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Penalty kick by Higuain saves day for Crew in 1-1 draw with Dynamo


60,000 Dominic Kinnear Houston Dynamo head coach postgame 6 1 2013


60,007 Justin Meram Crew On team playing well despite getting ties

COLUMBUS, O. — The Columbus Crew over the years have been one of the best home teams in Major League Soccer.

But during the current season, they’ve lost games, tied games while losing points at home. They even went 7 1/2 quarters without scoring a goal before Saturday night’s game.

Trailing the Houston Dynamo, 1-0, the Crew received a break. Chad Barson, making his first start of the season, was hauled down on his way to the goal in the box by Andrew Driver. That meant a penalty kick was in the offering.

Federico Higuain is 3 of 4 on penalty kicks this season (photo by Justin Mowry)

Federico Higuain was called on to do his specialty and he tied the game on the penalty kick in the 69th minute to make it 1-1. That goal ended the beforementioned scoring drought at home, 294 minutes. The last goal at home was on April 27 against DC United, also scored by Higuain on a penalty kick.

The Dynamo’s goal was scored by Wayne Creavalle in the 31st minute, his third of the campaign.

Warren Creavalle scored the Dynamo's only goal (courtesy Houston Dynamo)



* Columbus is 4-4-5 overall with 17 points and 1-2-3 at home

* This was Tyson Wahl’s 12th start of the season, fourth most in his career

* The Crew has scored only 5 goals in the first half all season

* Columbus is 4-2-9 vs. the Dynamo all-time

* After the Crew plays at Philadelphia on June 5, they’ll have 10 days off before their home match against Montreal on June 15


* Houston is 6-4-4 on the season, 2-2-3 on the road

* The Dynamo are in the top 10 in the MLS in defense, allowing only 13 goals all season

* After Saturday night’s game at Columbus, the Dynamo will have 2 1/2 weeks off before their June 19 match at Montreal

Crew holds onto first-place with 3-1 win over New England; James, Renteria star


Julius James at April 2011 practice (photo by Jim Early via wikipedia commons)

During this past winter, fans, media and followers of the Columbus Crew were thinking this would be a rebuilding season with the team releasing and trading away so many veterans.

I guess the management knew what they were doing as the team is still an MLS Cup contender.

The Crew, the best second-half team in Major League Soccer this season, proved its resiliency again on Saturday night, overcoming a goal by Benny Feilhaber in the 45th minute of the first half and scored three of its own in the second half for a 3-1 victory over the New England Revolution at Crew Stadium.

The Crew (10-7-7, 37 points) remained on top of the Eastern Conference with the win, and improved to an impressive 2-0-4 record when trailing at the half this season.

Second-place Philadelphia (8-5-10, 34 points) played FC Dallas to a 2-2 draw on Saturday.

The Crew and the Philadelphia Union will battle next Saturday, August 20 at Crew Stadium for first-place.

The Revs, a team the Crew used to have trouble with game-after-game in years past, dropped to 4-11-9.

An own goal off the shin of New England defender Kevin Alston in the 54th minute opened the Crew’s scoring.

Julius James earned his first goal of the season in the 75th minute on a header off a corner kick from Josh Gardner.

Emilio Renteria easily scored his fifth goal of the season in the 81st minute on an unmarked finish from six yards out after midfielder Robbie Rogers set up the goal.


* The Crew are 7-1-4 at home this season.

* James’ goal was his first in Black & Gold and the fourth of his career.

* Dilly Duka made his first appearance since June 4. His assist was his third of the season.

* The game-tying goal own goal was the club’s 700th in franchise history. The Crew is the fourth MLS team to score 700 goals joining DC United, the LA Galaxy and FC Dallas.

* A nice crowd attended the game, 13,041 under partly cloudy skies and 83 degrees.


47 408 Julius James Crew Defender



Goalkeepers shine in 0-0 tie between Crew, Quakes


San Jose goalkeeper and Columbus Crew goalkeeper William Hesmer both made several important saves in preserving a 0-0 tie at Crew Stadium on Saturday night.

There was a crowd of 14,109 in attendance for the exciting game.

Busch, a former Crew player, made six saves and the Earthquakes (5-6-8) saw their winless streak stretch to six games, where they are (0-2-4).

Hesmer collected five saves for the Crew (7-5-7), who in their past seven games have four wins, two losses and a tie.

Hesmer earned his second straight shutout and seventh of the season.

With the tie on Saturday night, the Crew with 28 points, tied New York and Philadelphia for first place in the MLS Eastern Conference.

San Jose was shutout for the fifth time in six games.


* The Crew Juniors Super 20 will be making a return trip to the USL Super 20 League finals with a win in their Midwest Division finale, a 4-1 decision over the Dayton Dutch Lions on July 7.

The Super 20s, coached by Crew technical director Brian Bliss, finished the regular season on top of their division with a record of 8-0-1 and 25 points.

The USL super 20 League Finals will take place July 21-24 in Tampa, Florida. The Crew will be looking to repeat as national champions.

* Andres Mendoza recorded his first MLS assist on Wednesday, June 8, against Real Salt Lake. The milestone was also the team’s 750th all-time. The first ever assist was recovered by Brian McBride in the Crew’s inaugural game at Ohio Stadium on April 14, 1996 against DC United.

* Gahanna Lincoln and Crew Soccer Academy standout Chris Davis traveled with the Crew to Montclair, New Jersey for the MLS Reserve Division match against New York on Monday, May 30. Davis came on as a substitute in the 68th minute, replacing recently signed Home Grown Player Aaron Horton, and proceded to score two goals in the 6-1 game.

The two goals brings Davis’ total to three as he had previously scored the game-winner in the 2-1 Toronto FC match.

* The Crew Juniors U19s, who won last year’s McGuire Cup National Championship, the final step of the 2010 US Youth National Championship Series, were unable to get past the 2011 US Youth Region II finals last June 24-25, despite drawing two games and winning one.

The U19s, coached by Crew technical director Brian Bliss, finished second in their group with five points after drawing the St. Croix Devils in Minnesota 1-1 with a goal by Kofi  Agyapong, beating Illinois 3-2 with goals from Tyler Ranali, William Walker and Alexander Obbey and drawing the Des Moines Menace 1-1 with a goal from Matthew Walker.


Logos courtesy of Major League Soccer



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