MLS Regular Season
LAMPSON STEPS IN AND LENDS A HAND
With Andy Gruenebaum sidelined with a shoulder injury, Matt Lampson made his second start of the season last Saturday at Houston ... although the 23-year-old suffered the loss, his one save earned him a “Save of the Week” nomination ... Lampson is now 1-1-0 on the year with a 1.50 goals against average and one shutout -- a cleansheet that he earned in his last Crew Stadium start on July 7 (a 1-0 victory against Portland).
VIANA WITH A SECOND START
Agustin Viana made his second consecutive start at leftback last Saturday at Houston, a promising sign for the Crew newcomer ... the start was Viana’s 10th of the current campaign. ... Viana returned to the starting lineup at Toronto on July 27 for the first time in exactly three months after battling a hamstring injury suffered against D.C. United on April 27.
CREW REMAINS POSITIVE THAT RESULTS WILL COME
Following a tough 3-1 loss at Houston on August 3, Crew players remained optimistic about turning it around this weekend against New York ... Ryan Finley, playing an energetic 45 minutes off the bench, provided a spark for the Crew and led to an own goal received ... said Finley of the loss, “I think we’ve just got to get our heads up. I mean it’s definitely not a work ethic thing at practice or anything like that. I think you just get unlucky sometimes in this sport. The most important thing is we have to stay positive, we have to stay strong in the locker room” ... Dominic Oduro stressed the continued importance of teamwork to battle adversity in pursuit of three points, saying, “We just have to come out as a team right now. We have to stick together. We really have to work as a team. That’s the only way that’s going to work. We got to go back again and regroup. We can’t do it as individuals. But everybody out there, we just have to work as a team and hopefully it will work.”
The Crew will square-off against the New York Red Bulls for the third and final time this season when Thierry Henry and company visit Crew Stadium on Saturday (7:30 p.m. ET / TICKETS). The Black & Gold will look to even up the season series at 1-1-1 after losing and drawing in the first two meetings.
Here is a look back at the last match between the two clubs on May 26 at Red Bull Arena.
Dominic Oduro scored in the second minute of the match to give the Black & Gold an early lead, but had to leave the game after colliding with Red Bulls' goalkeeper Luis Robles. The home team evened things up just past the half-hour mark when Tim Cahill played a long ball over the top to Thierry Henry, who then chipped an oncoming Andy Gruenebaum. The Crew regained the lead in the 71st minute when Justin Meram drew a foul in the box, setting up Federico Higuaín's converted penalty to put the Black & Gold ahead 2-1. The Crew defense staved off several late New York surges, but the Red Bulls' pressure finally paid off in the 91st minute as Jámison Olavé provided a stunning left-footed volley past Gruenebaum to end the match at 2-2 and leave the Crew with one point from the trip to the Big Apple.
MLSSoccer.com's Dan Haiek and Matt Doyle preview this week's matchup between the Crew and the Houston Dynamo.
Saturday brings the second of three meetings between the Columbus Crew and Houston Dynamo (9:00 p.m. ET / FOX Sports Ohio). The two sides drew 1-1 back on June 1 at Crew Stadium in the first match. Before the Black & Gold travels to Houston, here is a look back at the previous clash.
Dynamo defender Warren Creavalle put Houston up 1-0 just after the half-hour mark, finishing off a Dynamo counterattack from Kofi Sarkodie's cross from the right wing. Making his first MLS start, rookie defender Chad Barson drew a penalty in the 68th minute. Captain Federico Higuaín then converted from the penalty spot to level the match at one and help the Black & Gold to a point at home.
No matter where you may be in the world, chances are you'll be able to watch the Crew's match against the Montreal Impact on Saturday. The game will be available in over 100 countries worldwide. For local listings, check the list below.
Al Jazeera (Algeria, Bahrain, Chad, Djibouti, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, UAE and Yemen)
Arena Sport (Former Yugoslavia - except Slovenia)
Astro Supersport (Malaysia, Brunei)
Benfica TV (Portugal, Cape Verde, Angola, Mozambique)
Canal + (France)
C More (Denmark, Norway, Finland, Sweden)
GSP TV (Romania)
Nex- Media (Indonesia)
Prisa TV (Spain)
Rightster (Clips WorldWide)
Setanta Africa (Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Comoros Islands, Congo Brazzaville, Cote d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea Bissau, Guinea Conakry, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, South Africa, St. Helena, Swaziland, Togo, Uganda, Tanzania, Zambia, Zanzibar, Zimbabwe)
Sport Klub (Hungary)
Šport TV (Slovenia)
Sportdigital.tv (Germany, Austria)
TEN Sports (Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka)
After a snowstorm-induced delay, the Crew and Impact finally met on the pitch at Stade Saputo on Sunday, April 14. Montreal striker Marco Di Vaio opened the scoring in the 68th minute, firing a long-distance shot past an outstretched Andy Gruenebaum to give his team the lead. Di Vaio's class would be matched just four minutes later when Crew forward Dominic Oduro blasted a stunning, left-footed volley to the far post and by Impact 'keeper Troy Perkins to level the two sides. The match remained deadlocked for the next 18 minutes as the Crew earned its first point in Montreal.
The Crew will meet up with the Philadelphia Union for the second time this season on Wednesday (7:30 p.m. ET / Univision Deportes, FOX Sports Ohio) in a pivotal Eastern Conference matchup. Before the Black & Gold make their only trip to the City of Brotherly Love this season, here is a look back at the Crew's 1-1 draw with the Union on April 6 in Columbus.
An unmarked Jack McInerney tapped his third goal of the season into an open net from a Danny Cruz-led offensive to give the Union the lead after 34 minutes. Not to be denied a point at home, Eddie Gaven slotted a perfectly-weighted pass to an in-stride Dominic Oduro for a tight-angled finish in the 72nd minute to keep the Crew unbeaten at home against Philadelphia.
MLSSoccer.com's Dan Haiek and Matt Doyle break down the Black & Gold's match against the New York Red Bulls on Sunday, spotlighting the matchup of Tony Tchani against Thierry Henry.
Can the Crew halt New York's six-match unbeaten streak? Find out on Sunday at 5:00 p.m. ET on UniMas and FOX Sports Ohio.
It seems 12th place is the consensus of where the Crew belongs in various media outlets' Power Rankings this week. The Black & Gold moved up in MLSSoccer.com and ProSoccerTalk's rankings, but somehow dropped a spot in Sports Illustrated's table after beating Toronto FC over the weekend.
Here is where the Crew falls in five Power Rankings:
MLSSoccer.com: 12th (13th)
ESPNFC: 12th (12th)
Sports Illustrated: 12th (11th)
ProSoccerTalk: 12th (14th)
Soccer By Ives: 12th (13th)
Last week's ranking in parentheses.