COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Crew Soccer Academy 17/18 squad continued its recent success with another impressive performance last Saturday (March 27), as it defeated the U.S. Under-17 National Team, 3-1, at Crew Stadium prior to the first team’s 2-0 victory over Toronto FC in First Kick 2010.
After neither side was able to break through in the match’s first half hour, CSA drew first blood thanks to Matt Walker’s strike in the 32nd minute. The Crew then doubled its lead shortly thereafter on a Kyle Culbertson penalty-kick goal in the 38th minute. The U.S. U-17s halved the Crew’s lead just before the halftime whistle thanks to a tally by Kelly Gully in the 44th minute. However, the Black & Gold would extend its lead early in the second half, when Will Walker struck in the 60th minute to give the Crew the eventual 3-1 victory.
The friendly match – which was part of a First Kick doubleheader at Crew Stadium – was the first in a 10-game tour for the U.S. U-17 National Team from March until May, which features matches against five Academy clubs affiliated with MLS clubs – including the Crew Soccer Academy – and five other Development Academy opponents. The wide-ranging tour kicks off the national squad’s early stages of preparation for the 2011 CONCACAF U-17 Championship and the subsequent 2011 FIFA U-17 World Cup.
The Crew Soccer Academy 15/16 and 17/18 squads will next take to the field April 10-11 when they travel to St. Louis, Mo., to take on St. Louis Scott Gallagher Metro and St. Louis Scott Gallagher Missouri in U.S. Soccer Development Academy action. On Saturday (April 10), both squads will take on SLSG Metro, with the 15/16s kicking off at 5 p.m. and the 17/18s playing at 7 p.m. On Sunday (April 11), the 15/16s will take on SLSG Missouri at 10 a.m., followed by the 17/18s at 12 noon.
Following last Saturday’s youth friendly match, the Crew’s senior team took on Toronto FC in the squad’s first MLS regular season match of 2010. Andy Iro and Guillermo Barros Schelotto scored on either side of halftime to power the Black & Gold to a 2-0 season-opening victory over Trillium Cup rival Toronto. In addition, Schelotto also assisted on Iro’s game-winning goal. Iro put Columbus up in the 29th minute, when Schelotto whipped a free kick near the right sideline into the box, where Iro slipped his marker and headed the ball home from seven yards.
Schelotto then iced the game in the 87th minute. A collision between TFC goalkeeper Stefan Frei and Crew defender Danny O’Rourke on the fringe of the Toronto penalty area produced a loose ball and an open net. Toronto defender Nick Garcia tried to clear, but the ball fell to Schelotto, whose deftly placed shot found the open net to ensure the full three points for Columbus.
The victory gives the Crew a 3 points to 0 lead in the 2010 Trillium Cup competition. The second leg will be played at BMO Field in Toronto on Oct. 16.
The Crew will now enjoy a weekend off from MLS play, although it will still be in action as it will host a doubleheader of exhibitions vs. college teams this Friday, April 2, at Crew Stadium. The action kicks off at 10 a.m., when the Black & Gold will face Marshall University and Bartosz Warzycha, a Thundering Herd forward and son of Crew head coach Robert Warzcyha, followed by a friendly against the Michigan State Spartans at 12 noon. Both matches are free and open to the public.
SCHELOTTO TALLIES 25TH CAREER MLS REGULAR-SEASON GOAL
Crew forward Guillermo Barros Schelotto scored his 25th career regular-season goal in the Black & Gold’s 2-0 win over Toronto FC last Saturday at Crew Stadium. Schelotto, who also assisted on Andy Iro’s game-winner in the first half, iced the match for the Crew in the 87th minute after pouncing on a loose ball at the top of the Toronto penalty box and sending a precise, bending shot into the back of the net. Since joining the Crew in 2007 from storied Argentine club Boca Juniors, Schelotto has been one of the finest attacking players in MLS, earning both league and MLS Cup MVP honors, along with two MLS Best XI selections, while accumulating 27 goals and 40 assists in 79 regular-season and playoff games.
REGULAR-SEASON SINGLE-GAME TICKETS ON SALE
Single-game tickets for the Crew’s 2010 regular-season home schedule are currently available at the Crew Stadium Box Office, all central Ohio Ticketmaster retail locations, via Ticketmaster phone at 800-745-3000 and on-line at TheCrew.com and Ticketmaster.com. Fans can also still become Crew Soccer Nation members by purchasing full-season ticket packages or partial plans, starting as low as $95 for 5-Packs. Group tickets are also available for all 15 home games. All ticket packages or plans are available through TheCrew.com and 614-447-CREW. The Crew’s 2010 home schedule features a total of 13 Saturday games – including First Kick 2010, March 27, vs. Toronto FC – one Sunday match and one Wednesday match.
CREWXTRA AIRS TONIGHT AT 8 AND 11 P.M. ON ONN-TV
CrewXtra, the Crew’s weekly show, airs tonight at 8 p.m. (and again at 11 p.m.) on ONN-TV. This week, Dan Fronczak fills in for Beau Bishop in the host’s chair and will be joined defender Andy Iro, Crew radio play-by-play man Neil Sika and Columbus Dispatch beat writer Shawn Mitchell. CrewXtra provides viewers with in-depth coverage and access to the team every week, including game recaps, breakdowns and previews of the upcoming matches, while interspersing other news, interviews, discussion and features.
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