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Posts Tagged ‘Gino Padula.’

Former Crew favorites, Schelotto, Padula to start soccer academy

 

Guillermo Barros Schelotto (file photo)

Guillermo Barros Schelotto and Gino Padula will go down as two of the most popular Columbus Crew players of all time. It did not sit well with the fans when the ownership and management declined to extend their contracts at the end of the 2010 season.

The two players fell in love with the Columbus and Central Ohio area while they played here so much, that the two have decided to start a soccer academy.

The Argentine duo have partnered to create the Schelotto & Padula Soccer Academy which will begin operation this summer.

Gino Padula (file photo)

The academy, for boys and girls ages 6 to 18, will focus on developing creative play rather than weekly league games, The academy will offer advanced training for players who have the desire to play college or pro soccer; plans to use their many contacts with international teams to help pro prospects to get signed at an early age.

The academy will try to distinguish itself by not playing in weeknight league games and instead play in weekend tournaments santioned by the United States Club Soccer.

 

compiled from staff, Radio and soccer news

Commentary:Crew wants to be younger team; fans upset Schelotto, Hejduk gone

(courtesy of MLS)

The Columbus Crew said goodbye recently to several players by declining to pick up their options.

That group included Frankie Hejduk, Gino Padula, Duncan Oughton, Leandre Griffit, Guillermo Barros Schelotto and Jason Garey.

As a member of the media, all of these players were fun to be around and talk to. They were always professional and willing to help us get whatever information we needed to do our jobs.

Personally, the Crew really don’t need Jason Garey, Gino Padula and Leandre Griffit. Those three aren’t goal scorers and were basically role players.

As for Schelotto and Hejduk, I diasgree with the Crew on those two players.

The fans in Columbus and Ohio, come to the games to see Schelotto and Hejduk. Schelotto can score on anybody, any team and was most electrifying player and most popular player since Brian McBride, Edson Buddle and Jeff Cunningham.

In Hejduk, he was the team leader, captain and epitomized what the Crew’s term of “hardest working team” meant. He could score goals, but his job was to settle all the young players down.

When the Crew announced that they were severing ties with the teams top two leaders, fan reaction to me when I asked several folks were: “Where’s the goal scoring coming from”; Where’s the leadership coming from”; “the Crew are a cheap organization; “Robert Warzycha didn’t want Schelotto around” and “We won a championship because of those players. Why show them the door.”

General manager Mark McCullers says there are several reasons they have to do this. Salary budget cuts, an aging roster and the desire to play a quicker, more unpredictable style are the main reasons. They want more team speed and better one-on-one defending.

The management did say that they’ll try to re-sign Griffit at a lower salary. He did show promise in limited duty when he joined the team in mid-season.

Head coach Robert Warzycha says that all MLS teams are used to the way the Crew plays now. They have to have more team speed and be more dangerous and not only score off set pieces which the Crew were really good at for several years.

My only question is, where will the scoring come from even if the team gets quicker and plays more uptempo. You still have to have someone who is a threat to score every time down the field. It seems like the Crew will fall back into the ‘having trouble scoring’ mold they suffered when Brian McBride left to play overseas.

Technical director Brian Bliss says the Crew can improve by acquiring players from the international market, MLS SuperDraft and homegrown talent.

Another question. Can they find another goal scorer and a leader like Schelotto and Hejduk? The 2011 season will tell!

compiled from staff & Columbus Crew news

Crew shuts down Joe Public of Trinidad, 3-0 in CONCACF Champions League contest

Goals four minutes apart by Leandre Griffit and Jason Garey early in the second half jump-started the Columbus Crew to a 3-0 win over Trinidad’s Joe Public Tuesday night in a CONCACAF Champions League Group B match.

Griffit struck in the 47th minute with a deft shot from 17 yards on the left side that skipped into the right corner of the net for a 1-0 lead. Garey added a goal in the 51st minute with a header off an Emmanuel Epko cross pass. Steven Lenhart came off the bench to score the final goal with an assist to Dilly Duka in the 79th minute.

Leandre Griffit Columbus Crew (MLS)

Goalkeeper Andy Gruenebaum made three saves to post the shutout in his third straight Champions League start.

Columbus has six points through three matches, while Joe Public has one halfway through group play.

GAME NOTES

* Goes to show how much depth Columbus has and still won the game. Regular players Frankie Hejduk, Brian Carroll, Guillermo Barros Schelotto and William Hesmer were all given the night off.

* Emilio Renteria served a one-game suspension for accumulated cautions.

* The Crew had 3 injured players who did not play Robbie Rogers, Danny O’Rourke and Gino Padula, all with knee problems.

* Joe Public only dressed 16 players due to visa problems for four players and suspensions to Jevon Morris and Jason Springer.

* Former Crew star and Trinidad native Stern John was in attendance at the match.

* Columbus returns to action this Saturday, September 18, when it will be hosting the Seattle Sounders at Crew Stadium. The “Silence the Sounders” match will start at 7:30 p.m. and will be televised regionally on ONN-TV.

Info courtesy of the Columbus Crew

Schelotto penalty kick in 90th minute pushes Crew to 4-0-2

Info Courtesy of the Columbus Crew

Guillermo Barros Schelotto scored on a penalty kick in the 90th minute to lead the Crew to a dramatic 1-0 win over Chivas USA in Crew Stadium, after Chivas’ Justin Braun took down Chad Marshall near the left post on a Schelotto free kick.

Crew defender Gino Padula made two huge plays in the second half to keep the match scoreless through the hour mark. The left back first cleared a shot off the goal line by Jonathan Bornstein in the 58th minute. Then on Chivas’ next possession, Blair Gavin pounced on the loose ball in the box and fired towards the net only to see Padula head the ball away at the line.

Guillermo Barros Schelotto (MLS)

Chivas had another chance to score in the 85th minute when Braun went on a breakaway, but Crew keeper William Hesmer came off his line to stop Braun on the right side of the box and then outrace the forward to the rebound on the left side.

GAME NOTES

* The Crew is now 4-0-2 on the season and a perfect 4-0-0 at home.

* With the win, the Crew matched its best-ever home start (1997, 2008)

* William Hesmer’s shutout was the 25th of his career, moving him into a tie for first place on the club’s all-time list, with Jon Busch.

* Schelotto’s goal was the 28th of his career, moving him into a tie for fifth place on the Crew’s all-time list with Dante Washington.

* Schelotto’s goal was his 10th from the penalty spot in his MLS career.

Crew gets a tie in Seattle; record is 2-0-2

Info courtesy of Columbus Crew

Steven Lenhart scores tying goal (mls)

The Columbus Crew withstood a strong first half  by the Seattle Sounders FC, rallied for the eaualizer and held on for a 1-1 draw Saturday night at Qwest Field to retain its unbeaten start to the 2010 season.

Seattle got off to a quick start with a score by Steve Zakuani in the match’s fourth minute. After a series of a passes in the midfield, Freddie Ljungberg sent a pass to a streaking Zakuani behind the Crew defense. Zakuani ran onto the pass and evaded Crew goalkeeper William Hesmer before sending his shot into an open net.

As the first half was winding down, the Crew’s Danny O’Rourke ran on to pass from Eddie Gaven down the left flank before sending in a precise cross into the Seattle penalty box, where Steven Lenhart snuck through the Seattle defense to head home his first goal of the season and to silence the boisterous crowd at Qwest Field.

The Crew will return to action next Saturday, May 8 when it hosts the New England Revolution at Crew Stadium. The match is scheduled to kick off at 7:00 p.m. and it will be televised live nationally on the Fox Soccer Channel.

GAME NOTES

* Crew is now 2-0-2 on the season and 0-0-2 on the road.

* Chad Marshall (hamstring), Gino Padula (knee) and Emmanuel Epko (hip) all sat out Saturday night’s match due to injury.

* Danny O’Rourke was ejected after being assessed his second caution of the night in the 85th minute. He will sit out the Crew’s next match due to an automatic one-game suspension.

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