Saturday, September 4, 2010

9/4/2010: Andres Mendoza To Debut Today and More

Crew finally get their new attack option on the field: With top experience in Mexico with Morelia, in France with Olympique Marseille, in Belgium with Club Brugge, and many other clubs the Crew are hoping Mendoza can give them that finishing punch in the end stretch of their season.

**The Crew have received the okay to debut Andres Mendoza. Mendoza has finally received his international transfer certificate from Turkish Super Lig side Diyarbakirspor. The ITC allows Mendoza to play for the Crew in their regular season game against D.C. United tonight. Mendoza flew out of Columbus Friday afternoon to join his new Columbus teammates. Mendoza, who has trained with Columbus over the past month, is from what I heard expected to start to give the strikers who played Wednesday night a rest or Mendoza will be the first striker off the bench in the 60th to 65th minute.

**Although great news for Mendoza, the battle with Diyarbakirspor is not over according to Mendoza's agent Ricky Schanks (good agent name btw):

"FIFA sent the letter and pass to Mendoza and therefore he's eligible to play Saturday for the Columbus Crew in Washington. The news delighted the player, taking into account that he wants to play. The next step now is to try to get the six months of salary owed from the Turkish club," said Schanks.

**The usually sweltering RFK in August and September will be nice for once as the Crew will be treated to high 60's for most of tonight's game in Washington, D.C.

**The D.C. United players felt hard done by their 2-1 loss to the Columbus Crew in the U.S. Open Cup Semifinal on Wednesday. Former Crew player and current D.C. United scumbucket Marc Burch said that the Crew have "some dirty players" and that D.C. would be "out for revenge on Saturday night."

The Crew will likely make a few changes to their roster for tonight's game. I could see Dilly Duka getting his first regular season start, as Duka played well in the U.S. Open Cup match on Wednesday. Also, as previously mentioned, Mendoza may be included in the starting lineup to give the attack a little more punch. However, no matter what the Crew employs and no matter what tactics D.C. United use to pump themselves up for this encounter, I still see a similiar 2-1 result for the Crew. Columbus just has to many weapons and is just a way better team all around that they'll always be able to outlast this D.C. United team over 90 minutes.

Prediction: 2-1 Crew, goals by Renteria in the first half and Mendoza in the second half.

**Former Crew player Brian McBride, 38, unsurprisingly announced that he will be retiring after this season. McBride's 62 goals with Columbus made him an icon in his early days with the Crew. However, there would be a lot more fanfare about McBride's retirement in Columbus if McBride would of retired with English outfit Fulham instead of Crew rivals, the Chicago Fire.

1 comment:

  1. Renteria was with the National team so there is no way he could score but either way.... we won which is all that matters!