New York Red Bulls
Columbus Crew SC lost its first away match in over two months - after winning four straight - when the Black & Gold fell to the New York Red Bulls on Saturday night. Crew SC took an early lead on a Justin Meram goal in the 10th minute, but the Red Bulls responded quickly, equalizing only two minutes later on a Llyod Sam strike. Bradley Wright-Phillips scored the game winner in the 21st, as Crew SC kept fighting for the equalizer but saw its best a chance - a 75th-minute strike by Federico Higuain - blocked by goalkeeper Luis Robles. Below are a few key numbers to take away from the match.
Gaston Sauro made his second start as a member of the Black & Gold. His debut came on September 6 against FC Dallas, when the defender had to be substituted after a collision with Wil Trapp only five minutes into the match. This time around, Sauro played 86 minutes before being replaced by forward Jack McInerney.
Midfielder Justin Meram's goal was his fifth of the season. The Iraq international has now registered back-to-back seasons of at least five goals. Meram's opener was assisted by defender Harrison Afful, who notched his second helper in seven appearances with Crew SC.
Waylon Francis made his 50th appearance and start for Crew SC. In those 50 appearances the defender has notched 12 assists.
Steve Clark made five saves against the Red Bulls. The goalkeeper now has 104 saves on the season, becoming just the third goalkeeper in club history to reach at least 100 saves in consecutive seasons. He joins Jon Busch (104 in 2003, 132 in 2004) and Mark Dougherty (106 in 1999, 111 in 2000).
Federico Higuain took three corner kicks on Saturday setting a new club record for corners in a single seasson. The midfielder has now taken 137 in total this reason surpassing his previous record of 134.
Saturday will mark the 62nd meeting between Columbus Crew SC and the New York Red Bulls. The series between the two teams has been a fairly tight one over the past 20 seasons with New York holding a slight 27-25-9 advantage.
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D.C. United– 25 pts. | 1-0 loss at Portland Timbers FC, 2-1 win vs. Philadelphia Union, this week: vs. Chicago Fire, vs. Toronto FC
After a 1-0 loss to Portland on Wednesday, D.C. United bounced back strong and snapped a three-game winless streak in a come-from-behind victory against the Philadelphia Union. An early goal from the Union’s Sebastian Le Toux was matched by D.C.’s 85th minute penalty kick from Chris Rolfe. This sealed a United victory at RFK Stadium and extended its lead in the Eastern Conference to four points.
New England Revolution – 21 pts. | 2-2 draw vs. LA Galaxy, this week: at Portland Timbers FC
In a rematch of last season’s MLS Cup Final, the New England Revolution came out of a hard-fought match with two goals and one point as they tied the LA Galaxy 2-2 in a rain-soaked match at Gillette Stadium. An offensive first half left the match tied at two goals apiece at the half, only to stay that way when the final whistle blew. Despite holding on to the majority of the possession in the second half, New England couldn’t find the back of the net for a third time.
New York Red Bulls – 17 pts. | 2-1 loss at Seattle Sounders FC, this week: at Houston Dynamo
Heartbreak struck the New York Red Bulls this weekend after a stoppage-time goal from Seattle’s Chad Barrett that sealed the deal for a 2-1 Sounders' victory. The Red Bulls started off strong with a goal in the 36th minute, as a free kick deflection gave New York's Lloyd Sam an easy sitter to finish in front of the net. But Seattle stood defiant, scoring two goals in the final 22 minutes to steal the win and take over the top spot in the Western Conference.
Toronto FC – 16 pts. | 3-1 win vs. San Jose Earthquakes, this week: at D.C. United
Toronto FC leaps into a tie for fourth place in the East thanks to a team effort offensively. Though trailing San Jose in possession and passing statistics, Toronto connected well as a team with three goals scored by three different players. Toronto extended its home win streak to two games.
Columbus Crew SC – 16 pts. | 2-2 draw at Orlando City SC, this week: at Philadelphia Union, vs. Montreal Impact
Despite conceding a late-game goal, the Black & Gold can hold their heads high after their 2-2 draw at Orlando. Tony Tchani gave the visiting squad the early go-ahead goal thanks to a cross from Hector Jimenez. It gave Tchani the opportunity to capitalize on a header from eight yards out, and that he did. After a far-post penalty shot from Kaká, the Lions leveled the match at 1-1 and resumed to play up a man. Columbus, meanwhile, held well defensively and managed to retake the lead. A counterattacking cross from Waylon Francis found the head of Kei Kamara for his 10th goal of the season. In the end, Columbus fared well despite playing down a man. A powerful low-bearing strike from Pedro Ribeiro evened the match and sent Columbus home with a hard-earned road point.
Chicago Fire – 14 pts. | 3-0 win vs. Montreal Impact, this week: at D.C. United, vs. Orlando City SC
The Chicago Fire ended a four-match winless streak over a Montreal Impact squad that played with only 10 men for a majority of the match. With possession (64.8%), shots on target (11), and crossing opportunities (22) all favoring Chicago, it would have been disappointing for the hometown team not to have reached a winning result. Despite a rain-soaked pitch, the Fire’s high-paced offense remained intact. Goals from defender Jeff Larentowicz, midfielder Harrison Shipp and forward Kennedy Igboananike continues Chicago’s potent offensive play, having scored five goals in the club’s last two matches.
Orlando City SC – 14 pts. | 2-2 draw vs. Columbus Crew SC, this week: at Chicago Fire
An 89th minute goal from Orlando City’s Pedro Ribeiro salvaged a point for the home team. A successful penalty kick from Kaká, his fourth of the season, left the game at a 1-1 tie until Kei Kamara’s 61st minute header gave the visiting squad the lead. After struggling to conjure up any threatening offensive opportunities, Ribeiro-turned-savior provided the missing link, blasting a low driven ball past Crew SC goalkeeper Steve Clark for Orlando City’s game-tying goal.
Philadelphia Union – 12 pts. | 2-1 loss at D.C. United, this week: vs. Columbus Crew SC, vs. NYC FC
The Union witnessed their two-game win streak snapped at the hands of an 85th minute penalty kick, completing a come-from-behind victory for D.C. United. Philadelphia trailed significantly in possession (39.6%) and rarely were the first to fifty-fifty balls, trailing in duels won 41-53. But the road team held it together defensively in the final third until a mishandled cross in the Union’s own box resulted in a hand ball being called. A successful penalty kick from United’s Chris Rolfe translated to D.C.’s game-winning goal.
Montreal Impact – 8 pts. | 3-0 loss at Chicago Fire, this week: vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC, at Columbus Crew SC
Though only having played eight regular season games this season, after a 3-0 loss to the Chicago Fire, Montreal sits in the bottom of the East. After a second yellow card was shown to midfielder Marco Donadel, Montreal became the fifth team to play down a man against the Chicago Fire this season. In the end, Chicago’s speed gave them the possession advantage (64.8%) and the hometown team outshot Montreal by a tally of 20-3, with zero shots on target for Montreal.
NYC FC – 8 pts. | 1-1 vs. Houston Dynamo, this week: at Philadelphia Union
After trading first-half goals, New York City FC and Houston Dynamo played to a 1-1 draw at Yankee Stadium. For New York it was a David Villa penalty kick in first half stoppage-time that kept the home team afloat. However, New York City remains winless in its last 11 games, sitting tied for last in the East with only eight points in 13 regular season games played.
CRUCIAL ROAD TRIP CONCLUDES
After claiming six points from a two-match homestand, the Crew began a three-match road swing and thus far has captured three additional points from the first two matches ... after hitting a snag in a defeat away to New England on October 4, the club completed a two-goal comeback in defeating Philadelphia last weekend ... the trip concluded this weekend with the club’s second trip to Red Bull Arena in 2014 ... following this match, the Crew is set to close-out its 2014 regular season with a home date against the Union on Sunday, October 26.
Discovery Signing Emanuel Pogatetz made his club debut last weekend in Philadelphia, recording seven minutes off the bench to help the Black & Gold close-out the 3-1 victory ... a veteran of the Austrian National Team, the Barclays Premier League and the German Bundesliga, Pogatetz signed with Columbus on September 9.
LOCKED AND LOADED
By virtue of Justin Meram’s goal in Philadelphia, the Crew became one of just five MLS clubs to boast three players with eight goals each in 2014 ... the full list is below:
|Columbus Crew||Higuain (11), Finlay (10), Meram (8)|
|FC Dallas||Perez (10), Castillo (10), Michel (8)|
|Seattle Sounders FC||Martins (17), Dempsey (14), Neagle (8)|
|Portland Timbers||Valeri (11), Adi (9), Urruti (9)|
|LA Galaxy||Keane (19), Zardes (16), Donovan (10)|