by Kevin Noonan
Save Importance: Leo Fernandes provided an instant spark for the Union when he was subbed into the game in the 55th minute. Although the Crew led 2-0 at the half, thanks to a pair of goals from Bernardo Anor, Fernandes cut the deficit to one goal after poking home a Sebastian Le Toux cross in the 62nd minute.
Clark, however, would not be beaten a second time by the young midfielder. The 71st-minute stop from the Crew 'keeper ensured a second consecutive victory to open the year, as the Black & Gold defeated the Union, 2-1. The win also marked the first home victory of the season. For Clark, he was able to win his first ever match in front of the fans at Crew Stadium.
Save Difficulty: Giancarlo Gonzalez attempted to block the initial shot from Maurice Edu. While Gonzalez was able to get a piece of it, the ball trickled out to an opportunistic Fernandes who was at the right place at the right time.
Despite being the last player of the Crew defense between Fernandes and the net, Clark was able to make a confident stop. Gonzalez then was able to clear any potential rebound attempt to preserve the one goal advantage.
Kevan George hit a milestone by making his 10th all-time appearance for Trinidad & Tobago, but the Soca Warriors dropped the 2014 Caribbean Cup Final to Jamaica on penalties.
George entered the match after the first period of extra time, in the 105th minute. Scoreless through all 120 minutes of play, Jamaica won 4-3 on penalties to take the tournament title and qualify for the Copa América Centenario.
The Crew SC midfielder made two substitute appearances throughout the tournament. By virtue of finishing in the top four, Trinidad & Tobago earned qualification for the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup.
Playing its final match at the 2014 Marbella Cup, the United States U-20 Men's National Team fell 1-0 to Canada in a match where Crew midfielder Romain Gall started, earning his sixth international appearance with the U-20s.
Gall played the full match for the Americans and finished the tournament with two starts and one substitute appearance. He scored twice in his first start, in the team's opener against Russia's youth setup.
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In partnership with the United Way of Central Ohio, Crew defender Josh Williams recently surprised children of the Children’s Hunger Alliance’s after school program with books donated by Crew fans earlier in the season during the Get a Kick out of Reading book drive. Williams spoke to the kids about the importance of reading and staying in school, and helped them pick out books to take home.
Justin Meram again started for Iraq to earn his second cap as the Lions of Mesopotamia drew against Oman in their second match at the 2014 Gulf Cup of Nations.
Yaser Al-Kadefaje scored in the 14th minute on a scramble following a corner kick to put Iraq ahead, but Ahmed Almahaijri's penalty in the 51st minute leveled the match. Neither side could find a winner down the stretch.
Iraq has one match remaining in the Group Stage, set to be played on Thursday, November 20. The Lions of Mesopotamia can advance if they beat the United Arab Emirates, coupled with a Kuwait win over Oman.
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Crew midfielder Kevan George earned his ninth international cap for Trinidad and Tobago with a start in yesterday's Group A finale at the 2014 Caribbean Cup.
George and the Soca Warriors drew with Cuba, 0-0, securing the Group A victory with seven points from three matches (2-0-1).
Having already clinched qualification for the 2015 Gold Cup by virtue of their performance, George and his teammates will next look to capture the Caribbean Cup tournament title. The Soca Warriors advanced to the Final of the tournament and will face the winner of Group B for the championship. That opponent will be either Haiti or host nation Jamaica.
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Crew midfielder Romain Gall made a substitute appearance in the United States U-20 Men's National Team's victory over the Republic of Ireland's U-20s in the Americans' second match at the 2014 Marbella U-21 International National Teams Football Tournament.
The lone goal of the match was scored by Dembakwi Yomba. The victory moved the U.S. to 2-0-0 in the tournament, with a third and final match against Canada's U-20s on tap for Tuesday, November 18 at 10:30 a.m. ET.
Entering in the 56th minute, Gall made his fifth career international appearance for the U-20s in the contest.
The results are in, and Crew SC holds the 15th selection in next Wednesday's Chivas USA Dispersal Draft. See above for the video of the draw, which was conducted at MLS headquarters this afternoon.
Kevan George's Trinidad and Tobago continues its seige on Group A at the 2014 Caribbean Cup, beating French Guiana by a final score of 4-2 to maintain first place in the group. Kevin Molino bagged a brace for the Soca Warriors, with Lester Peltier and Ataullah Guerra contributing with goals as well.
The victory for Trinidad and Tobago ensures that the side will finish no worse than second place in its group, which also guarantees the Soca Warriors qualification for the 2015 Gold Cup. George did not make an appearance in the match for Trinidad and Tobago.
Additionally, Waylon Francis' Costa Rica edged out a thriller in an international friendly against Uruguay. Playing in Uruguay's capital of Montevideo, the Ticos drew 3-3 after fulltime, but won on penalties by a final count of 7-6.
Both sides brought fully loaded squads in for the friendly, with former Crew defender Giancarlo Gonzalez, Joel Campbell, Keylor Navas, Alvaro Saborio and Bryan Ruiz playing for Costa Rica. Likewise, Luis Suarez, Edinson Cavani and Diego Godin were among those featuring for Uruguay. Francis, who was in the squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, did not make an appearance in Thursday's friendly.
Today, MLS is conducting the draw to determine the order for the Chivas USA Dispersal Draft, which is set to be held next Wednesday, November 19.
"To determine the draft order, MLS will hold a random weighted draw on Nov. 14 using an envelope method. The system will be weighted by giving the 2014 playoff clubs a single envelope and giving the non-playoff clubs two envelopes. The random selections will be conducted by an MLS league office representative until each club has been appointed a draft position."
Earlier this week, Crew Sporting Director and Head Coach Gregg Berhalter commented on the club's approach to the Chivas USA Dispersal Draft.
"We don't know where we're picking, so we're going to have to see," said the Crew boss. "We're going to have to see what's available. There are some decent players on their roster. We'll have to evaluate that when we find out what spot we're in and what's available."
Stay tuned to TheCrew.com for news of the Black & Gold's slot in the draft.