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Posts Tagged ‘Black & Gold.’

Robert & Konrad Warzycha only second father/son tandem in same MLS season history

Konrad Warzycha (courtesy MLS)

Konrad Warzycha, a former soccer player at Ohio State University, made his Columbus Crew recently when he appeared in the 85th minute vs. D.C. United.

Konrad, playing for his father, Robert, marked the first time since September 14, 2002 that a Crew player with the last name Warzycha played in front of the Crew Stadium crowd for the Black & Gold during a regular-season game.

Per the Elias Sports Bureau, Robert and Konrad became the second father (coach) / son (player) tandems in the same season in MLS history, joining Bob and Michael Bradley in the 2004 and 2005 season with New York.

Crew loses in exhibition play to Malmo FF, 2-1

 

Press release courtesy of Columbus Crew

 

COLUMBUS – The Crew played its first game of the preseason Wednesday at the IMG Academy Fields in Bradenton, Fla., dropping a 2-1 decision to Malmö FF of Sweden. Crew forward Emilio Renteria struck first before Malmö responded through Mathias Ranegie and Jimmy Durmaz to overturn the deficit in a match that consisted of three 45-minute segments.

Emilio Renteria (courtesy of MLS)

The Black & Gold got on the board right away, as Dilly Duka dribbled down the field and took a strong shot on goal in the first minute. Malmö goalkeeper Johan Fahlin made the save, then another on Renteria’s first follow, but the Venezuelan’s second effort found the back of the net.

 

In the 24th minute the Swedes equalized, when midfielder Erik Friberg picked up a rebound off a corner kick cleared by Andy Gruenebaum and found an open Ranegie who proceeded to fire the ball past the Crew keeper. Five minutes later Durmaz volleyed another corner kick clearance past Gruenebaum for a 2-1 lead.

 

Malmö nearly increased its advantage in the 33rd minute, but Duka was quick to clear the ball off the line – and two minutes later he initiated the play that almost resulted in an equalizer. The Crew midfielder brought the ball down the left side and found an open Cole Grossman who barely missed his chance.

 

 

 

Crew opens 13th year in Crew Stadium with 0-0 tie vs. Red Bulls

(courtesy of MLS)

 The Columbus Crew opened its home season in First Kick 2011 by playing the New York Bulls to a scoreless draw Saturday at Crew Stadium. The Black & Gold had the better play between the two teams and had better chances to score but could not get the ball into the net.

The Red Bulls (1-0-1) nearly pulled out a victory in stoppage time, but a low, 18-yard strike from Joel Lindpere was stopped by Crew goalkeeper William Hesmer, who needed just two saves for the shutout.

Alex Horwath, who signed with New York on Friday, made his MLS debut in goal and recorded five saves. He was tested early by a longirange header from Chad Marshall off a free kick by forward Andres Mendoza in the 7th minute.

Crew keeper William Hesmer made two saves in posting his 35th career MLS shutout, and club-record 34th in the Black & Gold uniform.

compiled from Columbus Crew news

Crew ties San Jose, 0-0 but clinches playoff spot (Saturday)

William Hesmer (MLS)

The Columbus Crew clinched a playoff spot for the third straight year with a 0-0 tie against the San Jose Earthquakes last Saturday night at Crew Stadium in Columbus.

Although the Crew fell to second place in the Eastern Conference, just a point behind the New York Red Bulls, who beat Kansas City, 1-0 on Saturday, the Black & Gold can finish no lower than second place.

Crew goalkeeper William Hesmer established a new franchise record for shutouts in a season, with his 11th, a record he had previously shared with his counterpart, Jon Busch, a former member of the Crew. Hesmer tied the record in (2008) and Busch set the record in (2004).

Info courtesy of the Columbus Crew

Schelotto leads Crew to 1-0 win; ties LA for most points with 44 in MLS

Playing in its fifth match in two weeks, the Columbus Crew made a first-half goal from Guillermo Barros Schelotto hold up for a 1-0 victory over D.C. United at R.F.K. Stadium on Saturday night to remain atop the Eastern Conference standings and move into a tie with the LA Galaxy in the Supporters’ Shield race.

Columbus took the lead on a first-half mistake by D.C. goalkeeper Bill Hamid, and made the most of that break. One goal was all the Crew would need for its second win in Washington in four days. The Black & Gold secured their way to the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Final on Wednesday, and on Saturday maintained their push toward a third straight Supporters’ Shield.

Guillermo Barros Schelotto (MLS)

William Hesmer (MLS)

Columbus did not allow the home team a single shot on goal in the game, meaning that keeper William Hesmer did not have to make a save to secure his 10th shutout of the season.

The Galaxy played the Chicago Fire to a 1-1 draw on Saturday, allowing the Crew to draw level with them on 44 points, heading into next Saturday’s marquee matchup between the two teams at the Home Depot Center. The Crew extended its lead in the East to seven points over New York, which lost at Real Salt Lake on Saturday.

GAME NOTES

*Attendance at R.F.K. 12,075.

* The Crew is now 13-5-5 on the season and 4-3-4 on the road.

* William Hesmer’s shutout was his club-record 32nd with Black & Gold.

* D.C. has now been shut out 15 times this season, tying the league record held by Toronto FC.

* The East-leading Crew returns to action next Saturday, September 11, at Los Angeles, where it will take on the West-leading Galaxy in a match that will kick off at 10:30 ET  and  be televised regionally on ONN-TV.

Info courtesy of the Columbus Crew

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