New York Red Bulls
The Crew will square-off against the New York Red Bulls for the third and final time this season when Thierry Henry and company visit Crew Stadium on Saturday (7:30 p.m. ET / TICKETS). The Black & Gold will look to even up the season series at 1-1-1 after losing and drawing in the first two meetings.
Here is a look back at the last match between the two clubs on May 26 at Red Bull Arena.
Dominic Oduro scored in the second minute of the match to give the Black & Gold an early lead, but had to leave the game after colliding with Red Bulls' goalkeeper Luis Robles. The home team evened things up just past the half-hour mark when Tim Cahill played a long ball over the top to Thierry Henry, who then chipped an oncoming Andy Gruenebaum. The Crew regained the lead in the 71st minute when Justin Meram drew a foul in the box, setting up Federico Higuaín's converted penalty to put the Black & Gold ahead 2-1. The Crew defense staved off several late New York surges, but the Red Bulls' pressure finally paid off in the 91st minute as Jámison Olavé provided a stunning left-footed volley past Gruenebaum to end the match at 2-2 and leave the Crew with one point from the trip to the Big Apple.
MLSSoccer.com's Dan Haiek and Matt Doyle break down the Black & Gold's match against the New York Red Bulls on Sunday, spotlighting the matchup of Tony Tchani against Thierry Henry.
Can the Crew halt New York's six-match unbeaten streak? Find out on Sunday at 5:00 p.m. ET on UniMas and FOX Sports Ohio.
Despite a dominant performance in front of the Crew Stadium faitfhul, the Black & Gold were unable to find the back of the net in a 1-0 loss to the New York Red Bulls back on May 4. Tim Cahill's 80th minute headed tally was the difference as the Aussie midfielder headed the rebound from an Andy Gruenebaum save over the head over the outstretched Crew 'keeper and into the net. The Crew limited superstar forward Thierry Henry's impact on the match as the Frenchman failed to register a single shot in the match.
Here is a look at how the lopsided stats failed to reflect the end result.
|SHOTS ON GOAL||6||3|
|TOTAL PASSES (PCT. COMPLETE)||400 (75%)||359 (70%)|
Take a look at the first test of a referee camera during the CLB-NY reserve league game at Crew Stadium.
The Crew's starting midfield of Dominic Oduro, Danny O'Rourke, Tony Tchani and Eddie Gaven in last week's 3-0 win against D.C. United could go unchanged ahead of Saturday's match against the New York Red Bulls (4:00 p.m. ET/NBC Sports Network) after a strong performance against United. If Robert Warzycha does keep the same four players in the midfield, all four players will be facing their former team. Each midfielder has spent time at some point in his career with Major League Soccer's New York franchise, whether it be the Red Bulls or MetroStars incarnation.
A newcomer to the Crew, Dominic Oduro has already played more than double the matches for the Black & Gold than he did for the Red Bulls. The Ghanaian speedster was briefly with New York during the 2009 season, in-between stints with FC Dallas and the Houston Dynamo.
Traded to the Red Bulls from the San Jose Earthquakes following his rookie season, O'Rourke appeared 28 times during the 2006 season for New York. The following offseason, O'Rourke was taken in the 2006 Expansion Draft by Toronto FC. Before he ever moved to Toronto, the Crew acquired the midfielder and goalkeeper William Hesmer for partial allocation. The rest is history.
Selected 2nd overall by the Red Bulls in the 2010 MLS SuperDraft, Tchani made 29 appearances for New York before being traded to Toronto FC in exchanged for Dwayne De Rosario in 2011. Tchani was dealt again in the 2011 season to the Crew for Andy Iro and Leándre Griffit. He has gone on to make 27 appearances for the Black & Gold.
The then-New York/New Jersey MetroStars selected 16-year-old Eddie Gaven 12th overall in the 2003 MLS SuperDraft. Following three seasons, the MetroStars traded Gaven to Columbus in exchange for Edson Buddle. Gaven has gone on to make over 200 appearances for the Crew since 2006.
|PLAYER||With CLB (Win pct.)||With NY (Win pct.)|
|Dominic Oduro||8 Appearances - 4 Goals, 0 Assists (.563)||3 App - 0 G, 0 A (.167)|
|Danny O'Rourke||133 App. - 0 G, 7 A (.598)||28 App - 0 G, 2 A (.482)|
|Tony Tchani||27 App - 2 G, 2 A (.500)||29 App - 1 G, 3 A (.569)|
|Eddie Gaven||205 App - 35 G, 24 A (.543)||69 App - 16 G, 12 A (.486)|
The Crew will look to rebound from two disappointing losses against the Red Bulls last season when the two sides meet on Saturday (4:00 p.m. ET/NBC Sports Network). Here is a look back at the 2012 edition of the Columbus versus New York matchup.
A Kenny Cooper brace within the first 15 minutes of the match spelled doom early for the Black & Gold. Thierry Henry added two more as the Crew fell 4-1. The late Kirk Urso earned the only assist of his career, finding an open Chad Marshall on a late corner kick.
A third-minute goal from Milovan Mirosevic wasn't enough to help the Crew to a road result as Henry once again tallied twice and added an assist against the Black & Gold. The Crew was without newcomer Federico Higuaín for most of the match as the Argentine rested a sore heel, but entered as a substitute in the 90th minute.