The Black & Gold won two games in week 12, and Emilio Renteria was a big factor, scoring two goals in the process. He takes home top honors in MLSsoccer.com's Top 3 performers this week, joined by Kei Kamara and Alvaro Saborio.
The surging Columbus Crew got first-half goals from Eddie Gaven and Emilio Rentería and extended its unbeaten streak to five games with a 2-1 victory over the Chicago Fire Saturday at Crew Stadium. The Crew (5-4-3, 18 pts.), winners of two straight and 3-0-2 in its last five, moved into a tie for fourth place in the Eastern Conference with Chicago.
FOX Sports Ohio color analyst Duncan Oughton took time before tonight's matchup against the Chicago Fire to preview the two teams.
From the archives.... In the only other matchup between the Crew and Dayton Dutch Lions played in Dayton on June 21, 2010.
Crew forward Justin Meram was inducted into the NJCAA Men’s Soccer Hall of Fame on May 18. Meram spent two years at Yavapai College, where he owns the school record for career points with 132. He led the Prescott, Ariz., school to back-to-back national titles in 2007 and 2008 while compiling 51 goals and contributing to a 50-2-0 overall team record. He was named Most Valuable Player of the 2007 NJCAA National Tournament and NSCAA National Player of the Year in 2008. Meram subsequently played two seasons at the University of Michigan, capped by a College Cup appearance in his senior season with the Wolverines. Meram was selected in the first round of the 2011 MLS SuperDraft (No. 12 overall) and has appeared in 20 matches scoring two goals – both of which have come in the Crew’s last two games.
Justin Meram talks with TheCrew.com about his recent induction into the NJCAA Hall of Fame and his golazo that is up for Goal of the Week:
Frankie Hejduk joined other Crew fans at Claddagh in Polaris to watch the Crew take on the San Jose Earthquakes.
Stop by our next Pub Tour stop at Claddagh Downtown on Wednesday, May 23 as the Black & Gold take on the Seattle Sounders at 10:30pm on FOX Sports Ohio.
Andy Gruenebaum chats with TheCrew.com following his Barbasol Man of the Match honor in San Jose: