Wednesday, June 10, 2009

6/11/09: Crew Updates


Pic Info: Crew striker Alejandro Moreno(center) works a full 90 minutes against Uruguay in a 2-2 draw in South America's qualifying for the tournament. (Pic by AFP)

**Since Andy Iro, Adam Moffat, and Brian Carroll are still apparently sidelined. While Duncan Oughton is out with New Zealand prepping for the Confederations Cup. The Crew will start Kevin Burns next game according to Craig Merz:

"O'Rourke's return to central defense creates the same problem Warzycha faced when Carroll went down. With Duncan Oughton away at the Confederations Cup with New Zealand and Carroll perhaps not quite ready to return to the lineup, Warzycha will have to turn to Kevin Burns -- the former Rochester Rhinos player with just 21 minutes on his MLS resume -- in a straight swap or tinker significantly with his lineup to help fill the void.

So, what do you think? Will Burns step up ala Brunner and Burns. Or will Burns struggle in his first significant start in MLS?

**Alejando Moreno went the full 90 minutes in Venezuela's 2-2 draw at home against Uruguay. The draw follows a 1-0 surprise victory against Bolivia with a team that trained at La Paz's altitude. Against Uruguay, Moreno was very involved with the first goal. However, Uruguay would register the next two goals until a fine strike by Jose Manual Rey put Venezuela level. Venezuela has 17 points, 3 behind 5th placed Ecuador with 20 points and 5 behind 4th placed Argentina with 4 games left.

Venezuela's best opportunity would be to try to snatch 5th place from Ecuador(20 points). Uruguay(18 points), Columbia(17 points), and Venezuela(17 points) are gunning for that last spot which would lead to a playoff against the fourth place team in CONCACAF qualifying.

Highlights:


**Duncan Oughton's New Zealand matched Italy for most of their friendly as both sides prepared for the Confederations Cup. The Kiwi's jumped out to an early lead, but Italy put in veterans second half, like Pirlo and Camoranesi, and pulled out a 4-3 victory. Oughton was given a rest this game, but Andrew Boyens of the New York Red Bulls went 90 minutes. Oughton played in a friendly 2-1 loss against Tanzania.


**Concacaf Champions League preliminary draws were announced. According to Ives, Columbus and Houston have byes into the group stage of the tournament while New York and D.C. will play home-and-home series in late July and early August. Group play for the tournament will begin on Sept. 18th.:

Preliminary Round Seedings

Pot A

Cruz Azul (MEX), Pachuca (MEX), New York Red Bulls (USA), D.C. United (USA), Vancouver Whitecaps or Toronto (CAN), Olimpia (HON), Liberia (CRC), Arabe Unido or Apertura champion (PAN)

Pot B

Arabe Unido or Apertura champion (PAN), Comunicaciones or Jalapa (GUA), Chalatenango (SLV), Real Espana (HON), Herediano (CRC), W Connection (TRI), Puerto Rico Islanders (PUR), San Juan Jabloteh (TRI)

Group Stage Seedings

Toluca (MEX), Pumas UNAM (MEX) Columbus Crew (USA), Houston Dynamo (USA), Saprissa (CRC), Marathon (HON), Comunicaciones or Municipal (GUA), Metapan (SLV)

The match-ups for the play-in round will be determined first, then the groups will be drawn. MLS teams cannot face each other in the play-in round and Columbus and Houston cannot be drawn into the same group.

The draw will be revealed on Thursday afternoon.

2 comments:

  1. id rather have my special game tickets go towards international friendlies

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  2. I'm thinkin Burns will be a solid player. Everybody we have seems to be solid, and I see Burns being the same way.

    I hope =)

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