Wednesday, July 29, 2009

7/29/09: What's Going On? With Renteria, CCL, & More News.

What's going on with all of the talk of Emilio Renteria heading to Columbus according to Venezuelan reports (and the lack of news about it up here at Crew headquarters)? With the last couple of days flying by a Renteria move seems less and less likely. The Crew have no clue about what Renteria and his agent are talking about. However, all of Venezuela considers the deal as good as done, even listing Renteria as a Crew player in the national team call up news today.

From Vinotintos en Exterior, listing Venezuela's players for the upcoming qualifiers in September:
Arquero: Renny Vega (Caracas FC).
Defensores: Oswaldo Vizcarrondo (Olimpia de Paraguay), Juan Fuenmayor (Valerenga, Noruega), José Yeguez (Dvo. Anzoátegui), Julio Machado (Dvo. Táchira), José Manuel Rey (Caracas FC), Pedro Boada (Dvo. Anzoátegui), Gerzón Chacón (Dvo. Táchira).
Mediocampistas: Tomás Rincón (Hamburgo de Alemania), Luis Manuel Seijas (Santa Fe de Colombia), Pedro Fernández (Dvo. Táchira), Franklin Lucena (Caracas FC), Rubén Arocha (Zamora FC), Marlon Fernández (Dvo.Táchira), Giacomo Di Giorgi (Dvo.Anzoátegui),
Delanteros: Giancarlo Maldonado (Atlante de México), Juan Arango (Borussia Moenchengladbach de Alemania), Nicolás Fedor (Valencia, España), Alejandro Moreno (Columbus Crew de USA) y Emilio Rentería (Columbus Crew de USA).

Same here at Canal Vinotinto.

Also, Emilio Renteria is apparently a member of the Crew as well on his spanish wikipedia page and the Crew's spanish wikipedia page. Sure, this all sounds like an exciting new career move for Renteria. One problem though, the Crew knows nothing about it.

From reports in Venezuela, Renteria is due in Columbus on Thursday. However, I expect since Mitchell hasn't said anything to dispute his Sunday entry stating that the Crew "have no clue about this" that the Crew really have no clue about this.

Making the Renteria to Columbus rumor, with the frequency of reports from Venezuela with downright sureness, the most spurious false alarm rumor in some time.

**After a 3-2 last minute defeat in Columbus this past Saturday that gave the Trillum Cup to the Massive Columbus club once again, Toronto FC are eyeing up some revenge in the CONCACAF Champions League against the Columbus Crew. To get their shot, TFC will have to get past last year's semifinalists the Puerto Rico Islanders in a home and home two game series starting tonight at 8 p.m. on Gol TV and concluding a week from now in a return leg down in Puerto Rico. No easy task.

Especially when one considers that Puerto Rico missed out on last year's CONCACAF Champions League finals on penalty kicks against Mexican powerhouse Cruz Azul. Puerto Rico took a 2-0 lead at home:

Just to have Cruz Azul win 3-1 at their home place the next week(sadly CONCACAF doesn't count away goals or Puerto Rico would have been through) and then Cruz Azul won 4-2 on penalties:

If I was Toronto FC I would worry about one game at a time, and not look past a fully capable Puerto Rico side who have made it much farther in this tournament than a lot of MLS teams have in recent years. However, if Toronto FC somehow stumble by the USL 1 Puerto Rican side, the Crew will play Toronto in the first CCL game at home on August the 18th.

Here's the entire schedule:
August 18 - vs. Toronto FC/Puerto Rico Islanders
August 26 - @ Cruz Azul/Herediano
September 16 - @ Deportivo Saprissa
September 23 - vs. Cruz Azul/Herediano
September 29 - vs. Deportivo Saprissa
October 20 - @ Toronto FC/Puerto Rico Islanders

For tonight's game, I'm pretty sure all Crew fans will be rooting for the Islanders. I hope to never see Toronto again this year. Because you have to figure they will get lucky one of these times. If Toronto makes it through, we will play them five times this year, and possibly a total of seven if we see them in the playoffs. Oy vey!

**MLS Rumors are on a path of ridicoulous-ness once again, this time with US Soccer. Read the hillarity here, instead of giving them the blog hits.


  1. "Also, Emilio Renteria is apparently a member of the Crew as well on his spanish wikipedia page and the Crew's spanish wikipedia page."

    Not the same page that lists Nico Henandez,Guilherme Só, Brad Evans, Ezra, Shoenie, Stefani Miglioranzi, etc on the tema, right? =P