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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.

 

Slumping Crew has fans calling for Warzycha’s job, front office shakeup

Robert Wazycha (photo by Jason Mowry, courtesy Columbus Wired)

When Robert Warzycha was a player with the Columbus Crew, he was a fan favorite.

They appreciated his hard work and team player mentally.

When he became an assistant coach, everybody knew he was being groomed for the head job in the future.

His first chance occured when Greg Andrulis was fired during the 2005 season and Warzycha became the interim head coach. The team played better under Warzycha than it did under Andrulis. Rumors had it that several players quit playing for Andrulis and wanted him gone.

In 2006, Sigi Schmid was brought in and he led the Crew to the 2008 MLS championship. after that season, Schmid left to coach the Seattle Sounders and enter Warzycha as the permanent head coach.

Warzycha has been successful as the head coach, but the Crew have missed the playoffs twice during his tenure and are in danger of missing them again in 2013.

The 2013 edition of the Crew is inconsistency,¬† key players injured, can’t win at home, can’t score goals and are too young.

The Crew use to be tough to beat at Crew Stadium. That is no longer the case. This year they’ve dropped 18 of a possible 30 points at home with a record of 3-4-3. They’ve been shutout three times at home. And to make matters worse, they’ve lost a couple of games late, one during stoppage time.

They’re missing key players with season-ending injuries in Eddie Gaven and Glauber’. They’ve also been without Jairo Arrieta, who has been on International duty with his home country Costa Rica.

Warzycha’s job seems to be safe according to Team president and general manager Mark McCullers. The Hunt Sports Group rarely will fire any coach in the middle of the season, although they’ve done it twice before.

Warzycha is in the final year of his contract. There is a two-year option that the club can exercise at the end of the year.

The team’s play will have to improve to keep fans in the stands. If the fans go away, management will have no choice but to make a coaching change because after all, this is a business as we all know.

Sounders give Schmid contract extension

 

Sigi Schmid as Columbus Crew coach in 2008 (photo by Late 1 & Magnus Manske via wikipedia commons)

The Seattle Sounders of Major League Soccer signed coach Sigi Schmid to a contract extension that runs through the 2015 season.

Born Siegfried Schmid in West Germany 58 years ago, the successful coach has guided the Sounders to two U.S. Open Cup titles and back-to-back playoff spots in the team’s first two seasons.

This year they have the second-best record in the MLS at 9-4-8.

Schmid has also coached at UCLA, the Los Angeles Galaxy and Columbus Crew has an overall record of 447-156-101.

He led the Columbus Crew to the MLS title in 2008.

 

compiled from Seattle Sounders news

Seattle Sounders have Columbus Crew’s number; wins 4-0

The Seattle Sounders, a second-year team out of Major League Soccer’s Western Conference have been able to do one thing that the other teams in the league haven’t, and that’s beat the Columbus Crew. They’re 0-2-2 against the Sounders, the only team in the MLS that the Crew has never defeated. Granted, the Sounders are coached by former Crew head coach Sigi Schmid, but every game, they seem to just outplay and bully the Crew around the field.

Seattle coach Sigi Schmid (MLS)

Saturday’s contest before 17,144 fans at Crew Stadium was basically over in the first half.

Blaise Nkufo scored a hat trick and Seattle put up three goals in the first half of a 4-0 win over the Eastern Conference leaders, Columbus.

The Crew was down 3-0 in the first 42 minutes of the first half.

(MLS)

The Crew suffered its worst loss in Crew Stadium since 2005, when it lost to Kansas City, 4-0.

They matched the largest margin of defeat in an MLS game in franchise history.

The Crew has suffered consecutive losses for the first time this season to two teams from the Western Conference, Los Angeles and Seattle. The Crew is 13-7-5 on the season.

Info courtesy of the Columbus Crew

Warzycha will coach Crew in 2011

Crew head coach Robert Warzycha will be returning for a third season.

The Crew has picked up the option on his contract which was to expire due to expire in 2011.

The 46-year-old Warzycha who replaced Sigi Schmid in December of 2008, has led the Crew to 24-11-14 record.

Robert Warzycha Crew (MLS)

The popular Schmid left a few weeks after the Crew won its first MLS Cup championship to become head coach of the expansion Seattle Sounders.

Warzycha  led the Crew to the best record in Major League Soccer at 13-7-10 for 49 points in his first season. All of that after starting the season at 0-2-5, the worst start by an MLS defending champion and in Crew history.

In 2010, the Crew currently leads the Eastern Conference after 19 games and is in contention to become the first MLS team to win a third straight Supporters’ Shield trophy by having the league’s best regular season record.

Most people tend to forget that Warzycha had head coaching experience prior to 2009. He was named the interim coach in 2005 and led the Crew to a 7-6-3 record after Greg Andrulis was fired during the season. He was a candidate for the permanent head coaching job but the Crew chose Schmid. However, Warzycha was kept as the top assistant coach.