I was at the stadium for this game, seated near midfield. Higuain’s first yellow was well-earned. He ran right at Morales with no intent to play the ball, he didn’t even look at where the ball was going, just plowed his shoulders into Morales. The second yellow was off-camera, away from the action. He decked Borchers in a move that could’ve been a straight red. It’s surprising how Pipa just lost his cool and then went after the assistant referee.Real Salt Lake fan Poqui was at the game.
It's Groundhog Day! As far as we can tell Robert Warzycha changed the lineup and formation seemingly for no reason, and the Crew were eviscerated. As long as four guys aren't playing out of position, they should be good.via MLSSoccer.com's power rankings.
‘Give me the ball.’ I have no trouble keeping it with my feet and making the right decision.Nemanja Vukovic talks to Craig Merz about adapting to MLS.
Friday, April 6, 2012 Statement from Crew President & General Manager Mark McCullers on the condition of defender Julius James: Julius has successfully undergone a corrective procedure to treat a spontaneous pneumothorax that was diagnosed on Thursday (April 5). He remains hospitalized and his condition will be monitored closely in the coming days, but he is resting comfortably and his prognosis for a full recovery is excellent, which is our primary concern. No timeline for his return to action has been established at this time."
I fully expect that Crew Stadium will be a site for the U.S. - Mexico World Cup Qualifier. Our history of success with the U.S. National Team in this venue, both on and off the field, speaks for itself.Crew President and GM Mark McCullers during a wide ranging live chat today.
Columbus Crew at Colorado Rapids – A playoff rematch, and one that has some interesting points to look at. Colorado has a new coach and a new formation while the Crew are once again going into the season with lots of questions. Fitness will be a key element of this game and the Crew have some injuries in the back to worry about with guys like Rich Balchan sitting this one out. Colorado always seem to have Columbus’ number at Dicks Sporting Goods Park, I see that trend continuing. WVH Prediction: Colorado 2, Columbus 1Drew Epperley of WVHooligan.com makes a very reasonable assessment of the Crew's first game of the season
The Crew extended offers to three players during the offseason but was unable to come to terms with any of them. One passed up an offer of $750,000, and the Crew balked at signing a player whose club wanted an extra $200,000 in compensation.Adam Jardy sheds some light on the Crew's DP pursuit.
Good luck with your surgery today! @RichBalchanIndiana teammate Alex Boler leaks the news that Rich Balchan is going under the knife for his sports hernia issues.