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Posts Tagged ‘Jason Garey.’

Columbus Crew trades Jason Garey to Houston

Jason Garey (courtesy of MLS)

The Columbus Crew recently did some more roster reshuffling by trading the rights to forward Jason Garey to the Houston Dynamo. In exchange, the Crew gets the Dynamo’s 4th round pick in the 2015 SuperDraft.

Garey, who is 26, was selected by the Crew in the first round (#3 overall) of the 2006 MLS SuperDraft.

During his five-season tenure, he started 40 of the 83 games in which he saw action, scoring 15 goals and recorded six assists. He was a member of teams which won two Supporters’ Shields in 2008 and 2009 and an MLS Cup championship in 2008.

Garey arrived in Columbus in 2006, following a stellar career at the University of Maryland, where he won the NCAA Men’s College Cup and the MAC Hermann Trophy in 2005.

Info courtesy of the Columbus Crew

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

Columbus Crew defeats sloppy Colorado, 3-1 in MLS action

The Colorado Rapids were giving away August Christmas presents and the Columbus Crew were in an accepting mood.

Guillermo Barros Schelotto converted a penalty kick after a very questionable call and Jason Garey scored on a volley off an errant and sloppy clearance pass by the Rapids which helped the first-place Crew stay atop the Eastern Conference and improve to 9-0-2 in Crew Stadium this season.

Jason Garey (MLS)

The Crew are now 12-5-4, good for 40 points. The win moved Columbus to within three points of the Los Angeles Galaxy who are 14-4-4, good for 43 points in the race for the Supporters’ Shield trophy, which is awarded to the best regular-season record in Major League Soccer.

Guillermo Barros Schelotto (MLS)

Schelotto put a 30-yard free kick toward the back post and sent the ball off the head of leaping defender Chad Marshall and toward the opposite post, where it hit off the head of Steven Lenhart and into the net before it hit the ground. That gave the Crew a two-goal lead in the 80th minute.

Second-place New York (10-7-4, 34 points) won at Toronto, 4-1 but still trails the Crew by six points in the East race. That was the first loss at home by Toronto this season.

Lenhart scores both goals; Crew beats Philadelphia Union, 2-1

 

The Columbus Crew received two goals from substitute Steven Lenhart and that was the difference in the Columbus Crew’s 2-1 win over the Philadelphia Union at PPL Park in Chester, Pennsylvania on Thursday night.

18,001 fans were in attendance as to witness the first-ever meeting between the Crew and the expansion Union, which was televised live nationally on ESPN2.

Steven Lenhart star of the game (MLS)

Entering the game in the 27th minute for Jason Garey who was forced to leave due to stomach ailment, Lenhart drove home two headed shots.

Scoring on either side of halftime, Lenhart’s first strike was matched by a Sebastien Le Toux penalty kick just before the break, but the Union weren’t able to bounce back a second time. It was Lenhart’s first two-goal game in league play.

GAME NOTES

* The Crew is now 11-4-4 on the season and 3-2-4 on the road.

* Steven Lenhart’s goals were the 10th and 11th of his MLS career and his fourth this year and match his career high from 2008.

* Emilio Renteria’s assist was the first of his MLS career.

* More than 100 Crew fans made the trip to Philadelphia for the game.

* Game conditions were Cloudy and 83 degrees.

* Columbus returns to action on august 14 when it faces Real Salt Lake at Rio Tinto Stadium at 9 p.m. ET in a game that will be televised live regionally on ONN-TV.

Info courtesy of the Columbus Crew

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