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Columbus Crew continue major renovations to roster; trade Brian Carroll

The Columbus Crew have consistently been one of Major League Soccer’s top teams every year. But after this season, they have surprised media and fans with their decisions to part ways with several players who helped them win a championship in 2008.

They say they’re not rebuilding but just remodeling the team. It’s starting to look like a rebuilding job in the eyes of people in Columbus, Ohio.

The Crew recently traded away veteran midfielder Brian Carroll to the Philadelphia Union for allocation money and a conditional second-round draft pick in the January MLS draft.

Carroll was not a goal scorer, but a defensive-minded holding midfielder, but also a fan favorite.

Brian Carroll leaves for Philadelphia (photo courtesy of MLS)

The 29-year-old Carroll, started 83 games in three seasons with the Crew. The central midfielder was a starter on four consecutive teams that won the MLS Supporters’ Shield for best regular-season record: 2006, 2007 for DC United and 2008, 2009 for the Columbus Crew.

Carroll was going to be left unprotected in the expansion draft anyway.

With all of the changes on the team, fans and media wonder as a marketing tool, which player will become the face of the franchise like Guillermo Barros Schelotto and Frankie Hejduk were.

compiled from staff, MLS & Columbus Crew news

Crew shuts down Joe Public of Trinidad, 3-0 in CONCACF Champions League contest

Goals four minutes apart by Leandre Griffit and Jason Garey early in the second half jump-started the Columbus Crew to a 3-0 win over Trinidad’s Joe Public Tuesday night in a CONCACAF Champions League Group B match.

Griffit struck in the 47th minute with a deft shot from 17 yards on the left side that skipped into the right corner of the net for a 1-0 lead. Garey added a goal in the 51st minute with a header off an Emmanuel Epko cross pass. Steven Lenhart came off the bench to score the final goal with an assist to Dilly Duka in the 79th minute.

Leandre Griffit Columbus Crew (MLS)

Goalkeeper Andy Gruenebaum made three saves to post the shutout in his third straight Champions League start.

Columbus has six points through three matches, while Joe Public has one halfway through group play.


* Goes to show how much depth Columbus has and still won the game. Regular players Frankie Hejduk, Brian Carroll, Guillermo Barros Schelotto and William Hesmer were all given the night off.

* Emilio Renteria served a one-game suspension for accumulated cautions.

* The Crew had 3 injured players who did not play Robbie Rogers, Danny O’Rourke and Gino Padula, all with knee problems.

* Joe Public only dressed 16 players due to visa problems for four players and suspensions to Jevon Morris and Jason Springer.

* Former Crew star and Trinidad native Stern John was in attendance at the match.

* Columbus returns to action this Saturday, September 18, when it will be hosting the Seattle Sounders at Crew Stadium. The “Silence the Sounders” match will start at 7:30 p.m. and will be televised regionally on ONN-TV.

Info courtesy of the Columbus Crew

Columbus Crew 3 Houston Dynamo 0

Andy Iro Crew (MLS)

Emilio Renteria scored off an error by backup goalkeeper Tally Hall in the first half and the Crew took advantage of the short-handed Houston Dynamo for two late scores in a 3-0 win on Saturday night at Crew Stadium.

Renteria put the Crew ahead in the 34th minute and Andy Iro scored in the 84th minute and Leandre Griffit in the 90th after Houston’s Bobby Boswell was ejected from the contest.

The Dynamo is now winless (0-4-3) in its last seven Major League Soccer contests as they played their third match in six days following a pair of SuperLiga games.

Emilio Renteria Crew (MLS)

The Crew got on top in the match when Houston goalkeeper Tally Hall missed played a grounder which led to Renteria’s fourth goal of 2010 in the 34th minute.

The Dynamo would go down to 10 men after losing Bobby Boswell to a second caution in the 72nd minute when he battled Renteria for a ball. Boswell’s first yellow came in the 40th minute when he tried to slow down a Renteria attack.

Andy Iro scored with his left foot off a feed from a Guillermo Barros Schelotto free kick and Griffit, a Frenchman who made his MLS debut two minutes earlier in the game, scored off a rebound goal to seal the deal.

The big news concerning Houston was the absence of regular goalkeeper Pat Onstad from an MLS game for the first time due to an injury or suspension since April 19, 2008, when he had a shoulder sprain. Onstad aggravated an abdominal strain Friday and did not play as precautionary measure. He started 72 consecutive league games, excepting Canadian national team duty.

Columbus played without Frankie Hejduk due to a red-card suspension and Brian Carroll with a sprained right ankle.

Info courtesy of the Columbus Crew

COLUMBUS CREW UPDATE:Kansas City and New York matches

Info courtesy of the Columbus Crew


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A scoreless drought, a long winless streak against Columbus and a three-game losing streak all came to an end when rookie Teal Bunbury scored in the first half and goalkeeper Jimmy Nielsen made it stand up with seven saves as the Kansas City Wizards upset the Eastern Conference leading Crew, 1-0, Wednesday at Crew Stadium.

Robbie Rogers of the Crew challenges for ball (WAXX-TV photo)

Jimmy Nielsen made six saves in the second half.

Bunbury returned to Ohio, where he played last season for the University of Akron Zips, and scored his first MLS goal in the 14th minute on a counterattack to end Kansas City’s 339-minute scoreless streak. Ryan Smith and former Ohio State star Roger Espinosa assisted on the goal.

Roger Espinosa of Kansas City (WAXX-TV photo)


* The Crew is now 8-3-4 on the season and 6-2-0 at home.

* The Wizards broke an 0-5-1 winless streak against the Crew.

* Roger Espinosa, the first Ohio State player to appear in the World Cup when he played 135 minutes in two games for Honduras in South Africa, started for Kansas City.

* Game conditions were Partly Cloudy and 85 degrees.

* Attendance was 11,304.

* The Wizards did not start Josh Wolff and Jack Jewsbury.

* Former Crew member Kei Kamara leads KC with 6 goals.

* In 41 meetings against each other, the Crew has won 19 matches, the Wizards 17 and there have been 5 ties.

* The Crew leads the series at Crew Stadium 11-8-3.

* Kansas City has scored only 13 goals as a team all year long.

* Wednesday’s shutout was Jimmy Nielsen’s 6th shutout of the year.

Roger Espinosa of Kansas City (MLS)

Teal Bunbury Kansas City (MLS)


The first-place Columbus Crew held off the strong challenge of second-place New York with a 2-0 victory Saturday before 14,378 fans at Crew Stadium.

The win pushes the Crew’s lead in the Eastern Conference to five points. The Crew win ended New York’s five-game unbeaten streak.

Brian Carroll scored first goal since 2008 (MLS)

Emilio Renteria scored first half goal (MLS)

Holding onto a 1-0 halftime lead on Emilio Renteria’s goal, Brian Carroll gave the Crew breathing room with a goal in the 48th minute. Carroll took full advantage of Tim Ream’s weak clearance, and one-timed a left-footed shot into the upper right corner.

Goalkeeper William Hesmer earned his seventh shutout of the season and 30th of his career.

Newly signed Red Bulls Designated Player Thierry Henry did not dress after being signed to a multi-year contract on Wednesday July 14. He did, however, travel to Columbus on Saturday, talked to the media and took in the game from a suite.


* The Crew is now 9-3-4 in 2010, 7-2-0 at home.

* Columbus was playing its third match in eight days and sixth of seven games in a three-week span.

* Brian Carroll’s goal was his first since August 16, 2008.

* William Hesmer’s shutout was the 30th of his MLS career (a club-record 29 of which have come with the Crew).

* Adam Moffat’s assist was the first of his MLS career (35 games). He has five goals.

* Columbus Blue Jackets head coach Scott Arniel was on hand to perform the ceremonial coin toss before the game.

* The Gahanna-Lincoln Lions High School state championship boys soccer team was recognized at halftime and greeted by alum Seth Stammler, a Red Bulls midfielder.

* Game conditions were Partly Cloudy and 87 degrees.

* Attendance was 14,378.

* The Crew returns to action next Saturday, July 24 against the Houston Dynamo at Crew Stadium at 7:30 p.m., in a game that will be televised live regionally on ONN-TV.