2010 Columbus Crew season

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Columbus Crew
2010 season
Owner Clark Hunt
Head Coach Robert Warzycha
Major League Soccer 5th
MLS Cup Conference Semifinals
US Open Cup Finals
CONCACAF Champions League 10-11 Quarterfinals
CONCACAF Champions League 09-10 Quarterfinals
Top goalscorer Argentina Guillermo Barros Schelotto (9)
Average home league attendance 14,021
Home colors
Away colors

The 2010 Columbus Crew season is the fifteenth season of the team's existence.

Overview[edit]

February[edit]

Prior to the start of the 2010 MLS season, the Crew began play in the CONCACAF Champions League, with a quarterfinal-fixture against Group C-winner, Toluca of Mexico.

During Group Stage, the Crew finished in a second place in their group with an even 2-2-2 record, narrowly edging the Costa Rican champions Saprissa to become the only American club in the knockout stage. On February 22, 2010; Columbus hosted Toluca before 4,500 people at Crew Stadium for the first leg. For the match, Columbus would be missing veteran striker Guillermo Barros Schelotto and defender Frankie Hejduk.

In the match, Mexican-international Sinha opened the scoring giving Los Rojos a critical away goal and the lead over the Crew. Following the goal near misses from Steven Lenhart and Eddie Gaven later on in the half almost drew things level. Shortly before halftime, however, Antonio Ríos doubled the lead for Toluca giving them a very strong advantage. However, the Rojos would reliniquish their lead in the second half. Lenhart would bag a pair of goals in the 66th and 83rd minute of play to draw the match back on parity, and the Crew would head to Toluca tied at two on aggregate.

March[edit]

Columbus began their fifteenth Major League Soccer regular season at home with a 2-0 win in a match against Toronto FC on March 27, 2010.[1]

Club[edit]

Current Roster[edit]

As of Aug 5, 2010.[2]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 United States GK William Hesmer
2 United States DF Frankie Hejduk (captain)
4 Argentina DF Gino Padula
3 United States MF Josh Williams
5 United States DF Danny O'Rourke
6 England DF Andy Iro
7 Argentina FW Guillermo Barros Schelotto
8 New Zealand MF Duncan Oughton
9 United States FW Jason Garey
10 Peru FW Andrés Mendoza
11 United States MF Dilly Duka
12 United States MF Eddie Gaven
No. Position Player
13 France MF Léandre Griffit
14 United States DF Chad Marshall
15 United States MF Kevin Burns
16 United States MF Brian Carroll
17 Nigeria MF Emmanuel Ekpo
18 United States MF Robbie Rogers
20 Venezuela FW Emilio Rentería
22 Scotland MF Adam Moffat
23 United States DF Eric Brunner
29 Jamaica DF Shaun Francis
30 United States GK Andy Gruenebaum
32 United States FW Steven Lenhart

Formation[edit]

Starting XI vs. Colorado on Oct. 23:

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United States
Gruenebaum
United States
Marshall
England
Iro
United States
Hejduk
Jamaica
Francis
United States
Gaven
United States
Carroll
Nigeria
Ekpo
United States
Rogers
United States
Lenhart
Argentina
Schelotto

Matches[edit]

      Win       Tie       Loss

Major League Soccer[edit]

Standings[edit]

Conference

Eastern Conference
Pos Club Pts GP W L T GF GA GD
1 New York Red Bulls 51 30 15 9 6 38 29 +9
2 Columbus Crew 50 30 14 8 8 40 34 +6
3 Kansas City Wizards 39 30 11 13 6 36 35 +1
4 Chicago Fire 36 30 9 12 9 37 38 −1
5 Toronto FC 35 30 9 13 8 33 41 −8
6 New England Revolution 32 30 9 16 5 32 50 −18
7 Philadelphia Union 31 30 8 15 7 35 49 −14
8 D.C. United 22 30 6 20 4 21 47 −26
2010 MLS Cup Playoffs


Overall

Major League Soccer
Pos Club Pts GP W L T GF GA GD
1 Los Angeles Galaxy2 (W1) 59 30 18 7 5 44 26 +18
2 Real Salt Lake3 (W2) 56 30 15 4 11 45 20 +25
3 New York Red Bulls3 (E1) 51 30 15 9 6 38 29 +9
4 FC Dallas2 50 30 12 4 14 42 28 +14
5 Columbus Crew3 (E2) 50 30 14 8 8 40 34 +6
6 Seattle Sounders FC2 48 30 14 10 6 39 35 +4
7 Colorado Rapids2 46 30 12 8 10 44 32 +12
8 San Jose Earthquakes3 46 30 13 10 7 34 33 +1
9 Kansas City Wizards 39 30 11 13 6 36 35 +1
10 Chicago Fire 36 30 9 12 9 37 38 −1
11 Toronto FC1 35 30 9 13 8 33 41 −8
12 Houston Dynamo 33 30 9 15 6 40 49 −9
13 New England Revolution 32 30 9 16 5 32 50 −18
14 Philadelphia Union 31 30 8 15 7 35 49 −14
15 Chivas USA 28 30 8 18 4 31 45 −14
16 D.C. United 22 30 6 20 4 21 47 −26
MLS Supporters' Shield, 2010 MLS Cup Playoffs, 2011 U.S. Open Cup, 2011–12 CONCACAF Champions League2
2010 MLS Cup Playoffs, 2011 U.S. Open Cup
2010 MLS Cup Playoffs
  • ^Note 1 - Toronto FC cannot qualify for the U.S. Open Cup, as it is a Canadian-based team. If they qualify for an automatic berth into the U.S. Open Cup, the next highest placed team not already qualified will be given a berth. Similarly, they cannot qualify for the CONCACAF Champions League through MLS. Rather, they can qualify through the Canadian Soccer Championship. If they qualify for the Champions League through MLS, then the highest placed team not already qualified will qualify.
  • ^Note 3 - 2011 SuperLiga berths are awarded to the top 4 finishing teams from MLS who do not qualify for the CONCACAF Champions League.


Results Summary[edit]

Overall Home Away
Pld Pts W L T GF GA GD W L T GF GA GD W L T GF GA GD
30 50 14 8 8 39 34 +5 10 3 2 22 12 +10 4 5 6 17 22 −5

Last updated: September 12, 2010
Source: MLSSoccer.com
Pld = Matches played; Pts = Points; W = Matches won; T = Matches tied; L = Matches lost; GF = Goals for; GA = Goals against; GD = Goal difference

Round 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30
Ground H A H A H H A A H A A H H A H H H A A A H H A A H A H A A H
Result W T W T W W W W L T L W W T L W W L W L W T W L L T T L T W
Position 3 4 2 3 3 3 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 3 2 2 3 2 2 2 2 2 3 3 4 5 5 6 5

Last updated: September 12, 2010.
Source: MLS Results & League table
Ground: A = Away; H = Home. Result: T = Tie; L = Loss; W = Win; P = Postponed.

Match results[edit]

MLS Playoffs[edit]

U.S. Open Cup[edit]

A soccer field with a multi-level stadium visible on one side, a soccer goal, and some players warming up on the field.
The Columbus Crew hosted U.S. Open Cup matches at Crew Stadium.

Prior to 2010, the Columbus Crew had been to the U.S. Open Cup final twice in 1998 and 2002 and only won the cup once in 2002. On June 29, 2010, the Crew began the competition in the third round hosting the Rochester Rhinos of the D2 Pro League at Columbus Crew Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. The Crew's Andy Iro scored first in the 30th minute by heading in a corner kick from teammate Eddie Gavin. Later, in the second half, Rochester evened the score at one when substitute Darren Spicer scored from 17 yards out. The Rhinos' Alfonso Motagalvan was sent off in the 84th minute for a dangerous tackle on Emilio Rentería forcing Rochester to play the final minutes of the game with just ten men on the field.[3] The score remained level until the 4th minute of stoppage time when Steven Lenhart scored on a "half volley" giving Columbus the victory.[4]

A week later on July 6, Columbus faced the Charleston Battery of the USL Second Division in the U.S. Open Cup quarterfinals. The match was hosted by Columbus, again at Crew Stadium. In the 37th minute, Steven Lenhart was fouled in the penalty area while going for a cross and the referee signalled for a penalty kick. Emilio Rentería took the penalty kick and drove a right-footed shot into the back of the net making the score 1–0. Columbus extended their lead in the 70th minute on a goal from Steven Lenhart, and again in the 87th minute when Eddie Gavin scored off of a pass from Emmanuel Ekpo. The Crew won 3–0 earning their first U.S. Open Cup semifinal appearance since 2002.[5]

On September 1, 2010, the Columbus Crew visited Washington, D.C. to face MLS club D.C. United in their semifinal match at RFK Stadium. Pablo Hernández scored in the 17th minute on a penalty kick to give D.C. an early lead at 1–0. D.C. United almost kept that lead for the victory until the 89th minute when United's Marc Burch deflected a shot by Columbus's Andy Iro into the net for an own goal, tying the score and sending the match into extra time. In the 98th minute, the Crew's Steven Lenhart dribbled the ball into the 18-yard box and was tripped by D.C. United's Carey Talley to draw a penalty. Guillermo Barros Schelotto took the penalty kick and scored the game-winning goal. The 2–1 final score secured the Columbus Crew's spot in the final.[6]

CONCACAF Champions League[edit]

2009–2010 season[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Mexico Cruz Azul 6 5 1 0 16 4 +12 16
United States Columbus Crew 6 2 2 2 5 9 −4 8
Costa Rica Saprissa 6 1 2 3 6 8 −2 5
Puerto Rico Puerto Rico Islanders 6 0 3 3 6 12 −6 3

Toluca won 5–4 on aggregate.

2010–2011 season[edit]

By winning the 2009 MLS Supporters' Shield for the best regular season record, Columbus Crew qualified directly into Group Stage for the 2010-11 edition of the CONCACAF Champions League. It was Columbus' second-consecutive trip to the tournament.

The draw for the group stage was held on May 19, 2010 in New York City. Columbus was originally paired with 2010 Guatemalan Clasura champions Municipal. Following the Preliminary Round, the Mexico's Santos Laguna and Caribbean runner-up Joe Public of Trinidad and Tobago joined Columbus in Group play.

The Crew finished Group Stage in second place for a second consecutive year, directly qualifying for the knockout stage for the second year. They had a much stronger record than in 2009-10, amassing four wins, two losses and zero draws. Finishing second place in Group B, Columbus was paired against Group A winner, and fellow MLS-participant Real Salt Lake for the quarterfinals in February 2011.

Group Standings[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Mexico Santos Laguna 6 4 1 1 19 7 +12 13
United States Columbus Crew 6 4 0 2 10 4 +6 12
Guatemala Municipal 6 2 2 2 9 13 −4 8
Trinidad and Tobago Joe Public 6 0 1 5 7 21 −14 1

Results summary[edit]

Overall Home Away
Pld Pts W L T GF GA GD W L T GF GA GD W L T GF GA GD
6 12 4 2 0 10 4 +6 3 0 0 5 0 +5 1 2 0 5 4 +1

Last updated: November 20, 2010
Source: CONCACAF
Pld = Matches played; Pts = Points; W = Matches won; T = Matches tied; L = Matches lost; GF = Goals for; GA = Goals against; GD = Goal difference

Round 1 2 3 4 5 6
Ground H A H H A A
Result W L W W L W
Position 2 2 2 1 2 2

Last updated: November 20, 2010.
Source: MLS Results & League table
Ground: A = Away; H = Home. Result: T = Tie; L = Loss; W = Win; P = Postponed.

Match results[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "MLS clubs' 2010 Home Openers unveiled" (Press release). Major League Soccer. September 24, 2009. Retrieved November 23, 2009. 
  2. ^ [1] Columbus Dispatch roster update article
  3. ^ Yesilevskiy, Mark (June 29, 2010). "Rhinos Eliminated From Open Cup on Late Goal". NASL.com. Retrieved September 6, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Lenhart keeps Crew alive with stoppage-time strike". Major League Soccer. June 29, 2010. Retrieved September 6, 2010. 
  5. ^ "Crew rout Battery, in OC semis for 1st time since '02". Major League Soccer. July 6, 2010. Archived from the original on 11 August 2010. Retrieved September 6, 2010. 
  6. ^ "Late drama pushes Crew past DC, into Open Cup final". Major League Soccer. September 1, 2010. Archived from the original on 5 September 2010. Retrieved September 6, 2010.