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Crew loses in exhibition play to Malmo FF, 2-1


Press release courtesy of Columbus Crew


COLUMBUS – The Crew played its first game of the preseason Wednesday at the IMG Academy Fields in Bradenton, Fla., dropping a 2-1 decision to Malmö FF of Sweden. Crew forward Emilio Renteria struck first before Malmö responded through Mathias Ranegie and Jimmy Durmaz to overturn the deficit in a match that consisted of three 45-minute segments.

Emilio Renteria (courtesy of MLS)

The Black & Gold got on the board right away, as Dilly Duka dribbled down the field and took a strong shot on goal in the first minute. Malmö goalkeeper Johan Fahlin made the save, then another on Renteria’s first follow, but the Venezuelan’s second effort found the back of the net.


In the 24th minute the Swedes equalized, when midfielder Erik Friberg picked up a rebound off a corner kick cleared by Andy Gruenebaum and found an open Ranegie who proceeded to fire the ball past the Crew keeper. Five minutes later Durmaz volleyed another corner kick clearance past Gruenebaum for a 2-1 lead.


Malmö nearly increased its advantage in the 33rd minute, but Duka was quick to clear the ball off the line – and two minutes later he initiated the play that almost resulted in an equalizer. The Crew midfielder brought the ball down the left side and found an open Cole Grossman who barely missed his chance.




Crew adds Costa Rican Vargas to improve scoring


(courtesy of MLS)

The Columbus Crew have added another forward to help put more points on the scoreboard next season.

The team has signed Olman Vargas, a 25-year-old who is 6’2, 174 pounds and is a physical, scoring striker.

Eventhough Andres Mendoza, the team’s highest-paid player and scoring leader had 13 goals, the Crew finished 11th out of 18 teams with 43 goals and were eliminated from the MLS playoffs in the first round.

Vargas will be teamming with Emilio Renteria, who scored eight goals in 2011.


Info courtesy of the MLS & Columbus Crew

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

New strike-team of Mendoza, Renteria help Crew maintain first-place lead

Andres Mendoza in September 2010 (photo by Late1 via wikipedia commons)

COLUMBUS, OHIO — The Columbus Crew and the Philadelphia Union battled for first-place in the Eastern Conference on Saturday night at Crew Stadium.

The Crew were nursing a slim three-point lead over the Union at the start of the night, 37-34.

By the end of the night, a very noisy and enthusiastic crowd of 13,869 went home happy as the MLS’ hardest-working team went home with another win at home, 3-1 and have opened up a 6-point lead over the second-year Union.

Columbus is now 3-0-0 all-time versus Philadelphia.

The new strike-team for Columbus is Emilio Renteria and Andres Mendoza. Both scored goals last night.

Mendoza converted on a penalty-kick in the 51st minute to give the Crew the eventual game-winning goal.

The game-winning opportunity came about after Union (8-6-10) defender Sheanon Williams was called for a handball when a pass from Robbie Rogers hit him as he was shielding himself with his hands.

Mendoza’s shot was eventually stopped by Union goalkeeper Faryd Mondragon, but the way rolled underneath him and into the net.

Renteria scored the Crew’s first goal in the 37th minute.

The Union’s only goal was knocked in by Veljko Paunovic who took a cross from Keon Daniel on a corner kick which tied the game at 1-1 in the 42nd minute.

The Crew have been solid on penalty-kicks this year going 6-for-6 and Mendoza himself is 4-for-4.

Post-game press conferences are with Peter Nowak, head coach of Philadelphia and Columbus goalkeeper William Hesmer.

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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



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