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Crew trounce Conference foes on the road

Posted on 27 May 2010 by jzidar

The Columbus Crew went on a two game road trip this past week first stopping off at Red Bull Arena and then heading west to visit Kansas at Community America Ballpark.

Columbus

—————Hesmer—————

-Hejduk-Brunner-Iro-O’Rourke-

—————Carroll—————-

–Gaven——Moffat——-Ekpo–

———-Lenhart—Garey———

Bench: Gruenebaum, Zayner(Moffat 57′), Padula, Oughton(Garey 89′), Duka, Renteria(Ekpo 68′), Herrera

New York

————–Coundoul————-

—Albright–Petke–Ream–Borman—

-Hall-Ubiparipovic-Miller-Stammler-

———–Richards—Angel————

Bench: Sutton, Sassano, Mendes(Albright 71′), Garcia, Tchani(Ubiparipovic 65′), Chinn, Wolyniec(Hall 68′)

Both teams entered the contest with key players missing from their lineups but ultimately the Crew proved that they are the deeper and overall more talented squad.  While New York (19 S, 6 SoG) did have double the amount of shots the Crew (10 S, 5 SoG)  had they only managed to place one more on target.  Three New York attempts beat William Hesmer only to be denied as they banged off one of the posts. Despite the absence of set piece maestro Guillermo Barros Schelotto the Crew scored a beautiful goal off an Eddie Gaven corner kick that met the head of Andy Iro who scored his second game winning goal of the season. Moments earlier Gaven had netted his own goal off a great cross by Crew captain Frankie Hejduk.

New York managed to pull one goal back with only ten minutes remaining in the match courtesy of a Tony Tchani header. The goal seemed to reinvigorate the New York attack the but just two minutes later the New York defense broke down yet again and this time Emilio Renteria was the one to make them pay.  Tim Ream and Mike Petke both converged on a bouncing ball midway between the half field line and the New York goal.  The two defenders failed to communicate and both stopped a foot short of the ball allowing Renteria to claim it and take off towards the net. Ream did his best to get back but was unable to catch the Venezuelan international who calmly played the ball around the onrushing Coundoul and then placed the ball in the back of the net. The third Crew goal was the final nail in the coffin and 10 minutes later Baldomero Toledo blew the final whistle and Columbus claimed first place in the East.

Columbus

—————Hesmer—————

-Zayner-Brunner-Iro-O’Rourke-

—————Carroll—————

–Gaven——Moffat——Ekpo–

——Lenhart—–Schelotto——

Bench: Gruenebaum, Francis, Padula(O’Rourke 49′), Oughton(Carroll 67′), Herrera, Renteria(Ekpo 59′), Garey

Kansas City

——————-Nielsen——————

-Harrington-Besler-Conrad-Leathers-

—Jewsbury—Arnaud—Zusi-Smith—

————Kamara–Bunbury————

Bench: Kronberg, Aiyegbusi, Escobar, Myers, Rocastle(Leathers 80′), Diop(Harrington 87′), Wolff(Zusi 67′)

The Columbus defense looked shaky throughout the game and was picked apart time and time again by the Wizards attack.  Kansas (18 S, 6 SoG) seemed to have no trouble getting themselves into scoring positions but repeatedly fell short when it came to finishing their opportunities.  The Crew (7 S, 2 SoG) were once again out shot by a large margin but continued to proved that isn’t about how many chances you have but what you do with those chances.

In the  59th minute Emilio ‘Super Sub’ Renteria came off the bench and yet again put an end to the hopes of Columbus’ opposition.  Five minutes after Renteria’s arrival on the pitch the Crew earned a corner kick and Schelotto headed to the corner.  GBS served in a laser accurate cross to Renteria who was left wide open on the goal line.

Emilio Renteria’s performances against New York and Kansas earned him the honor of MLS Player of the Week! Eddie Gaven and William Hesmer both turned in top notch performances during the week. Gaven notched one goal and one assist while Hesmer came up big against both teams and earned his 26th shutout with the Crew which launched him above Jon Busch for the club record. Both Gaven and Hesmer were tied at 4 votes each behind Renteria for the award

And so only three days after the Crew claimed first place in the East they extend their lead over the rest of the conference by a total of 5 points.  The Crew also still have one game in hand on the second (New York) and third (Toronto) place teams in the East.

Eastern Conference Standings

Club                                                             Pts  GP  W  L  T  GF  GA  GD
1 Columbus Crew 20 8 6 0 2 14 6 8
2 New York Red Bulls 15 9 5 4 0 9 12 -3
3 Toronto FC 13 9 4 4 1 12 13 -1
4 Chicago Fire 9 8 2 3 3 11 12 -1
5 New England Revolution 8 10 2 6 2 10 15 -5
6 Kansas City Wizards 8 8 2 4 2 8 9 -1
7 Philadelphia Union 4 7 1 5 1 7 15 -8
8 D.C. United 3 9 1 8 0 4 18 -14

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