2011 Columbus Crew season

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Columbus Crew
2011 season
Owner Clark Hunt
Head Coach Robert Warzycha
Stadium Crew Stadium
Major League Soccer Conference: 4th
Overall: 8th
MLS Cup Wildcard round
U.S. Open Cup Third round
CONCACAF Champions League 2010-11 Quarterfinals
Highest home attendance 21,203 vs. LA Galaxy
24 September 2011
Lowest home attendance 7,148 vs. Seattle Sounders
7 May 2011
Average home league attendance 12,185
Home colors
Away colors

The 2011 Columbus Crew season was the club's eighteenth year of existence, as well as their sixteenth season in Major League Soccer, and their sixteenth consecutive season in the top-flight of American soccer.

Columbus began its 2011 campaign by hosting Real Salt Lake in the CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal on February 22, 2011.[1]

Overview[edit]

February[edit]

The Crew opened its 2011 campaign with a Champions League quarterfinal fixture against fellow MLS competitor, Real Salt Lake. The match, the first leg of a quarterfinal series, was at Crew Stadium on February 22, 2011 and ended in a 0-0 draw. Columbus was trying to advance past the Quarterfinal stage after falling to Toluca 5-4 on aggregate last season.

March[edit]

The Crew playing the Portland Timbers on July 23, 2011.

On March 1, Columbus traveled to Rio Tinto Stadium and fell to Real Salt Lake by a score of 4-1, thus ending the Crew's run in the 2010–11 CONCACAF Champions League.

Two and a half weeks later, Columbus opened up its Major League Soccer campaign by traveling to Washington, D.C. to take on D.C. United on March 19. The club's MLS home opener was one week later, when the Crew hosted Red Bull New York on March 26.[2]

Squad[edit]

MLS roster[edit]

As of September 3, 2011.[3]

Note: Flags indicate national team as has been 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 Rich Balchan
3 United States MF Josh Williams
5 United States DF Danny O'Rourke
6 Cameroon MF Tony Tchani
7 Venezuela MF Bernardo Anor
9 United States FW Justin Meram
10 Peru FW Andrés Mendoza
11 United States MF Dilly Duka
12 United States MF Eddie Gaven
14 United States DF Chad Marshall
15 United States MF Kevin Burns
16 United States DF Eric Gehrig
17 Nigeria MF Emmanuel Ekpo
18 United States MF Robbie Rogers
No. Position Player
19 United States MF Cole Grossman
20 Venezuela FW Emilio Rentería
21 Chile DF Sebastián Miranda
22 Serbia MF Dejan Rusmir
23 United States DF Korey Veeder
24 United States DF Ben Sippola
25 United States GK Alex Riggs
26 Trinidad and Tobago DF Julius James
27 United States FW Aaron Horton
28 Argentina MF Santiago Prim
29 Jamaica DF Shaun Francis
30 United States GK Andy Gruenebaum
31 United States MF Josh Gardner
32 United States FW Tom Heinemann
33 United States FW Jeff Cunningham

Transfers[edit]

In[edit]

Date Player Position Previous Club Fee/Notes Ref
December 15, 2010 United States Jeff Cunningham FW United States FC Dallas Re-Entry Draft [4]
December 30, 2010 Chile Sebastián Miranda DF Chile Unión Española Undisclosed [5]
January 12, 2011 United States Tom Heinemann FW United States Charleston Battery Undisclosed [6]
January 25, 2011 Switzerland Kwaku Nyamekye DF United States Harvard University 2010 SuperDraft, 4th round [7]
February 15, 2011 United States Korey Veeder DF United States Crystal Palace Baltimore Weighted lottery [8]
February 17, 2011 United States Rich Balchan DF United States Indiana University 2011 SuperDraft, 1st round [9]
February 17, 2011 United States Justin Meram FW United States University of Michigan 2011 SuperDraft, 1st round [9]
February 17, 2011 United States Cole Grossman MF United States Duke University 2011 SuperDraft, 2nd round [9]
February 17, 2011 Venezuela Bernardo Anor MF United States University of South Florida 2011 SuperDraft, 3rd round [9]
February 21, 2011 United States Ben Sippola DF United States Butler University 2011 Supplemental Draft, 2nd round [10]
February 21, 2011 United States Andy Adlard MF United States Indiana University 2011 Supplemental Draft, 3rd round [10]
February 21, 2011 United States Josh Gardner MF United States Carolina RailHawks FC Undisclosed [11]
February 22, 2011 United States Ray Burse GK Unattached Free; signed to short-term, hardship contract [12]
February 22, 2011 United States Alex Riggs GK United States Missouri State University Free [12]
February 28, 2011 Trinidad and Tobago Julius James DF United States D.C. United Free [13]
March 9, 2011 Serbia Dejan Rusmir MF Romania Farul Constanţa Undisclosed [14]
March 17, 2011 United States Eric Gehrig DF Unattached Free [15]
April 26, 2011 Argentina Santiago Prim MF Argentina San Lorenzo de Almagro Undisclosed [16]
May 17, 2011 United States Aaron Horton FW United States University of Louisville Homegrown Player [17]
July 15, 2011 Cameroon Tony Tchani MF Canada Toronto Acquired for Andy Iro and Léandre Griffit [18]

Out[edit]

Date Player Position Destination Club Fee/Notes Ref
November 16, 2010 Argentina Guillermo Barros Schelotto MF Argentina Gimnasia La Plata Option declined, free transfer [19]
November 16, 2010 New Zealand Duncan Oughton MF None Option declined, retired, then joined the Crew front office as assistant to the technical director. [19]
November 16, 2010 Argentina Gino Padula DF Option declined [19]
November 22, 2010 United States Brian Carroll MF United States Philadelphia Union Traded for allocation money and a 2nd round SuperDraft pick [20]
November 24, 2010 Scotland Adam Moffat MF United States Portland Timbers Expansion Draft [21]
November 24, 2010 United States Eric Brunner DF United States Portland Timbers Expansion Draft [21]
December 3, 2010 United States Jason Garey FW United States Houston Dynamo Traded for a 2015 4th round SuperDraft pick [22]
December 15, 2010 United States Frankie Hejduk DF United States Sporting Kansas City Re-Entry Draft [4]
January 13, 2011 United States Steven Lenhart FW United States San Jose Earthquakes Traded for allocation money and a 1st round SuperDraft pick [23]
February 28, 2011 Switzerland Kwaku Nyamekye DF Waived [13]
March 15, 2011 United States Ray Burse GK Puerto Rico Puerto Rico Islanders Released, free transfer [24]
June 30, 2011 United States Andy Adlard MF Waived [25]
July 15, 2011 England Andy Iro DF Canada Toronto Traded for Tony Tchani [18]
France Léandre Griffit MF

Stats[edit]

Last updated on 22 February 2011.[26]
No. Nat Pos Player Total MLS CONCACAF Champions League U.S. Open Cup
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
1 United States GK William Hesmer 0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0
2 United States DF Rich Balchan 1 0 0+0 0 1+0 0 0+0 0
3 United States MF Josh Williams 1 0 0+0 0 0+1 0 0+0 0
4 England DF Andy Iro 1 0 0+0 0 1+0 0 0+0 0
5 United States DF Danny O'Rourke 1 0 0+0 0 1+0 0 0+0 0
6 United States MF Andy Adlard 1 0 0+0 0 1+0 0 0+0 0
8 Venezuela MF Bernardo Anor 1 0 0+0 0 1+0 0 0+0 0
9 United States FW Justin Meram 1 0 0+0 0 1+0 0 0+0 0
10 Peru FW Andrés Mendoza 1 0 0+0 0 1+0 0 0+0 0
11 United States DF Dilly Duka 0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0
12 United States MF Eddie Gaven 1 0 0+0 0 1+0 0 0+0 0
13 France MF Leandre Griffit 1 0 0+0 0 1+0 0 0+0 0
14 United States DF Chad Marshall 1 0 0+0 0 1+0 0 0+0 0
15 United States MF Kevin Burns 1 0 0+0 0 1+0 0 0+0 0
17 Nigeria MF Emmanuel Ekpo 0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0
18 United States MF Robbie Rogers 0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0
19 Brazil MF Cole Grossman 0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0
20 Venezuela FW Emilio Rentería 1 0 0+0 0 1+0 0 0+0 0
21 Chile DF Sebastián Miranda 1 0 0+0 0 1+0 0 0+0 0
22 Serbia MF Dejan Rusmir 0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0
25 United States GK Alex Riggs 0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0
26 Trinidad and Tobago DF Julius James 0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0
29 Jamaica DF Shaun Francis 0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0
31 United States MF Josh Gardner 1 0 0+0 0 1+0 0 0+0 0
32 United States FW Tom Heinemann 0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0
33 United States FW Jeff Cunningham 1 0 0+0 0 1+0 0 0+0 0
34 United States GK Ray Burse 1 0 0+0 0 1+0 0 0+0 0

Club[edit]

Position Staff
Head Coach Poland Robert Warzycha
Assistant Coach Argentina Ricardo Iribarren
Assistant Coach United States Mike Lapper
Goalkeeper Coach Russia Vadim Kirillov
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

Competitions[edit]

Competition Started round Current
position / round
Final
position / round
First match Last match
MLS 15 March 19, 2011 October 22, 2011
CONCACAF Champions League Quarterfinals August 22, 2010 March 1, 2011
U.S. Open Cup

Last updated: November 14, 2010
Source: Competitions

League standings[edit]


Pos
Team
Pts
Pld
W
L
D
GF
GA
GD
Qualification or relegation
1 LA Galaxy (SS) (W1) 67 34 19 5 10 48 28 +20 2011 MLS Cup Conference Semifinals, 2012–13 CONCACAF Champions League Group Stage 2
2 Seattle Sounders FC 63 34 18 7 9 56 37 +19 2011 MLS Cup Conference Semifinals 1
3 Real Salt Lake 53 34 15 11 8 44 36 +8
4 FC Dallas 52 34 15 12 7 42 39 +3 2011 MLS Cup Play-In Round
5 Sporting Kansas City (E1) 51 34 13 9 12 50 40 +10 2011 MLS Cup Conference Semifinals 1
6 Houston Dynamo 49 34 12 9 13 45 41 +4
7 Colorado Rapids 49 34 12 9 13 44 41 +3 2011 MLS Cup Play-In Round
8 Philadelphia Union 48 34 11 8 15 44 36 +8 2011 MLS Cup Conference Semifinals 1
9 Columbus Crew 47 34 13 13 8 43 44 −1 2011 MLS Cup Play-In Round
10 New York Red Bulls 46 34 10 8 16 50 44 +6
11 Chicago Fire 43 34 9 9 16 46 45 +1
12 Portland Timbers 42 34 11 14 9 40 48 −8
13 D.C. United 39 34 9 13 12 49 52 −3
14 San Jose Earthquakes 38 34 8 12 14 40 45 −5
15 Chivas USA 36 34 8 14 12 41 43 −2
16 Toronto FC 33 34 6 13 15 36 59 −23
17 New England Revolution 28 34 5 16 13 38 58 −20
18 Vancouver Whitecaps FC 28 34 6 18 10 35 55 −20

Source: MLSSoccer.com
(SS) = MLS Supporters' Shield; (E1) = Eastern Conference champion; (W1) = Western Conference champion
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified for the MLS Cup Playoffs, but not yet to the particular round indicated; (E) = Eliminated from playoff contention.


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 47 13 13 8 43 44 −1 9 3 5 27 18 +9 4 10 3 16 26 −10

Last updated: November 6, 2011
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

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 H A H A H H A A H A H H A H A A H A H A A H H A H H A H A H A A
Result L T W T W T W T L L T T W L W W L W T L W W L W W L L T L L L W W L
Position 17 14 11 10 6 6 5 6 8 10 11 11 8 9 8 5 7 6 7 7 6 5 6 5 5 6 6 6 6 8 9 8 7 9

Last updated: November 5, 2011.
Source: MLS Results & League table
Ground: A = Away; H = Home. Result: T = Tie; L = Lose; W = Win; P = Postponed.

Match results[edit]

      Win       Tie       Loss

Preseason[edit]

Atlanta Pro Soccer Challenge[edit]

Columbus won the Atlanta Pro Soccer Challenge round-robin tournament title with a 2-0 record.[27]

Major League Soccer[edit]

MLS Cup Playoffs[edit]

CONCACAF Champions League[edit]

U.S. Open Cup[edit]

With a fifth-place overall finish last season, the Crew secured direct qualification into the third-round proper of the U.S. Open Cup.[28]

Miscellany[edit]

Allocation ranking[edit]

Columbus is in the #6 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.[29]

International roster spots[edit]

Columbus has 8 international roster spots. Each club in Major League Soccer is allocated 8 international roster spots, which can be traded. There have been no reported trades involving Columbus international roster spots for the 2011 season. There is no limit on the number of international slots on each club’s roster. The remaining roster slots must belong to domestic players. For clubs based in the United States, a domestic player is either a U.S. citizen, a permanent resident (green card holder) or the holder of other special status (e.g., refugee or asylum status).[29]

Future draft pick trades[edit]

Future picks acquired: 2012 SuperDraft Round 2 pick acquired from D.C. United; 2015 SuperDraft Round 4 pick acquired from Houston Dynamo.
Future picks traded: None.

MLS rights to other players[edit]

Columbus maintains the MLS rights to Aaron Hohlbein as the club selected him in the 2010 MLS Re-Entry Draft and he instead chose to sign with a non-MLS club.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "2010-2011 CONCACAF Champions League Schedule" (PDF). CONCACAF. 2010-04-07. Archived from the original on 1 June 2010. Retrieved 2010-06-09. 
  2. ^ Crew Communications (2010-12-20). "Crew home opener set for March 26 vs. NY | Columbus Crew". Thecrew.com. Retrieved 2011-10-16. 
  3. ^ "Players | Columbus Crew". Thecrew.com. Retrieved 2011-10-16. 
  4. ^ a b "Latest News". MLSsoccer.com. 2011-06-26. Retrieved 2011-10-16. 
  5. ^ Crew Communications (2010-12-30). "Crew Sign Defender Sebastián Miranda | Columbus Crew". Thecrew.com. Retrieved 2011-10-16. 
  6. ^ "Latest News | Columbus Crew". Thecrew.com. Retrieved 2011-10-16. 
  7. ^ Crew Communications (2011-01-24). "Crew signs defender Kwaku Nyamekye | Columbus Crew". Thecrew.com. Retrieved 2011-10-16. 
  8. ^ "Latest News | Columbus Crew". Thecrew.com. Retrieved 2011-10-16. 
  9. ^ a b c d Crew Communications (2011-02-17). "Crew signs all four SuperDraft selections | Columbus Crew". Thecrew.com. Retrieved 2011-10-16. 
  10. ^ a b Crew Communications (2011-02-21). "Crew signs rookies Adlard and Sippola | Columbus Crew". Thecrew.com. Retrieved 2011-10-16. 
  11. ^ Crew Communications (2011-02-21). "Crew signs midfielder Josh Gardner | Columbus Crew". Thecrew.com. Retrieved 2011-10-16. 
  12. ^ a b Crew Communications (2011-02-22). "Crew sign goalkeepers Burse and Riggs | Columbus Crew". Thecrew.com. Retrieved 2011-10-16. 
  13. ^ a b Crew Communications (2011-02-28). "Crew signs defender Julius James | Columbus Crew". Thecrew.com. Retrieved 2011-10-16. 
  14. ^ Crew (2011-03-09). "Crew signs Serbian midfielder Dejan Rusmir | Columbus Crew". Thecrew.com. Retrieved 2011-10-16. 
  15. ^ "Former Rambler Standout Eric Gehrig Signs Professional Contract With Columbus Crew - Loyola University Chicago Official Athletic Site". Loyolaramblers.cstv.com. 2011-03-17. Retrieved 2011-10-16. 
  16. ^ Crew Communications (2011-04-26). "Crew sign Argentine midfielder Prim | Columbus Crew". Thecrew.com. Retrieved 2011-10-16. 
  17. ^ "Latest News | Columbus Crew". Thecrew.com. Retrieved 2011-10-16. 
  18. ^ a b "Toronto Trades For Columbus Pair | Toronto FC". Torontofc.ca. 2011-07-15. Retrieved 2011-10-16. 
  19. ^ a b c "Columbus brass says tough cuts necessary". MLSSoccer.com. 16 November 2010. Retrieved 16 November 2010. 
  20. ^ Nate Sulat (2010-11-22). "Crew make another change, trade Carroll to Philly". MLSsoccer.com. Retrieved 2011-10-16. 
  21. ^ a b "2010 Expansion Draft: pick by pick". MLSsoccer.com. 2010-11-24. Retrieved 2011-10-16. 
  22. ^ 6:00PM CDT (2010-12-03). "Dynamo acquire forward Jason Garey". Houston Dynamo. Retrieved 2011-10-16. 
  23. ^ Craig Merz (2011-01-13). "Crew trade Lenhart, add four in draft | Columbus Crew". Thecrew.com. Retrieved 2011-10-16. 
  24. ^ Craig Merz (2011-03-15). "Crew Notes: Settled ahead of opener vs. DC". MLSsoccer.com. Retrieved 2011-10-16. 
  25. ^ Mitchell, Shawn (2011-06-30). "Thursday's quickies | The Columbus Dispatch". Dispatch.com. Retrieved 2011-10-16. 
  26. ^ "Statistics". MLSsoccer.com. Retrieved 2011-10-16. 
  27. ^ 6:00PM CDT (2011-03-11). "Dynamo suffer first preseason loss, 1-0". Houston Dynamo. Retrieved 2011-10-16. 
  28. ^ "MLS: Setting The Table". Settingthetable.info. Retrieved 2011-10-16. 
  29. ^ a b "2011 MLS Roster Rules". MLSsoccer.com. Retrieved 2011-10-16.