Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America Classifieds
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
3. MLS: Crew gets goals, but still winless
April 20th, 2007 2:49AM

MOST READ

MOST COMMENTED

By Ridge Mahoney

The Crew is still winless, but no longer is it goalless, and while tying New England, 2-2, Thursday night at Crew Stadium it exposed a few weak spots in a depleted Revs' lineup.

James Riley, stepping in for the injured Michael Parkhurst in central defense, let a Frankie Hejduk cross skip under his foot for substitute Kei Kamara to slam home the tying goal in the 86th minute.

Both Smith and Riley have played well so far this season but it is an indication of a heightened intensity already evident in matches played around the league that gaffes are far less likely to go unpunished.

Young Brazilian Ricardo Virtuoso started on the left side for Columbus and his feints and flicks befuddled the Revs' defense on a few occasions and Steve Ralston had to drop far back to help contain him. Virtuoso had been slow to get into shape during preseason because of injuries but lasted 62 minutes before being replaced by Brad Evans, who set up Hejduk's run and cross with a diagonal ball out of midfield.

The Revs, too, exploited their opponent's soft spots. Taylor Twellman scored New England's second goal by spinning away from a Danny O'Rourke challenge at the midfield line and setting sail for goal through a vast chasm eerily unoccupied. No defender could cover for O'Rourke's missed tackle and Twellman ran freely at the backpedaling back line before nailing a blast into the bottom corner from 25 yards out.

Ned Grabavoy opened the scoring in the eighth minute with a low shot that caromed into the net off Shalrie Joseph, yet two minutes later, rookie Adam Cristman pushed a deflected ball into the path of Andy Dorman as a quartet of Crew defenders watched. Dorman coolly rolled the ball past Andy Gruenebaum to make it 1-1.

Last January, Columbus coach Sigi Schmid traded to get striker Andy Herron from the Fire, hoping his power and speed would add scoring punch. Herron threatened a couple of times, but drilled one shot wide and keeper Matt Reis repelled another.

Herron's volatile temper flared again in this game; while jostling in the penalty area as a free kick was about to be taken, he threw his right elbow into Jay Heaps' face, perhaps in retaliation for Heaps' foul that resulted in the free kick and a yellow card. Salazar, who otherwise officiated crisply, missed this incident but it will be reviewed the MLS Disciplinary Committee on Friday and a lengthy suspension is likely.

April 19 in Columbus
Columbus 2 New England 2.
Goals:
Grabavoy (Virtuoso, Ngwenya) 8, Kamara (Hejduk, Evans) 86; Dorman (Cristman) 10, Twellman 38.
Columbus - Gruenebaum, Hejduk, Gonzalez, Hendrickson, Pierce, Ngwenya (Kamara, 69), Grabavoy, O'Rourke, Gaven, Herron, Virtuoso (Evans, 62).
New England - Reis, Heaps, Riley, John, Ralston, Dorman, Joseph, Larentowicz, Smith (Thompson, 60), Twellman, Cristman (Noonan, 66).
Yellow Cards: Columbus - Grabavoy 49, Hejduk 82, Pierce 94+; New England - Heaps 42, Larentowicz 76.
Referee: Ricardo Salazar.
Att.: 13,290.



No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
Where to Watch European Soccer    
Here are 329 places Soccer America readers recommend where you should go to watch soccer for ...
Mario Goetze's beautiful backward nutmeg on Brecko    
[VIDEO PICK: Skills] Mario Goetze, Germany's World Cup final hero, not only has a nose for ...
This season's most amazing free kick so far    
[VIDEO PICK: Golazo] You can hardly blame Hamburg SV goalkeeper Jaroslav Drobny for remaining rooted to ...
Soccer America Power Rankings    
[MLS: Week 29] Robbie Keane ran wild in the major-market matchup of Designated Players to keep ...
What They're Saying: Landon Donovan    
"I've always tried to be a guy who makes the right play in front of the ...
Onus on Cavani for PSG against Barcelona    
[UCL: Three Games to Watch] Paris St. Germain-Barcelona is the marquee match of Matchday 2 in ...
What They're Saying: Paul McGinley    
"I bounced ideas off him all week, he didn't preach to me, he didn't tell me ...
MLS's nouveau riche dominate millionaire club    
[MAKING A LIST] Big money has been flowing into Major League Soccer. Of the 15 players ...
USA and Brazil to play U-23 match in Brasilia    
[DATEBOOK] The U.S. World Cup team never got to Brasilia, falling in the round of 16 ...
Report: Chivas USA set to go on hiatus after 2014 season    
[MLS SPOTLIGHT] The news should come as no surprise. Chivas USA, sold back to MLS by ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives