Crew level college competition during bye week

Columbus dumps Marshall, Michigan State in off-week friendlies

The competition wasn’t
to the level of the Crew, but that was never the intent when exhibitions were scheduled
Friday against Marshall and Michigan State.

An open weekend from MLS play kept
the Crew regulars fit and gave some reserves playing time against players other
than their teammates they see every day in practice.

Guillermo Barros Schelotto went
the distance in the first game and scored the third goal in a 5-0 win over
Marshall. Also scoring for the Crew were Eddie Gaven, Sergio Herrera, French
trialist Leandre Griffit and guest player Saidi Isaac.

Griffit had two assists to help
break a scoreless tie at halftime.

Other Crew regulars who appeared
in the opener included William Hesmer, Eric Brunner, Kevin Burns, Brian Carroll
and Othaniel Yanez. The rest of the lineup was filled by guest players.

Brunner left midway through the
first half after cracking heads with a Marshall player and later said he lost
consciousness momentarily. He is expected to be held out of full training until
the middle of next week.

In the second match, the Crew
defeated Michigan State 5-0 behind a pair of goals from Steven Lenhart and
Emmanuel Ekpo before the break and second-half tallies from Andy Iro and Emilio
Rentería.

A full Crew lineup was used: Kenny
Schoeni, Gino Padula, Duncan Oughton, Danny O’Rourke, Iro, Ekpo, Dilly Duka,
Adam Moffat, Lenhart, Jason Garey and Rentería. Assistant coach Mike Lapper
replaced O’Rourke late in the second half.

Injured Crew members Frankie
Hejduk, Shaun Francis, Chad Marshall, Jed Zayner and Robbie Rogers.

The Crew plays at FC Dallas on
April 10, followed by exhibitions against college teams Louisville and Duquesne
during another bye week on April 17.