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Re: Columbus Crew Discussion
« Reply #330 on: February 03, 2010, 09:52:23 AM »
Two MLS/Crew news items from The Dispatch's Columbus Crew blog:

  • Major League Soccer and its players union have agreed to continue to negotiate a new collective bargaining agreement through Feb. 12, delaying any potential work stoppage.

  • Tickets to the Crew's March 9 Champions League quarterfinal opener against Toluca are on sale via Ticketmaster and the stadium box office.  Prices range from $25-$45.

Full blog entry at http://blog.dispatch.com/crew/2010/01/mls_union_agree_to_negotiate_t.shtml
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Re: Columbus Crew Discussion
« Reply #331 on: February 03, 2010, 10:02:28 AM »
Crew heads to camp searching for scoring punch
Sunday,  January 31, 2010 - 3:29 AM
By Shawn Mitchell
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The collective-bargaining agreement between Major League Soccer and its players union will expire tonight.  There will be no work stoppage.  The sides have agreed to continue to negotiate and proceed with the preseason, at least for two more weeks.  That has bought the Crew enough time to head to Bradenton, Florida and turn its attention to another matter: Who will score the Crew's goals this season?

The Crew scored 50 goals in the championship season of 2008, second in MLS.  It scored 41 last year, fifth of 15 teams.  In both seasons, the Crew, with a goals-by-committee offense, was the league's best team in the regular season.  But Coach Warzycha, more comfortable winning 4-2 than 1-0, wants more from his forwards.

Guillermo Barros Schelotto led the Crew with 12 goals, tied for third in MLS.  He is the first Crew player to score a dozen goals in a season since Brian McBride in 2003.  But Schelotto at his best is more starter than finisher.  He needs a partner, a true forward to strike with speed, power and consistency.  Garey has scored more goals per minutes played than any player other than Schelotto.  He seems the most likely candidate to replace Moreno and, ideally, produce more than the 20 goals that Moreno contributed in his three seasons.

Full article at http://www.crewxtra.com/live/content/sports/stories/2010/01/31/crew_1-31.ART0_ART_01-31-10_C5_HNGF06J.html?sid=101
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Re: Columbus Crew Discussion
« Reply #332 on: February 05, 2010, 08:36:59 AM »
2010 Crew MLS schedule

March
03/27 - Saturday Toronto 4:00 p.m. ONN
April
04/10 - Saturday at FC Dallas 8:30 p.m. ONN
04/24 - Saturday Real Salt Lake 7:30 p.m. ONN
May
05/01 - Saturday at Seattle 10:30 p.m. ONN
05/08 - Saturday New England 7:00 p.m. FSC
05/15 - Saturday Chivas USA 7:30 p.m. ONN
05/20 - Thursday at New York 8:00 p.m. ESPN2
05/23 - Sunday at Kansas City 4:00 p.m. ONN
05/29 - Saturday LA Galaxy 7:30 p.m. ONN
June
06/02 - Wednesday at San Jose 10:00 p.m. ONN
06/05 - Saturday at Colorado TBD ONN
06/26 - Saturday D.C. United 7:30 p.m. ONN
July
07/03 - Saturday Chicago 8:00 p.m. FSC
07/10 - Saturday at Houston 8:30 p.m. ONN
07/14 - Wednesday Kansas City 7:30 p.m. ONN
07/17 - Saturday New York 7:30 p.m. ONN
07/24 - Saturday Houston 7:30 p.m. ONN
07/31 - Saturday at Chivas USA 10:30 p.m. ONN
August
08/05 - Thursday at Philadelphia 8:00 p.m. ESPN2
08/14 - Saturday at Real Salt Lake 9:00 p.m. ONN
08/21 - Saturday Colorado 7:30 p.m. ONN
08/28 - Saturday FC Dallas 4:00 p.m. ONN/Telefutura
September
09/04 - Saturday at D.C. United 7:30 p.m. FSC
09/11 - Saturday at LA Galaxy 10:30 p.m. ONN
09/18 - Saturday Seattle 7:30 p.m. ONN
09/25 - Saturday at New England 7:30 p.m. ONN
October
10/02 - Saturday San Jose 7:30 p.m. ONN
10/08 - Friday at Chicago 8:30 p.m. ONN
10/16 - Saturday at Toronto FC 4:00 p.m. ONN
10/24 - Sunday Philadelphia 4:00 p.m. ONN

More at http://blog.dispatch.com/crew/2010/02/2010_crew_mls_schedule_updated.shtml
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Re: Columbus Crew Discussion
« Reply #333 on: February 11, 2010, 05:25:39 PM »
Crew signs striker to replace Moreno
Saturday,  February 6, 2010 - 2:55 AM
By Shawn Mitchell, The Columbus Dispatch


The Crew filled what it considered the biggest chink in its armor yesterday, signing Colombian striker Sergio Herrera.  He is the leading candidate to replace veteran Alejandro Moreno, who was selected by the Philadelphia Union in the expansion draft.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but Herrera is expected to make more than $200,000 in 2010 and will be one of the Crew's highest-paid players.  His contract is guaranteed for one season, with a club option for three more.

Herrera, 28, spent 2007-2009 with Deportivo Cali of the Colombian national league, scoring 26 times in 92 games.  He has also played in the top leagues in Brazil and Saudi Arabia in a 10-year pro career.  Herrera has scored four goals in 11 appearances with the Colombian national team.

Full article at http://www.crewxtra.com/live/content/sports/stories/2010/02/06/crew_2-6.ART_ART_02-06-10_C3_48GH1PO.html?sid=101
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Re: Columbus Crew Discussion
« Reply #334 on: February 11, 2010, 05:33:35 PM »
Schelotto feels at home here
Crew playmaker says returning to Columbus worth smaller paycheck

Sunday,  February 7, 2010 - 3:41 AM
By Shawn Mitchell
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According to team officials, the Crew needed room to wiggle under the salary cap.  An aging Schelotto would have to be stripped of his designated-player status, which allowed the Crew to pay him above the league maximum.  He would have to take a pay cut, in part to create space for Friday's signing of Colombian striker Sergio Herrera.

After some wrangling, Schelotto agreed to a deal that sources say will pay him more than the $250,000 he was originally offered but less than the $650,000 he made last season -- and far less than the $1 million first floated by Schelotto and his agent last summer.  Other MLS teams might have been willing to trade for the rights to Schelotto and perhaps pay him more.  And as is usually the case in the offseason, Argentine clubs were vying for his services.

So why would a player of Schelotto's stature -- 18 championships and an icon in Buenos Aires -- agree to such a deal?  "I come back because I like Columbus," he said.  "We needed to fix some numbers on the new contract, but most important for me was to (stay) in Columbus. The United States is beautiful, but I love Columbus. It is best."

Full article at http://www.crewxtra.com/live/content/sports/stories/2010/02/07/crew_2-7.ART_ART_02-07-10_C3_I7GH1AL.html?sid=101
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Re: Columbus Crew Discussion
« Reply #335 on: March 03, 2010, 04:40:35 PM »
Hejduk, Schelotto suspended for game
Tuesday,  March 2, 2010 - 2:51 AM
By Shawn Mitchell, The Columbus Dispatch


Crew captain Frankie Hejduk and star forward Guillermo Barros Schelotto are suspended and will not play against Mexican club Toluca in the opener of a CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal series next Tuesday, March 9 in Columbus Crew Stadium.

Hejduk and Schelotto earned one-game suspensions from CONCACAF for yellow cards they accumulated in the group stage.  Defender Danny O'Rourke is expected to take Hejduk's place in the lineup at right back.  Crew coach Robert Warzycha has several options to replace Schelotto, including new Colombian striker Sergio Herrera.

FULL ARTICLE: http://www.crewxtra.com/live/content/sports/stories/2010/03/02/hejduk-schelotto-suspended-for-game.html?sid=101
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Re: Columbus Crew Discussion
« Reply #336 on: March 03, 2010, 10:06:00 PM »
And Zayner got hurt and probably out 4-6 weeks.

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Re: Columbus Crew Discussion
« Reply #337 on: March 07, 2010, 12:17:37 PM »
Sheesh.  Crew players are dropping left and right...

Marshall to miss match vs. Toluca
Friday,  March 5, 2010 - 3:41 AM
By Shawn Mitchell, The Columbus Dispatch


All-Star defender Chad Marshall has joined the growing list of Crew players who will not participate in a Champions League quarterfinal Tuesday.  Marshall suffered a hamstring injury during preseason practice in Arizona last week that will keep him out of both quarterfinal games against Toluca of Mexico and could keep him from playing in the Major League Soccer opener March 27 against Toronto FC.

The Crew defense will be seriously short-handed during Tuesday's opener.  Marshall and defender Jed Zayner (knee) will miss the game because of injuries.  Right back and team captain Frankie Hejduk and star forward Guillermo Barros Schelotto will serve a one-game suspension because of caution accumulation.

FULL ARTICLE: http://www.crewxtra.com/live/content/sports/stories/2010/03/05/marshall-to-miss-match-vs--toluca.html
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Re: Columbus Crew Discussion
« Reply #338 on: March 09, 2010, 12:40:32 PM »
Just in time for tonight's Champions League match with Toluca - an unexpected honor for our Crew Stadium...

From: http://blackandgoldstandard.com/?p=2750

Stadia Magazine names Crew Stadium #1 stadium of the decade



LINK: FULL ARTICLE AT STADIA MAGAZINE
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Re: Columbus Crew Discussion
« Reply #339 on: March 10, 2010, 08:24:55 AM »
Toluca 2, Crew 2: Lenhart's two goals steal a tie

Bad first half.  Great second half.  It looked like a shorthanded Columbus Crew team was going to be way behind the Mexican Toluca team after trailing 2-0 at halftime in the opening game of the home-and-home, total-goal Champions League quarterfinal.  But the Crew rallied to tie on two brilliant second half goals by Steven Lenhart.  Lenhart scored his first goal after chesting an Epko pass onto his right foot in the 66th minute.  The tying goal came after a nice entry pass from Renteria to Lenhart in the 84th minute. 

According to the article linked above: "Lenhart's goals put Toluca and the Crew on near equal footing heading into the second game next Wednesday in Toluca.  To advance, the Crew must win or score at least three goals in a tie to advance because of how CONCACAF uses goals scored on the road as a tiebreaker."  and  "No MLS team has ever won a game in Mexico."
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Re: Columbus Crew Discussion
« Reply #340 on: March 10, 2010, 08:58:30 AM »
I'm pretty sure there were more Toluca fans there than Crew fans, though I think many were willing to cheer for both teams when they scored. The parking lot was an embarrassment yet again. Multiple folks got stuck in the mud.

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Re: Columbus Crew Discussion
« Reply #341 on: March 14, 2010, 10:07:49 AM »
Not very good news on the Major League Soccer labor front...

MLS PLAYERS UNION VOTES TO STRIKE IF NECESSARY
MLS players unified behind possibility of strike

By Jeff Carlisle, Special to ESPNsoccernet
March 12, 2010


For weeks, the MLS Players Union has insisted that it was unified enough to initiate a work stoppage.  On Thursday, the players moved a step closer to proving their point, with multiple sources indicating that they voted 383-2 to go on strike if a new collective bargaining agreement between the union and MLS has not been agreed upon by 12:01 a.m. ET on March 23.

The vote, which was conducted March 1 by secret ballot, grants the union's Bargaining Committee the authority to call a strike.  Barring a settlement or change in plan, the work stoppage is set to begin just two days before the first game of the season, between Seattle Sounders FC and the expansion Philadelphia Union.

The vote is the clearest indication yet of the lengths the union will go to in order to obtain more guaranteed contracts, fewer unilateral contract options, and some form of free agency for out-of-contract players.

FULL ARTICLE: http://soccernet.espn.go.com/columns/story?id=754600&sec=mls&root=mls&cc=5901
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Re: Columbus Crew Discussion
« Reply #342 on: March 17, 2010, 01:28:29 PM »
The Crew play the second game of the home-and-home Champions League quarterfinal with Toluca tonight.  Its in Mexico but will be televised on the Fox Soccer Channel at 8PM. 

To whet your appetite, here are the highlights from last week's 2-2 game at Crew Stadium: http://www.concacaf.com/page/CL/Video/HighlightsDetail2/0,,12813~1989335,00.html

For the Crew to advance, they will need either a win or a tie of 3-3 or greater.  A 2-2 tie will send the game into overtime and then PK's, if still tied.  A 0-0 or 1-1 tie will allow Toluca to advance.  Champions League uses away game goals as a tie-breaker.
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« Reply #343 on: March 17, 2010, 09:38:48 PM »
It looked for a while like the Crew might advance past Toluca into Champions League semifinals.  The Crew took a 1-0 lead into halftime on a Schelotto penalty kick from a Toluca handball-in-the-box penalty.  But Toluca started the second half strong with a penalty kick goal in the 47th minute and a beautiful free kick goal by Toluca's captain in the 57th minute to take a 2-1 lead. 

The Crew rallied to a 2-2 tie in the 70th minute.  Lenhart kicked a beautiful crossing pass from O'Rourke into the right post - which deflected to Schelotto who knocked it into the net.  A 2-2 tie would have been enough to force an overtime.  But the Crew's hopes of advancing were short lived.  Toluca's captain scored another, almost identical, free kick goal in the 72th minute.  Then Lenhart received a red card for an off-the-ball incident in the 80th minute.  Toluca wins 3-2 and advances to the semis.
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Re: Columbus Crew Discussion
« Reply #344 on: March 17, 2010, 11:06:40 PM »
Who carries their games?  FSN?

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« Reply #345 on: March 18, 2010, 08:02:44 AM »
The two Champions League were on FSC (Fox Soccer Channel) - which I get on my satellite dish.  :-)

Most of the regular season games are on ONN (Ohio News Network) - which I don't get on my satellite dish.  :-( 

A few regular season games are on the 2010 schedule will be on FSC and ESPN2.
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Re: Columbus Crew Discussion
« Reply #346 on: March 18, 2010, 09:21:53 AM »
The two Champions League were on FSC (Fox Soccer Channel) - which I get on my satellite dish.  :-)

Most of the regular season games are on ONN (Ohio News Network) - which I don't get on my satellite dish.  :-( 

A few regular season games are on the 2010 schedule will be on FSC and ESPN2.

Thanks!  You hear about how they want to keep Donovan @ Everton?  They have a facebook fanpage to keep him there with like 11,000 members.  Nice to see MLS players making a splash, legitimizes the league.  Now only if we can go deep into the World Cup...

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« Reply #347 on: March 22, 2010, 04:32:31 PM »
Great news for MLS!  Any work stoppage would have been bad for the league.  And now the Crew can focus on this weekend's game against Toronto.

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER
League, players resolve labor issues
Season to start on time after lengthy bargaining sessions

Sunday,  March 21, 2010
By Shawn Mitchell, The Columbus Dispatch


Major League Soccer players will not strike and the season will start as scheduled after the league and its players union agreed in principle to a new collective-bargaining agreement.  The five-year deal was signed shortly before 1 p.m. yesterday and followed months of negotiations.

A marathon session that included officials from both sides and more than 20 players began Thursday in Washington, one week before the season's opening game, and continued overnight Friday and into yesterday morning.

The Crew will open its season at 4 p.m. Saturday when it plays host to Toronto FC.

FULL ARTICLE: http://www.crewxtra.com/live/content/sports/stories/2010/03/21/league-players-resolve-labor-issues.html?sid=101

More from ESPN'S Soccernet: MLS avoids strike with 5-year CBA
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Re: Columbus Crew Discussion
« Reply #348 on: March 23, 2010, 07:14:47 PM »
Very good news! A strike would have been horrible for the league. It should be an exciting year for the mls with the new team in philly,new stadium for new york,a second year to build upon for seattle,and hopefully more interest in us soccer from the world cup.

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Re: Columbus Crew Discussion
« Reply #349 on: March 23, 2010, 08:30:48 PM »
Very good news! A strike would have been horrible for the league. It should be an exciting year for the mls with the new team in philly,new stadium for new york,a second year to build upon for seattle,and hopefully more interest in us soccer from the world cup.

The Red Bull Stadium in NY is amazing here is a link for those interested to its construction thread @skyscraperpage.com
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Re: Columbus Crew Discussion
« Reply #350 on: March 24, 2010, 08:54:56 AM »
Very good news! A strike would have been horrible for the league. It should be an exciting year for the mls with the new team in philly,new stadium for new york,a second year to build upon for seattle,and hopefully more interest in us soccer from the world cup.

The Red Bull Stadium in NY is amazing here is a link for those interested to its construction thread @skyscraperpage.com
http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/showthread.php?t=129467&page=5&highlight=bull

I'm extremely excited for this MLS season with Philadelphia joining the league and the World Cup in June, and next year's season with the introduction of Portland and Vancouver is going to be even bigger! 

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Re: Columbus Crew Discussion
« Reply #351 on: March 27, 2010, 05:13:47 PM »
Crew beat Toronto FC 2-0.

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« Reply #352 on: March 28, 2010, 10:16:30 AM »
Crew beat Toronto FC 2-0.

I only got to hear the first half on radio before rejoining March Madness.  But from what I've seen on the recap coverage, the Crew easily could have won by an even greater margin.  The Crew played well and Toronto is in disarray right now. 

Schelotto's season is starting strong with a beautiful Andy Iro headed goal from GBS in the first half and a goal for GBS himself in the second.  Good season opener all around for the Crew.  Good job of taking care of business against Toronto.
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« Reply #353 on: April 12, 2010, 11:12:56 AM »
Crew 2, FC Dallas 2

FRISCO, Texas -- FC Dallas midfielder Eric Avila's tying strike at 93+ capped a wild finish in Pizza Hut Park tonight.  Avila scored for Dallas with a deft strike from 19 yards or so.  The Crew doffed its cap to the 75th-minute sub for the fine goal but took issue with novice referee Jasen Anno for the sequence that led up to the goal.

"It's a shame that it has to be decided on a play like that," said Crew defender Frankie Hejduk.

The play, or plays, that Hejduk referred to was a sequence that included a quick start on a free kick and a non-call of an Avila handball that TV replays which were immediately available did not conclusively capture.  The sequence, which included a reaction save of a David Ferreira shot by Crew keeper William Hesmer, left the Crew incensed.  Danny O'Rourke, who earlier was whistled for a penalty, was sent off in the final seconds for his unsporting reaction to Anno's management.

"A point away from home is a point away from home but you donít want to lose on the last kick,Ē Crew coach Robert Warzycha said, signaling exactly how the Crew viewed the tie.

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« Reply #354 on: April 12, 2010, 11:48:48 AM »
I didn't get to catch Saturday night's match between the Crew and FC Dallas.  But it looks like the Crew either let a road win slip away or they got jobbed into the tie - depending on your perspective.  You can decide for yourself by viewing this 5 minute 38 second broadcast highlight video from YouTube below.  The controversial series of plays starts at the 4:30 mark.  The viewer shows up kind of small here.  If you click on the viewer link and watch at YouTube it's larger and clearer.

Columbus Crew 2 - 2 FC Dallas - Game Highlights - 04/10/10


What the Crew players were most upset about was an apparent handball from FC Dallas' Avila just before he struck the tying goal.  An Avila handball is not very apparent in the broadcast at full speed or in the replays.  But someone posted a link to this screenshot at the Crew blog of the play in question:



It sure looks like Avila stopped the ball with his arm to set up his game-tying kick.  Which probably why Schelotto, who was closest to Avila, immediately went to the referee to protest.  Missed call or the breaks of the game?   

In any event, the Crew will have two weeks to think about the two points that got away against Dallas.  The Crew does not play again until they host defending MLS Cup champions Real Salt Lake on April 24.
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« Reply #355 on: May 03, 2010, 02:03:38 PM »
Catching up on the Crew's last two matches.  The first match was from the previous weekend in a rainy Crew Stadium against defending MLS Cup Champion Real Salt Lake.  The second match was from last Saturday at Seattle in a sold-out Qwest Field.  Because of two very early season bye weeks, the Crew has played less games than any other MLS team.  And the Crew doesn't look like they're playing near mid-season form yet.  But they still managed a home win against RSL and a road tie at Seattle - one of the toughest venues in the league.  So, despite grinding away some of their recent games, the Crew holds a solid 2-0-2 record. 

Below are recaps of the RSL and Seattle matches:

Columbus Crew 1 | Real Salt Lake 0 - Ugly win gets Crew's point across

Columbus Crew 1 | Seattle Sounders 1 - Crew grinds way to road point
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Re: Columbus Crew Discussion
« Reply #356 on: May 05, 2010, 08:46:17 PM »
^Nice way to split the evening with an old friend.

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« Reply #357 on: May 06, 2010, 08:28:10 AM »
does anyone know who on the crew will be in the world cup?

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« Reply #358 on: May 06, 2010, 10:45:52 PM »
Frankie Hejduk might be. Chad Marshall, Robbie Rogers, Eddie Gaven spent some time with the national team but I don't see them making it to the world cup. I'm not even sure Hejduk has a great chance.

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« Reply #359 on: May 07, 2010, 11:48:17 AM »
Hejduk will get a chance because he is a veteran of previous WC's and adds a good locker room presence for some of the younger guys.  Plus he will be solid as a reserve.  Chad Marshell and Robbie Rodgers will get invited to the upcoming camp, but not sure if they will make it.