— Manchester City FC (@MCFC) January 22, 2013
#Crew96 gets a Brazilian. Pretty smooth, Bliss.
— MassiveCity (@MassiveCityFFC) January 22, 2013
With Glauber paired with Chad Marshall in the central defense, Josh Williams to right back and Danny O'Rourke to d-mid. #crew96
— Adam Jardy (@AdamJardy) January 22, 2013
Crew signs Brazilian defender Gláuber. 29-year-old centerback was playing for Rapid Bucharest of Romania's top division ow.ly/h1rg5
— Hot Time In Old Town (@HotTimeOldTown) January 22, 2013
— Kevin Walter (@walter4dublin) January 22, 2013
Personally, I can't wait to see how Glauber does. I think he could do very well in MLS. #Crew96
— Alex Stanek (@Ratzaroony) January 22, 2013
After seeing #Crew96 sign a new player today, an after the draft last week, I'm so damn excited for March 16 when I get to c the Crew again!
— James Key (@jbkeysportsfan) January 22, 2013
Glaubert Berti once tweaked his Harley to give it 4 wheel drive. #crew96
— Adam Kincaid (@AdamKincaid1) January 22, 2013
FOX: Columbus Crew signs Brazilian defender - The Columbus Crew has signed Brazilian defender Glauber Leandro Honora... ow.ly/2upIu4
— ESPN970WFUN (@ESPN970WFUN) January 22, 2013
*Breaking Transfer News* Columbus Crew have signed an absolute legend in Glauber Berti #legend
— Simon Wood (@simonwood123) January 22, 2013
MLS Ticker: Silvestre on trial with Timbers, Crew sign Glauber, and more: bit.ly/Vo772j
— Ives Galarcep (@SoccerByIves) January 22, 2013
— Matt Goshert (@mattgoshert) January 22, 2013
Glauber Berti's calender goes from March 31st to April 2nd because nobody fools Berti. #Crew96
— Hudson St. Hooligans (@HSHCrew) January 22, 2013
Crew have signed Brazilian defender Gláuber Leandro Honorato Berti. Can't wait for The Thing themed TIFO. #It'sGlauberingTime!
— Yellow Nation Army (@YellowNatArmy) January 22, 2013
Costa Rica kicked off play in the 2013 Copa Centroamericano late Friday night, with Crew striker Jairo Arrieta providing the difference in the host country's 1-0 victory over Belize. Arrieta's 55th minute tally was his first goal for La Sele in five career caps.
The Ticos will resume play in the tournament on Sunday against Nicaragua. Copa Centroamericano runs until January 27 and the top five teams in the seven-team tournament qualify for the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup. However, Arrieta may not report to Crew training camp at that point as La Sele begins the Hexagonal round of 2014 World Cup Qualifying in Panama on February 6.
Match Report: Costa Rica 1 - Belize 0 (in Spanish)
Photo Credit: Imagenesencostarica.com
After signing as the fifth Homegrown player in Crew history, University of Akron standout Chad Barson joined TheCrew.com's Cody Sharrett for a short Q&A.
Cody Sharrett: Congratulations on signing with the Crew. How do you plan on contributing to the Black & Gold as a rookie?
Chad Barson: I think I bring a good work ethic. I have a good mentality in the way I approach things. I'm willing to contribute, and I'm a team guy. I put the team first. I'll put the team's needs above my own and whatever they need, that's what I'm willing to do.
CS: You've been captain for the past two seasons at Akron and as a centerback, you have to be a leader on the field. How do you approach being a leader as a rookie?
CB: You have to be yourself. You can't be shy. As a rookie, you're stepping into uncharted territory and just because you're the young guy or the new guy, it doesn't matter how long you've been around. Obviously guys that have been around have more say, but you still need to be able to lead, to talk and to organize guys because the position I play, you see the whole game from where you play.
CS: Your coach at Akron, Caleb Porter, has moved on to the Portland TImbers in MLS. How did he develop your game over the past four years at Akron.
CB: Basically, I like to say everything about my game is a result of Coach Porter. The way we trained at Akron, the mentality he teaches you how to approach life, how to approach school, how to approach soccer: it's really all from him. I see a lot of him in myself. When I talk, when I play, just everything really.
CS: You were born and raised in Columbus. Do you remember your first Crew game? Which players did you look up to?
CB: I don't remember my first Crew game. But watching guys like [Brian] McBride, [Brian] Maisonneuve and Jeff Cunningham, I remember watching those guys all the time when I was younger.
CS: Over the past few summers, you've spent time training with the First Team. Who is the toughest guy you've had to defend?
CB: Honestly size-wise, Andy Iro and Chad Marshall because they're some pretty big guys. I'd also throw Steve Lenhart in there because he's such a scrappy guy and he likes to be physical, but he's also a great guy.
Crew striker Jairo Arrieta went the full 90 minutes for Costa Rica in a 1-1 draw with Bolivia from the Estadio Hernando Stiles in Santa Cruz. Wearing the 21 jersey for Los Ticos, Jairo provided a dangerous option for the Costa Rican side with two shots on goal.
Costa Rica will play Panama on February 6, 2013 in the Hexagonal Round to qualify for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
To do his part in Sunday's Boot Breast Cancer day presented by Ohio Health, Crew goalkeeper Andy Gruenebaum will wear a pink jersey to raise awareness for the disease. The cause hits home for the Crew 'keeper.
"It actually means a lot to me," Gruenebaum explained Friday. "My grandma battled breast cancer before she passed away. She was very sick and very brave. It means a lot to me and I'm sure it means a lot to everybody."
The goalie continued, "Every year, I contribute to the Susan G. Komen Foundation, and try to run in the races if I can. It's great that MLS takes part in Breast Cancer Awareness Month each year."
Kickoff is slated for 4:00 p.m. ET on Sunday.
Click here for more information of the Crew's Boot Breast Cancer Day presented by Ohio Health.
Through his first six matches (five starts), there is no denying that Federico Higuaín has made an instant impact in the Crew attack with his three goals and six assists since joining the team last month.
But at the same token, perhaps teams are starting to learn how to defend against the Argentine. Following last Wednesday's loss in New England-- the only hiccup the Crew has had since Higuaín joined the club-- Revolution coach Jay Heaps was pleased with how his team disrupted the forward in the final third.
"Columbus is a rhythm team and we never really let them get into rhythm," the first-year head coach explained following his team's victory. "And that was important that [Jairo] Arrieta and [Federico] Higuain couldn’t get the ball. And that was our focus – when they did get the ball, we wanted a guy on them quickly. You could see when Higuain would get the ball we were on him, and he started to drift wider and we knew to take him there."
The OPTA Chalkboards below illustrate where Higuaín's activity and distribution has been on the field over his first five starts in Black & Gold. As you can see, Heaps was correct in that his team forced Higuaín out onto the right wing more often. What is more noticable is that most of Higuaín's activity is coming in the middle third and teams are starting to limit his touches in and around the penalty area. Also, it seems Higuaín was dropping the ball off to players behind him more often in New England last week.
From what these charts show, perhaps teams are starting to learn Higuaín's tendencies a bit as they study more film on the Argentine playmaker. At the same time, Higuaín is learning to exploit MLS defenses as he adjusts to the league as well. And maybe teams picking up on Higuaín's tendencies isn't such a bad thing either. As the Argentine attracts defenders, it opens up space and opportunities for Jairo Arrieta, Eddie Gaven, Dilly Duka, Milovan Mirosevic, and Chris Birchall to score goals.
Furthermore, the Crew's future opponents will still have to be wary of conceding corner kicks and free kicks in dangerous areas. Higuaín has served up two assists from dead balls and banged home two free kick goals.
Through his first five games in Major League Soccer, Federico Higuaín has made an instant impact in the Crew attack to help the Black & Gold to a 4-0-1 record and a four match winning streak. With such production coming from the Argentine, here's a look at how Higuaín compares to similar Designated Players through their first five matches in MLS:
|PLAYER||Goals||Assists||Team Goals||Team Record|
|Cuauhtémoc Blanco (Chicago Fire)||2||3||10||3-1-1|
|Thierry Henry (New York Red Bulls)||0||3||4||2-1-2|
|Robbie Keane (LA Galaxy)||3||1||9||5-0-0|
|Luciano Emilio (D.C. United)||2||0||6||1-1-3|
Notes: Robbie Keane's first five matches includes the 2011 Playoffs, Luciano Emilio went on to win the 2007 Golden Boot and MLS MVP while helping D.C. United to the Supporters Shield that season.