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Posts Tagged ‘Andres Mendoza.’

Crew adds Costa Rican Vargas to improve scoring

 

(courtesy of MLS)

The Columbus Crew have added another forward to help put more points on the scoreboard next season.

The team has signed Olman Vargas, a 25-year-old who is 6’2, 174 pounds and is a physical, scoring striker.

Eventhough Andres Mendoza, the team’s highest-paid player and scoring leader had 13 goals, the Crew finished 11th out of 18 teams with 43 goals and were eliminated from the MLS playoffs in the first round.

Vargas will be teamming with Emilio Renteria, who scored eight goals in 2011.

 

Info courtesy of the MLS & Columbus Crew

Crew takes a chance and leaves Mendoza unprotected for MLS expansion draft

 

Andres Mendoza September 2010 (photo by Late1 via wikipedia commons)

The MLS expansion draft is coming up soon and the Columbus Crew like many teams have decisions to make on who to protect and who not to protect.

The Crew have decided to leave Andres Mendoza, and free agents Emmanuel Ekpo and Kevin Burns.

Ekpo and Burns don’t have contracts for next year but the Crew can still negotiate a new deal with both until the end of the month.

Most fans will say why not protect Mendoza, the team’s leading scorer and highest-paid player.

Mendoza, who according to the players’ union, made $595,000 this past season, probably makes too much money for an expansion team to pick. He scored 13 goals which placed him fourth in Major League Soccer.

The newest MLS team for 2012 will be the Montreal Impact.

Montreal Impact (courtesy of MLS)

The Montreal Impact Football Club has been in existence since 1992 as a member of the NASL, National American Soccer League. Their owner is Joey Saputo, the head coach is Nick De Santis. They play in Saputo Stadium which seats 13,034.

Montreal will have 10 selections in the draft on Wednesday and can select one player from each team.

The Crew have lost players in each of the past five expansion drafts.

 

Info compiled from Major League Soccer, Columbus Crew & Montreal Impact Football Club

Marshall receives 2011 Crew MVP award

 

Chad Marshall July 2008 (photo by Late1 via wikipedia commons)

One of the long-time members of the Columbus Crew has been named the 2011 Crew Most Valuable Player.

Defender Chad Marshall, one of the best in Major League Soccer, defensive stalwart whose steady play has kept the new-look Crew in a position to win the Eastern Division championship.

Oher award winners include: Danny O’Rourke (comeback player of the year), Eddie Gaven (coaches’ award), Tommy Heinemann (humanitarian of the year), Robbie Rogers (hardest-working man), Emilio Renteria (fan’s choice), Sebastian Miranda (newcomer of the year), Julius James (defender of the year), and Andres Mendoza (golden boot).

Jeff Cunningham, the oldest member of the team, won multiple awards, but was absent from practice on Tuesday and the awards banquet due to an illness. The 35-year-old Cunningham, Major League Soccer’s all-time leading scorer, was named the Adidas man of the year and scored the goal of the year.

 

Info courtesy of the Columbus Crew

New strike-team of Mendoza, Renteria help Crew maintain first-place lead

Andres Mendoza in September 2010 (photo by Late1 via wikipedia commons)

COLUMBUS, OHIO — The Columbus Crew and the Philadelphia Union battled for first-place in the Eastern Conference on Saturday night at Crew Stadium.

The Crew were nursing a slim three-point lead over the Union at the start of the night, 37-34.

By the end of the night, a very noisy and enthusiastic crowd of 13,869 went home happy as the MLS’ hardest-working team went home with another win at home, 3-1 and have opened up a 6-point lead over the second-year Union.

Columbus is now 3-0-0 all-time versus Philadelphia.

The new strike-team for Columbus is Emilio Renteria and Andres Mendoza. Both scored goals last night.

Mendoza converted on a penalty-kick in the 51st minute to give the Crew the eventual game-winning goal.

The game-winning opportunity came about after Union (8-6-10) defender Sheanon Williams was called for a handball when a pass from Robbie Rogers hit him as he was shielding himself with his hands.

Mendoza’s shot was eventually stopped by Union goalkeeper Faryd Mondragon, but the way rolled underneath him and into the net.

Renteria scored the Crew’s first goal in the 37th minute.

The Union’s only goal was knocked in by Veljko Paunovic who took a cross from Keon Daniel on a corner kick which tied the game at 1-1 in the 42nd minute.

The Crew have been solid on penalty-kicks this year going 6-for-6 and Mendoza himself is 4-for-4.

Post-game press conferences are with Peter Nowak, head coach of Philadelphia and Columbus goalkeeper William Hesmer.

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Goalkeepers shine in 0-0 tie between Crew, Quakes

 

San Jose goalkeeper and Columbus Crew goalkeeper William Hesmer both made several important saves in preserving a 0-0 tie at Crew Stadium on Saturday night.

There was a crowd of 14,109 in attendance for the exciting game.

Busch, a former Crew player, made six saves and the Earthquakes (5-6-8) saw their winless streak stretch to six games, where they are (0-2-4).

Hesmer collected five saves for the Crew (7-5-7), who in their past seven games have four wins, two losses and a tie.

Hesmer earned his second straight shutout and seventh of the season.

With the tie on Saturday night, the Crew with 28 points, tied New York and Philadelphia for first place in the MLS Eastern Conference.

San Jose was shutout for the fifth time in six games.

FROM THE GAMEĀ NOTES:

* The Crew Juniors Super 20 will be making a return trip to the USL Super 20 League finals with a win in their Midwest Division finale, a 4-1 decision over the Dayton Dutch Lions on July 7.

The Super 20s, coached by Crew technical director Brian Bliss, finished the regular season on top of their division with a record of 8-0-1 and 25 points.

The USL super 20 League Finals will take place July 21-24 in Tampa, Florida. The Crew will be looking to repeat as national champions.

* Andres Mendoza recorded his first MLS assist on Wednesday, June 8, against Real Salt Lake. The milestone was also the team’s 750th all-time. The first ever assist was recovered by Brian McBride in the Crew’s inaugural game at Ohio Stadium on April 14, 1996 against DC United.

* Gahanna Lincoln and Crew Soccer Academy standout Chris Davis traveled with the Crew to Montclair, New Jersey for the MLS Reserve Division match against New York on Monday, May 30. Davis came on as a substitute in the 68th minute, replacing recently signed Home Grown Player Aaron Horton, and proceded to score two goals in the 6-1 game.

The two goals brings Davis’ total to three as he had previously scored the game-winner in the 2-1 Toronto FC match.

* The Crew Juniors U19s, who won last year’s McGuire Cup National Championship, the final step of the 2010 US Youth National Championship Series, were unable to get past the 2011 US Youth Region II finals last June 24-25, despite drawing two games and winning one.

The U19s, coached by Crew technical director Brian Bliss, finished second in their group with five points after drawing the St. Croix Devils in Minnesota 1-1 with a goal by KofiĀ  Agyapong, beating Illinois 3-2 with goals from Tyler Ranali, William Walker and Alexander Obbey and drawing the Des Moines Menace 1-1 with a goal from Matthew Walker.

 

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