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Crew stays unbeaten; wins strange and exciting game against New England


Stuart Mason also contributed to this story

COLUMBUS, OHIO–The Columbus Crew have survived several close calls all season and this past weekend was no exception against Eastern Conference rival, New England.

Saturday’s game was strange and exciting. Strange in the sense that both goal keepers, Preston Burpo of New England and William Hesmer of Columbus looked very shaky in the first half, let easy saves crept in for goals and getting caught out of position several times. Also there was a rarity in the game. There were two goals scored 2:00 minutes apart; 3 goals scored in a span of 5:00 minutes and four goals in 16:00 minutes of play all told. In most soccer games, fans and media may not see four goals total in a game more less four in 16:00 minutes.

Eddie Gaven Crew (mls)

Robbie Rogers Crew (mls)

The New England Revolution scored the game’s first goal as unknown player Zak Boggs making the most of his first MLS start, scored from about 25 yards out in the 29th minute as Crew keeper Will Hesmer trying to dive to smother the ball, let it slip underneath is hands and into the net, 1-0 New England. Boggs’ scored his first career goal on his first career shot; strange play.

But the Crew, showing why they’ve been the league’s best team the last two years, came right back to tie in the 31st minute.

Eddie Gaven, who is deceptively quick, tied the game at 1-1, by firing a headed clearance from about 15 yards out past Revolution keeper Preston Burpo.

Then in the 35th minute, Robbie Rogers shot a cross that was redirected by defender Cory Gibbs, who was sliding and kicked it past his keeper for an own goal that gave the Crew a 2-1 advantage.

In the 40th minute, Zak Boggs scored again as he was able to get Will Hesmer out of position for his 2nd goal on his 2nd career shot and it was 2-2. Boggs was having a career night. How many MLS in the league over the years have scored two goals on their first two career shots? Without checking any stats, not many. Matter-of-fact, one of the Media Relations Directors said off the top of their head, no one had ever done it!

The first half ended up 2-2.

The second half saw both teams trying to sit back and play for the tie which would give the teams a point apiece.

However, Preston Burpo stopped several scoring attempts by the Crew; Eddie Gaven had a heel shot from five yards out that hit the crossbar; there were two other saves off of Gaven shots in the 62nd minute and Steven Lenhart’s breakaway attempt which Burpo came out of the net to stop the shot in the penalty area.

The winning game in the stoppage time after the Revolution defender Darrius Barnes had cleared a header by Jason Geary off the goal line. Rogers pounced on the loose ball and kicked the winner past goal keeper Preston Burpo and into the roof of the net.

The 10, 197 fans in attendance braved the 50 degree temperatures that had a chilly breeze saw the Crew up its record to (3-0-2) and New England drop to (2-5-1).

SOUNDS FROM THE POSTGAME PRESS CONFERENCE (To listen to an audio file, click on the link)

44 930 Steve Nicol New England Coach Performance & Effort was there (

44 931 Steve Nicol New England Coach Most Consistent Performance in 2010 (

44 933 Steve Nicol New England Coach This lineup now is to get bodies on field (

44 938 Robert Warzycha Crew Coach Eddie Gaven in Central Midfield is that his position (

44 940 Robert Warzycha Crew Coach Did the Champions League games help Crew (

* Marko Perovic of New England didn’t play due to being suspended for red car accumulation.

* Danny O’Rourke of Columbus also sat out due to red car infractions.

*New England is 2-5-1 with 7 points, good for 5th place in the Eastern Conference. They are 1-3 on the road.

* The Columbus Crew are 3-0-2 overall and 3-0-0 at home.

* Eddie Gaven of Columbus scored his 35th MLS goal, and the 19th with the Crew.

* Central defender Chad Marshall was back in the lineup after missing last week’s game with a strained hamstring.

* Sergio Herrera made his MLS debut, coming on in place of Steven Lenhart in the 90th minute.

* The Crew returns to action this coming Saturday, May 15th vs. Chivas USA in a match that will kick off at 7:30 p.m. at Crew Stadium. It will be televised live regionally on ONN-TV.

* The Crew uses a 4-1-3-1-1 alignment on the field.

* The New England uses a 4-4-1-1 alignment on the field.

* The Revolution has not won a game since its 4-1 victory over Toronto FC on april 10 at its home opener. They’ve been outscored 9-2 and has a record of 0-4-1.

Crew returns home Saturday to host New England Revolution

Info Courtesy of the Columbus Crew


After earning a hard-fought draw in a tough environment at Seattle Sounders FC  that kept it unbeaten last Saturday, the Crew readies itself for an Eastern Conference matchup as it welcomes the New England Revolution to Crew Stadium this Saturday. At 2-0-2, the Black & Gold is unbeaten through four games for the second time in club history (1-0-3 in 2007).

Emmanuel Epko Crew (mls)

Steven Lenhart Crew (mls)

New England, which currently sits tied for fourth in the Eastern Conference with a 2-3-1 record (7 pts), enters the match after earning a 1-1 draw at FC Dallas last Saturday, thanks to a score by Zack Schilawski.

The Crew, which currently sits tied for second place in the Eastern Conference with a 2-0-2 record (8 pts.), enters Saturday’s match after earning a 1-1 draw at the Seattle Sounders FC last Saturday at Qwest Field.

This Saturday’s fan event will feature a special Mother’s Day edition of the Postgame Kick, with all mothers and children welcome to come down to the field after the game for a shot on goal. Following Saturday’s match, those who wish to participate are invited to meet near Subway in the southeast corner of the stadium immediately after the game for the opportunity to kick on the south goal

Columbus Crew beats Ohio State in the annual Connor Senn Memorial Game, 4-0

Info Courtesy of Ohio State and the Columbus Crew

The Columbus Crew defeated the defending Big Ten champion Ohio State men’s soccer team, 4-0, Tuesday night in the ninth annual Connor Senn Memorial Game at the Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium in Columbus before 1,507 fans.

With the money being raised from ticket sales and silent auction items, the Connor Senn Memorial Fund surpassed the $170,000 mark after nine years and is now a fully-endowed scholarship at the Ohio State University. Some of the big ticket items from the auction Tuesday were Ohio State football tickets, Evan Turner autographed photos and weekend stays at area hotels.

Jason Garey led the Crew scoring assault on the field. The Crew, who is undefeated in Major League Soccer play through four games, with four goals on the night. For the Buckeyes, Konrad Warzycha, the son of Crew head coach Robert Warzycha, registered three of the team’s five shots on the day, while goalkeepers Matt Lampson and Ryan Dalton combined for nine saves.

Jason Garey (mls)

The game started off with what looked to be an even match with the teams swapping possession for much of the first 15 minutes. The Crew, however, were the first to score. Garey opened the scoring in the 16th minute off of a cross from forward Emilio Renteria, sending the ball into the lower right 90 off a diving shot along the left side of the goal box.

Garey, a Maryland alum, continued the scoring with the second goal for the Crew unassisted in the 30th minute. The Crew were too fast to pounce on the defensive brakedown by the Buckeyes and scored again quickly in the 31st minute. Forward Sergio Herrera connected on a pass from Renteria with his scored assist for the night.

The Crew upped their lead during the 73rd minute when Renteria, with his third assist, placed the ball at the feet of Garey, who shot the ball into the back left of the net for his third goal on the night.

Although the Crew won the game 4-0, both teams will say the score of the match does not matter. The true victory of the Connor Senn Memorial game is keeping alive the memory of the former Buckeye who passed away playing the game he loved, soccer!

Crew gets a tie in Seattle; record is 2-0-2

Info courtesy of Columbus Crew

Steven Lenhart scores tying goal (mls)

The Columbus Crew withstood a strong first half  by the Seattle Sounders FC, rallied for the eaualizer and held on for a 1-1 draw Saturday night at Qwest Field to retain its unbeaten start to the 2010 season.

Seattle got off to a quick start with a score by Steve Zakuani in the match’s fourth minute. After a series of a passes in the midfield, Freddie Ljungberg sent a pass to a streaking Zakuani behind the Crew defense. Zakuani ran onto the pass and evaded Crew goalkeeper William Hesmer before sending his shot into an open net.

As the first half was winding down, the Crew’s Danny O’Rourke ran on to pass from Eddie Gaven down the left flank before sending in a precise cross into the Seattle penalty box, where Steven Lenhart snuck through the Seattle defense to head home his first goal of the season and to silence the boisterous crowd at Qwest Field.

The Crew will return to action next Saturday, May 8 when it hosts the New England Revolution at Crew Stadium. The match is scheduled to kick off at 7:00 p.m. and it will be televised live nationally on the Fox Soccer Channel.


* Crew is now 2-0-2 on the season and 0-0-2 on the road.

* Chad Marshall (hamstring), Gino Padula (knee) and Emmanuel Epko (hip) all sat out Saturday night’s match due to injury.

* Danny O’Rourke was ejected after being assessed his second caution of the night in the 85th minute. He will sit out the Crew’s next match due to an automatic one-game suspension.

Crappy Game but Crew prevails over Real Salt Lake, 1-0


Columbus, Ohio – A goal by Mr. Reliable, Guillermo Barros Schelotto on a penalty kick in the 38th minute was just enough to propel the 2008 MLS Champion Columbus Crew over the 2009 MLS champion Real Salt Lake, 1-0 over the weekend in Crew Stadium. The game between the past two MLS Champions was played to the best,very physical, good defense and low scoring before 14,322 in a rain-soaked Stadium. As Crew coach Robert Warzycha said “he rather win this crappy game, than play a good game and lose like what happens to the Crew in most cases”.

Crew goalkeeper William Hesmer preserved the lead in the 82nd minute with a diving stop after Nelson Gonzalez drove a free kick from 22 yards that was headed towards the left side netting.

Will Johson appeared to have scored on the ensuing scramble, but he was ruled offside on the play, nullifying the goal.

Hesmer made another key save in the 88th minute when he made a brilliant kick save after Robbie Findley broke free on a breakaway chance.

William Hesmer (mls)R

Schelotto’s decisive goal came after the Crew’s Robbie Rogers was taken down in the box by RSL’s Robbie Russell. The Argentine veteran powered the ensuing shot to the upper left hand corner past goalkeeper Nick Rimando for the only tally of the match.

The Crew remained unbeaten at 2-0-1 this season and avenged last year’s postseason loss to RSL last year, when the visitors won 3-2 in the second leg of the Eastern Conference semifinal series, stunning a Columbus team which had won the Supporters Shield for the second consecutive season. With the loss, Real Salt Lake is 1-3-1.

SOUNDS FROM THE POSTGAME PRESS CONFERENCE (to listen to an audio file, just click the link)

44 856 Jason Kreis RSL coach Robbie Findlay & Javier Morales nice combo (

44 859 Jason Kreis RSL Coach Cut the Crew down from stretching field (

44 861 Jason Kreis RSL Coach 4 Road games now 4 home games (

44 862 Jason Kreis RSL Coach Something is missing right now (

44 865 Robert Warzycha Crew Coach Overall on win #2 (

44 867 Robert Warzycha Crew Coach William Hesmer crucial saves in goal (

44 868 Robert Warzycha Crew Coach Important revenge game (

44 874 Robert Warzycha Crew Coach Teams are gunning for them (


* The Crew is 7-3-1 vs. Real Salt Lake, 5-1-0 in Columbus.

* The Crew is 2-0-1 on the young season and 2-0-0 at home.

* Schelotto’s goal was the 27th of his MLS career.

*Hesmer made four saves in the game to record the 25th shutout of his MLS career.

* Gino Padula left the match in the 54th minute with a leg injury.

* Danny O’Rourke served a mandatory one-game suspension for the red card he was assessed on April 10.

* Real Salt Lake won the 2009 MLS Cup in dramatic fashion. Not one match was easy. They defeated the Columbus Crew in the Eastern Conference Semifinals 4-2 on aggregate points). Beat the Chicago Fire in the Eastern Conference Championship (5-4 on penalty kicks) and won the MLS Title game against the Los Angeles Galaxy 5-4 on penalty kicks). All of this from a team that was 11-12-7 overall, 40 points and a fifth place seed in the Western Conference. They scored 43 goals, tied for 2nd in the MLS and gave up 37 good for 7th in the MLS.

* There are four members of Real Salt Lake who used to be members of the Columbus Crew: Ned Grabavoy, Andy Williams, Chris Wingert and RSL assistant coach Robin Fraser.

* Two days prior to Real Salt Lake’s 2010 home opener, the team announced that Captain and Midfielder Kyle Beckerman has signed a four-year contract extension until the end of the 2013 season.

* The Crew returns to action next Saturday, May 1, at Seattle in a match that will kick off at 10:30 p.m. Eastern time at Qwest Field. the game will be televised regionally on ONN-TV.

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