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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.

 

Dawson signs franchise tag contract for 2nd year in a row

 

Phil Dawson (file photo)

Kicker Phil Dawson is the only consistent member of a shaky Cleveland Browns offense. And is the only player still on the roster since the franchises return to the NFL in 1999.

He is the team’s career leader in field goals and second in points (1,115) scoring to Hall of Famer Lou ‘The Toe” Groza (1,349). He has made 83 percent of his field goal attempts (276 of 332) and has been miraculously consistent in the wacky wind conditions at Browns Stadium which sits on the banks of Lake Erie.

Fans of the team wonder why the Browns have been reluctant to give their kicker a long-term contract eventhough he is 37 years old.

Dawson will be back in Cleveland in 2012 because earlier this week he signed a one-year contract for the second year in a row as the franchise player.

Dawson, who played for Oakland and New England before settling in Cleveland in 1999, the fan-favorite Dawson will be returning for his 14th season in Cleveland. He’ll make $3.8 million next season, getting a raise of up from #3.175 million in 2011, his best NFL season by far.

Dawson connected on 24 of 29 field goal attempts, making seven kicks beyond 50-yards, one shy of the league record.

He also made all 20 extra-point tries and never had a problem with the Browns having him deal with three different holders and two long snappers.

The Browns did say that they want to sign Dawson to a long-term contract.

 

Info compiled from Cleveland Browns & NFL news

Tampa Bay counting on Haynesworth to shore up 4-3 defense

 

Albert Haynesworth on tour of Pearl Harbor Feb 2009 (Photo by U.S. Navy Mass Communications Specialist 2nd Class Michael A. Lantron via wikipedia commons)

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers at 4-4, losing three of the last four games, missing several injured players on defense, struggling on defense and being next to last in the NFL in sacks with 12, decided to give Albert Haynesworth a chance to revive his career.

Haynesworth is happy to help the Bucs get back on track defensively.

The controversial, but talented 30-year-old defensive tackle practiced for the first time with his new team on Thursday. He did fare well with Washington and New England.

New England released him on Tuesday and Tampa Bay claimed him off waivers on Wednesday in time for preparations to play the Houston Texans this Sunday.

 

Info compiled from staff, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Radio & TV news

Houshmandzadeh reunites with Palmer in Oakland

 

TJ Houshmandzadeh with Bengals November 2006 (photo by Keith Allison via wikipedia commons)

The Oakland Raiders have signed veteran wide receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh to a contract on Tuesday, reuniting him with his former quarterback Carson Palmer.

The two were teammates in Cincinnati for six years and both were very successful in their careers in the NFL when they were together.

Houshmandzadeh averaged 89 pass receptions per year in a five-year period with the Bengals.

The wide receiver is very familiar with Raiders head coach Hue Jackson, who was the receivers coach with Cincinnati for three years while Palmer and Houshmandzadeh were playing there.

Houshmandzadeh has had an up-and-down career since leaving the Bengals, playing for Seattle and Baltimore and trying to make New England and San Francisco.

The 34-year-old former star at Oregon State University recently had been working out in Southern California catching football’s from Palmer while both were out of work.

 

Info compiled from Oakland Raiders, NFL & TV news

Crew dominates defending MLS champion Colorado, 4-1

 

(courtesy of MLS)

Tommy Heinemann, Andres Mendoza and Eddie Gaven scored goals to give the Columbus Crew a 4-1 domination of the Colorado Rapids at Crew Stadium on Sunday night.

Heinemann scored his first MLS goal and Andres Mendoza continued his hot scoring by netting one in each half.

After Conor Casey staked the visitors to an early lead, Eddie Gaven leveled the score before Mendoza put the Crew ahead for good in the 18th minute. He made it 3-1 in the 48th minute while the Rapids struggled all over the field after Casey was ejected in the first half after a violent collision with Crew goalkeeper William Hesmer, who got kicked in the jaw.

Heinemann scored in the 57th minute.

The win moves Columbus (6-4-6, 24 points) into second place in the Eastern Conference, two points in back of Philadelphia with their largest scoring output since a 4-0 win over New England on September 6, 2008.

The Crew is 4-1-3 at home this season.

 

 

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