Columbus Crew vs. Seattle Sounders - 5/23/12

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WEDNESDAY, MAY 23 10:00PM EDT Century Link Field
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Columbus Crew – Andy Gruenebaum, Sebastian Miranda, Carlos Mendes, Josh Williams, Nemanja Vukovic, Dilly Duka (Tony Tchani, 57), Danny O’Rourke (Kevan George, 45), Cole Grossman, Justin Meram (Bernardo Anor, 80), Eddie Gaven, Emilio Renteria.

Substitutes not used: Matt Lampson, Shaun Francis, Eric Gehrig, Olman Vargas.

Seattle Sounders – Bryan Meredith, Adam Johansson (Jhon Kennedy-Hurtado, 61), Jeff Parke, Zach Scott, Marc Burch, David Estrada (Andy Rose, 78), Osvaldo Alonso, Brad Evans, Alvaro Fernandez (Mauro Rosales, 61), Fredy Montero, Eddie Johnson.

Substitutes not used: Andrew Weber, Alex Caskey, Roger Levesque, Sammy Ochoa.


Goals and Assists

Club Time Player (Assisted by)
CLB 15' Justin Meram (Dilly Duka, Emilio Renteria)
CLB 76' Emilio Renteria  


Club Time Player Reason Action
CLB 47' Dilly Duka Foul Yellow
CLB 71' Carlos Mendes Foul Yellow
SEA 85' Marc Burch Foul Yellow
SEA 88' Osvaldo Alonso Persistent Infringement Yellow


Match Stats

Match Stats

Seattle Sounders FC   Columbus Crew
21 Attempts on Goal 5
6 Shots on Target 2
9 Shots off Target 3
6 Blocked Shots 0
11 Corner Kicks 1
10 Fouls 13
20 Open Play Crosses 9
2 Offsides 3
2 Yellow Cards 2
0 Red Cards 0
58 Duels Won 52
52% Duels Won % 47%
503 Total Pass 313
74% Passing Accuracy % 70%
61.6% Possession 38.4% Men of the Match
Rank Player What We Saw
1 Emilio Rentería Checked back into midfield to always provide an outlet. Disrupted Seattle's distribution. And hit a bomb of a goal to finally break his duck.
2 Andy Gruenebaum Didn't have to be as spectacular as last week in San Jose, but still provided a few highlights and was always strong off his line.
3 Justin Meram The switch has been flicked for the second-year forward. He's playing with confidence on and off the ball. Especially in front of net.


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What was said

Andy Gruenebaum - Columbus Crew Goalkeeper

(On the Seattle Sounders’ early attack...) “Obviously Seattle is a great team, they’re going to come out strong and hard for their fans. They’re going to come after us and we’re going to have to weather a few storms here and there. We did a pretty good job of it. We scored first and it was a great goal.”

(On Fredy Montero’s shots) “The one to my left he just hit it hard with his left foot and I was able to react and make a save. He hit one across to my right and I was happy I held onto it, ran into a few guys. He’s a great player and he’s going to get some looks every game, he makes those opportunities himself. It’s a milestone win for us and hopefully we can build on it.

(On what’s going right...) “We’re not conceding too many goals. We’re weathering storms, it’s a tough road trip on the west coast. Typically it’s been more tough for us. I think we weathered the storm, made a goal ourselves and they had to come out of their shell and we countered and got a second one.”



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