Blog menu

MLS Regular Season

26 September 11:42 am

To those who follow the Crew (and maybe the New England Revolution), it's no secret: Federico Higuain is deadly when standing over the ball on a set piece near goal. Pipa's strike against the Revs on Saturday was his second such goal of 2014, and his second against New England after scoring from a very similar position in Foxborough earlier this season. Additionally, Higuaín scored on two free kicks against the Revolution on August 25, 2012. 

The Argentine currently ranks second in free-kick goals this season, trailing FC Dallas' Michel, who has three. The two players are the only two with more than one in 2014.

Despite ranking second this season, since Higuain's MLS debut, nobody has notched more free-kick goals. In fact, only eight players over that time period (since August 19, 2012) have recorded more than one free-kick tally:

Player Free-Kick Goals since 8/19/12
Federico Higuain 4
Camilo 3
Michel 3
Ramiro Corrales 2
Benny Feilhaber 2
Marvin Chavez 2
Juninho 2
Will Johnson 2

Over this span, Higuain also has registered 34 shots from a free kick, which bests New England's Lee Nguyen by four for the League lead in that time period as well.

25 September 3:32 pm

With the club's final home match before a three-weekend road swing, three points at home against Montreal would go a long way toward a berth in the MLS Cup Playoffs. That fact isn't lost on defender Eric Gehrig.

"We know it's an important game. It's another three points at home," said Gehrig. "We know that our games left at home in the regular season are numbered. It's our biggest game of the season."

Although Montreal is in last place in the Eastern Conference, the side has put together better results of late and Gehrig is not taking the Impact lightly: "To me, they're a really dangerous team."

Stay tuned for more of Gehrig's thoughts on the Impact match in this weekend's Black & Gold Breakdown, presented by Koorsen Fire and Security.

Photo Credit: USA Today Sports Images

16 September 2:53 pm

The Crew's 2-2 draw in Houston kept it relatively level in the weekly Power Rankings. With more huge intra-conference matches on tap, the Black & Gold have an opportunity to make a statement and climb the polls -- and more importantly, the Eastern Conference standings -- in the weeks to come.

See below for the Crew's rank as well as its previous position:

MLSsoccer.com: 10 (10)

ESPNFC: 11 (11)

SI.com: 11 (8)

Photo Credit: USA Today Sports Images

09 September 11:18 am

 

The Crew's home victory over Chivas USA resulted in varying levels of movement across national Power Rankings. In fact, across the three weekly polls, the Crew rose in one, remained the same in one and dropped a spot in the other. Such is the reality of MLS parity and the League-wide movement. The bottom line: it was a successful week in Crewville, as the Black & Gold earned three points and remained above the MLS Cup Playoffs threshold.

See below for the rankings, with last week's position indicated afterward:

MLSsoccer.com: 10 (9)

ESPNFC: 11 (11)

SI.com: 8 (10)

Photo Credit: Daniel Herlensky

05 September 4:01 pm

IT’S BEEN A LONG TIME

Sunday’s meeting is the last match against Chivas USA and the first in quite a long time ... the Crew opened the 2013 season on March 2 with a 3-0 road win at Chivas USA ... since the last time the two teams played, the Crew has had 59 matches against other MLS opponents.

OPPORTUNITIES FOR CENTRAL MIDFIELDERS

Wil Trapp and Tony Tchani are set to miss Sunday’s match while each serving one-match suspensions due to yellow-card accumulation ... Sunday’s tilt is the first time Tchani has missed action in 2014 ... the clash against Chivas USA presents an opportunity for other players to get a start in the central midfield as the Tchani-Trapp pairing started the last 10 matches together.

MERAM MAGIC

Justin Meram scored his fifth goal of the season to open the scoring in the 35th minute on August 23 against Houston ... Meram has scored a goal in three of the club’s last four matches ... of Meram’s 10 career goals since 2011, five of them have come in 2014 .

04 September 4:00 pm

Recovering from his MCL sprain suffered on July 4, Hector Jimenez has made substitute appearances in each of the Crew's previous two matches, including the 2-0 loss in Montreal. That match, which came on the heels of two strong performances at home, has left the Black & Gold in a state of refocusing for this weekend's match against Chivas USA.

"To be honest with you, we sat down [earlier this week] and we talked," said Jimenez. "[Montreal] was one of those games that was just a bad game. We're going to try to put it in the past and move on. We were coming off of two good victories against Houston and LA, and we're going to try to prepare like we did for those games this coming weekend. I know it's a huge game after obviously a defeat. Three points at home this weekend would be huge."

Aiding the Crew in its quest to right the ship is the fact that the club is returning to Crew Stadium, where it has played well recently, particularly in the resounding victories over the Dynamo and the Galaxy. Jimenez said that recovering from the Montreal match was "definitely" aided by playing back at home.

"Knowing that we have a really important game this weekend helps out a lot. It's one of those games where we have to come out and get three points this weekend, especially with it being a tight race for the playoffs in the East."

Photo Credit: USA Today Sports Images

03 September 12:53 pm

On a sunny Wednesday afternoon in Obetz, the Crew defeated Dayton Dutch Lions FC by a 5-1 score in a friendly scrimmage.

The match was an opportunity for select Black & Gold players to stay sharp as well as to continue fostering the relationship with the club's USL-PRO affiliate. Ben Speas notched two goals for the Crew and guest trainee Kelechi Iheanacho of Manchester City added a hat trick. Sporting Director and Head Coach Gregg Berhalter said that Iheanacho, 17, is training with the Crew to maintain fitness before rejoining the Barclays Premier League side in mid-October.

"It's been unfortunate that we haven't had enough reserve games for the guys that haven't been playing," said Berhalter. "This is an opportunity for them to get game time. We did that in an abbreviated form [with two 35-minute halves]. Overall, I thought it was helpful. Guys like Hector [Jimenez], Jairo [Arrieta], Daniel [Paladini], Kevan [George] -- to give them some minutes -- Chad [Barson], all the guys, it was definitely worthwhile."

George and Paladini also started together in the holding midfield role. Both are candidates to start on Sunday against Chivas USA in the absences of Wil Trapp and Tony Tchani due to yellow-card accumulation. 

"I thought [the pairing] was good. I thought they controlled the game from the middle," said the Crew boss. "Defensively, they were both good. I was pleased."

03 September 9:22 am

The Crew took a small slide in national Power Rankings after its 2-0 loss in Montreal on Saturday, but the Black & Gold have a strong chance to rebound with a home clash on Sunday against Chivas USA (3:00 p.m. ET / Time Warner Cable SportsChannel).

See below for this week's rankings with last week's position indicated afterward:

ESPNFC: 11 (10)

SI.com: 10 (9)

MLSsoccer.com: 9 (8)

Photo Credit: USA Today Sports Images

27 August 11:12 am

After reviewing the tape from Saturday's 3-0 victory over the Houston Dynamo, MLS confirmed that winger Ethan Finlay earned a secondary assist on Aaron Schoenfeld's goal. Finlay, quick in transition, played a pass to Waylon Francis, whose cross found Schoenfeld for a tally in the 64th minute.

The added assist gives Finlay six goals and five assists on the season, with each tally or helper coming during the winger's last 14 matches. Finlay has notched at least a goal or an assist in 10 of those 14 contests. The torrid stretch began on May 17 in Portland with the former Creighton Bluejay's first MLS goal. Against the LA Galaxy on August 16, Finlay registered his first career "multi-point" match, with one goal and one assist.

The 2012 MLS SuperDraft first-round selection ranks second on the Black & Gold in both goals and assists, trailing Federico Higuain in both categories.

26 August 1:28 pm

The Crew's second-straight three-goal victory led to another strong showing in the weekly Power Rankings. The Black & Gold rose two additional spots in each of the three major national polls.

See below for this week's ranks with last week's position indicated afterward:

MLSsoccer.com: 8 (10)

ESPNFC: 10 (12)

SI.com: 9 (11)

Photo Credit: USA Today Sports Images