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Posts Tagged ‘Eddie Gaven.’

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.

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

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





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 dominates defending MLS champion Colorado, 4-1

 

(courtesy of MLS)

Tommy Heinemann, Andres Mendoza and Eddie Gaven scored goals to give the Columbus Crew a 4-1 domination of the Colorado Rapids at Crew Stadium on Sunday night.

Heinemann scored his first MLS goal and Andres Mendoza continued his hot scoring by netting one in each half.

After Conor Casey staked the visitors to an early lead, Eddie Gaven leveled the score before Mendoza put the Crew ahead for good in the 18th minute. He made it 3-1 in the 48th minute while the Rapids struggled all over the field after Casey was ejected in the first half after a violent collision with Crew goalkeeper William Hesmer, who got kicked in the jaw.

Heinemann scored in the 57th minute.

The win moves Columbus (6-4-6, 24 points) into second place in the Eastern Conference, two points in back of Philadelphia with their largest scoring output since a 4-0 win over New England on September 6, 2008.

The Crew is 4-1-3 at home this season.

 

 

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