Columbus Crew at New York Red Bulls: Matchday Commentary

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The best team in Major League Soccer faces the worst in the last MLS match of the weekend as the COlumbus Crew take on the New York Red Bulls.

Given the sad state of the Red Bulls it's almost a sin to remind folks that this is a rematch of last year's MLS Cup, but it is. The Crew is riding a XX-match unbeaten streak while the Red Bulls just won their first match in two months last week.

I will be providing commentary for the match (after a computer-related delay) so please feel free to follow along here. As always, you are welcome to share your own thoughts and opinions in the comments section below.

Enjoy the action:

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FINAL- That's all from Giants Stadium. Please feel free to share your post-match thoughts in the comments section below.

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FINAL- Richie Williams, the Middletown Mourinho, improves to 2-0 since taking over for Juan Carlos Osorio, and 6-3-2 all-time as a head coach. Not bad, is it?

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FINAL- Red Bulls 1, Crew 0. The Richie Williams era continues undefeated and the win improves New York to 16 points. That means the REd Bulls will NOT have the worst record in MLS history.

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93rd minute- Boyens has had a game today. I've called him terrible in the past, but for tonight, he's been stellar.

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90th minute- Lenhart with the handball. Red Bulls have four minute of stoppage time to kill.

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88th minute- Schelotto is coming in for Hejduk. Interesting late sub. Schelotto can't really play on this turf too long.

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86th minute- Crew running out of time here. Moreno is trying to create something. Kandji commits a foul and is lucky not to get a second yellow. Crew with a long free kick.

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84th minute- Brunner with a yellow card for colliding with Kandji in the open field. Kandji is slow to get up.

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82nd minute- SAVE Coundoul. Stops a Moreno header.

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81st minute- Sassano comes in for Ubiparipovic.

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78th minute- Brunner misses a wide-open look on the back-post.

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76th minute- Andrew Boyens with another great play to break up a dangerous chance for the Crew. Columbus corner.

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72nd minute- Johnson gets a yellow for a foul on Moreno that looked worse than it was. Columbus is ready for a late push.

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72nd minute- Alejandro Moreno is coming in.

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71st minute- Tonight's attendance: 10,323. Okay, so it looks more like 5,000, but who's counting?

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70th minute- Robbie Rogers in for Adam Moffatt.

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68th minute- Here comes Robbie Rogers, about to sub in.

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67th minute- Wonder what Robert Warzycha is waiting for with subs.

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64th minute- Crew shot attempt is blocked and the Red Bulls broke out on the counter. Richards torched the Crew defense, juking Brian Carroll before sliding a shot past Greunebaum. Anybody else surprised that Richards actually finished that play off? That was 2008 Dane Richards, not 2009 Dane Richards.

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62nd minute- GOAL RED BULLS!!!! DANE RICHARDS with the finish off a LONG run. WOW. Red Bulls 1, Crew 0.

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60th minute- Wolyniec HITS THE POST!!!! Rocket of a left-footed shot hits the left post.

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59th minute- Mac Kandji is coming in for Jorge Rojas. What, you didn't know Rojas was playing?

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57th minute- For those wondering about new signing Walter Garcia and why he's not in uniform, the word I get is that he is woefully out of shape and is still several weeks away from match fitness. That signing is looking really good right now, isn't it?

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55th minute- One player who hasn't been terrible tonight is Andrew Boyens. He's held his own, though the Crew helped by not starting quick forwards.

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52nd minute- Ubiparipovic clips Gavens legs on the break and draws a yellow. The Crew starting to look a bit more dangerous here. The urgency is setting in. They have to realize this match is three points for the taking.

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50th minute- Ricardo Salazqar is the ref tonight, meaning there's still a good chance of a red card at some point.

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46th minute- We're back, no subs.

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HALFTIME- Columbus is playing like a team that just wants to get this road trip over with. The Red Bulls are playing like a bad team trying hard but still not playing well enough to beat a good team having a bad night.

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HALFTIME- Crew 0, Red Bulls 0. Not the most exciting match ever. 

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43rd minute- Coundoul gets the start tonight. He has not really been tested yet.

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42nd minute- Danleigh Borman has had a good game so far today. He's settled into the left back job pretty well. Alfredo Pacheco isn't even dressed today, which shows you how far his stock has fallen.

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40th minute- No Schelotto or Robbie Rogers tonight, or Alejandro Moreno for that matter, and it shows as the offense is lacking some punch.

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37th minute- Here's the Crew's lineup today:

————-Lenhart——–Garey——————

Gaven———Carroll——Moffat———–Ekpo

Padula———-Brunner–Marshall———-Hejduk

———————-Gruenebaum——————-

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34th minute- Red Bulls have actually shown some flashes offensively, but the Crew are capable of burning New York on the counter.

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29th minute- Here is the Red BUlls lineup tonight:

——————-Angel——-Wolyniec—————-

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Ubiparipovic—————————————Richards

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Borman——–Petke————-Boyens————Johnson

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25th minute- Danleigh Borman clears a Chad Marshall shot off the line for New York.

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24th minute- It's 0-0, not much action to speak of so far.

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35 Responses to Columbus Crew at New York Red Bulls: Matchday Commentary

  1. Jerry says:

    Crew look hungover from the trip to Mexico. Red Bulls just might pull this off.

  2. RLW2020 says:

    link to soccernet.espn.go.com

    - struggling Beyern is giving out free beers.. how about New York offers free jagr bombs or something?

  3. Dexter says:

    With Hedjuk not injured anymore, can he fill in at right back for the nationals?

  4. Never First says:

    Ives, any word why Warzycha decided to leave so many top players on the bench? Worried about the turf/injuries or maybe sending a message to players after the beating in Mexico? With Chicago and Houston dropping off, the Crew can easily run away with the Supporters’ Shield. It would be nice if they could lock it up with a couple matches to play.

  5. Tony in Quakeland says:

    Good god, Richards is an idiot….

  6. Joamiq says:

    Red Bulls look somewhat lively today… but man, Dane Richards has no soccer IQ whatsoever.

  7. Tony in Quakeland says:

    Joamiq – my insult was much more far ranging than yours. My ten year old son and I often marvel at how Richard must be the stupidest player MLS…

  8. Tony in Quakeland says:

    He’s still an idiot…Woly was the better option

  9. Tony in Quakeland says:

    Opps, not Wolenic….

  10. RAW says:

    Wow….Woly is playing great and Kanji makes an impact right when he starts.

    Why did we not change our coach earlier in the year?

    Anyone see another unpredictable and basically unbelievable run by RBNY to the playoffs?????

  11. Tony in Quakeland says:

    RAW…No. But I do see a team playing to its level of ability and MAYBE convincing Angel to stay….

  12. RAW says:

    Angel said he planned on staying thru next year already…i just hope we can bring some good play to Red Bull Park

  13. Tony in Quakeland says:

    RAW: That’s good. As an ex-New Yorker, I do keep a modest interest in the Red Bulls and look forward to going to Red Bull Park next year.

  14. Matt says:

    I cannot wait to see one less field in the league with turf. It was painful to watch this game as a Crew fan. The Massive looked so out of rhythm on that surface (US-CR in Saprissa).

  15. Chris says:

    after this win Osorio must feel like a jackass

  16. RAW says:

    I was just happy to see our team play like a team and am really looking forward to a legit soccer stadium for RBNY… it wont look so empty as it does at Giants Stadium

  17. A.S. says:

    C-Bus played their B-team and paid the price. Nice win. Would be nice if the guys passed once in a while on the break, but, hey Dane scored so you can’t complain too much.

  18. Jeter says:

    Go Dynamo!!

  19. Mastro says:

    GRACIAS RICHIE WILLIAMS……..YOU ARE THE RB HEAD COACH WE NEED

    JC OSORIO RIP

  20. kpugs says:

    Steven Lenhart does not like me. But whatever, he shouldn’t dive and have Chris Albright hair and lose to the worst team in the league.

  21. kpugs says:

    P.S. MLS referees are awful. GUYS, WE ARE THE RED BULLS. We don’t need you redefining hand balls so they’re legal and calling one-sided games to the visiting team. It’s hard enough to win without refs helping the other team. For Pete’s sake.

  22. Kingsnake says:

    Leinhart looks like that fat kid in “Bad Santa”, except taller.

  23. CSD says:

    NYRB is awesome. Finally all those Osario players are putting a little effort in. I knew they should have moved Osario upstairs and made him a GM. The players just didn’t understand him. :)

  24. Happy Camper says:

    Deadbulls looked a bit lively. Missed several chances on first half and deserved to win. Surprised to see less people at the stadium than last time around. Weather was great, however.

    Again, what’s up with the rumors that Barca maybe interested in buying them?

    HC

  25. Juan Carlos Osorio, Master Strategist, Socceir Genius, Professor of all things says:

    Hmmm. I think Williams should have played Woly in goal and Coundoul in midfield and Ubi up top. Maybe had Angel in defense.

    They needed to play to fight off the Crew’s strengths rather than play to their own.

  26. patrick says:

    i dont know why kandji wouldnt play every game from here on out. He’s enjoyable to watch and creative. He’s one of the few players I want to stay on the team next year, let’s take the reins off and let him go. Has anyone noticed that stammler wears under armour cleats? He’s only making $34,000, it wouldnt surprise me if he is making that from under armour. His agent probably worked out a nice deal. Consistant player in a new york market means exposure

  27. Platini says:

    Some Dude bought the Cosmos name from pepe any info on that Ives get the interview brother!

  28. acj says:

    With the standings so close the red bulls are everyone’s second favorite team right now. There aren’t a lot of teams that can get 3 points and _not_ jump up the standings.

  29. Eric R says:

    fire osorio!!!

  30. Nick says:

    Stammler’s Salary is $105k, not $34k.

  31. Rudy says:

    Way to blow your shot at immortality New York!

  32. Joamiq says:

    fire osorio!!!

    Posted by: Eric R | August 30, 2009 at 11:09 PM

    OK, that made me laugh. I think Richie’s success and the effect it must be having on JCO is sort of a second firing in effect

  33. tommy w. says:

    Are these Barcelona rumours even remotely true, or is it a complete fabrication that just keeps spreading ?

  34. David says:

    Was at the game. Beautiful weather but unfortunately a small crowd. Team looks so much better under Williams. Much more organized. Few glaring mistakes. Hopefully they end the year strong. Will definitely try to get to the remaining games.

  35. tonytdc says:

    was at the game also. more fans than i expected. smaller esc than i expected. MUCH better result than expected. thankfully no schelotto, rogers, and moreno for most of the match. bouna, carlos johnson, boyens(!), borman, richards – all looked good. ubi did not. even rojas looked less bad than usual. keep williams as head coach, imho.