By the Numbers - June 9
This is the 43rd regular season meeting between the Fire and the Crew and the 47th overall. The Crew’s overall record is 12-21-13
Five players have started every game this season. They are: William Hesmer, Julius James, Chad Marshall, Sebastian Miranda and Eddie Gaven. Emmanuel Ekpo is the only other player who saw action in every game.
Andres Mendoza’s assist on Josh Gardner’s goal against Real Salt Lake was the 750th assist recorded in franchise history.
Josh Gardner’s game-winner against Real Salt Lake was his first in Black and Gold. He had previously scored only one goal in 21 matches during his tenure with the LA Galaxy in 2004-2006.
The date of Josh Gardner’s last MLS goal before the game-winner on June 8. The team he scored against? Real Salt Lake
Rich Balchan scored only four goals during his tenure at Indiana. All those goals were scored during his freshman year. It took Balchan four years to score his next one. The game-tying goal against New York on June 4.
Five players have been named to MLSSoccer.com’s Team of the Week so far this season. Chad Marshall (3 times, weeks 2, 3 and 4), Dilly Duka (week 5), Emilio Renteria (week 7), Tommy Heinemann (week 10) and Andres Mendoza (week 11). They join Crew coach Robert Warzycha who was named Manager of the Week in week 5.
18 vs 32
The Crew have only gotten 18 cautions so far this season with Julius James leading the pack with four. Crew opponents have warranted 32 cautions in the first 13 matches of the season. The Crew has been shown the fifth least amount of cautions behind RSL (14), Houston (16), Dallas and New York (both with 17 cautions).
5 vs 0
Five red cards have been shown to Crew opponents this season: against Dallas (4/1), Sporting KC (4/16), Toronto FC (4/23), San Jose (5/14) and Chivas USA (5/28). The Crew is one of five teams who has not seen red this year. New York, Chicago, Seattle and Portland are the other four. Vancouver leads the league in red cards with four.
The Crew is only 11 goals away from scoring its 700th goal.
The number of fouls suffered by Eddie Gaven through 13 games this season. The total fouls suffered by Gaven in 2010 was 54 (third place overall). Gaven leads Portland’s Kenny Cooper by five fouls suffered. Gaven was only fouled once on June 8 against RSL.
The number of consecutive minutes without allowing a goal from March 19 to April 23. This number is good for second in the league so far this season.