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Seattle Sounders FC signs star player Martins to multi-year contract extension

Obafemi Martins (courtesy MLS)

The Seattle Sounders FC announced on Tuesday that they have signed forward Obafemi Martins to a multi-year contract extension.

The Nigerian-born soccer star, first name, Obafemi translates literally to “the king loves me” in the Yoruba language.

Generally, MLS contract signings never mention money, but reports say that Martins made close to $175 million this season.

Martins is a very valuable player to the Seattle Sounders FC, the MLS’ best team He is a league MVP candidate after scoring a franchise-record 17 goals and 13 assists.

He left Nigeria at the age of 16 to play soccer in Italy.

Crew manages 1-1 tie against always-tough Seattle Sounders FC

 

Emilio Renteria (courtesy of MLS)

Emilio Renteria scored on a second-half penalty kick allowing the Columbus Crew to tie the Seattle Sounders FC at 1-1 Saturday night at soggy Crew Stadium. The tie also allowed the Crew to move into a second place tie in the Eastern Conference.

Fredy Montero scored in the 7th minute for Seattle.

Montero put the Sounders ahead with a header, an assist from Erik Friberg for his cross from 35 yards to the center of the box. The goal was the fifth off a header this year for Seattle, which leads Major League Soccer in that category.

The Crew (3-1-4) has not lost since the first game, running its unbeaten streak to seven games and it stays undefeated at home (3-0-2). Renteria has scored all four Crew goals in its last three games, and his decisive kick came after Patrick Ianni was whistled for pulling down Chad Marshall on a corner kick by teammate Eddie Gaven.

Half of the Crew’s eight goals this season have come from the penalty shot.

GAME NOTES:

* Attendance was 7,148.

* Conditions 55 degrees and rainy.

* Seattle is 3-0-2 when scoring first.

* The Sounders are fifth in the Western Conference at 3-3-4 for 13 points.

* Seattle has been consistent, scoring 6 goals on the road and 6 at home.

* The Crew are 3-1-4, good for 4th in the Eastern Conference with 13 points.

* It was pointed out that Andres Mendoza of the Crew is making $595,000 and is not a starter, but that the Crew did not want to pay a similar or higher salary to keep proven star Guillermo Barros Schelotto.

*  Columbus is 3-0-2 at home.

* The Crew all-time vs. Seattle is 2-0-3.

* Crew Soccer Academy standouts Wil Trapp and Ben Swanson have been called into their respective age group U.S. National Team camps. Trapp, from Gahanna, will leave for Portugal on May 19 and will participate in a series of matches against the Portugal, Finland and Holland U18 teams.

Swanson has already joined the U.S. U14 camp at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California, and will play in a series of exhibitions against Chivas, Arsenal, LA Galaxy, Cosmos West, Pateadores and the Irvine Strikers.

 

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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.

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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.

VANCOUVER WHITECAPS GAME NOTES:

* 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.

COLUMBUS CREW GAME NOTES:

* Eddie Gaven is a new dad.

* Josh Gardner made his first MLS start.

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Crew returns home Saturday to host New England Revolution

Info Courtesy of the Columbus Crew

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After earning a hard-fought draw in a tough environment at Seattle Sounders FC  that kept it unbeaten last Saturday, the Crew readies itself for an Eastern Conference matchup as it welcomes the New England Revolution to Crew Stadium this Saturday. At 2-0-2, the Black & Gold is unbeaten through four games for the second time in club history (1-0-3 in 2007).

Emmanuel Epko Crew (mls)

Steven Lenhart Crew (mls)

New England, which currently sits tied for fourth in the Eastern Conference with a 2-3-1 record (7 pts), enters the match after earning a 1-1 draw at FC Dallas last Saturday, thanks to a score by Zack Schilawski.

The Crew, which currently sits tied for second place in the Eastern Conference with a 2-0-2 record (8 pts.), enters Saturday’s match after earning a 1-1 draw at the Seattle Sounders FC last Saturday at Qwest Field.

This Saturday’s fan event will feature a special Mother’s Day edition of the Postgame Kick, with all mothers and children welcome to come down to the field after the game for a shot on goal. Following Saturday’s match, those who wish to participate are invited to meet near Subway in the southeast corner of the stadium immediately after the game for the opportunity to kick on the south goal

Crew gets a tie in Seattle; record is 2-0-2

Info courtesy of Columbus Crew

Steven Lenhart scores tying goal (mls)

The Columbus Crew withstood a strong first half  by the Seattle Sounders FC, rallied for the eaualizer and held on for a 1-1 draw Saturday night at Qwest Field to retain its unbeaten start to the 2010 season.

Seattle got off to a quick start with a score by Steve Zakuani in the match’s fourth minute. After a series of a passes in the midfield, Freddie Ljungberg sent a pass to a streaking Zakuani behind the Crew defense. Zakuani ran onto the pass and evaded Crew goalkeeper William Hesmer before sending his shot into an open net.

As the first half was winding down, the Crew’s Danny O’Rourke ran on to pass from Eddie Gaven down the left flank before sending in a precise cross into the Seattle penalty box, where Steven Lenhart snuck through the Seattle defense to head home his first goal of the season and to silence the boisterous crowd at Qwest Field.

The Crew will return to action next Saturday, May 8 when it hosts the New England Revolution at Crew Stadium. The match is scheduled to kick off at 7:00 p.m. and it will be televised live nationally on the Fox Soccer Channel.

GAME NOTES

* Crew is now 2-0-2 on the season and 0-0-2 on the road.

* Chad Marshall (hamstring), Gino Padula (knee) and Emmanuel Epko (hip) all sat out Saturday night’s match due to injury.

* Danny O’Rourke was ejected after being assessed his second caution of the night in the 85th minute. He will sit out the Crew’s next match due to an automatic one-game suspension.