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GAME NOTES: Sporting KC 2 Columbus Crew 0


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* Came into the contest at 10-5-3 with 33 points, tied for first in the Eastern Conference with D.C. United.

* Leaves the game at 11-5-3 with 36 points, alone in first place in the Eastern Conference.

* All-time vs. Columbus Crew, 19 wins, 2 shootout wins, 64 goals, 5 ties, at Columbus, 9 wins, 1 shootout win, 34 goals and 3 ties.

* Midfielder Graham Zusi was not in the first 11 players.

* Jacob Peterson scored the game’s first goal in his second straight start.

* In the last 5 games, 1-2-2.

* Has allowed 17 goals in 18 matches for a 0.94 goals against average, the lowest in Major League Soccer.

* Have allowed only 17 goals this season, lowest in the MLS.

* Ranks first in the MLS in shots (298), corner kicks (118) and fewest shots against (185) this year.

* Leads the MLS in all-time shots taken with 6,947.

* Captain Jimmy Nielsen leads all MLS goalkeepers with 11 wins in 2012. His eight shutouts are second-most in the MLS.



* Have allowed only 19 goals, 2nd in the MLS.

* All-time vs. Sporting KC, 43 meetings, 20 wins, 72 goals, at Columbus, 12 wins, 38 goals.

* Sebastian Miranda did not start for the first time since 2011, spanning 40 straight games.

* Danny O’Rourke was injured and unavailable, Eric Gehrig started.

* Had won three straight home matches, FC Dallas, Chicago and Real Salt Lake.

* The Crew is tied for 17th in MLS scoring.

* Forward Olman Vargas appeared in only his 10th match of the season in the 80th minute, subbing for injured Josh Williams.

* Came into the game 7th in the Eastern Conference at 6-6-4, 22 points.

* They leave the game at 6-7-4, 22 points and still in 7th place.


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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

Crew signs talented Argentine midfielder Santiago Prim


(file photo)

The Columbus Crew has announced today (Tuesday April 26) that it has signed Argentine midfielder Santiago Prim, who will occupy one of the team’s international roster spots and be eligible for selection upon receipt of his International Transfer Certificate (ITC) and visa.

The 20-year-old Prim comes to the Crew after spending the last two seasons with San Lorenzen de Almagro, the famed Buenos Aires club that produced such talent as Ivan Cordoba and Jose Luis Chilavert. The Campana, Argentina, native made his professional debut on September 26, 2009 in a 3-2 win over Tigre of Victoria.

Prim first joined the Crew on trial during its preseason trip to Arizona, where he impressed the technical staff over the course of his five preseason appearances.

Prim is 5’10 and 165 pounds.

The Crew also announced concurrently that Danny O’Rourke has been placed on the Disabled List. The veteran defender/midfielder continues his rehabilitation of a left knee after undergoing surgery on it last November.


Info courtesy of the Columbus Crew

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

Crew stays unbeaten; wins strange and exciting game against New England


Stuart Mason also contributed to this story

COLUMBUS, OHIO–The Columbus Crew have survived several close calls all season and this past weekend was no exception against Eastern Conference rival, New England.

Saturday’s game was strange and exciting. Strange in the sense that both goal keepers, Preston Burpo of New England and William Hesmer of Columbus looked very shaky in the first half, let easy saves crept in for goals and getting caught out of position several times. Also there was a rarity in the game. There were two goals scored 2:00 minutes apart; 3 goals scored in a span of 5:00 minutes and four goals in 16:00 minutes of play all told. In most soccer games, fans and media may not see four goals total in a game more less four in 16:00 minutes.

Eddie Gaven Crew (mls)

Robbie Rogers Crew (mls)

The New England Revolution scored the game’s first goal as unknown player Zak Boggs making the most of his first MLS start, scored from about 25 yards out in the 29th minute as Crew keeper Will Hesmer trying to dive to smother the ball, let it slip underneath is hands and into the net, 1-0 New England. Boggs’ scored his first career goal on his first career shot; strange play.

But the Crew, showing why they’ve been the league’s best team the last two years, came right back to tie in the 31st minute.

Eddie Gaven, who is deceptively quick, tied the game at 1-1, by firing a headed clearance from about 15 yards out past Revolution keeper Preston Burpo.

Then in the 35th minute, Robbie Rogers shot a cross that was redirected by defender Cory Gibbs, who was sliding and kicked it past his keeper for an own goal that gave the Crew a 2-1 advantage.

In the 40th minute, Zak Boggs scored again as he was able to get Will Hesmer out of position for his 2nd goal on his 2nd career shot and it was 2-2. Boggs was having a career night. How many MLS in the league over the years have scored two goals on their first two career shots? Without checking any stats, not many. Matter-of-fact, one of the Media Relations Directors said off the top of their head, no one had ever done it!

The first half ended up 2-2.

The second half saw both teams trying to sit back and play for the tie which would give the teams a point apiece.

However, Preston Burpo stopped several scoring attempts by the Crew; Eddie Gaven had a heel shot from five yards out that hit the crossbar; there were two other saves off of Gaven shots in the 62nd minute and Steven Lenhart’s breakaway attempt which Burpo came out of the net to stop the shot in the penalty area.

The winning game in the stoppage time after the Revolution defender Darrius Barnes had cleared a header by Jason Geary off the goal line. Rogers pounced on the loose ball and kicked the winner past goal keeper Preston Burpo and into the roof of the net.

The 10, 197 fans in attendance braved the 50 degree temperatures that had a chilly breeze saw the Crew up its record to (3-0-2) and New England drop to (2-5-1).

SOUNDS FROM THE POSTGAME PRESS CONFERENCE (To listen to an audio file, click on the link)

44 930 Steve Nicol New England Coach Performance & Effort was there (

44 931 Steve Nicol New England Coach Most Consistent Performance in 2010 (

44 933 Steve Nicol New England Coach This lineup now is to get bodies on field (

44 938 Robert Warzycha Crew Coach Eddie Gaven in Central Midfield is that his position (

44 940 Robert Warzycha Crew Coach Did the Champions League games help Crew (

* Marko Perovic of New England didn’t play due to being suspended for red car accumulation.

* Danny O’Rourke of Columbus also sat out due to red car infractions.

*New England is 2-5-1 with 7 points, good for 5th place in the Eastern Conference. They are 1-3 on the road.

* The Columbus Crew are 3-0-2 overall and 3-0-0 at home.

* Eddie Gaven of Columbus scored his 35th MLS goal, and the 19th with the Crew.

* Central defender Chad Marshall was back in the lineup after missing last week’s game with a strained hamstring.

* Sergio Herrera made his MLS debut, coming on in place of Steven Lenhart in the 90th minute.

* The Crew returns to action this coming Saturday, May 15th vs. Chivas USA in a match that will kick off at 7:30 p.m. at Crew Stadium. It will be televised live regionally on ONN-TV.

* The Crew uses a 4-1-3-1-1 alignment on the field.

* The New England uses a 4-4-1-1 alignment on the field.

* The Revolution has not won a game since its 4-1 victory over Toronto FC on april 10 at its home opener. They’ve been outscored 9-2 and has a record of 0-4-1.

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