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Posts Tagged ‘MLS Cup.’

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





WESTERN CONFERENCE MLS FINALS: Galaxy earns way to MLS Cup

 

(courtesy of MLS)

The Los Angeles Galaxy, who has Major League Soccer’s best home record, will be playing in the league’s title game on their home field in Carson, California.

The Galaxy have advanced to the MLS Cup with a 3-1 win over Real Salt Lake in the Western Conference finals.

The MLS Cup is on November 20 against Houston and the Galaxy are undefeated at home this year.

Mike Magee scored on a David Beckham crossing pass in the 58th minute and Landon Donovan and Robbie Keane also put the ball in the nets for the Galaxy.

 

Info compiled from MLS & the Los Angeles Galaxy

EASTERN CONFERENCE MLS Finals: Houston beats Sporting KC to advance to Cup game

 

(courtesy of MLS)

The Houston Dynamo have advanced out of the Eastern Conference to the MLS Cup championship game.

Andre Hainault and Carlo Costly scored goals in the second half to lead the Dynamo to a 2-0 win over Sporting Kansas City in the East final.

Houston advances to the title game on November 20 at Carson, California, where no team has beaten their next opponent, the Los Angeles Galaxy all year.

 

Info compiled from MLS & Houston Dynamo news

Nicol steps down as New England coach

 

Steve Nicol (courtesy of MLS)

One of Major League Soccer’s longest-tenured head coaches has resigned.

Steve Nicol has stepped down as coach of the New England Revolution after 10 seasons.

Nicol was the longest-tenured head coach in MLS history.

The 49-year-old Nicol led the Revolution to the MLS Cup in 2005, 2006 and 2007.

 

Info courtesy of the New England Revolution

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.

GAME NOTES:

* 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.

CREW POST GAME LOCKER ROOM PRESS BRIEFING

47 408 Julius James Crew Defender

 

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