Andy Gruenebaum is one of three finalists for “Adult Player of the Year” in Sporting Kansas City’s Kevin Gray Awards. Gruenebaum, of Blue Valley North High School, is being honored alongside Sporting’s Matt Besler and Nia Williams of FC Kansas City. The Kevin Gray Awards presented by Ivy Funds were established in 2011 in honor of the late Kansas City Sports Commission president Kevin Gray and annually recognize the athletic achievements of soccer players, coaches and ambassadors in or from the Kansas City area. Finalists for the 2013 Kevin Gray Awards presented by Ivy Funds were announced on Monday and the winners will be announced on July 13.
Dominic Oduro’s next appearance will be career appearance number 200 for the 27-year-old Ghanaian. Oduro scored his 40th goal of his career in his 198th career game played on June 15 in the Crew’s 2-0 win over Montreal. With seven goals this season thus far for Oduro, the Ghanaian now has two career seasons of 7+ goals since 2006 (12 G in ‘11 with CHI). His first-ever action was on June 28, 2006 in a six-minute apperance at New England while with FC Dallas.
Despite the loss against Chicago on June 22, over the last five seasons, Warzycha has the fourth-best record among MLS coaches, trailing only Bruce Arena (LA), Jason Kreis (RSL) and Sigi Schmid (SEA). A look at how Warzycha’s five-year, regular-season performance stacks up against the rest of MLS is below:
1) Bruce Arena: 69-35-36
2) Jason Kreis 67-43-35
3) Sigi Schmid: 65-37-40
4) Robert Warzycha: 60-46-38
5) Dom Kinnear: 55-44-43
18,320 & 19,624
Saturday’s attendance of 19,624 at Crew Stadium on June 22 was a new season-high when the Crew took on Chicago, topping the previous week’s season-high from the match against Montreal when 18,320 was the attendance for the 2-0 over the Eastern Conference-leading Montreal Impact. The two-match average saw just under 19,000 (18,972) in the stands for each contest during the homestand.
As the Crew prepares for a stretch of two road matches in seven days, the team will rely on its strong record when scoring the first goal on the road. In exactly half of the Crew’s eight road matches this year, the Black & Gold have struck first, and in those four matches the team remains unbeaten (3-0-1).