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Posts Tagged ‘Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.’

Richmond Kickers beats Columbus Crew in U.S. Open Cup

 

(courtesy of Richmond Kickers via wikipedia commons)

Cole Grossman scored his first professional goal for the Crew on Tuesday night, but it was not enough as the Richmond Kickers upset Columbus 2-1 in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Quarterfinals.

Matthew Delicate scored on a diving header in the 85th minute to give the Kickers the deciding goal at Crew Stadium.

Richmond, of the USL Pro League, broke through first on a 20-minute strike by Nozomi Hiroyama. Former Crew forward Stanley Nyazamba started the scoring play for Richmond by shoving Dejan Rusmir off the ball and spotted Hiroyama near the top left of the penalty area. Hiroyama curled a shot into the far upper netting from the top-left corner of the box.

Columbus evened the score when Grossman completed a six-pass sequence after receiving a terrific ball from Justin Meram in the 37th minute. Grossman and Meram were among five rookies in the starting lineup for the Crew.

The Crew is now 19-11-1 in Open Cup play and 11-5-1 at home.

 

Info courtesy of the Columbus Crew

Crew loses in U.S. Open Cup Final, 2-1 to Sigi Schmid & Seattle Sounders

(MLS)

Sanna Nyassi Seattle Sounders (MLS)

Sanna Nyassi scored two goals as the Seattle Sounders FC defended their Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup title with a 2-1 win over the Columbus Crew Tuesday before a crowd of 31,311 at Qwest Field in Seattle, Washington. That is the largest crowd for a final in the tournament’s history.

Tuesday’s attendance smashed the previous finals record involving an MLS team, set in 2000 when Chicago beat the Miami Fusion in front of 19, 164 fans at Soldier Field. The previous attendance mark for the USOC final was set back in 1929, when 21,583 fans attended the final played at Dexter Park in Brooklyn, New York.

The Sounders are coached by former Crew coach, Sigi Schmid.

The Sounders became the first MLS team to win two straight Open Cup titles, and the first team to win consecutive crowns since the New York Pancyprian Freedoms won in 1982-83.

Columbus opened the scoring with a goal from Kevin Burns, on a classy finish in the 24th minute.

Nyassi was the hero of the game, scoring in the 38th and 66th minute to help Seattle rally to the win.

Andy Gruenebaum started in goal for the Crew as he always does in non-MLS games.

The Crew was playing in its third Open Cup Final, joining the 2002 squad that defeated L.A. to win the tournament and the 1998 team that lost to Chicago in overtime.

Info courtesy of the Columbus Crew

Schelotto leads Crew to 1-0 win; ties LA for most points with 44 in MLS

Playing in its fifth match in two weeks, the Columbus Crew made a first-half goal from Guillermo Barros Schelotto hold up for a 1-0 victory over D.C. United at R.F.K. Stadium on Saturday night to remain atop the Eastern Conference standings and move into a tie with the LA Galaxy in the Supporters’ Shield race.

Columbus took the lead on a first-half mistake by D.C. goalkeeper Bill Hamid, and made the most of that break. One goal was all the Crew would need for its second win in Washington in four days. The Black & Gold secured their way to the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Final on Wednesday, and on Saturday maintained their push toward a third straight Supporters’ Shield.

Guillermo Barros Schelotto (MLS)

William Hesmer (MLS)

Columbus did not allow the home team a single shot on goal in the game, meaning that keeper William Hesmer did not have to make a save to secure his 10th shutout of the season.

The Galaxy played the Chicago Fire to a 1-1 draw on Saturday, allowing the Crew to draw level with them on 44 points, heading into next Saturday’s marquee matchup between the two teams at the Home Depot Center. The Crew extended its lead in the East to seven points over New York, which lost at Real Salt Lake on Saturday.

GAME NOTES

*Attendance at R.F.K. 12,075.

* The Crew is now 13-5-5 on the season and 4-3-4 on the road.

* William Hesmer’s shutout was his club-record 32nd with Black & Gold.

* D.C. has now been shut out 15 times this season, tying the league record held by Toronto FC.

* The East-leading Crew returns to action next Saturday, September 11, at Los Angeles, where it will take on the West-leading Galaxy in a match that will kick off at 10:30 ET  and  be televised regionally on ONN-TV.

Info courtesy of the Columbus Crew

Columbus Crew advances to Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup final with 2-1 OT win at D.C.

The Columbus Crew came up with a dramatic comeback to advance to the 2010 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Final with a 2-1 victory over D.C. United Wednesday at a hot and steamy RFK Stadium in our nation’s capital.

The Crew will travel to Seattle to face the Sounders in the title match on October 5. Seattle defeated Chivas USA, 3-1, in the other semifinal match Wednesday night.

Andy Iro (MLS)

Guillermo Barros Schelotto (MLS)

This marks the third time in team history that Columbus has reached the Open Cup Final, joining the 2002 squad that defeated L.A. to win the tournament and the 1998 team that fell to Chicago in overtime.

D.C. took an early lead on a Pablo Hernandez penalty kick in the 13th minute, and the was the game’s only goal until the waning moments, when Marc Burch couldn’t keep Andy Iro’s 89th minute shot out of the net, deflecting it past United goalkeeper Bill Hamid and sending the match into overtime. From there, Guillermo Barros Schelotto rifled a penalty shot home for the game-winner.

The Crew returns to league action this Saturday, September 4 again in Washington, D.C. against D.C. United. Game time is 7:30 p.m. (ET) at RFK Stadium in a match that will be televised live nationally on Fox Soccer Channel.

Info courtesy of the Columbus Crew

Columbus Crew 3 Charleston Battery 0 in Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup play

compiled from staff, wire and Columbus Crew news

The Columbus Crew continued to roll in their quest for a championship in the tournament named after their founder, the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.

The Crew shutout the Charleston Battery, 3-0 before 1,847 fans at Crew Stadium Tuesday night.

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Emilio Renteria buried a first-half penalty kick and Steven Lenhart and Eddie Gaven added second-half goals to led the way in the quarterfinal win.

The Crew last reached an Open cup semifinal in 2002 and went on to win the tournament.

Columbus used a lineup mixed with reserves and regulars and dominated the minor league Battery.

Charleston did not take a shot on goal during the contest.

The Crew will play a semifinal game against the winner of the July 21 matchup between D.C. United and the Harrisburg City Islanders (USL-2).

If United wins, the semifinal will be played September 1 in Boyds, Maryland.

If Harrisburg wins, the game will be played August 31 in Crew Stadium.