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POST-GAME NOTEBOOK: Columbus Crew 2 Montreal Impact 0


Columbus Crew Stadium. Columbus, Ohio

65 degrees

cloudy skies

Time of game: 1:58

Goals: Columbus, 30th minute, Milovan Mirosevic and 66th minute, Olman Vargas.

Records: Crew (1-1-0), Impact (0-2-1).

Saves: Andy Gruenebaum 6 (winner), Donovan Ricketts 7 (loser).



*The Impact are the 19th MLS team.

* They are the third Canadian team along with Toronto & Vancouver.

* One former Columbus Crew on the team in Josh Gardner.

* Jesse Marsch, a former MLS player is the head coach.

* 3 former Akron Zips soccer players are on the team; Sinisa Ubiparipovic, Zarek Valentin and Evan Bush.

* Evan Bush was born in raised in Concord Township in Ohio.

* Director of soccer operations Matt Jordan was an MLS goalkeeper for two seasons in Columbus with the Crew. In the middle of 2004, helping the team win the Eastern Conference championship and the MLS Supporters’ Shield.

Olympic Stadium, former home of the Expos, will be the Impact's home until their stadium is done. (2006 photo by Tolivero via wikipedia commons)

* The Impact will play their home games at Olympic Stadium, which seats 66,308. It is the former home of the 1976 Olympic Games and MLB’s defunct Montreal Expos, who are now the Washington Nationals. For their first home game against the Chicago Fire, the Impact had over 60,000 fans.

* The Impact use a 4-4-2 alignment.

* The team’s only goal in history to date has been off the foot of captain Davy Arnaud, who scored in the 56th minute of its match against Chicago, a 1-1 tie. Arnaud took a Sanna Nyassi cross and knocked it into the upper right corner of the Fire’s net.


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* The Crew are 6-1-2 vs. Canadian teams overall.

* Crew Stadium will be 13 years old in May 2012.

* Crew captain Chad Marshall made history in the season opener in Colorado. He became the third Columbus Crew player ever to make 200 appearances with the franchise. He joins Jeff Cunningham (203) and Mike Clark (221) who have played more games than any other with the Crew.

The 27-year-old Marshall will have plenty of time to catch those players.

* The Crew honored the NCAA Division III National Champion Ohio Wesleyan Battling Bishops at halftime of FIRST KICK 2012. OWU WENT 23-2 en route to winning their second men’s soccer title in school history.

Crew Soccer Academy product Travis Wall led the team with 19 goals and 15 assists, including a goal in the 2-1 win over Calvin College on December 5, to win the title.

* The Crew uses a 4-5-1 alignment on the field.

Milovan Mirosevic scored his first goal of season

Olman Vargas scored an insurance goal

Andy Gruenebaum in a rare start shows he's a capable goalkeeper, shutting out Montreal












Photos and logos courtesy of Major League Soccer


Crew holds onto first-place with 3-1 win over New England; James, Renteria star


Julius James at April 2011 practice (photo by Jim Early via wikipedia commons)

During this past winter, fans, media and followers of the Columbus Crew were thinking this would be a rebuilding season with the team releasing and trading away so many veterans.

I guess the management knew what they were doing as the team is still an MLS Cup contender.

The Crew, the best second-half team in Major League Soccer this season, proved its resiliency again on Saturday night, overcoming a goal by Benny Feilhaber in the 45th minute of the first half and scored three of its own in the second half for a 3-1 victory over the New England Revolution at Crew Stadium.

The Crew (10-7-7, 37 points) remained on top of the Eastern Conference with the win, and improved to an impressive 2-0-4 record when trailing at the half this season.

Second-place Philadelphia (8-5-10, 34 points) played FC Dallas to a 2-2 draw on Saturday.

The Crew and the Philadelphia Union will battle next Saturday, August 20 at Crew Stadium for first-place.

The Revs, a team the Crew used to have trouble with game-after-game in years past, dropped to 4-11-9.

An own goal off the shin of New England defender Kevin Alston in the 54th minute opened the Crew’s scoring.

Julius James earned his first goal of the season in the 75th minute on a header off a corner kick from Josh Gardner.

Emilio Renteria easily scored his fifth goal of the season in the 81st minute on an unmarked finish from six yards out after midfielder Robbie Rogers set up the goal.


* The Crew are 7-1-4 at home this season.

* James’ goal was his first in Black & Gold and the fourth of his career.

* Dilly Duka made his first appearance since June 4. His assist was his third of the season.

* The game-tying goal own goal was the club’s 700th in franchise history. The Crew is the fourth MLS team to score 700 goals joining DC United, the LA Galaxy and FC Dallas.

* A nice crowd attended the game, 13,041 under partly cloudy skies and 83 degrees.


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Cunningham nets elusive 133rd career goal; ties all-time MLS record

Jeff Cunningham (courtesy of MLS)

Forward Jeff Cunningham’s elusive 133rd goal finally became a reality in the 90th minute and proved to be the game-winner for the Crew as it defeated the Vancouver Whitecaps FC 1-0 Saturday night.

With his first goal of 2011, Cunningham, is now tied with Jaime Moreno for the Major League Soccer All-time scoring lead, and broke the Crew all-time record of 62 he held with Brian McBride.

Goalkeeper William Hesmer made a season-high seven saves including stopping a penalty shot in the 73rd minute and notched his 40th career shutout.

The Crew played with a man advantage for the eight time this season as midfielder Shea Salinas of Vancouver was sent off in the 77th minute for a hard tackle on Josh Gardner who assisted on Cunningham’s goal 13 minutes later.

The Crew is 7-5-6 on the season, 2-4-3 on the road.


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Crew rallies to beat Real Salt Lake 2-1; Mendoza, Gardner goals 6 minutes apart key

Andres Mendoza (courtesy of MLS)

The Columbus Crew were trailing for over 70 minutes against Real Salt Lake, one of the MLS’ top defensive teams.

Then, in the span of six minutes, “America’s Hardest Working Team” scored two goals which changed the momentum of the game.

Josh Gardner’s first goal in a Crew uniform lifted Columbus to a thrilling come-from-behind 2-1 victory over Real Salt Lake Wednesday night at Crew Stadium. The Crew remained unbeaten at home (4-0-3) and improved to 4-3-6 on the season.

Gardner gave Columbus the lead in the 82nd minute when his shot from 22 yards out hit the left thigh of Real Salt Lake defender Chris Schuler and skipped past goalkeeper Nick Rimando.

The Crew had been trailing when they finally received a break in the 76th minute when Justin Meram was tripped in the box by Jamison Olave and Andres Mendoza converted the penalty kick to tie the game at 1-1.

RSL (6-3-2) had led 1-0 since the 7th minute when Olave scored off a Nelson Gonzalez corner kick.

Josh Gardner ( photo)

Scoring any goals against Real Salt Lake is a chore in itself, but two! In its previous four games, they had yielded just one goal.


* Andres Mendoza of the Crew scored his fourth goal of the season.

* Josh Gardner’s goal was his first in MLS play since the 2006 season, when he was with the LA Galaxy.

* Aaron Horton, the Crew’s first Home Grown Player, made his major league debut, coming in for his idol Jeff Cunningham in the 89th minute.

* The Crew are the only MLS team not to score off set pieces in 2011.

* Columbus is now 1-3-4 when allowing the game’s first goal.

* Columbus is 9-7-2 vs Real Salt Lake, 6-1-0 at Crew Stadium.

* Real Salt Lake is 2-2-1 on the road





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Second half scoring sends Crew past expansion Vancouver, 2-1


Josh Gardner Crew Midfielder

The soccer match between the Vancouver Whitecaps and the Columbus Crew on Saturday came down to a 20-minute stretch in the second half.

During that span of time, there were three goals scored in 20 minutes, two by Columbus’ Emilio Renteria in a space of nine minutes to give his team the winning margin of 2-1.

Omar Salgado gave Vancouver hope in the game with his first career MLS tally in the 70th minute and made for an exciting finish with the Crew making several key defensive stops to gain its third win.

Salgado is the 17-year-old superstar-in-the-making, a forward who was selected first overall in the 2011 MLS SuperDraft.

Renteria scored both goals off of his “left foot for the first time in his career”, he said.

Renteria converted a penalty kick in the 50th minute, then scored off a pass from Dejan Rusmir nine minutes later for his thrid goal of the season by slotting the ball past a stunned goalkeeper Jay Nolly from about 12 yards out.

Renteria has been hot, scoring all three of his goals this season in the past two games.

Robert Warzycha

The Whitecaps kept up their relentlessness, as Salgado tried to tie the game at 2-2 in the 79th, but Crew goalkeeper William Hesmer stopped his shot.

Earlier, there was a close call, as Crew defender Josh Gardner made a goal line block on Nizar Khalfan’s shot.

The Crew ups their record to 3-1-3 while Vancouver drops to 1-4-3.

The attendance was 11,298 and the game lasted 1 hour, 51 minutes.


* The Whitecaps have not earned any points on the road as of yet.

* Vancouver beat the Crew during the pre-season in Arizona, 2-1 on February 8.

* As a United States League team, the Whitecaps never lost to an Ohio team.

* The Whitecaps are only the third MLS expansion team to win their inaugural league match, after beating Toronto FC 4-2 on March 19. The others include Chicago in 1998 and Seattle in 2009.

* On Thursday, April 28, Vancouver signed ten-year MLS veteran and former US international midfielder #33 Peter Vagenas. The 33-year-old played the last two seasons with the Seattle Sounders FC and before then, eight seasons with the LA Galaxy.

* This is Vancouver’s 36th season of professional soccer, and 25th consecutive season. They are the longest running pro soccer club in the US and Canadian history.

* Whitecaps FC are the 17th team admitted to the MLS. This is the league’s 16th season, having started up in 1996, and it now has 18 teams. When Vancouver joined the NASL in 1974, that league was starting its seventh season, and had 15 teams.

* Vancouver are looking to qualify for the playoffs for the 15th consecutive year. The Whitecaps have reached the playoffs 31 times in 35 seasons, failing only in 1974, 1975, 1994 and 1996.


* Eddie Gaven is a new dad.

* Josh Gardner made his first MLS start.


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