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Sounders FC vs Columbus Crew: August 27, 2011

Posted on 28 August 2011 by dlindsay

Seattle Sounders FC set or tied several records en route to destroying Columbus Crew 6-2 at CenturyLink Field.

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The Good, The Bad, The Red, The Dead

Posted on 04 August 2010 by dkarell

This past week, with the spotlight on Texas, the Red Bull’s players put on a show. In the 2010 MLS All Star Game last Wednesday, Juan Pablo Angel had a solid 45 minutes in the first half before being substituted, and Thierry Henry made his MLS debut last Saturday in the match against the Houston Dynamo. In this 13th edition of the column, we will focus on the 2-2 draw with Houston, as well as the recent signing of Rafael Marquez.

The Good: With Thierry Henry and Juan Pablo Angel finally together, the Red Bull’s attack was more dangerous than seen in quite some time. Henry assisted on both of Angel’s goals, and should have had two of his own, though his finishing was off all day. Expect to see plenty of goals with these two playing as strikers and providers for each other and their teammates. Also, the Red Bulls signed an unprecedented third designated player, Mexico captain Rafa Marquez, to a three and a half year contract, through the 2013 season. Marquez will shore up any potential chinks in the back line, and will most likely be played by coach Hans Backe in a defensive midfield role.

The Bad: Despite being up a man for the whole second half of the match against Houston, the Red Bulls were unable to hold their lead, or add to it. Juan Pablo Angel’s goal was a fantastic strike, but after that, despite close chances, the Red Bulls were unable to put any away, and they missed out on picking up more points on the Eastern Conference leading Columbus Crew, who lost over the weekend to Chivas USA. The Red Bulls are currently in second place, down seven points from the Crew, with a game in hand.

The Red: Before I wrote this article, I was going to say that the backline, and defensive focus was a big issue recently, but I think that Rafa Marquez will help shore that up. His leadership should help raise the games of his teammates, and hopefully he will provide the squad with plenty of possession. Hopefully this is also the end of the Carl Robinson experiment. He has been oft injured, and when playing, not looking very good on offense or defense. He is usually invisible during matches.

The Dead: Clint Mathis today announced his retirement today, saying that this weekend’s game between his Los Angeles Galaxy and Real Madrid will be his final match. Mathis was one of the first American super star soccer players, and his career in New York was nothing short of superb. Mathis played five seasons with the Metrostars/Red Bulls, finishing with 45 goals in all competitions, including five in one game against the Dallas Burn in 2000. The Red Bulls have announced they plan to make a tribute to his career.

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ASN’s MLS Best XI, Week 16

Posted on 27 July 2010 by Breton Bonnette

Week Sixteen (or Week Seventeen, depending how you look at it) confirmed that Edson Buddle and Landon Donovan still deserve their title as best duo in the league but, as it was, the Galaxy looked relatively vulnerable. It was Buddle and Donovan who bailed them out late vs. San Jose. Kasey Keller showed he still has it at 40 and can come back from a bad match to make sure his Sounders gets the three points they need. It was another Sounder, however, that stole the show and deservedly won this week’s ASN Player of the Week honors.

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ASN’s MLS Best XI, Week Fifteen

Posted on 20 July 2010 by Breton Bonnette

Week 15’s Best XI has several new inclusions as we hit the halfway point of what has proven to be a very interesting season. Kansas City, however, looking lost for the past several weeks, rode the quality play of their shotstopper to a much-needed week of results. The Union found more late game dramatics to secure three points at PPL Park, led by a fan favorite who just celebrated an impressive milestone. The battle for Player of the Week in the end went against the grain and to someone that has kept his squad in a match more times than any of us could count. Read on here.

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Saturday MLS Wrap: Philly edge TFC, Crew take control of East

Posted on 18 July 2010 by Breton Bonnette

Coach and player celebrate the Union's win ©TMcLaughlin 2010

Sebastien Le Toux strengthened his bid for an All-Star spot with a goal and an assist as the Union got back to their winning ways in front of 17,251 at PPL Park. Breton Bonnette reports from Chester, Pa., with photo gallery supplied by Terry McLaughlin.

The New York Red Bulls played another listless performance Saturday night and this time were punished by an efficient Columbus Crew squad. By taking all three points from the match, the Crew move five points clear of the Red Bulls in the Eastern Conference standings. John Zidar reports from Crew Stadium. The RBNY reaction.

The Colorado Rapids found themselves down by a goal 20 minutes into the match against the Kansas City Wizards at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park on Saturday night, but hometown striker Conor Casey scored the equalizer in the 74th minute and almost earned three points for his team with another shot in the 89th minute. Pat Shea reports from Commerce City, Colo., complete with player ratings from both teams so be sure to check it out!

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Bulls show no fight in Columbus, fall to Crew 2-0

Posted on 17 July 2010 by Nathaniel E. Baker

The New York Red Bulls played another listless performance Saturday night and this time were punished by an efficient Columbus Crew squad. By taking all three points from the match, the Crew move five points clear of the Red Bulls in the Eastern Conference standings. With the way New York is playing right now, that would appear an insurmountable lead. Thierry Henry or not, the team is simply not doing enough in the middle of the park to generate goal scoring opportunities.

They had very few at Crew Stadium. In fact, it’s hard to say they had any. Maybe a volley by Tim Ream off a corner on the stroke of halftime qualifies. Either way it was snuffed out easily by William Hesmer.

It’s not worth putting together player ratings at this point either. Just about everybody was equally atrocious. A few exceptions: Bouna Coundoul looked fresh and in form and was not at fault on either goal. Carlos Mendes had a few nice tackles in the first half. Danleigh Borman had a couple of nice passes into space. And that’s about all the nice things we can say about the Red Bulls performance tonight.

Perhaps by Thursday this will all be forgotten. Perhaps Thierry Henry will reinvigorate this team on an even larger scale than anticipated. But right now the glaring question is who will get the Frenchman the ball. There doesn’t seem to be anybody up to the task.

Match Facts

New York Red Bulls 0, Columbus Crew 2
July 17, 2010 – Crew Stadium; Columbus, OH
Attendance: 14,378

Scoring Summary:
CLB: Emilio Renteria 3 (Guillermo Barros Schelotto 5, Adam Moffat 1) 10’
CLB: Brian Carroll 1 (unassisted) 48’

Disciplinary Summary:
NY: Carlos Mendes (caution) 10’
CLB: Frankie Hejduk (red card, ejection) 89’

Lineups:

New York Red Bulls (8-6-2, 26 pts.) – Bouna Coundoul (GK), Danleigh Borman (Tony Tchani 46’), Tim Ream, Carlos Mendes, Luke Sassano, Roy Miller, Joel Lindpere, Seth Stammler (Carl Robinson 80’), Sinisa Ubiparipovic (Macoumba Kandji 46’), Dane Richards, Juan Pablo Angel

Substitutes Not Used: Greg Sutton (GK), Chris Albright, Mike Petke, Conor Chinn

Columbus Crew (9-3-4, 31 pts.) – Will Hesmer (GK), Danny O’Rourke, Andy Iro, Chad Marshall, Frankie Hejduk (Ejected 89’), Eddie Gaven, Brian Carroll (Shaun Francis 57’), Adam Moffat, Emmanuel Ekpo, Guillermo Barros Schelotto, Emilio Renteria (Jason Garey 80’)

Substitutes Not Used: Andy Gruenebaum (GK), Gino Padula, Duncan Oughton, Eric Brunner Robbie Rogers

Officials:

Referee: Abbey Okulaja
Referee’s Assistants: Joe Fletcher, Jeff Muschik
4th Referee: Silviu Petrescu

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Photo gallery: Quakes 2, Crew 2

Posted on 03 June 2010 by ASN Staff

ASN’s Carmina Besson was at the San Jose Earthquakes 1-1 draw with the Columbus Crew Wednesday and filed the following photographs. All ©Carmina Besson/ASN

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Tuesday audio update

Posted on 01 June 2010 by ASN Staff

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Tuesday audio update

Posted on 25 May 2010 by ASN Staff

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Kansas City Fall 1-0 to Crew

Posted on 25 May 2010 by Nate Brinson

Wizards Unbeaten Run Extends to 7

For the Kansas City Wizards, Sunday’s game at CommunityAmerica Ballpark against the Columbus Crew seemed like a recurring nightmare. The home side had more of the play and created more scoring chances than their opponent and seemed the livelier of the two sides. Once again, however, lack of finishing and an error in the back gave the Wizards a disappointing result.

This time, it was a wide open Emilio Renteria header midway through the second half that gave the still unbeaten Crew the victory over Kansas City and left the Wizards looking for answers.

“I am very frustrated,” said head coach Peter Vermes. “There are a lot of games where have played well. We just haven’t gotten it.”

Vermes made three changes in his starting lineup from last Saturday against Chicago. Jonathan Leathers received his first start of the season in place of Roger Espinoza, who is currently with the Honduran National Team. Matt Besler regained his spot in the back line in favor of Pablo Escobar, who seemed particularly at fault for several opposition goals, and rookie Teal Bunbury, who set up the late equalizer against the Fire last week, started in place of veteran Josh Wolff.

Kansas City looked to apply pressure early and often against a Crew side that had played only three days prior against New York. Columbus was able to absorb most of the pressure thanks to a back line anchored by Andy Iro, and in the tenth minute, they nearly capitalized on the Wizards high defensive line. Guillermo Barros Schelotto played in Eddie Gaven behind the Kansas City defense, but Jimmy Nielsen denied the Crew winger and kept the game scoreless.

For the rest of a rather first half, Columbus seemed content to sit back and preserve their energy on a warm, humid afternoon, and the home side were relegated to hopeful shots from distance. In the last minute of the first half, the Wizards nearly had the breakthrough. Graham Zusi, getting his second consecutive start for the injured Stephane Auvray, stormed down the left side and played a ball to Kamara at the top of the penalty area. Kamara laid the ball back to an onrushing Davy Arnaud. Arnaud’s wicked drive beat goalkeeper Will Hesmer, but the ball glanced the goalpost and out for a goal kick.

Kansas City maintained their pressure after halftime, and they nearly broke through again in the 47th minute. Bunbury beat Danny O’Roarke to the byline, but his cross was just off the mark as Kamara could not direct his header on goal. Less than a minute later, Bunbury stormed forward through the middle of the field. Bunbury control, but was able to tap it back to Zusi, who blasted a shot just wide from 20 yards.

Poor defending, however, reared its ugly head once again for the Wizards in the 64th minute. From a Schelotto corner kick, substitute Emilio Renteria was left criminally unmarked in the six yard box, and the Venezuelan headed home his second goal in as many games.

The Wizards had two opportunities to equalize in the later stages of the game. In the 71st minute, Ryan Smith’s tempting cross looked like it would result in an easy Kamara goal, but Iro intervened with an excellent last ditch header. In stoppage time, substitute Birahim Diop played a ball into fellow substitute Wolff. Wolff controlled the ball well, but he could not direct his half-volley on target. The last chance came one minute later when Kamara’s low cross just missed a sliding Wolff as Hesmer secured the loose ball and the Crew victory.

In the end, it was a game that seems to separate the top teams from the rest of the league. The Crew had everything going against them in this game, but they found a way to steal three points. For all of the Wizards efforts, they simply could not get a postive result, which has become a rather disturbing pattern for the club.

“I think we are a better team than our record shows right now,” said Arnaud after the game. “But having said that, we have got to get results.”

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