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Posts Tagged ‘Duncan Oughton.’

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.

 

Fan-favorite Oughton retires, stays with Crew in front-office

Duncan Oughton (courtesy of MLS)

33-year-old Duncan Oughton decided to hang up his cleats and uniform and accept the Columbus Crew’s invitation to work in the front office.

Oughton spent 10 years with the Crew and was the player with the longest tenure on the team until his contract option was declined in November.

He will serve as an assistant to the technical director, a sort of jack-of-all-trades position that will include community, fan and alumni relations and player development.

A fan favorite since he came to Columbus, Oughton spent his entire pro career with the Crew and appeared in 136 Major League Soccer games. He made 22 appearances for the New Zealand national team.

Info courtesy of the Columbus Crew

Renteria leads Crew to Champions League win over Joe Public

Emilio Renteria (MLS)

Emilio Renteria scored two goals in the second half to lead the Columbus Crew over Joe Public Thursday night in Macoya, Trinidad.

The game was a Champions League group stage finale match.

The win by the Crew had no outcome on the Champions League standings on either team. Santos Laguna of Mexico beat Municipal of Guatemala 6-1 Tuesday night which guaranteed the Crew at 4-2 would finish second in Group B and advance to the quarterfinals for a second consecutive season.

Joe Public (0-5-1) finished last in Group B.

The Crew’s other scorers included Andres Mendoza who scored the first goal and Duncan Oughton scored a goal in the second half stoppage time.

GAME NOTES:

* The Crew earned four more points in this year’s Group Stage than in 2009 (8), when it also advanced in play.

* Josh Williams, a September signee, made his second CCL start.

* Former Crew player and Trinidadian Ansil Elcock was in attendance for the match.

* Columbus returns to action this Sunday, October 24, when it closes out the regular season against the Philadelphia Union at Crew Stadium. The Match starts at 4 p.m. and will be televised regionally on ONN-TV.

* The Crew returns to 2010/2011 CONCACAF Champions League action in February 2011, when the quarterfinal stage kicks off.

* The Crew cannot win the 2010 MLS Eastern Conference championship. The New York Red Bulls beat the New England Revolution 2-0 Thursday night. That win puts a four-point separation between the teams and the Crew has won game left.

Info courtesy of the Columbus Crew