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Posts Tagged ‘Guillermo Barros Schelotto.’

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.

 

Crew manages 1-1 tie against always-tough Seattle Sounders FC

 

Emilio Renteria (courtesy of MLS)

Emilio Renteria scored on a second-half penalty kick allowing the Columbus Crew to tie the Seattle Sounders FC at 1-1 Saturday night at soggy Crew Stadium. The tie also allowed the Crew to move into a second place tie in the Eastern Conference.

Fredy Montero scored in the 7th minute for Seattle.

Montero put the Sounders ahead with a header, an assist from Erik Friberg for his cross from 35 yards to the center of the box. The goal was the fifth off a header this year for Seattle, which leads Major League Soccer in that category.

The Crew (3-1-4) has not lost since the first game, running its unbeaten streak to seven games and it stays undefeated at home (3-0-2). Renteria has scored all four Crew goals in its last three games, and his decisive kick came after Patrick Ianni was whistled for pulling down Chad Marshall on a corner kick by teammate Eddie Gaven.

Half of the Crew’s eight goals this season have come from the penalty shot.

GAME NOTES:

* Attendance was 7,148.

* Conditions 55 degrees and rainy.

* Seattle is 3-0-2 when scoring first.

* The Sounders are fifth in the Western Conference at 3-3-4 for 13 points.

* Seattle has been consistent, scoring 6 goals on the road and 6 at home.

* The Crew are 3-1-4, good for 4th in the Eastern Conference with 13 points.

* It was pointed out that Andres Mendoza of the Crew is making $595,000 and is not a starter, but that the Crew did not want to pay a similar or higher salary to keep proven star Guillermo Barros Schelotto.

*  Columbus is 3-0-2 at home.

* The Crew all-time vs. Seattle is 2-0-3.

* Crew Soccer Academy standouts Wil Trapp and Ben Swanson have been called into their respective age group U.S. National Team camps. Trapp, from Gahanna, will leave for Portugal on May 19 and will participate in a series of matches against the Portugal, Finland and Holland U18 teams.

Swanson has already joined the U.S. U14 camp at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California, and will play in a series of exhibitions against Chivas, Arsenal, LA Galaxy, Cosmos West, Pateadores and the Irvine Strikers.

 

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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

Schelotto back in Argentina

Guillermo Barros Schelotto (file photo)

To the dismay of Columbus Crew fans, former team star Guillermo Barros Schelotto has signed a six-month contract with Argentina team, Gimnasia and is practicing with the team.

The 37-year-old Schelotto, has said that the 2011 season will be his last.

He began his pro soccer career with Gimnasia, his hometown team, back in 1991.

The 2008 MLS MVP helped the Crew to the 2008 MLS Championship.

compiled from staff & international soccer news

Crew selects Cunningham in Re-Entry Draft; proven goal scorer

The Columbus Crew must’ve been listening to all of the disgruntled fans who have been hard on the franchise this off-season for getting rid of proven players and fan favorites like Frankie Hejduk and Guillermo Barros Schelotto.

The entered the MLS Re-Entry Draft and picked a proven goal scorer and former fan favorite in Columbus; Jeff Cunningham.

If the Crew are successful in signing in, Cunningham could end up the all-time scoring leader in MLS history in 2011.

Jeff Cunningham (photo by Rick Yeatts courtesy of MLS)

The Crew jumped at the chance of selecting the veteran scorer, who spent the last three years with FC Dallas and recently played in the MLS Cup against Colorado.

Cunningham, who is 34 and still one of the fastest players in the MLS, scored 62 goals for Columbus from 1998 to 2004 to tie Brian McBride for the franchise lead.

His 132 career goals is second to the MLS mark set by Jaime Moreno, played for D.C. United and is also a free agent.

Cunningham left the Crew in January of 2005, when he was traded to Colorado. Since that period of time, he has played for the Rapids, Real Salt Lake and Toronto FC before playing in Dallas.

Known for his temperamental nature when he played for the Crew, the scoring forward has matured over the past years. He has found his niche playing in a limited role, accounting for 28 goals and nine assists while starting only 36 of 55 games and helped FC Dallas reach the MLS Cup finals this year.

compiled from staff, MLS & Columbus Crew news

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