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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.


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* 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.


Brian Ching

Will Bruin














Eddie Gaven

Nemanja Vukovic

Aaron Schoenfeld












Player photos courtesy of the MLS

Goalkeepers shine in 0-0 tie between Crew, Quakes


San Jose goalkeeper and Columbus Crew goalkeeper William Hesmer both made several important saves in preserving a 0-0 tie at Crew Stadium on Saturday night.

There was a crowd of 14,109 in attendance for the exciting game.

Busch, a former Crew player, made six saves and the Earthquakes (5-6-8) saw their winless streak stretch to six games, where they are (0-2-4).

Hesmer collected five saves for the Crew (7-5-7), who in their past seven games have four wins, two losses and a tie.

Hesmer earned his second straight shutout and seventh of the season.

With the tie on Saturday night, the Crew with 28 points, tied New York and Philadelphia for first place in the MLS Eastern Conference.

San Jose was shutout for the fifth time in six games.


* The Crew Juniors Super 20 will be making a return trip to the USL Super 20 League finals with a win in their Midwest Division finale, a 4-1 decision over the Dayton Dutch Lions on July 7.

The Super 20s, coached by Crew technical director Brian Bliss, finished the regular season on top of their division with a record of 8-0-1 and 25 points.

The USL super 20 League Finals will take place July 21-24 in Tampa, Florida. The Crew will be looking to repeat as national champions.

* Andres Mendoza recorded his first MLS assist on Wednesday, June 8, against Real Salt Lake. The milestone was also the team’s 750th all-time. The first ever assist was recovered by Brian McBride in the Crew’s inaugural game at Ohio Stadium on April 14, 1996 against DC United.

* Gahanna Lincoln and Crew Soccer Academy standout Chris Davis traveled with the Crew to Montclair, New Jersey for the MLS Reserve Division match against New York on Monday, May 30. Davis came on as a substitute in the 68th minute, replacing recently signed Home Grown Player Aaron Horton, and proceded to score two goals in the 6-1 game.

The two goals brings Davis’ total to three as he had previously scored the game-winner in the 2-1 Toronto FC match.

* The Crew Juniors U19s, who won last year’s McGuire Cup National Championship, the final step of the 2010 US Youth National Championship Series, were unable to get past the 2011 US Youth Region II finals last June 24-25, despite drawing two games and winning one.

The U19s, coached by Crew technical director Brian Bliss, finished second in their group with five points after drawing the St. Croix Devils in Minnesota 1-1 with a goal by Kofi  Agyapong, beating Illinois 3-2 with goals from Tyler Ranali, William Walker and Alexander Obbey and drawing the Des Moines Menace 1-1 with a goal from Matthew Walker.


Logos courtesy of Major League Soccer



Cunningham nets elusive 133rd career goal; ties all-time MLS record

Jeff Cunningham (courtesy of MLS)

Forward Jeff Cunningham’s elusive 133rd goal finally became a reality in the 90th minute and proved to be the game-winner for the Crew as it defeated the Vancouver Whitecaps FC 1-0 Saturday night.

With his first goal of 2011, Cunningham, is now tied with Jaime Moreno for the Major League Soccer All-time scoring lead, and broke the Crew all-time record of 62 he held with Brian McBride.

Goalkeeper William Hesmer made a season-high seven saves including stopping a penalty shot in the 73rd minute and notched his 40th career shutout.

The Crew played with a man advantage for the eight time this season as midfielder Shea Salinas of Vancouver was sent off in the 77th minute for a hard tackle on Josh Gardner who assisted on Cunningham’s goal 13 minutes later.

The Crew is 7-5-6 on the season, 2-4-3 on the road.


Info courtesy of the Columbus Crew


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.



Fire beats Crew with stoppage time goal, 1-0

Cristian Nazarit (courtesy of MLS)

The Chicago Fire came to Columbus Crew Stadium on Sunday afternoon just hoping to get out of town with a least a tie. After all, they hadn’t won in Columbus, Ohio since 2007 and hadn’t won a game in their previous 11 games.

The law of averages had something better in mind for the Fire.
Chicago’s Cristian Nazarit scored in second-half stoppage time, barely 10 minutes after entering the match off the bench, as the underdog Fire pulled a stunner, beating the Columbus Crew who had not lost at home all season, 1-0.
The Fire ended an 0-4-7 streak and became the first team in 13 games to outshoot the Crew (18-8).
Orr Barouch, another substitute off the bench, set up the game-winning play by taking the ball down the right side of the box that let to a shot into traffic. Crew goalkeeper William Hesmer made the save but Nazarit, was there for the rebound shot.
The Crew drops to 4-4-6 on the season.
Early in the game, the Crew was the aggressor, getting many chances to score, but could not finish their opportunities.
The Crew will travel to the space city of Houston, Texas to take on the Dynamo for the first intra-conference match between the two teams on Saturday June 18. The Dynamo was moved to the Eastern Conference for the 2011 season with the arrival of the two newest expansion teams, Portland and Vancouver being added to the Western Conference.


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