Tuesday, October 20, 2009

10/20/09: El Venado Redeems Himself and Then Some, Crew Headed To CONCACAF Quarterfinals

After receiving a red card after a promising start to his second half against D.C. United, Emilio Renteria scores in the 74th minute of the CONCACAF Champions League group stage finale tonight against bottom dwellers Puerto Rico as the Crew leave San Juan with a 1-1 tie.

The tie will be good enough for the Columbus Crew (2-2-2) overall in the group stage with 8 points to advance to the quarterfinals of the CONCACAF tournament, one more step to their ultimate goal of getting to the FIFA Club World Cup.

This is a good momentum builder for the Crew, as you don't want to limp through the final stages of the season and you don't want to put who moves on and who wins trophies in the faith of another team.

The Crew with Renteria's goal makes the Cruz Azul vs. Saprissa game in Costa Rica completely useless. The Crew should build on this and win on Saturday to make the results of Chivas USA useless as well in the Supporters Shield race. If they can, that would be a solid week with a CONCACAF quarterfinal birth and a Supporters Shield, definitely a great way to rebuild that confidence and end the season on a high note.

Other statistics from the game include the goal from Puerto Rico player Noah Delgado, who scored the opening goal for Puerto Rico in the 34th minute. Also, Kevin Burns and Guillermo Barros Schelotto received yellows in the contest.

Go Crew!


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