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Posts Tagged ‘Dominic Oduro.’

Crew dominates Toronto FC, 2-0 to win Trillium Cup; Higuain scores twice again to put team back in playoff hunt

Federico Higuain on fire with two more goals (courtesy MLS)

Matt Lampson second straight shutout (courtesy MLS)

A few weeks ago, the Columbus Crew were 10 points out of playoff contention and the fans wanted the management to fire head coach Robert Warzycha.

Now after a couple of shutout victories over New York and Toronto FC, the fans are happy again and the team is back in the playoff hunt.

The reason for the turnaround is the play of Federico Higuain, who the past two seasons is the new Guillermo Barros Schelotto.

Higuain can score from anywhere on the field if his teammates give him the ball. Teams have to account for his whereabouts at all time. Playing with the Crew’s other scoring threat Dominic Oduro, the field opens up for goals to be scored.

Higuain, the 28-year-old Argentinian as the team’s captain has taken over the last few games by scoring four goals and has given Crew fans a hope for the playoffs.

The Crew with 29 points, trail only New England and Chicago for the final playoff spots in the Eastern Conference.

Saturday’s win allowed the Crew to win their fifth Trillium Cup in six years in the rivalry with Toronto FC.

The triumph also allowed Warzycha to tie his former coach, Tom Fitzgerald (1996-2001) at 70 wins as a Crew head coach. The 70th win makes Warzycha one of only 14 MLS coaches to achieve the plateau and four are active: Sigi Schmid (Seattle), Jason Kreis (Real Salt Lake), Bruce Arena (LA Galaxy) and Dominic Kinnear (Houston).

COLUMBUS CREW POST-GAME DRESSING ROOM

52,425 Chad Marshall Crew CB Team is starting to jell Crew 2 Toronto FC 0

TORONTO FC GAME NOTES

* TFC is 4-12-8, 20 points and in 9th place in the MLS’ Eastern Conference

* Have allowed 10 of 33 goals past the 76th minute

* Robert Earnshaw leads the team with 6 goals

* Are 2-10-3 when allowing the first goal of the game

* Uses a 4-4-2 alignment on the field

* Former Crew player, broadcaster, Duncan Oughton is an assistant coach. He returned to Columbus for the first time since he took the job in June.

COLUMBUS CREW GAME NOTES

* Are 8-11-5, good for 29 points and 8th in the Eastern Conference

* Uses a 4-4-1-1 alignment on the field

* Leads the series with Toronto FC, 10-2-7

* Defender Josh Williams is an Ironman, having started 49 games the past two years

* Co-leading scorer Dominic Oduro has scored 1 goal in his last 7 games

* Are 1-4-2 after a win in 2013

* The Crew has won back-to-back games for the first time in 2013

* The shutout was the 7th by the Crew as a team and backup goaltender Matt Lampson’s third of the season.

 

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