCE

W L T Pts GF GA

Sporting K.C. 7 5 4 25 22 14

D.C. 7 5 4 25 22 17

New England 7 6 2 23 22 21

Toronto FC 6 4 2 20 17 15

New York 4 5 7 19 24 24

Columbus 4 5 6 18 18 18

Philadelphia 4 7 6 18 25 28

Houston 5 9 2 17 16 29

Chicago 2 4 8 14 22 25

Montreal 2 7 5 11 13 26

WESTERN CONFERENCE

W L T Pts GF GA

Seattle 11 3 2 35 33 23

Colorado 7 5 4 25 23 18

Real Salt Lake 6 3 7 25 25 22

FC Dallas 6 7 4 22 28 28

Vancouver 5 3 7 22 25 22

Portland 4 5 8 20 28 28

Los Angeles 4 3 5 17 16 11

San Jose 4 5 4 16 15 14

Chivas USA 3 7 5 14 15 26

Friday's Games

New York 2, Toronto FC 2, tie

Sporting Kansas City 1, Portland 0

Saturday's Games

Seattle FC 1, D.C. United 0

Philadelphia 3, New England 1

FC Dallas at Columbus, postponed

Colorado 2, Vancouver 0

Chivas USA 1, Real Salt Lake 0

Los Angeles at San Jose, late

Sunday's Games

Houston at Montreal, 5:30 p.m.