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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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