2012 Columbus Crew season

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Columbus Crew
2012 season
Owner Clark Hunt
Head Coach Robert Warzycha
Major League Soccer Conference: 6th
Overall: 10th
MLS Cup DNQ
U.S. Open Cup Third round
Carolina Challenge Cup Third place
Trillium Cup Champions
Lamar Hunt Pioneer Cup Champions
Highest home attendance 19,674 v Real Salt Lake (June 30, 2012)
Lowest home attendance 10,049 v Toronto FC (August 22, 2012)
Average home league attendance 14,346
Home colours
Away colours

The 2012 Columbus Crew season is the club's nineteenth year of existence, as well as their seventeenth season in Major League Soccer, and their seventeenth consecutive season in the top-flight of American soccer.

Columbus opened its 2012 campaign against the Colorado Rapids at Dick's Sporting Goods Park on March 10, 2012.[1]

Overview[edit]

January[edit]

Competitions[edit]

Preseason[edit]

Carolina Challenge Cup[edit]

Major League Soccer[edit]

Standings[edit]

Eastern Conference table
Pos
Team
Pts
GP
W
L
T
GF
GA
GD
Qualification or relegation
1 Sporting Kansas City (E1) 63 34 18 7 9 42 27 +15 2012 MLS Cup Conference Semifinals
2 D.C. United 58 34 17 10 7 53 43 +10
3 New York Red Bulls 57 34 16 9 9 57 46 +11
4 Chicago Fire 57 34 17 11 6 46 41 +5 2012 MLS Cup Knockout Round
5 Houston Dynamo 53 34 14 9 11 48 41 +7
6 Columbus Crew 52 34 15 12 7 44 44 0
7 Montreal Impact 42 34 12 16 6 45 51 −6
8 Philadelphia Union 36 34 10 18 6 37 45 −8
9 New England Revolution 35 34 9 17 8 39 44 −5
10 Toronto FC 23 34 5 21 8 36 62 −26

Updated to matches played on 18:04 EDT October 28, 2012. Source: MLSSoccer.com
Notation Key:

(E1) = Eastern Conference champion
Overall table
Pos
Team
Pts
GP
W
L
T
GF
GA
GD
Qualification or relegation
1 San Jose Earthquakes (SS) 66 34 19 6 9 72 43 +29 Supporters' Shield & 2013–14 CONCACAF Champions League 1
2 Sporting Kansas City 63 34 18 7 9 42 27 +15
3 D.C. United 58 34 17 10 7 53 43 +10
4 New York Red Bulls 57 34 16 9 9 57 46 +11
5 Real Salt Lake 57 34 17 11 6 46 35 +11
6 Chicago Fire 57 34 17 11 6 46 41 +5
7 Seattle Sounders FC 56 34 15 8 11 51 33 +18
8 LA Galaxy 54 34 16 12 6 59 47 +12
9 Houston Dynamo 53 34 14 9 11 48 41 +7
10 Columbus Crew 52 34 15 12 7 44 44 0
11 Vancouver Whitecaps FC 43 34 11 13 10 35 41 −6
12 Montreal Impact 42 34 12 16 6 45 51 −6
13 FC Dallas 39 34 9 13 12 42 47 −5
14 Colorado Rapids 37 34 11 19 4 44 50 −6
15 Philadelphia Union 36 34 10 18 6 37 45 −8
16 New England Revolution 35 34 9 17 8 39 44 −5
17 Portland Timbers 34 34 8 16 10 34 56 −22
18 Chivas USA 30 34 7 18 9 24 58 −34
19 Toronto FC 23 34 5 21 8 36 62 −26

Updated to matches played on October 28, 2012. Source: MLSSoccer.com
Notation Key:

(SS) = Supporters Shield winner

1The highest ranked U.S.-based MLS club qualifies to the 2013–14 CONCACAF Champions League (placed in Pot A). The other U.S. representatives in the 2013–14 CONCACAF Champions League are:


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
34 52 15 12 7 44 44 0 11 3 3 28 21 +7 4 9 4 16 23 −7

Last updated: 28 October 2012
Source: Columbus Crew
Pld = Matches played; Pts = Points; W = Matches won; T = Matches tied; L = Matches lost; GF = Goals for; GA = Goals against; GD = Goal difference

Results by round[edit]

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 31 32 33 34
Ground A H A H A H H A H A A H A A H A H H A A H H A H A H A A H A H H A H
Result L W W L L T L T W T W W T L W L L W W L T T W W W W L L W L W D L W
Position 18 13 8 11 16 16 17 17 16 17 16 15 16 16 11 13 13 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 9 9 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10

Last updated: October 28, 2012.
Source: MLS
Ground: A = Away; H = Home. Result: T = Tie; L = Loss; W = Win; P = Postponed.

Match results[edit]

MLS Cup Playoffs[edit]

Main article: 2012 MLS Cup Playoffs

The Columbus Crew failed to qualify for the playoffs in this season.

U.S. Open Cup[edit]

Friendlies[edit]

Squad[edit]

MLS roster[edit]

Where a player has not declared an international allegiance, nation is determined by place of birth. Squad correct as of March 23, 2012.[2]

No. Position Player Nation
1 Goalkeeper Hesmer, WilliamWilliam Hesmer      United States
2 Defender Balchan, RichRich Balchan      United States
3 Defender Williams, JoshJosh Williams      United States
4 Defender Mendes, CarlosCarlos Mendes      United States
5 Defender O'Rourke, DannyDanny O'Rourke      United States
6 Midfielder Tchani, TonyTony Tchani      Cameroon
7 Midfielder Anor, BernardoBernardo Anor      Venezuela
9 Forward Meram, JustinJustin Meram      United States
10 Midfielder Mirošević, MilovanMilovan Mirošević      Chile
11 Midfielder Duka, DillyDilly Duka      United States
12 Midfielder Gaven, EddieEddie Gaven      United States
13 Midfielder Finlay, EthanEthan Finlay      United States
14 Defender Marshall, ChadChad Marshall (Captain)     United States
15 Midfielder Urso, KirkKirk Urso      United States
16 Defender Gehrig, EricEric Gehrig      United States
17 Forward Vargas, OlmanOlman Vargas      Costa Rica
18 Forward Speas, BenBen Speas (HGP)     United States
19 Forward Heinemann, TomTom Heinemann      United States
20 Forward Rentería, EmilioEmilio Rentería      Venezuela
21 Defender Miranda, SebastiánSebastián Miranda      Chile
22 Midfielder Grossman, ColeCole Grossman      United States
23 Defender Veeder, KoreyKorey Veeder      United States
26 Defender James, JuliusJulius James      Trinidad and Tobago
27 Forward Horton, AaronAaron Horton (HGP)     United States
28 Goalkeeper Lampson, MattMatt Lampson (HGP)     United States
29 Defender Francis, ShaunShaun Francis      Jamaica
30 Goalkeeper Gruenebaum, AndyAndy Gruenebaum      United States
32 Defender Vuković, NemanjaNemanja Vuković      Montenegro
34 Forward Schoenfeld, AaronAaron Schoenfeld      United States
36 Defender Perry, AubreyAubrey Perry      United States
37 Midfielder George, KevanKevan George      Trinidad and Tobago
Forward Arrieta, JairoJairo Arrieta      Costa Rica

Club[edit]

Position Staff
Head Coach Poland Robert Warzycha
Assistant Coach Argentina Ricardo Iribarren
Assistant Coach United States Mike Lapper
Goalkeeper Coach United States Scoop Stanisic
General Manager United States Mark McCullers
Technical Director United States Brian Bliss
Director of Team Operations United States Tucker Walther
Strength/Fitness Coach United States Mike Tremble
Athletic Trainer United States David Lagow
Equipment Manager United States Rusty Wummel

Transfers[edit]

In[edit]

Out[edit]

Loan in[edit]

Loan out[edit]

Miscellany[edit]

Allocation ranking[edit]

Columbus is in the #10 position in the MLS Allocation Ranking. The allocation ranking is the mechanism used to determine which MLS club has first priority to acquire a U.S. National Team player who signs with MLS after playing abroad, or a former MLS player who returns to the league after having gone to a club abroad for a transfer fee. A ranking can be traded, provided that part of the compensation received in return is another club’s ranking.[3]

International roster spots[edit]

Columbus has 8 MLS International Roster Slots for use in the 2012 season. Each club in Major League Soccer is allocated 8 international roster spots and no Columbus trades have been reported.

Future draft pick trades[edit]

Future picks acquired: *2015 MLS SuperDraft Round 4 pick from Houston Dynamo.
Future picks traded: *2013 MLS Supplemental Draft conditional pick to Montreal Impact.

Notes[edit]