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See a Pipa and Cry
That's what an Argentine article had to say about Argentine Tata Martino's loss to Crew SC countryman Federico Higuain in preseason this Saturday.
Surely when Federico Higuain converted the two goals of the friendly with which the Columbus Crew won 2-1 to Atlanta United, Gerardo Martino will have remembered Gonzalo ... Federico is the brother of the Juventus striker, who was the executioner of the team for Tata (Argentine National Team coach from 2014-2016) prior to full preparation for the start of Major League Soccer.
Although it was a friendly, the Argentine coach again sourced a Higuain. In its passage by the Argentina Selection, the Pipita did not have a good performance in the two finals that he led for the Tata. In the Copa America 2015, the then Number 9 of Napoli failed in the clearest opportunity of the Argentine team to open the scoreboard before the Chilean set and then missed his shot in the penalty shootout. In the Copa America Centenario 2016, Higuaín had 1-0 but in the heads-up against Bravo resolved badly and in the penalty shootout, Chile returned to keep the title.
In this friendly, corresponding to the Carolina Challenge Cup, Atlanta United had started with an advantage with a goal by Venezuelan Josef Martínez, but Federico Higuaín turned the marker in the second half twice for a definitive 2-1 win. The Tata team played the Argentines Miguel Almirón, Tito Villalba and Leandro González Pirez.
But, Federico made the biggest Argentine impression. Here's to hoping he continues to do so, gets stronger and stronger in 2017.
Maloney and Ketterer Acquired
Connor Maloney scored 26 goals as a striker for Penn State in 73 appearances.
In regards to that, he probably did not expect his first appearance with Columbus on Saturday to be at right back. But, he also played 90 minutes and impressed most Crew fans.
Starting the first preseason game out of the gate, I made the comment on Twitter or Reddit I expect him to be signed very soon and well...
I also wouldn't be surprised if Logan Ketterer eventually gets more in the mix as he looks like the prototypical goalkeeper in strength, height which I like.
It's not a situation where Zack Steffen or Brad Stuver have the position locked down in any way, where he's the definition of an understudy.
"I'm very, very honored to have this opportunity and I'm definitely not going to take it for granted." @cmalpsu5 upon signing with #CrewSC. pic.twitter.com/CpDxuFjCBM— Columbus Crew SC (@ColumbusCrewSC) February 20, 2017
"I'm really excited to be with such a great program." @Keeper_Ketterer reacts to signing with #CrewSC.— Columbus Crew SC (@ColumbusCrewSC) February 20, 2017
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Afful and Mensah on Their Way?
As the two apparently had a little photoshoot today in Crew gear.
Hopefully on the way to the airport.When you get to the King's house before he gets in, a good picture will always do. #GodIsGreat #Jomens #King #CrewSC 🇬🇭❤️🇺🇸🙌🏾 pic.twitter.com/dHznfaFuyh— Jonathan Mensah (@Jomens25) February 20, 2017
Same with Artur. I just want the entire Crew team here and going.