Tuesday, August 10, 2010

8/10/2010: Crew vs. Philly Ratings, Afterthoughts, Should Griffit Get More Minutes?







CREWTURE'S MAN OF THE MATCH:

Has to be Steven Lenhart (9.5 RATING) with two goals on two magnificient headers against Philadelphia. The second header was especially a thing of beauty, my grandpa who doesn't even watch soccer was over and had to say "wow" on that goal. Lenhart is definitely trying to make a case for starting time up top, despite how well Renteria has been doing and despite all of the rumors of Andres Mendoza coming in and being that 20 goals a game striker. Lenhart is definitely motivated to keep himself in Warzycha's mind. Has seperated himself above Garey and back on terms with Renteria.

Also, the inconsistent play of Rogers and Ekpo may help Lenhart see more time up top, as Renteria could see himself in right midfield more often if those midfielders do not perform.

SPEAKING OF MIDFIELDERS:

I rarely see any player come on the last five minutes and make such an impact. Leandre Griffit scored a goal in three minutes against the Houston Dynamo and came in and killed the game against Philadelphia the last six minutes. Griffit looked composed with two defenders on him; Moreover, it looked like Guillermo trusted him and searched him out for passes. Griffit and Guillermo worked many pretty one, twos into the corner to kill the game.

I would like to see Griffit have a shot at that left midfield position. Give him a start at the next game as he did more in five minutes than Ekpo and Rogers have done lately. Definitely a better passer than Ekpo as well, although Ekpo is probably more of a elusive dribbler. Looking forward to seeing more of him.

Take our poll down below on whether you think Griffit should see starting time soon?


FANS OF THE WEEK:

Those over 100 fans that made the trek to Philly on a midweek night. Although, the Nordecke may have plateaued a bit at home lately, it's nice to see the traveling support this year not just in the usual places such as rivals Toronto or Chicago. But, also in Philadelphia, New York, and Dallas.

BIG WIN, BIGGEST DIFFERENCE BETWEEN 2010 CREW TO 2008, 2009:

The big difference between this Crew and the good teams of the previous two years is that this Crew doesn't go into slumps. The Crew in 2010 haven't lost back-to-back games this year, and have followed up every loss with a win.

The Crew came into Philadelphia reeling after a surprise 3-1 loss to Chivas. The Crew also had the most injuries they have ever had in a while. But, they put together a performance and were efficient; The Crew left with the three points and gained 9 days of rest until their next game.

The Crew also put 9 points between them and New York. And also have cut the Los Angeles Galaxy's Supporters Shield lead down from 9 to 3 points.

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