Sporting KC put together a classic road victory over the Columbus Crew winning 2-0 on Saturday night in Columbus. KC scored in the 6th minute when Peterson Joseph caressed a through pass to Jacob Peterson who calmly slipped the ball past Crew keeper Andy Gruenebaum.
When the Crew pushed for a late equalizer Sporting’s Kei Kamara found Teal Bunbury on the counter to make it two to nil in the 82nd minute sealing the Crew’s fate. Wow! What a match report, right. That’s about all Sporting KC did on the night and the stats back up the statement. With Columbus first then Sporting KC here are some stats on the one-sided match.
Attempts on goal 18/6
Shots on Goal 4/2 That’s right, 2 shots on goal resulting in 2 goals for KC
Open Play Crosses 15/3
Total Passes 439/269
KC sat very deep after the first goal and were content with letting Columbus build from the back. The Black and Gold had no pressure on the ball until they crossed out of their own half.
When the Crew did get to play in the final third they carried a threat. In the 24th minute Crew’s Josh Williams had a few good touches in the KC penalty area before setting up Emilio Renteria who then blasted a shot into the side netting.
Emilio seemed to have endless energy throughout the match. He was caught offside a few times and didn’t hesitate to complain to the ref showing his growing frustration. Just after halftime Eddie Gaven sent a beautiful cross to Justin Meram who’s header smacked off the top crossbar.
Columbus were getting close to equalizing but frustrations grew as the match progressed. In the 68th minute Sporting’s Paulo Nagamura brought down Emilio Renteria who was then shown a yellow card for an attempted head butt on Nagamura.
Emilio’s offside calls and his attempts on goal that flew into the 30th row were factors of his growing tension that boiled over. Shortly after the melee, Renteria received a pass at the top of the KC penalty box and displayed an exquisite first touch to slip between the two central defenders only to have his shot stuffed by a charging Jimmy Nielsen.
It was by far the best chance for an equalizer for the Crew. In pushing for the late draw Columbus were hit on the counter by a team that sat so deep resulting in ZERO offside calls against Sporting KC.
The Crew made major changes to the starting eleven as coach Robert Warzycha said in his post game press conference, “we haven’t been playing good so we needed to change the line up.”
The Crew have lost three of the last four matches and meet up with 2nd place DC United next weekend. 17,588 fans sat through a lopsided match as the Columbus Crew remain on on 22 points at a 6-7-4 record.
Sporting KC hold top spot in the East on 36 points at a 11-5-3 record and will battle Houston midweek. Crew coach Warzycha summed it up best with his post match statement, “we made two mistakes, they had two chances, and obviously they scored on both of them.”
Crew fans turned up on a beautiful day in Columbus for the Eddie Gaven show and a Flogging Molly concert. Gaven led the Crew with a goal and an assist extinguishing the Chicago Fire 2 to 1.
Afterwards the fans were treated to a complimentary Rock and Roll concert. Soccer and music, does it get any better? It only took 9 minutes for Columbus to get on the scoreboard. Crew’s Shaun Francis found Eddie Gaven who crushed a shot beating keeper Sean Johnson at his near post.
Francis looked to be Crew’s best attacking player. He showed attacking prowess on the flanks by sending in crosses and defensive stoutness by winning balls and clearing headers. In the 43rd minute Francis found Gaven who set up an Emilio Renteria strike that found its way to the back of the net.
Just after the goal was scored Emilio had another glorious chance miss just wide of the mark. Columbus controlled most of the first half with Chicago looking lifeless without Dominic Oduro on the pitch. The Crew went into halftime leading 2 to nil and the pack of traveling Fire fans expected changes to start the second half.
Oduro was subbed on at the start of the half and gave Chicago the much need spark on offensive that they were lacking in the first half. From the very start Chicago looked more dangerous with Oduro’s speed and creative play. Besides Dilly Duka hitting the crossbar in the 52nd minute, the Fire looked more likely the team to score.
In the 72minute Chicago got the goal they had been pushing for in the second half. A Fire corner led to a shot on goal which Eddie Gaven headed off the line but Columbus didn’t clear their lines. Another cross was sent in by Dan Paladini and Austin Berry’s header nestled in the net making it 2 to 1 on the night. The Chicago fire continued to push for an equalizer but the Crew defense held out for the three points.
Columbus is now on 18 points and in 4th place with Chicago but more importantly the Crew are improving. Shaun Francis is looking like he has settled in and veteran Eddie Gave is in fine form.
The Crew will take a break from MLS fixtures until June 16th when they travel to New England. As far as the concert, I only hope they continue the post game celebrations with more bands.
Maybe the attendance will increase because 16,024 is close to full but not enough.
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It was a beautiful day for soccer in Columbus but a not so beautiful first half display by the Crew.
Thierry Henry and Kenny Cooper both bagged braces for the second time this season as the New York Red Bulls beat the Columbus Crew 4 to 1 in a tale of two half’s.
From the opening kick off to the half time whistle New York bossed Columbus showing us why they are the hottest team in the MLS. Before I could sit down in the press box the Red Bulls were on the scorecard.
Henry assisted a Kenny Cooper goal in the 3rd minute and Cooper added another unassisted goal ten minutes later. New York showed poise in possession and strength on defense. Besides a few free-kicks in to the box, Columbus showed very little attacking prowess.
At the 18th minute mark Dane Richards had a powerful shot miss wide right and I remember thinking that this could be a blow out. Every other line in my game notes read: COLUMBUS IS GIVING NY WAY TOO MUCH SPACE.