Tuesday, August 25, 2009

8/25/09: Miedotempo Marking Crew As Slight Favorites, Despite MLS History In Mexico.

Cruz Azul prepares for a second yellow menance in the space of three days (Photo by: Mexsport).

Highlights from the article by Karina Xicotencatl:

Cruz Azul are coming into this game with decreased morale after the 3-2 loss to America, and face yet another yellow team.

- The attendance and morale in the stands will probably be low.

- Cruz Azul doesn't know much about Columbus. The article mentions the nine game unbeaten streak Columbus has. (Crewfighter's thoughts: But the Crew has had 8 days to look up film and information on Cruz Azul and formulate a game plan for them.)

-Schelotto is hungry for minutes after being out nearly a month. He is the idol of the fans of the yellow team.

-The confidence of being the league champion and not losing since June 20 when Columbus fell 2-1 to FC Dallas and their complete victory vs. the Puerto Rico Islanders in Concacaf Champions League are compelling reasons to mark them as favorites in the game against Cruz Azul.

- The tempo of the match in the first 30 minutes will be crucial.

The Crew are being marked as slight favorites despite MLS's history in Mexico:

All-Time Competitive Record by MLS in Mexico
1998 Leon vs. Colorado 4:2
2001 Santos vs. Kansas City 4:2
2002 Pachuca vs. San Jose 3:0
2002 Morelia vs. Chicago 2:0
2002 Santos vs. Kansas City 2:1
2002 Morelia vs. Kansas City 6:1
2003 Morelia vs. Columbus 6:0
2003 Necaxa vs. LA Galaxy 2:1
2005 Pumas vs. DC United 5:0
2007 Chivas vs. DC United 2:1
2007 Pachuca vs. Houston 5:2 AET
2007 Chivas vs. DC United 1:0
2008 Pachuca vs. DC United 2:0
2008 Cruz Azul vs. DC United 2:0
2008 Pumas vs. Houston 4:4
2009 Atlante vs. Houston 3:0
16 Matches; 1 Draw; 15 Losses

But, this Columbus team is a more complete team than most of their MLS predecessors and is a much different Columbus team than the one who faced Morelia in 2003.


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