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Posts Tagged ‘FIFA World Cup.’

Columbus Crew signs defender “Mad Dog” Emanuel Pogatetz

Emanuel Pogatetz (2011 photo by Michael Kranewitter via wikipedia commons)

The Columbus Crew have signed “Mad Dog” Emanuel Pogatetz (pronounced POH-gah-tetz).

The Austrian defender is given that nickname for a reason.

The 31-year-old, who is 6’3, was given that nickname for his very aggressive style of play.

He arrived in Columbus a couple of weeks ago and is ready to contribute to the Crew’s playoff drive.

Since making his professional soccer debut in 2000, Pogatetz has recorded more than 300 league appearances in topflight competitions around the world. He has played in more than 115 matches in both England’s Barclays Premier League and the German Bundesliga. Pogatetz has also spent time with Austrian and Russian first division clubs.

His vast experience has earned him international attention through 61 caps for the Austrian National Team, including action in 22 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.

He will wear uniform number 5 for the Crew.

WORLD CUP SOCCER: United States and England tie 1-1

compiled from staff, wire and US Soccer news

The United States and England played to a 1-1 draw in the opening round of the FIFA World Cup soccer competition on Saturday in Rustenburg, South Africa.

A spirited crowd of 38, 646 enjoyed the match under clear skies and a cool 57 degree-temperature at Royal Bafokeng Stadium.

Clint Dempsey Fulham (US Soccer photo)

The goals were scored by England’s Steven Gerrard in the 4th minute and the United States’ Clint Dempsey in the 40th minute.

By scoring a goal, Dempsey joins Brian McBride as the only players to score in two different FIFA World Cup Tournaments in 2006 and 2010.

The United States next match is on Friday June 18 at 10 am Eastern time against Slovenia at Ellis Park in Johannesburg, South Africa. And their third match is on June 23 vs. Algeria in Loftus Versfeld Stadium in Pretoria.

All of the World Cup matches can be followed on US soccer.com Match tracker and Twitter.

Crew loses at Colorado, 1-0; MLS goes on three-week break

Info courtesy of Columbus Crew

The Columbus Crew fell to the Colorado Rapids, 1-0, Saturday night at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, in the club’s final match before the league-wide break for the upcoming 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa.

The game was a battle between the second and third stingiest defenses in the MLS, both sides struggled to create openings throughout the first half and much of the second.

Colorado Rapids Logo (MLS)

The first clear-cut chance of the night came in the 73rd minute, as the Crew pushed forward in a counter-attack opportunity after Pablo Mastreoni passed loosely into the path of  the Crew  midfield, Eddie Gaven pushed forward and passed to Steven Lenhart, who then laid  the pass off to an open Guillermo Barros Schelotto. However the Crew’s star player rushed his shot,  pushing the scoring chance over the crossbar.

With five minutes left in the game, the Rapids would finally break the deadlock from a set piece. Jamie Smith took the free kick from near the midfield mark and sent in a high cross into the box for a diving Drew Moor. The defender struck the ball hard and into the ground, sneaking it in between the post and Columbus goalkeeper William Hesmer.

The Crew’s next game is June 26 when it hosts D.C. United at Crew Stadium in a regionally televised  match starting at 7:30 p.m. on ONN-TV.