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Slumping Crew has fans calling for Warzycha’s job, front office shakeup

Robert Wazycha (photo by Jason Mowry, courtesy Columbus Wired)

When Robert Warzycha was a player with the Columbus Crew, he was a fan favorite.

They appreciated his hard work and team player mentally.

When he became an assistant coach, everybody knew he was being groomed for the head job in the future.

His first chance occured when Greg Andrulis was fired during the 2005 season and Warzycha became the interim head coach. The team played better under Warzycha than it did under Andrulis. Rumors had it that several players quit playing for Andrulis and wanted him gone.

In 2006, Sigi Schmid was brought in and he led the Crew to the 2008 MLS championship. after that season, Schmid left to coach the Seattle Sounders and enter Warzycha as the permanent head coach.

Warzycha has been successful as the head coach, but the Crew have missed the playoffs twice during his tenure and are in danger of missing them again in 2013.

The 2013 edition of the Crew is inconsistency,  key players injured, can’t win at home, can’t score goals and are too young.

The Crew use to be tough to beat at Crew Stadium. That is no longer the case. This year they’ve dropped 18 of a possible 30 points at home with a record of 3-4-3. They’ve been shutout three times at home. And to make matters worse, they’ve lost a couple of games late, one during stoppage time.

They’re missing key players with season-ending injuries in Eddie Gaven and Glauber’. They’ve also been without Jairo Arrieta, who has been on International duty with his home country Costa Rica.

Warzycha’s job seems to be safe according to Team president and general manager Mark McCullers. The Hunt Sports Group rarely will fire any coach in the middle of the season, although they’ve done it twice before.

Warzycha is in the final year of his contract. There is a two-year option that the club can exercise at the end of the year.

The team’s play will have to improve to keep fans in the stands. If the fans go away, management will have no choice but to make a coaching change because after all, this is a business as we all know.

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.

POSTGAME NOTES: Houston Dynamo 2 Columbus Crew 2

 

COLUMBUS, OHIO — The Columbus Crew made a lineup change and it resulted in much-improved play in their 2-2 draw with the Houston Dynamo at Crew Stadium on Saturday night before 10,479 fans who braved cloudy, chilly conditions.

The Crew received both goals off the foot of Eddie Gaven in the 63rd and 74th minutes.

The Dynamo had goals from Will Bruin in the 59th and Brian Ching in the 81st.

Both teams earned a point. The Dynamo are 2-1-2 on the season with 8 points, good for 4th place in the Eastern Conference. The Crew are 2-3-1 with 7 points for an uncharacteristic 6th place in the East. The Crew came into the game with two lackluster losses in a row to New York and Philadelphia.

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GAME NOTES

* Houston is playing its first seven games on the road due to the completion of their new home, the BBVA Compass Stadium which will open on May 12.

BBVA Compass Stadium (photo courtesy of Populous Architects via wikipedia commons)

* Houston did not dress MF Brad Davis or FW Brian Ownby due to injuries.

* The Dynamo are coached by Dominic Kinnear who has taken the franchise to two MLS Cup games, going 1 and 1.

* In 13 games vs. the Crew, the Dynamo are 2-4-6, 1-3-3 in Columbus.

* The Crew had two starters who made their first MLS starts, Josh Williams and Nemanja Vukovic.

* The Crew’s new starting lineup looked quicker and promising.

* The Crew was using a new 4-1-3-2 alignment.

* The Crew did not dress DF Julius James, FW Tommy Heinemann, GK William Hesmer, MF Dilly Duka and FW Ben Speas due to injuries.

* The Crew have given up the first goal of the game in the last 3 matches in a row.

* Former Crew midfielder Adam Moffat came back to Columbus to play for the Dynamo. He played 44 games with 5 goals from 2007-2010 for the Crew.

HOUSTON STARS OF THE GAME

Brian Ching

Will Bruin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

COLUMBUS CREW STARS OF THE GAME

Eddie Gaven

Nemanja Vukovic

Aaron Schoenfeld

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Player photos courtesy of the MLS





Ohio Army National Guard Senior Bowl III set for April 14

 

GameDay Management, Inc has announced the Ohio Army National Guard Senior Bowl III has been scheduled for April 14, 2012 at Crew Stadium.

Last year, the North Team beat the South Team, winning 19-16 and leads 2-0 in the series.

The Ohio Army National Guard Senior Bowl III, presented by OhioCollegeFootball.com, has been created to showcase some of the best college football players in the State of Ohio.

The Senior Bowl will feature 90 of the top college football players from the NCAA I-A, II and III.

 

 

Info and logo courtesy of GameDay Management, Inc

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Slumping Crew loses in stoppage time to LA Galaxy,1-0

 

Chad Barrett then of FC Toronto (photo by Magnus Manske via wikipedia commons)

Late substitute Chad Barrett stunned the Crew with a goal in the third minute of stoppage time to give the LA Galaxy a  1-0 win before a sellout crowd of 21,203 Saturday at Crew Stadium.

The Crew drops to 11-11-8 good for 41 points and are tied for second-place in the Eastern Conference with Sporting KC, one point behind Houston.

The win puts LA at 17-3-10, good for 61 points ahead of Real Salt Lake atop the Western Conference.

The sellout crowd of 21,203 was the largest at Crew Stadium since October 4, 2008 against L.A.

Longtime Crew captain Frankie Hejduk returned to Columbus for the first time since joining LA prior to this season. Hejduk served as captain for the Galaxy in the match, his fourth start of the season.

Info courtesy of the Columbus Crew

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