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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.

 

GAME NOTES: Sporting KC 2 Columbus Crew 0

 

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SPORTING KANSAS CITY

* Came into the contest at 10-5-3 with 33 points, tied for first in the Eastern Conference with D.C. United.

* Leaves the game at 11-5-3 with 36 points, alone in first place in the Eastern Conference.

* All-time vs. Columbus Crew, 19 wins, 2 shootout wins, 64 goals, 5 ties, at Columbus, 9 wins, 1 shootout win, 34 goals and 3 ties.

* Midfielder Graham Zusi was not in the first 11 players.

* Jacob Peterson scored the game’s first goal in his second straight start.

* In the last 5 games, 1-2-2.

* Has allowed 17 goals in 18 matches for a 0.94 goals against average, the lowest in Major League Soccer.

* Have allowed only 17 goals this season, lowest in the MLS.

* Ranks first in the MLS in shots (298), corner kicks (118) and fewest shots against (185) this year.

* Leads the MLS in all-time shots taken with 6,947.

* Captain Jimmy Nielsen leads all MLS goalkeepers with 11 wins in 2012. His eight shutouts are second-most in the MLS.

 

COLUMBUS CREW

* Have allowed only 19 goals, 2nd in the MLS.

* All-time vs. Sporting KC, 43 meetings, 20 wins, 72 goals, at Columbus, 12 wins, 38 goals.

* Sebastian Miranda did not start for the first time since 2011, spanning 40 straight games.

* Danny O’Rourke was injured and unavailable, Eric Gehrig started.

* Had won three straight home matches, FC Dallas, Chicago and Real Salt Lake.

* The Crew is tied for 17th in MLS scoring.

* Forward Olman Vargas appeared in only his 10th match of the season in the 80th minute, subbing for injured Josh Williams.

* Came into the game 7th in the Eastern Conference at 6-6-4, 22 points.

* They leave the game at 6-7-4, 22 points and still in 7th place.

 

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POSTGAME NOTES: Houston Dynamo 2 Columbus Crew 2

 

COLUMBUS, OHIO — The Columbus Crew made a lineup change and it resulted in much-improved play in their 2-2 draw with the Houston Dynamo at Crew Stadium on Saturday night before 10,479 fans who braved cloudy, chilly conditions.

The Crew received both goals off the foot of Eddie Gaven in the 63rd and 74th minutes.

The Dynamo had goals from Will Bruin in the 59th and Brian Ching in the 81st.

Both teams earned a point. The Dynamo are 2-1-2 on the season with 8 points, good for 4th place in the Eastern Conference. The Crew are 2-3-1 with 7 points for an uncharacteristic 6th place in the East. The Crew came into the game with two lackluster losses in a row to New York and Philadelphia.

COLUMBUS CREW POSTGAME LOCKERROOM AUDIO

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GAME NOTES

* Houston is playing its first seven games on the road due to the completion of their new home, the BBVA Compass Stadium which will open on May 12.

BBVA Compass Stadium (photo courtesy of Populous Architects via wikipedia commons)

* Houston did not dress MF Brad Davis or FW Brian Ownby due to injuries.

* The Dynamo are coached by Dominic Kinnear who has taken the franchise to two MLS Cup games, going 1 and 1.

* In 13 games vs. the Crew, the Dynamo are 2-4-6, 1-3-3 in Columbus.

* The Crew had two starters who made their first MLS starts, Josh Williams and Nemanja Vukovic.

* The Crew’s new starting lineup looked quicker and promising.

* The Crew was using a new 4-1-3-2 alignment.

* The Crew did not dress DF Julius James, FW Tommy Heinemann, GK William Hesmer, MF Dilly Duka and FW Ben Speas due to injuries.

* The Crew have given up the first goal of the game in the last 3 matches in a row.

* Former Crew midfielder Adam Moffat came back to Columbus to play for the Dynamo. He played 44 games with 5 goals from 2007-2010 for the Crew.

HOUSTON STARS OF THE GAME

Brian Ching

Will Bruin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

COLUMBUS CREW STARS OF THE GAME

Eddie Gaven

Nemanja Vukovic

Aaron Schoenfeld

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Player photos courtesy of the MLS





MLS Commissioner suspends Crew’s Josh Williams for substance abuse violation

 

Josh Williams (courtesy of Cleveland State athletics)

Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber announced on Wednesday that he has suspended and fined Columbus Crew player Josh Williams for violating the MLS Substance Abuse and Behavioral Health Policy by testing positive for methandienone metabolites, a prohibited performance enhancing substance.

Williams is suspended for 10 MLS games, effective immediately, and has been fined 10 percent of his annual salary. During the suspension, Williams will not play in any competitions.

Williams purchased and ingested an over-the-counter nutritional supplement containing the banned substance. The substance was purchased from a vitamin store that is part of a national chain.

 

Info courtesy of Major League Socccer

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