Wednesday, September 15, 2010

9/15/2010: Crew Demolish Joe Public 3-nil, Griffit and Mendoza Looked Sharp

Griffit had a nice runout for Columbus against Joe Public, a beautiful goal as well to open up the Joe Public defense in the 47th minute too.

The Columbus Crew continue to do well against any side not named Real Salt Lake or the Los Angeles Galaxy; as the Crew cruised past Joe Public 3-nil last night in front of a small crowd at Columbus Crew Stadium.

The goalscoring started off in the 47th minute when the Crew's Frenchman Leandre Griffit sent a technically adept, curling curve ball past the Joe Public keeper and into the net to make it 1-nil Crew. New Peruvian striker Andres Mendoza was credited with the assist on that goal but unfornately couldn't open his own Champions League account with the Crew despite several opportunities in the first half to do so.

The Griffit goal relaxed the Crew and their finishing improved as Jason Garey was able to make it 2-nil just minutes later; as a cross by Emmanuel Ekpo found Garey's head in the 51st minute and the ball then glanced into the back of the net.

The Crew would cap the night off in the 79th minute as a nice assist by Crew youngster Dilly Duka found Steven Lenhart near the 18 on the right side; Lenhart would send a powerful strike across his body that would find paydirt in the left side of the net to make it 3-nil Crew.

The win, despite being against an undermanned Trinidad & Tobago side, should give the Crew the needed confidence to hopefully turn their fortunes around this weekend against the Seattle Sounders at home. The Crew need to get back to their winning ways after losing a pivotal game against L.A. the previous Saturday. The loss puts the Crew a game behind in the Supporters Shield race. However, the Crew still have a favorable schedule with struggling teams such as Toronto, Chicago, and Philadelphia still left on the docket.

While the Supporters Shield race is still up for grabs, the Crew should be feeling pretty good about their chances now of advancing in the CONCACAF Champions League. The Crew's six points is only second to Santos Laguna (on 7 pts) while Municipal and Joe Public both are struggling with only 2 and 1 pts respectively. If the Crew have a favorable result in their next game against Santos that should be enough for them to qualify from the group. I would expect the Crew to be up for the Santos game at home as payback for a tie they should of received the first go around down in Mexico.

Andy Gruenebaum- 7.0: Doing a solid job at being the CONCACAF Champions League starting goalkeeper. Looking like a very viable option if Hesmer ever gets injured. Shutout deserves a good rating, even though Gruenebaum was rarely tested by Joe Public.
Duncan Oughton- 7.2: Good job shutting down the middle and distributing. Nice to see Oughton being productive in games like this.
Eric Brunner- 7.1: Good to get him starting, Joe Public didn't give him or Marshall many issues.
Chad Marshall- 7.5: Joe Public strikers were no match for Marshall.
Andy Iro (came in 79th minute)- 6.8: Did fine when he came in to relieve Marshall.
Shaun Francis- 6.8: Getting better with more time on the field.
Adam Moffat- 6.5: Not bad, but could of got into the attack a little more with Garey and Griffit.
Emmanuel Ekpo- 8.0: Always looks fantastic against these subpar CONCACAF teams that don't seem to scout Ekpo or the Crew in general.
Dilly Duka (came in 61st minute)- 7.2: Nice assist, but should be getting starting minutes in games like this.
Leandre Griffit- 8.5: I like how Griffit plays, would like to see him get an opportunity with the starting 11 more often. I think he is really technically adept.
Kevin Burns- 7.0: Not a bad day out. Showing to be good depth for CONCACAF and U.S. Open Cup.
Jason Garey- 7.7: Nice header, lively for most of the game.
Andres Mendoza- 7.9: Dangerous most of his time in during his first start. Nice big frame, will be a nice option and threat for the Crew in the attack.
Steven Lenhart (came in 65th minute)- 7.6: Beautiful goal.

1 comment:

  1. only problem i had with mendoza is that it seemed he would kind of give up after losing the ball or not getting a great pass, not a lot of effort on defense. i know thats not why we have him to defend but it is always nice to see a striker put in hard work in this area, other wise he looked great