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Posts Tagged ‘Joe Public.’

Columbus Crew re-signs Leandre Griffit

Leandre Griffit (file photo)

The Columbus Crew has re-signed French midfielder Leandre Griffit.

The 5’8, 155-pound Griffit, who received call-ups at several levels of the French National Team youth program, originally signed with the Crew on May 14, 2010. He made his MLS debut on July 24 against the Houston Dynamo and scored an unassisted, 91st-minute goal. Griffit appeared in two more regular season games and was a key contributer in the Crew’s qualification to the CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal round. He played in five CCL matches, starting four, and scored the game-winner on September 14 against Joe Public. He also played in one U.S. Open Cup match as a substitute.

The French midfielder joined the Crew after playing with Union Royale Sportive du Centre of the Belgian Third Division inĀ  2009, where he scored seven goals and four assists, including one goal in cup play.

He is a native of Maubeuge, France.

Info courtesy of the Columbus Crew

Renteria leads Crew to Champions League win over Joe Public

Emilio Renteria (MLS)

Emilio Renteria scored two goals in the second half to lead the Columbus Crew over Joe Public Thursday night in Macoya, Trinidad.

The game was a Champions League group stage finale match.

The win by the Crew had no outcome on the Champions League standings on either team. Santos Laguna of Mexico beat Municipal of Guatemala 6-1 Tuesday night which guaranteed the Crew at 4-2 would finish second in Group B and advance to the quarterfinals for a second consecutive season.

Joe Public (0-5-1) finished last in Group B.

The Crew’s other scorers included Andres Mendoza who scored the first goal and Duncan Oughton scored a goal in the second half stoppage time.

GAME NOTES:

* The Crew earned four more points in this year’s Group Stage than in 2009 (8), when it also advanced in play.

* Josh Williams, a September signee, made his second CCL start.

* Former Crew player and Trinidadian Ansil Elcock was in attendance for the match.

* Columbus returns to action this Sunday, October 24, when it closes out the regular season against the Philadelphia Union at Crew Stadium. The Match starts at 4 p.m. and will be televised regionally on ONN-TV.

* The Crew returns to 2010/2011 CONCACAF Champions League action in February 2011, when the quarterfinal stage kicks off.

* The Crew cannot win the 2010 MLS Eastern Conference championship. The New York Red Bulls beat the New England Revolution 2-0 Thursday night. That win puts a four-point separation between the teams and the Crew has won game left.

Info courtesy of the Columbus Crew

Columbus Crew drops 2-1 decision in Guatamela City against Municipal in CONCACAF action

The Columbus Crew lost 2-1 to Municipal on Wednesday night at Estadio Nacional in Guatemala City in match five of CONCACAF Champions League Group B play. Former LA Galaxy forward Guillermo Ramirez netted both goals for Municipal while defender Andy Iro scored for the Crew.

Daylong heavy rain continued through the match leaving the pitch at Estadio Nacional with standing water in several places. Players struggled with footing and balls skipped in some spots and came to a halt in other spots on the pitch.

Andy Iro (MLS)

The result left the Crew with nine points and dropped it into second place in Group B, one point behind Santos, which beat Joe Public 5-1.

Municipal climbed to eight points, but will have to travel to Mexico to face the tough Santos team in its final match on October 19. Columbus will travel to face already eliminated Joe Public on October 21. Only the first two teams in each group qualify for the quarter finals.

Columbus returns to action this Saturday, October 2, when it welcomes the San Jose Earthquakes to Crew Stadium. The match starts at 7:30 p.m. and will be televised regionally by ONN-TV.

Info courtesy of the Columbus Crew

Crew wins 1-0 behind Ekpo & Gruenebaum to open CONCACAF Champions League

Emmanuel Ekpo provided a highlight-reel goal and goalkeeper Andy Gruenebaum was solid with several saves leading the Columbus Crew to a 1-0 win Wednesday over Municipal of Guatemala. The game at Crew Stadium drew 5,745 fans in the opening match of group play of the 2010-2011 CONCACAF Champions League.

Andy Gruenebaum (MLS)

Emmanuel Ekpo (MLS)

Ekpo scored the game-winner in the 14th minute. After taking a pass from Frankie Hejduk 30 yards out, he split two defenders, then flicked the ball with his right foot past defender Pablo Melgar and regained control in the right side of the box for a strike that hit the left post and settled into the goal.

The win advances Columbus in a tie for first place in Group B with Santos Laguna, but the Mexican side lead group on goal differential. Santos beat Joe Public 5-2 in Trinidad & Tobago on Wednesday night.

GAME NOTES

* Forward Steven Lenhart served a one-game suspension incurred by the red card he was given in the second leg of the 2009-2010 CCL quarterfinals at Toluca on March 17.

* Midfielder Eddie Gaven started in the midfield after missing two games because of a concussion.

* Emmanuel Ekpo’s goal was his first in any competition since May 9, 2009 against Kansas City.

* The Crew returns to MLS action this Saturday, August 21 against Colorado at Crew Stadium at 7:30 p.m. in a game that will be televised live regionally on ONN-TV.

Info courtesy of the Columbus Crew