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Match Preview: San Jose Earthquakes & Joey Gjertsen

Posted on 21 May 2010 by Kyle Alm

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The Heritage Cup, an homage to the two NASL teams with common names, is what is at stake for the Sounders and Earthquakes.

The Earthquakes does have a local tie to the Puget Sound in Joey Gjertsen. Gjertsen is in his first season with the team in what is typically called a “journeyman” career piling up goals (the alleged career record holder) and multiple honors at the Evergreen State College in Olympia 2003-2004, 2006 USL MVP with Vancouver Whitecaps, and finally two seasons in Montreal.

Resurgence seems to be a theme with the much improved San Jose Earthquakes who spent the better part of the 2009 season at the foot of the table. Convey is playing well. Again. Finally. And Gjertsen seems to have become a fixture of the team, taking corners and set-pieces. Gjertsen never had a year like 2006 again. He did the bulk of his career scoring in that one year. Gjertsen has a goal and an assist for San Jose in 557 minutes of play. Not exactly setting the league on fire, but Ljungberg has yet to score a goal for us this season. Not that he particularly needs to, but it would be great if he would score a goal at Qwest.

< spoiler>at 2:18 he hits the post against the Seahawks Soccer team from 25 yards.< /spoiler>

The forecasted gray skies and 100% chance of ambient moisture are forecast, but I expect that Mr. Gjertsen will get a warm response from the crowd. I know there is going to be a large contingent heading up from the south Puget Sound that will be showing their support for Mr. Gjertsen, and by association the Earthquakes. And then the match will begin, and by the time the match is over the fans will go back to being nice to Joey again. So if you see someone in a Gjertsen jersey they are probably just as local as you are. They don’t sell Gjertsen’s San Jose jersey, if you see one it’s handmade or custom, I know a few people will have them, if you see one send a pic to @soundersasn on twitter.
San Jose Earthquakes #17 Joey Gjertsen
So, let me be clear. The guys in the Gjertsen gjerseys get a pass today, they all live around here and root for Sounders.

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Comeback Crew Down ‘Bulls

Posted on 19 September 2008 by Jim Baird

Down 1-0, the Columbus Crew scored three unanswered goals – including the game winner by Robbie Rogers moments into the second half- to deflate the red-hot New York Red Bulls 3-1 in Crew Stadium. The win extended Columbus’s lead atop the Eastern Conference and Supporters Shield standings to six points. New York currently sits at fourth place in the Eastern Conference.

After the match Crew Coach Sigi Schmid reflected on the game’s playoff implications. “Today we said ‘hey, we want to send a message.’ We want to make sure that (the team) knows that (New York) is a team we could run into in the first round of the playoffs,” Schmid said. “We want to make sure that when they come to Crew Stadium they know they’re in for a fight.”

Robbie Rogers scored the go-ahead goal as the second half was getting underway on a scorching shot from 20 yards out to give Columbus a 2-1 lead. The goal captured the momentum and the Red Bulls were never able to recover.

“We didn’t give ourselves a chance to win this game,” said Red Bulls Coach Juan Carlos Osorio.

“First of all we couldn’t keep the lead, and that early goal (in the second half) destroyed everything we talked about (at halftime).”

This was a match up of two of the leagues best, and hottest teams. The Crew entered winning four of their last five games; New York had tasted victory in four of their past six.

Juan Pablo Angel drew first-blood in the 21st minute off of a bending free-kick that ducked into the upper right-corner of goal to give the Red Bulls a 1-0 lead.

Frankie Hejduk leveled the game 1-1 in the 41st minute on an arching-lob from outside the box that appeared to be a cross, but instead ended up in the upper-left corner of goal.

Robbie Rogers captured the lead for the Crew seconds out of halftime by weaving through three Red Bulls and blistering a shot into the back of the net.

In the 85th minute the Crew extended their lead to 3-1when Pat Noonan lobbed a ball over the New York back line to Hejduk who tapped it to Gaven in front of net for the finish.

The Crew controlled the pace and opportunity all night long out-shooting New York 19 to 9.For Columbus, the victory was accomplished without the services of star midfielder Guillermo Barros Schelotto, who was inactive for the second consecutive match due to tightness in his hamstring.

The match marked the second time the two clubs have met this season. The Crew lost on the road 2-0 against the Red Bulls on April 5. That match was the only miss-step during the Black-and-Gold’s record 6-1-0 start. The Crew have recorded a 6-1-1 record since the July 24 All-Star break.

“We played against arguably the best team in the league,” Coach Osorio said.

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Match Facts

New York Red Bulls (9-8-8) vs. Columbus Crew (14-6-5)
September 18, 2008 — Columbus Crew Stadium

Scoring Summary:
NY — Juan Pablo Angel 10 (unassisted) 21
CLB — Frankie Hejduk 1 (unassisted) 41
CLB — Robbie Rogers 6 (unassisted) 46
CLB — Eddie Gaven 2 (Frankie Hejduk 3, Pat Noonan 2) 85

Lineups:

New York Red Bulls — Jon Conway, Andrew Boyens, Gabriel Cichero, Jeff Parke, Kevin Goldthwaite, Dane Richards, Juan Pietravallo (John Wolyniec 54), Seth Stammler, Jorge Rojas, Mike Magee (Danleigh Borman 61), Juan Pablo Angel.

Substitutes Not Used: Danny Cepero, Chris Leitch, Carlos Mendes, Luke Sassano, Sinisa Ubiparipovic

Columbus Crew — William Hesmer, Frankie Hejduk, Chad Marshall, Danny O’Rourke, Gino Padula, Brian Carroll, Stefani Miglioranzi (Emmanuel Ekpo 20) (Andy Iro 83), Eddie Gaven, Robbie Rogers, Pat Noonan (Jason Garey 86), Alejandro Moreno.

Substitutes Not Used: Ezra Hendrickson, Steven Lenhart, Duncan Oughton, Kenny Schoeni

Statistical Summary:
Columbus Crew / New York Red Bulls
total shots: 19 (Eddie Gaven 5) / 9 (Juan Pablo Angel 3)
shots on goal: 11 (Eddie Gaven 3, Robbie Rogers 3) / 5 (Juan Pablo Angel 2)
fouls: 10 (Alejandro Moreno 3, Gino Padula 3) /17 (Dane Richards 6)
offsides: 3 (Alejandro Moreno 2) / 2 (Juan Pablo Angel 2)
corner kicks: 6 (Robbie Rogers 6) / 5 (Jorge Rojas 3)
saves: 4 (William Hesmer 4) / 8 (Jon Conway 8)

Misconduct Summary:
NY — Andrew Boyens (caution; Tactical Foul) 34
NY — Gabriel Cichero (caution; Tactical Foul) 52
NY — Dane Richards (caution; Persistent Infringement) 68
NY — Kevin Goldthwaite (ejection; Serious Foul Play) 89

referee: Alex Prus
Referee’s Assistants: Steven Taylor; Michael Salyers
4th official: Hilario Grajeda
time of game: 1:52
attendance: 10,881
weather: Clear -and- 74 degrees

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First Place Crew Take on NY

Posted on 17 September 2008 by Jim Baird

Two of the hottest teams in MLS collide in Columbus this Thursday when the Crew take on the New York Red Bulls. With the regular season entering the final stretch, both teams are fighting for playoff position.

Thursday’s match up marks the second of three meetings this season between the two clubs. The Red Bulls handed the Crew a 2-0 loss in week two of the regular season. That game was the Crew’s only blemish during the Black-and-Gold’s record 6-1-0 start.

The Crew, winners of four of their last five, top both the Eastern Conference and overall standings. Their most recent match was a 1-1 draw at Toronto F.C.

After a 2-1 victory last week against Real Salt Lake, New York have won four out of their last six. Their late season surge had propelled them to fourth in the East, two points clear of D.C. United.

Guillermo Barros Schelotto, the MLS’s assist leader, will not play for Columbus due to tightness in his hamstring, Schelotto was also absent for last weekend’s match against Toronto.

Match Info:

Thursday: 7:00 p.m. ET
TV: ESPN2, Deportes
Radio: The Brew 105.7 FM

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Columbus makes a statement

Posted on 07 September 2008 by Jim Baird

The Crew celebrate ©ASN/Taylor Birkos

Watch out MLS- Columbus has officially arrived.

The Crew dominated the New England Revolution 4-0 in a one sided duel between the top two teams in the MLS standings. Guillermo Barros Schelotto terrorized the Revolution defense assisting on two goals and scoring another, as New England struggled to slow down the red-hot Crew. The victory is the Crew’s fourth straight and puts them squarely in first place in the MLS with 43 points, five above second place New England in the Eastern Conference standings.

Columbus controlled game from the start, recording 13 shots on goal to New England’s one. The Crew did this all without the services of the club’s leading goal scorer Alejandro Moreno as well as defenders Frankie Hejduk, and Duncan Oughton. All were away on national team duty.

Crew Coach Sigi Schmid praised the team’s performance, “I wanted (the team) to feel the weight of a big game,” he said. “I wanted to see how they responded- and they passed with flying colors.”

For the Revolution the game marks the end of a brutal scheduling stretch. The club has participated in seven games in the past 22 days, including a 4-0 loss to Joe Public on Tuesday that eliminated them from the CONCACAF Champions League. “When you can’t run you can’t compete, and at the present time we can’t run,” Revolution Coach Steve Nicol said, commenting on his team’s inability to attack. “We were in three different countries in seven days last week. So it’s a unique situation we find ourselves in, and hopefully it won’t happen again,” Nicol said.

Schelotto takes one of his eight corners ©ASN/Taylor Birkos

Guillermo Barros Schelotto put Columbus in the lead in the 39th minute when a Robbie Rogers cross landed between a colliding Steven Lenhart and Chris Tierney and popped out in front of goal. A sprinting Schelotto drilled the ball into the back of the net before a charging Matt Reiss could clear it. The Crew added to their lead minutes later when a free kick from Schelotto connected with the head of Andy Iro who put it into the back of the net for his first career goal and a 2-0 lead.

In the second half, Schelotto navigated through the midfield and chipped the ball perfectly over the New England backline to Jason Garey who finished for the score and 3-0 lead in the 67th minute. Garey had come on as a substitute a minute earlier for Eddie Gaven. Jason Garey added another to make it 4-0 in the 90th minute finishing a beautiful through ball from former Revolution star and recent Crew acquisition Pat Noonan.

Schelotto was unstoppable in the match, and has been indispensible over the Crew’s current four game win streak. His two assists on the night extended his league leading total to 18. The assists also extended a 10 goal streak in which Schelotto either scored or assisted on the score. The streak ended with the game’s final goal.

This game was a rematch of a heated May 24th contest at Crew Stadium that New England won 1-0. That match is dubiously remembered for a video that surfaced of a Crew fan directing a racial epithet at Revolution forward Kheli Dube after he scored the game winning goal. Since that match, Columbus banned the throwing of streamers on the field, increased security around the Nordecke supporters section and worked with the MLS to diagnose and ban the offending fan for life.

Iro scores on the stroke of halftime ©ASN/Taylor Birkos

With Columbus’s success, Schmid is setting his sights high for the remainder of the season. “I’m not going to say we’re the toast of the town or the best team ever,” he noted. “But I think we can start talking about, and start thinking about, that we want to win the league now. We want to win the Eastern Conference,” Schmid said. He added, “We want to grab hold of that thing called the Supporters Shield.”

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Match Facts

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New England Revolution (11-7-5) vs. Columbus Crew (13-6-4)
September 06, 2008 — Columbus Crew Stadium

Scoring Summary:
CLB — Guillermo Barros Schelotto 6 (unassisted) 40
CLB — Andy Iro 1 (Guillermo Barros Schelotto 17) 45
CLB — Jason Garey 2 (Guillermo Barros Schelotto 18) 67
CLB — Jason Garey 3 (Pat Noonan 1) 90

Lineups:

New England Revolution — Matt Reis, Chris Albright, Jay Heaps, Michael Parkhurst, Sainey Nyassi (Joe Germanese 70), Mauricio Castro (Pat Phelan 74), Shalrie Joseph, Jeff Larentowicz, Chris Tierney (Amaechi Igwe 58), Taylor Twellman, Khano Smith.

Substitutes Not Used: Brandon Tyler, Rob Valentino, Doug Warren

Garey scores the Crew’s third ©ASN/Taylor Birkos

Columbus Crew — William Hesmer, Danny O’Rourke, Andy Iro, Chad Marshall, Gino Padula, Eddie Gaven, Brian Carroll, Brad Evans, Robbie Rogers (Pat Noonan 74), Guillermo Barros Schelotto (Emmanuel Ekpo 83), Steven Lenhart (Jason Garey 66).

Substitutes Not Used: Andy Gruenebaum, Stefani Miglioranzi, Andrew Peterson, Jed Zayner

Statistics:
Columbus Crew / New England Revolution
total shots: 27 (Brad Evans 5) / 4 (Taylor Twellman 2)
shots on goal: 13 (Guillermo Barros Schelotto 3, Jason Garey 3) /1 (Taylor Twellman 1)
fouls: 8 (Steven Lenhart 3, Chad Marshall 3) / 11 (3 tied with 2)
offsides: 5 (Jason Garey 3) / 1 (Mauricio Castro 1)
corner kicks: 11 (Guillermo Barros Schelotto 8) / 4 (Mauricio Castro 2)
saves: 1 (William Hesmer 1) / 9 (Matt Reis 9)

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Misconduct Summary:
NE — Chris Albright (caution; Tactical Foul) 23
NE — Shalrie Joseph (caution; Reckless Foul) 50
NE — Amaechi Igwe (caution; Reckless Foul) 59
CLB — Jason Garey (caution; Delaying a Restart) 83

Referee: Mark Geiger
Referee’s Assistants: Steven Taylor; Eric Boria
4th official: Fernando Galvan
time of game: 1:49
attendance: 16,918
weather: Partly Cloudy -and- 75 degrees

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Crew fans celebrate ©ASN/Taylor Birkos

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Top Two Clash In C-Bus

Posted on 04 September 2008 by Jim Baird

The top two teams in MLS collide this Saturday when the New England Revolution visit the Columbus Crew.
The game will be a rematch of the now notorious outing that saw a Crew fan directed a racial epithet toward the Revolution’s Zimbabwean forward Kheli Dube after he notched the game winning goal in New England’s 1-0 victory on May 24.

Since that match, Columbus banned the throwing of streamers on the field, increased security around the Nordecke supporters section, and worked with the MLS to diagnose and ban the offending fan for life.

Saturday’s matchup will be the first of two meetings between the clubs during September. Both matchups will go a long way in determining the makeup of the East and who will claim the regular season league championship.

And with the top five teams in the East separated by only eight points, a lot still remains to be settled. Currently Columbus leads the East with 40 points; New England sits in second place with 38.

New England enters the game in the midst of recent struggles. Since the All-Star break, the Revolution have gone 1-2-2 in league play, including last weekend’s 2-2 draw at home against the Galaxy.

The Rev’s have also had to deal with a congested schedule: Saturday’s match will mark the club’s seventh in 22 days. On Wednesday, they were knocked out of the CONCACAF Champions League in a 4-0 home drubbing (6-1 aggregate) at the hands of Joe Public F.C. from Trinidad and Tobago.

Columbus enters the matchup coming off a 2-1 road victory over F.C. Dallas. Since the All-Star break the Black-And-Gold have gone 4-1-0, with their sole loss coming on the road to the defending MLS champion Houston Dynamo.

Game Info

Start Time: Saturday September 6, 7:30 pm

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First Place Crew Heads To Dallas

Posted on 27 August 2008 by Jim Baird

After two straight home victories the Columbus Crew hit the road to tussle in Texas.

The first place Crew square off against F.C. Dallas this Saturday at Pizza Hut Park. The two clubs recently locked horns August 16 in Columbus. The Black-and-Gold won that contest 2-1 in large part to Guillermo Barros Schelotto, who notched two assists, bringing his league-leading total to 14.

Both clubs are in tight conference races, and with 9 games left before the playoffs start, the margin of error razor-thin. In the East, Columbus is tied for first place with New England on 37 points; F.C. Dallas currently sits at third place in the West with 26 points.

For visitors, earning a victory at Pizza Hut Park hasn’t been easy this season. F.C. Dallas has a 4-2-4 record this year defending their home turf. The Crew enters the match straddling .500 on the road with a 4-4-2 record.

Columbus will bring to town the third highest scoring office in the league lead by the creative midfield work of Schelotto as well as play up front from Alejandro Moreno and Robbie Rogers. F.C. Dallas counters with forward Kenny Cooper, the league’s second leading scorer this season with 13 goals.

Game Info:

Kickoff: 9:00 p.m. ET, Saturday, Aug. 30
TV: ONN, DK, MLSLive.tv
Radio: 610 AM WTVN

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Crew battle Salt Lake in C-Bus

Posted on 21 August 2008 by Jim Baird

When Columbus takes on Real Salt Lake, this Saturday in Crew Stadium, it will be a match-up of two of the biggest surprises in the MLS this season. Last year the Crew finished sixth out of seven teams in the East; Real Salt Lake finished dead last in the six team West.

Currently, the Crew sit at second place overall in the East, trailing first place New England by a mere two points. Real Salt Lake sits at Second in the West, five points back of the defending champion Houston Dynamo.

Success for Salt Lake this year has been due in part to their defense. The club has allowed 24 goals this season, third fewest in the MLS. But keeper Nick Rimando may have his work cut out for him against Columbus’s high powered attack. Lead by Guillermo Barros Schelotto’s league leading 12 assists, Columbus enters as the MLS’s third highest scoring offense with 31 goals.

The Crew bring a formidable 6-2-2 home record into the match, and with Real Salt Lake’s road struggles, 1-7-1 this season, the Rockies club will face a stern test to claim points.

Game Notes:

Kickoff: 7:30 EST

TV: CSN, DK, MLSLive.tv

Radio: 610 AM WTVN (Columbus)

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Noonan, Crew Gear up For Dallas

Posted on 14 August 2008 by Jim Baird

The Columbus Crew return to action with an added weapon this Saturday against F.C. Dallas in Crew Stadium. After a strong start to the first half of the season, which currently sees the Black-And-Gold sitting at third place in the East, the Crew acquired long-time New England Revolution scorer Pat Noonan to bolster their push for the playoffs.

Noonan is returning from a six month stint with Norway’s Aalesunds FK but is best known for his work with the Revolution. In New England Noonan was a force, notching 37 goals and 29 assists in 119 regular season appearances.

The Crew shipped their first round pick in the 2009 Superdraft, allocation money and allocation spot to the Revolution for Noonan.

While Noonan will make his debut for the Crew will be without the services of gifted midfielder Emmanuel Ekpo who is on duty with Nigeria’s national team. Columbus’s Robbie Rogers and Dallas’s Dax McCarty will return from Beijing, but their playing status for Saturday is still to be determined.

Dallas and Columbus both haven’t played in nearly two weeks. This is the first game for the Crew since an August 2 match with Houston, which they lost 2-0. F.C. Dallas’s last match was a 2-0 win against Toronto on August 3.

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Seeing red: The Olympic dream ends

Posted on 13 August 2008 by Jim Baird

The U.S. Men’s soccer team Olympic run in Beijing has ended. Nigeria’s captain Promise Issac scored in the 39th minute and Victor Obinna added another in the 80th to knock out the Americans 2-1. With the victory Nigeria clinched Group B. The Netherlands secured second place in group B with their victory over Japan. Only the top two teams in the group advance to the knockout rounds.

The U.S. controlled their own destiny entering the match with a win or a draw securing the top spot in the group and their advancement. Things got off to a rough start when in the 3rd minute Michael Orozco was given a straight red card for a reckless elbow forcing the U.S. to play a man down for the remainder of the contest.

After an array of opportunities around the half hour mark, Nigeria drew first blood. Chinedu Ogbuke Obasi outmaneuvered Michael Parkhurst on the end line then split the U.S. defense on a pass to the trailing Promise Issac who finished for the goal in the 39th minute.

In the second half, down a man and a goal the U.S. started to generate multiple scoring opportunities. Robbie Rogers sent a curling ball over a jumping Brian McBride to an awaiting unmarked Stuart Holden in the box who mishit the ball well over goal in the 53rd minute. In the 59th minute Nigeria’s keeper Ambruse Vanekin was caught out of position but Danny Szetela’s miss-hit the shot on goal and the ball was cleared away easily by Nigeria.

Nigeria took what looked to be an insurmountable 2-0 lead when Victor Obinna scored on a bending shot to the far post in the 80th minute.

Down two goals and a man with time dwindling the Americans went out on all out attack, and were a crossbar deflection away from evening the match. In the 88th minute Sacha Kljestan knocked in a penalty kick to close the gap to 2-1 after Nigeria’s keeper Ambruse Vanekin made a dangerous challenge to the U.S.’s Maurice Edu just inside the left corner of the 18 yard box.

In the 90th minute the U.S. nearly leveled the score as Dax McCarty sent in a free kick to a jumping Charlie Davies who snapped a header that rattled the crossbar.

Team USA finished in third place of Group B with 4 points.

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U.S. MEN’S NATIONAL TEAM GAME REPORT

USA vs. Nigeria, 2008 Olympics Games
Beijing Worker’s Stadium; Beijing, China, Aug. 13, 2008
Attendance: 48,096
Weather: Cloudy, 85 degrees

Scoring Summary:

NGA – Promise Isaac (Chinedu Ogbuke Obasi) 39th minute.
NGA – Victor Obinna (Ebenezer Ajilore) 79.
USA – Sacha Kljestan (penalty) 88.

Lineups:
USA: 18-Brad Guzan; 2-Marvell Wynne, 6-Maurice Edu, 15-Michael Parkhurst, 3-Michael Orozco; 14-Robbie Rogers, 7-Stuart Holden (9-Charlie Davies, 77), 16-Sacha Kljestan, 8-Danny Szetela (5-Dax McCarty, 69); 17-Brian McBride, 12-Jozy Altidore (10-Benny Feilhaber, 46)
Subs: 1-Chris Seitz, 13-Patrick Ianni
Head Coach: Peter Nowak

NGA: 1-Ambruse Vanzekin; 2-Chibuzor Okonkwo, 5-Dele Adeleye, 15-Efe Ambrose; 6-Monday James, 8-Sani Kaita, 10-Promise Isaac (capt.) (16-Victor Anichebe, 72), 12-Ebenezer Ajilore (17-Emmanuel Ekpo, 85); 7-Chinedu Ogbuke Obasi, 9-Victor Obinna, 11-Solomon Okoronkwo (14-Peter Odemwingie, 68)
Subs: 18-Ikechukwu Ezenwa, 19-Oladapo Olufemi
Head Coach: Samson Siasia

Statistical Summary:

USA / NGA
Shots: 8 / 20
Shots on Goal: 4 / 5
Saves: 4 / 2
Corner Kicks: 3 / 5
Fouls: 7 / 11
Offside: 0 / 1

Misconduct Summary:

USA – Michael Orozco (sent off) 3rd minute.
USA – Benny Feilhaber (caution) 60.
NGA – Ambruse Vanzekin (caution) 87.

Officials
Referee: Wolfgang Starg (GER)
Asst. Referee: Volker Wezel (GER)
Asst. Referee: Jan-Hendrik Salver (GER)
4th Official: Khalil Al Ghamdi (KSA)

2008 Olympic Men’s Soccer Tournament Standings, schedule

Group A
Team W L T Pts. GF GA GD
ARG 3 0 0 9 5 1 +4
CIV 2 1 0 6 6 4 +2
AUS 0 2 1 1 1 3 -2
SRB 0 2 1 1 3 7 -4

Aug. 7
Australia 1, Serbia 1
Ivory Coast vs. Argentina, 7:45 a.m. ET

Aug. 10
Argentina 1, Australia 0
Serbia 2, Ivory Coast 4

Aug. 13
Ivory Coast 1, Australia 0
Argentina 2, Serbia 0

Group B
Team W L T Pts. GF GA GD
NGA 2 0 1 7 4 2 +2
NED 1 0 2 5 3 1 +1
USA 1 1 1 4 4 4 E
JPN 0 3 0 0 1 4 -3

Aug. 7.
Japan 0, USA 1
Netherlands 0, Nigeria 0

Aug. 10
Nigeria 2, Japan 1
USA 2, Netherlands 2

Aug. 13
Netherlands 1, Japan 0
Nigeria 2, USA 0

Group C

Team W L T Pts. GF GA GD
BRA 3 0 0 9 9 0 +9
BEL 2 1 0 6 3 1 +2
CHN 0 2 1 1 1 6 -5
NZL 0 2 1 1 1 7 -6

Aug. 7
Brazil 1, Belgium 0
China 1, New Zealand 1

Aug. 10
New Zealand 0, Brazil 5
Belgium 2, China 0

Aug. 13
China 0, Brazil 3
New Zealand 0, Belgium 1

Group D
Team W L T Pts. GF GA GD
ITA 2 0 1 7 6 0 +6
CMR 1 0 2 5 2 1 +1
KOR 1 1 1 4 2 4 -2
HON 0 3 0 0 0 5 -5

Aug. 7
Honduras 0, Italy 3
South Korea 1, Cameroon 1

Aug. 10
Cameroon 1, Honduras 0
Italy 3, South Korea 0

Aug. 13
South Korea 1, Honduras 0
Cameroon 0, Italy 0

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Crew prepare to dance with Dynamo

Posted on 30 July 2008 by Jim Baird

It’s the number two team in the West versus the number two team in the East this Saturday when the Houston Dynamo square off against the visiting Columbus Crew.

The match will be the second time the clubs meet on the pitch this season, Columbus won the first contest 1-0 April 26th in Crew Stadium.

Both teams are fighting to maintain their pace in the race for conference supremacy.

A win for Columbus would put them into first place in the East with 34 points, one point ahead of New England. For Houston, a victory Saturday would put them a point behind Western Conference leaders Real Salt Lake.

The Dynamo and the Crew each enter the match coming off shutout road victories.

Last Sunday the Crew earned to a 2-0 victory at Colorado. The Black-And-Gold capitalized on sparse offensive chances scoring two goals on three shots. On the defensive end, keeper Will Hesmer earned a clean sheet in a six save performance.

Houston notched a 2-0 victory in their last league match at D.C. United on July 23rd. The Dynamo will be on short rest this week due to Tuesday night’s Superliga semifinal, which saw them defeat Mexican side Pachuca 2-0.

Other Notes:

Columbus will be without the services of rookie Steven Lenhart for the match. Lenhart received a straight red card for an elbow near the end of the first half last weekend against Colorado.

Game Time: 8:30 pm EST

TV: ONN, FSC, FSE

Radio: 610 AM WTVN (Columbus)

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