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Crew head coach Warzycha among MLS’ best over last five seasons

Robert Warzycha ( photo)

Columbus Crew head coach Robert Warzycha has been a fan-favorite ever since he stepped on the soccer field to play in Columbus.

He still is popular today with fans and media.

Warzycha is in his fifth year as head coach of the Crew.

With his April 20 win against D.C. United, over the past five seasons, Warzycha has the fourth-best record among Major League Soccer coaches, trailing only Bruce Arena of Los Angeles, Sigi Schmid of Seattle and Jason Kreis of Real Salt Lake.

Here’s the breakdown among the best coaching records the past five years in the MLS:

1). Bruce Arena 68-31-35

2). Sigi Schmid 60-35-39

3). Jason Kreis 61-42-34

4). Robert Warzycha 58-43-36

5). Dominic Kinnear 53-42-41

6). Schellas Hyndman 50-44-41

Crew goalkeeper Gruenebaum among best in MLS

Andy Gruenebaum (courtesy MLS)

Columbus Crew ‘keeper’ Andy Gruenebaum last season started to boost himself among the best goalkeepers in the MLS.

His play has contined to be impressive in 2013.

Through the first nine games this season, Gruenebaum is one of seven goalkeepers with a goals against average of 1.00 or less. Six of those goalkeepers, including Gruenebaum, have started each of their team’s matches.

Not only has the 30-year-old Gruenebaum faced the most shots of the seven goalkeepers with a 1.00 goals against average (GAA), but Gruenebaum has recorded 33 saves, the most by any ‘keeper’ on the list.

The other ‘keepers’ include:

Carlo Cudicini, LA 0.67 GAA

Troy Perkins, MTL 0.71 GAA

Michael Gspurning, SEA 0.83 GAA

Andy Gruenebaum, CLB 0.88 GAA

Nick Rimando, RSL 0.88 GAA

Jimmy Nielsen, KC 0.89 GAA

Kirk Urso honored by MLS Players Union

Kirk Urso (courtesy MLS)

Former Columbus Crew player Kirk Urso was a great person.

He was always great with the media, although soft-spoken. And he was a great teammate as the players have said in interviews.

Urso is still being honored even in death.

The Major League Soccer Players Union recently announced that it has pledged to donate a portion of its 2012 player fines to the KIRK URSO MEMORIAL FUND.

The Urso Fund supports research and programming focused on congenital heart defects and sudden cardiac arrest in youth.

The likable Urso passed away on August 5, 2012 due to a congenital heart defect at the age of 22 at the Ohio Health – Grant Medical Center, after playing in six games for the Crew in his rookie season.

Urso played collegiately at North Carolina.

Crew’s Dominic Oduro played splendidly in April

Dominic Oduro (courtesy MLS)

Columbus Crew Forward Dominic Oduro was one of three players in Major League Soccer to score three or more goals in the month of April.

Oduro joined Ryan Johnson of Portland (3), Jack McInerney of Philadelphia (3).

In Oduro’s eight-year career, including his 12-goal performance with Chicago in the 2011 season, Oduro has never scored more than one goal in the month of April.

The 27-year-old native of Accra, Ghana scored his three goals in April on four shots.

Columbus Crew Notes

(courtesy Columbus Crew)

The Columbus Crew have only played two games and are 1-1-0.

The team has shown potential and they’v also shown their youth with mistakes on defense.

The 2013 edition of the franchise also has several new players who have made their debuts in the games against Chivas USA and Vancouver.

Six players have made their Major League Soccer and Crew debuts: forward Ryan Finley, defenders Glauber and Tyson Wahl, midfielders Dominic Oduro, Agustin Viana and Matias Sanchez.

Gaven out of action

One of the key players on the Crew team is Eddie Gaven, who suffered an injury recently and was scratched from Saturday’s lineup due to an apparent ankle injury.

Gaven’s a key commodity in the midfield and can’t be out of action on a long-term basis or this team can kiss the season goodbye.

Head coach Robert Warzycha told the media last Saturday in a news release that the 26-year-old Gaven was not going to play at Vancouver due to the turf at BC Place.

Gaven is a fan favorite and has made 200 starts in a Crew uniform.

His status for this weekend’s home opener vs. San Jose Earthquakes has not been determined.


Info compiled from Columbus Crew, Radio & TV news reports

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