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Posts Tagged ‘Steven Lenhart.’

Crew gets shutout by San Jose

(courtesy of MLS)

The Columbus Crew are without a doubt one of Major League Soccer’s top defensive teams. But in Saturday’s game at San Jose, you would not have thought so.

The Crew defense had so many leaks in it that the Earthquakes scored three times and won 3-0 in Santa Clara, California.

The Crew lost out on their chance to move into first place in the Eastern Conference but allowed three goals in 12 minutes in the second half and suffered their first 3-goal defeat since a 4-0 loss to visiting Seattle on September 18, 2010.

San Jose ups its record to 2-4-3 while the Crew drops to 3-2-4.

San Jose was winless in its previous seven games while the Crew had their seven game unbeaten string snapped.

The Crew struggled to score in the first half for the ninth straight game, which ties the Houston Dynamo’s 2007 MLS record for consecutive scoreless first halves to start the season.

San Jose received goals from Chris Wondoloswki (50th minute), Steven Lenhart ( 59th) and Khari Stephenson.

 

Info courtesy of the Columbus Crew

 

 

Columbus Crew sends another fan favorite packing: Steven Lenhart to San Jose

Steven Lenhart (courtesy of MLS)

The Columbus Crew, who have some of the most loyal fans in Major League Soccer, have been testing that loyalty this entire off-season.

Once again, the team has gotten rid of a fan favorite in favor of an untested draft choice.

The Crew on Thursday traded forward Steven Lenhart to the San Diego Earthquakes for a first-round SuperDraft pick and allocation money.

The trade helped the Crew acquire Michigan scorer Justin Meram, a prolific scorer who garnered 12 goals in the Wolverines’ final nine games last season.

The key statement about Meram, is he scored those goals in college for Michigan. On the pro level he’d be lucky if he gets to play more less score 12 goals or touch the ball 12 times.

Lenhart was respected around the league because he is a hard-working, tireless, big-bodied menace who is tall at 6’2 and good around the goal.

San Jose offered the Crew the number 15 pick and allocation money of $75,000.

Info courtesy of staff & Columbus Crew

MLS Expansion Draft claims Brunner & Moffat from the Crew

Adam Moffatt (courtesy of MLS)

Eric Brunner (file photo)

It seems like everyday we pick up a newspaper, listen to the radio, watch the television or open up our e-mails, in the latter case for members of the media, the Columbus Crew are losing members of the team.

They’ve made more headlines in this off-season than when they won the MLS Cup two years ago.

Recently, they lost defender Eric Brunner and midfielder Adam Moffat, who were selected by the Portland Timbers in the MLS expansion draft.

The Crew has 15 roster spots to fill to get back to 30 players by the time they play Real Salt Lake in a Champions League quarterfinals match on February 22, which is a scant 12 weeks away.

Crew management were very surprised that the both Brunner and Moffat were selected because expansion teams have a salary budget of $2.67 million which is augmented by the league allocation money and could sign a couple of star players.

Both Brunner and Moffat are 24 years old and not considered star players, but are solid role players.

Brunner started 36 games the past two seasons. The graduate of Dublin Scioto High School in Dublin, Ohio and former Ohio State soccer player was acquired from the New York Red Bulls just before the 2009 season.

Moffat, who married the sister of teammate Steven Lenhart last year, started 36 games in four seasons with the Crew.  He played in 24 games this past season after three injury-plagued seasons. He scored five goals and had one assist in his years with the team.

One bright note, Leandre Griffit, was eligible to enter the MLS waiver draft, but the Crew did not make him available. The team is trying to re-sign the French midfielder, who is a goal-scorer and showed alot of promise after the team brought him in during the spring. They’re trying to get a salary for him which is less than what his option year contract called for.

compiled from staff & Columbus Crew news

Believe or not, Hesmer, the goalie saves Crew with stoppage time goal for 2-2 tie

William Hesmer (MLS)

Saturday’s game with Toronto FC looked like another defeat for the Crew until their goaltender, William Hesmer saved the day and helped them get a point.

Toronto led by a goal in second-half stoppage time, but the Crew earned a corner kick.

During the alignment process on the corner kick, Hesmer got the go-ahead from the bench to get involved in the play.

Hesmer raced into the opposite penalty area and joined in the play below the Eddie Gaven corner kick. The ball caromed off the head of Crew teammate Chad Marshall towards Hesmer.

The goalkeeper trapped the ball, settled it and kicked a right-footed shot 8 to 10 yards away that zipped through traffic and into the Toronto net. That helped the Crew tie the game at 2-2.

The Crew needed a point from the game. They are in second-place in the Eastern Conference trailing first-place New York who lost 2-1 at Philadelphia. That cut the Red Bulls lead to one-point with one game remaining.

The Crew beat the Red Bulls twice during the regular season and holds the tie-breaker.

The tie with Toronto earns the Crew the Trillium Cup, which is awarded to the series winner between the two teams.

The Crew’s winless streak was stretched to six games, with just the season finale next Sunday against Philadelphia left to play.

Both teams played with 10 men in the final minutes after Toronto FC goalkeeper Jon Conway flipped Steven Lenhart of the Crew to the ground. The two were ejected following a melee in the 70th minute.

compiled from staff & Columbus Crew news

Down 2-0, Crew battles back for a tie at New England

Steven Lenhart (MLS)

Guillermo Barros Schelotto (MLS)

The Columbus Crew staged a second-half comeback against the New England Revolution Saturday at Gillette Stadium to earn a 2-2 draw and restore its lead atop the Eastern Conference.

The Crew is one point ahead of New York, which defeated L.A. on Friday night.

New England’s Pat Phelan put his team in the lead after two minutes and Shalrie Joseph made the score 2-0 on the Revolution’s first penalty kick of the season after 56 minutes.

Steven Lenhart scored a goal for the Crew six minutes later, off a nice cross from Shaun Francis, to set the stage for a dramatic finish to the game. Guillermo Barros Schelotto scored the tying goal from the penalty spot with 10 minutes left in the game to allow the Crew to garner an important point from the game.

GAME NOTES

* The Crew is 13-7-6 on the season and 44-5 on the road.

* Guillermo Barros Schelotto’s penalty kick gives him a team-leading eight goals.

* Steven Lenhart is now second on the team in goals scored with six.

* Columbus returns to league action next Saturday, October 2, against San Jose at Crew Stadium in a match that will start at 7:30 p.m. and be televised live regionally on ONN-TV.

Info courtesy of the Columbus Crew

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