Friday, August 20, 2010

8/20/2010: Game Review & People's Ratings- Crew vs. Municipal

Renteria (7.2)
Guillermo (7.5)
Ekpo (9.5)- MOTM
Hejduk (6.8)
Moffat (5.5)
Marshall (7.2)
O'Rourke (7.0)
Andy Greunebaum (8.0)
Francis (5.5)
Garey (6.3)
Iro (6.9)
Griffit (6.5)
Gaven (8.5)

MOTM~ Emmanuel Ekpo: Hopefully this was the coming out party for Emmanuel Ekpo and just not a signifier that Ekpo could be a 30 goals a year playmaker in Guatemala against short and slow defenders. Whether Ekpo was just feeling it on the night or Municipal is just that bad, Ekpo was running circles around Municipal and passing to himself which was capped off with a wundergoal. Hopefully there is more of this to come from Ekpo in the regular season schedule. If there is, this will cement Ekpo's place in the starting eleven and make a move to Turkey (rumored in early July) a distant memory. Very promising, want to see more of this consistently out of Ekpo.

THIS YEAR'S CHAMPIONS LEAGUE GROUP WILL BE MUCH EASIER THAN LAST YEAR'S: The Columbus Crew qualified from a Champions League group last year that not only had Cruz Azul but also lethal at home, solid Costa Rican side Saprissa and the upset kings in Champions League, the Puerto Rico Islanders, in it.

This year the Crew have one tough team they have to match up against in Santos Laguna. On the other hand, watching the Crew vs. Municipal game, the Crew were the vastly superior side dominating possession and shots, and should of won 3 or 4-nil. Therefore, if the Crew can win on the road in Saprissa they should have no problems doing the same against Municipal away this year. Also, Joe Public as the Trinidad & Tobago champions are more than likely the worst side in this group. So, it's really between the Crew and Santos Laguna in group B, hopefully the Crew can come up with some shock results against Santos to come out group B winners and to get a more favorable draw in the quarterfinals this year.



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