[MLS: Playoff Push]
The Columbus Crew won back-to-back games for the first time this season with 2-0 wins over New York and Toronto FC but it is still seven points
out of the playoff tier with 10 games to play. COLUMBUS CREW: Record:
8-11-5 First 10:
3-4-3 Last 10:
4-6-0 THE STORY SO FAR.
The signs aren’t good: head coach
was rebuffed in his efforts to replace defender Glauber
and attacker Eddie Gaven
, both injured and out for the season, and each of the Crew’s last two victories before Saturday's win over Toronto ended three-game losing streaks. RECENT MOVES.
The Hunt Era ended in Columbus with the sale of the team and Crew Stadium for a reported $68 million to Anthony
, whose first home game in charge produced a 2-0 defeat of New York in front of a boisterous crowd. On the field, Justin Meram
from forward to wide midfielder gained traction with a solid game against the Red Bulls and a formation tweak necessitated by injuries to Matias Sanchez
worked out well. STYLE POINTS.
Moments for the Crew like Federico Higuain
’s elegant chip that floated over the head of keeper Luis Robles
into the net have been relatively few this season. But he
has back-to-back braces and nine goals and six assists in 24 games. Dominic Oduro
has used his searing pace to also score nine goals. Injuries have pushed
homegrown signings Chad Barson
and Wil Trapp
into action lately to varying results. NEEDS WORK.
Three weeks ago, the Crew lost for the first time in Toronto, and a loss in Houston a week later dropped its road record to
3-7-2. It isn’t all that great at home, either, with a 5-4-3 mark. There isn’t much punch beyond Higuain and Oduro; the rest of the team has scored just 11 goals, with merely two goals by
among the low spots. FINAL ANSWER.
Until back-to-back wins with all four goals coming from
Higuain, this didn’t look like a playoff team. REMAINING SCHEDULE:
August 24: @Real Salt Lake
August 31: Seattle
September 7: @Sporting KC
September 14: @Montreal
September 21: Chicago
September 29: @FC Dallas
October 5: Sporting KC
October 19: @New England
October 27: New England Playoff Push Series: Chicago Houston Montreal New
England New York Philadelphia Portland San Jose Seattle Sporting KC Vancouver