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Matchnight: Crew-Fire

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Enjoy the match.

By Steve Goff  |  November 13, 2008; 5:13 PM ET
Categories:  MLS  
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Yo Poopy, don't hate on the mustache craze. Not everyone has the balls not to care. Those who do should be congratulated.
Shake the haters off Sacha, you're in good company:
http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendid=201178416

Posted by: DadRyan | November 13, 2008 12:42 PM

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I have nothing against 'staches in general. It's just Sasha's is so pathetic and sad looking.

Plus I can't stand the dude after he came over and tried to taunt us DCU fans at the Chivas game here in So-Cal earlier this year.

Try winning something before you taunt us 'stach-o.

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | November 13, 2008 5:20 PM | Report abuse

Not sure who I want to win. Since my team is out, I'm kinda going with who deserves it more. So I figure that if the stadium sells out tonight, the Crew deserve to win, if not, then Chicago.

Posted by: CACuzcatlan | November 13, 2008 5:36 PM | Report abuse

Can they both lose? Why is that not an option? Time to re-write the laws of the game.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | November 13, 2008 6:47 PM | Report abuse

You wanna know who wins tonight?

Really?


Come a little closer?

I predict.....


The NFL wins tonight. At least on my TV.

Thx,

Jay!

Posted by: jayrockers | November 13, 2008 6:53 PM | Report abuse

Not to mention jumping over the free kick against the Dutch in the Olympics.

The dude should lay low until he accomplishes something . . . that mustache screams out "Ridicule Me."

""Plus I can't stand the dude after he came over and tried to taunt us DCU fans at the Chivas game here in So-Cal earlier this year.""

Posted by: delantero | November 13, 2008 7:09 PM | Report abuse

Are their new shows on NBC tonight? Of course I'll be focusing on VT-Miami on ESPN, but I already have a ESPN2 window up on my computer.

Posted by: sitruc | November 13, 2008 7:37 PM | Report abuse

come on delantero did he jump over the free kick or did the wall jump as they had always been told to? Screw the Olympics anyway. Brian Ching stole a beautiful goal from Sacha at the RFK WCQ a minute ago. He's doing just fine, you'll see;-)

Hey guys it's a hard knock life living with weak facial hair growth. I'm still scared to use Rogaine on mine even though my doctor tells me it's perfectly healthy and normal...I grow an eleven year old vietnamese kids mustache... Who knows though, maybe Kljestan is just a REALLY big Les Claypool fan=)

Look into the heart of inadequate facial hair:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3DUce8VGl-Y

Posted by: DadRyan | November 13, 2008 7:38 PM | Report abuse

""come on delantero did he jump over the free kick or did the wall jump as they had always been told to""

Whether or not he was told to jump, I don't know, but if he was, fire whomever told him to

Here's the photo of the pre pornstache Sasha in action in China!

http://www.yorkblog.com/olympics/mens%27%20soccer%203.jpg

Posted by: delantero | November 13, 2008 8:13 PM | Report abuse

I don't know what's worse, pornstache Sasha, or Pippi Longstocking Joseph's pigtails.

Posted by: delantero | November 13, 2008 8:15 PM | Report abuse

What's up with all the middle fingers from the Crew Fans?

Is that the best they got?

Posted by: delantero | November 13, 2008 8:18 PM | Report abuse

"traitor" scores.

chicago 1
columbus 0

Posted by: birdynumnum | November 13, 2008 8:26 PM | Report abuse

I was about to ask the same thing about the birds in the crowd. Very Punk Rock...(I'm rolling my eyes). Now someone spit on the camera;-0...

That picture is a little damning, but it looks like Holden is straight up running to the bench. Sacha is at the arc of his leap while Mcbride is still on his way up, or down...Who knows.


Posted by: DadRyan | November 13, 2008 8:28 PM | Report abuse

Beautiful, classic McBride header - a thing to behold.

Now...remind me again, why we got rid of Carroll and Prideau?

Posted by: Beckster1 | November 13, 2008 8:29 PM | Report abuse

Anyone got that link to Ben Olsen covering his package and his eyes to defend a free kick? Bob Boswell had it on his site a while back.

Posted by: DadRyan | November 13, 2008 8:32 PM | Report abuse

good game so far. very intense. both these teams make our team look like an MSI side.

Posted by: birdynumnum | November 13, 2008 8:36 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: delantero | November 13, 2008 8:39 PM | Report abuse

Ha!

Posted by: DadRyan | November 13, 2008 8:43 PM | Report abuse

It's good to see former DC target Veron is clutching the classiest purse.

Hesmer's had a pretty good season statistically but he's looked indecisive a couple times tonight.

Posted by: Joel_M_Lane | November 13, 2008 8:51 PM | Report abuse

Anyone got that link to Ben Olsen covering his package and his eyes to defend a free kick? Bob Boswell had it on his site a while back.

Posted by: DadRyan | November 13, 2008 8:32 PM
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I wish I had an answer for you, I loved the picture! But speaking of Boswell's website, what the hell happened to it? Its gone!

Posted by: kris77 | November 13, 2008 8:54 PM | Report abuse

Got to acknowledge ESPN2's camera work. 16 cameras and the guy in the truck knows how to use them.

Baby steps are working.

Posted by: seahawkdad | November 13, 2008 8:55 PM | Report abuse

Columbus moves on to the final for the first time with a 2-1 victory over the Fire.

Posted by: sitruc | November 13, 2008 9:47 PM | Report abuse

You can dis Sacha all you want but Eddie Gaven needs to straighten out his cap yo! Reppin' tha Columbus hip-hop dun!

Posted by: DadRyan | November 13, 2008 9:53 PM | Report abuse

Boy - I thought Blanco was a flopper, but Moreno and Gaven make him look like an amateur.

Posted by: Gotberg | November 13, 2008 9:54 PM | Report abuse

my favorite post-game comment:

sigi schmidt: "...I went to cogratulate jon bush on a fine season but he used a different word..."

Posted by: birdynumnum | November 13, 2008 10:00 PM | Report abuse

worst.trophy.ever.

Posted by: osgoodfan | November 13, 2008 10:01 PM | Report abuse

Great game Columbus.

Posted by: VirginiaFan | November 13, 2008 10:09 PM | Report abuse

Somebody remind me again: With Columbus's win tonight, that means that the winner of the NYRB-RSL match on Saturday is guaranteed a spot in the next CONCACAF Champions League regardless of who wins MLS Cup, right?

Posted by: Juan-John | November 13, 2008 10:11 PM | Report abuse

We "got rid" of Carroll because it was basically, because we more or less had to expose him in the expansion draft. And SJ picked him even though they didn't want him. They wanted Kei Kamara and traded BC to Columbus for KK.

We "got rid" of Prideaux because he asked to move further West to be near family. As I recall, that meant Colorado.

I hated losing Carroll but that was about expansion drafts. Prideaux--not so much.

Yeah, hard to believe that NYRB could be in the MLS Cup final. Or even RSL.

Posted by: JoeW1 | November 13, 2008 10:19 PM | Report abuse

Columbus clearly wanted it more. They pressured the ball, Chicago didn't.

Nice header by McBride, but it is clear his best days are behind him.

I have been hard on Columbus about attendance all season long, but I have to give them credit tonight. Their stadium was pretty full, their crowd was loud and into it. It as nice, for a change, to watch a telecast from Columbus with a great atmosphere. Good for them, I hope they keep it up.

Posted by: Ron16 | November 13, 2008 10:19 PM | Report abuse

Congrats to Columbus on their comeback and for their first ever trip to MLS Cup.

I don't think MLS should worry about smaller markets winning titles and the general public losing interest. The NFL doesn't fold when Green Bay wins and the NBA doesn't crash when San Antonio wins titles. It's good for a league when all its fans feel they have a chance at winning a championship someday.

I thought things might backfire on Sigi when he subbed out his best player with plenty of time left for Chicago to tie it up. Chad Marshall's header was the highlight reel goal of the game, although Gaven got the more important gamewinner.

Posted by: Joel_M_Lane | November 13, 2008 10:35 PM | Report abuse

Not a great night for Virginia Tech football.

Posted by: sitruc | November 13, 2008 10:39 PM | Report abuse

Not a great night for Virginia Tech football.

Posted by: sitruc | November 13, 2008 10:39 PM

Good, go 'Canes!

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | November 13, 2008 11:20 PM | Report abuse

worst.trophy.ever.

Posted by: osgoodfan | November 13, 2008 10:01 PM

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Seriously. What happened, they couldn't get the real one to the stadium in time, so they brought the replica miniature instead? Lame.

Posted by: Kenobi | November 13, 2008 11:52 PM | Report abuse

Watching the replay of WaPostLive I was pleased to see Jason La Canfora put Fenty on the spot about keeping United in DC.
Thaler tried rally a bit as well.
Much appreciated by this here United fan:-)

Posted by: DadRyan | November 14, 2008 12:39 AM | Report abuse

Shawn Mitchell's blog entry (kinda quiet over there!) from the Dispatch website:

http://blog.dispatch.com/crew/2008/11/lucky_13.shtml

Best (or worst) line: In the meantime, lock up your liquor cabinet and hide your daughters; the Crew is loose in Cowtown tonight. Overheard in the champagne-soaked locker room: “Hey, what’s the over/under on one of us getting arrested tonight?”

Posted by: SportzNut21 | November 14, 2008 12:49 AM | Report abuse

Not a great night for Virginia Tech football.

Posted by: sitruc | November 13, 2008 10:39 PM
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I don't know about that. Nyarko did get in the game, and he didn't look out of place.

Speaking of which, I did enjoy the game. Thanks, Goff.

If only other MLS games were this entertaining...I might even watch the Sunday MLS games, instead of pointy ball or Serie A. Or, I might even watch the Thursday night games. Shows what happens when two talented teams play each other. How many years until the other teams reach this level?

Posted by: fischy | November 14, 2008 12:56 AM | Report abuse

For those who can manage to be objective--and I have been a die-hard DCU fan since 1996--we have to admit that both teams were WAY superior to ours. They both had a flow to their game,and both played as TEAMS, not a collection of individuals as we have become (and then depending on indiv. performance/mistakes).That's what decent coaching will do...
In a way, both deserved to be in the final. Coach Peter

Posted by: bechtoldpk | November 14, 2008 7:47 AM | Report abuse

I thought it was one of the more entertaining playoff games I have watched...too bad this isn't a two game series.

I was shocked that it was showing at almost every bar I went to last night in DuPont (even Porters and Buffalo Billiards). I was sure that the Patriots, Jets and Tech fans would make that impossible, but as those two games fell into commercial breaks I noticed more and more heads turning towards the TV’s with the Crew vs. Fire game.

Well done Columbus. Great team, great fans and a what looked like a great atmosphere on TV.

Posted by: Southeasterner | November 14, 2008 8:00 AM | Report abuse

As long as the Red Bulls lose this weekend, I'm cool.

Posted by: stwasm | November 14, 2008 8:02 AM | Report abuse

So as Columbus is the Shield winner and guaranteed a ticket to international play next year, that would mean the winner of the Real Salt Lake vs New York will be the other representative for the Champions Cup next fall . . .

Columbus is a worthy candidate, not so much the other two. I see both of those teams being shelled abroad . . and before they'll do better than DC did . . . don't bet on it.

Posted by: delantero | November 14, 2008 9:07 AM | Report abuse

Schelloto wins a lot of aerial battles for a guy who's 5'8". Great use of his body.

Posted by: OWNTF | November 14, 2008 9:12 AM | Report abuse

i think this was the best mls game i've seen all year. cbus put on a real show last night, fans included.

Posted by: stairs | November 14, 2008 9:15 AM | Report abuse

Bechtoldpk - you are absolutely right. Both squads made United look like abject amateurs.

For what its worth, the game was reported in Argentine press. An action shot of Schelotto is currently in rotatiion on the front page of La Nacion - the story is here: http://www.lanacion.com.ar/nota.asp?nota_id=1070003&pid=5369598&toi=6266

Posted by: ErickSp8 | November 14, 2008 9:32 AM | Report abuse

There was even an MLS-related wuestion on "Jeopardy" the other night.

Posted by: Ron16 | November 14, 2008 9:36 AM | Report abuse

Great game. Great atmosphere. That type of game will attract casual fans. I was so glad to see the Thugs and Goons lose!!!!!!! Cowlumbus completely outplayed them tonite. Now RSL must beat the Metrotards.

Posted by: boda-united | November 14, 2008 9:40 AM | Report abuse

Congrats to Columbus (and QPR legend Gino Padula).

They even had the place 2/3 full last night ;-)

Posted by: Kev29 | November 14, 2008 9:49 AM | Report abuse

Somebody remind me again: With Columbus's win tonight, that means that the winner of the NYRB-RSL match on Saturday is guaranteed a spot in the next CONCACAF Champions League regardless of who wins MLS Cup, right?

Posted by: Juan-John | November 13, 2008 10:11 PM

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Yes, as far as I understand, last night's result locked in three of the four Champions League qualifiers for next year. The MLS Cup Winner and the Supporters Shield winner get automatic entry into group play. The MLS Cup runner-up and the USOC holder are eligible for qualifer play-ins. Because Columbus holds two of these four positions, the Supporters Shield runner-up now qualifies for CL play next year -- and that is Houston.

So Columbus, Houston, and DC have all qualified, with RSL or RBNY the other team. Columbus and RSL/RBNY will move directly into group play, while Houston and DC will have play the home and away legs qualifier to get into the group stage.

I think I'm right, please correct me if I am not. At a minimum, it will be interesting to see two new MLS franchises in international play. We all have to admit that seeing DC, New England, and Houston play every year gets old for the rest of the league.

Posted by: jofij | November 14, 2008 9:51 AM | Report abuse

Did anyone else appreciate JLC putting Fenty on the spot yesterday and asking about United's future in DC? Thaler was bringing it too.

Russ, I know you read SI, and I for one appreciate your interest and willingness to get the tough question asked whether it's you or JLC.
Hats off and beer's clinking for you this weekend guys!Cheers!
Go Redskins!
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There was even an MLS-related wuestion on "Jeopardy" the other night.

Posted by: Ron16 | November 14, 2008 9:36 AM

Yikes...

Posted by: DadRyan | November 14, 2008 10:03 AM | Report abuse

Ohio State, which faced Wake Forest in last year's NCAA men's championship match, almost surely won't be back this year after getting bumped by Indiana in the Big Ten quarters.

Posted by: universityandpark | November 14, 2008 10:10 AM | Report abuse

The Jeopardy contestant answered correctly, which doesn't always happen with MLS-related clues, which come up a few times over the course of a typical year. (In last night's case, you had to know that the Santa Clara/Oakland team is officially the San Jose team.)

Posted by: universityandpark | November 14, 2008 10:17 AM | Report abuse

@ birdynumnum | November 13, 2008 10:00 PM

Nice blog name. Excellent movie. "How-dee Par-dner."

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | November 14, 2008 10:18 AM | Report abuse

Jofij - You are correct with your understanding of who has qualified for CCL. Crew will have the USA1 or USA2 slots, DC will move from the USA4 to the USA3 slot, and Houston will get the USA4 slot for being shield runnerup. That means that the winner of RSL/RBNY will qualify directly to group stage since they will come out of the MLS Cup assured of being either USA1 or 2. Normally they would have to play in as the USA3, but Crew in the Cup mean they will be bumped up to USA2 at a minimum.

Posted by: LWPA | November 14, 2008 10:36 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: birdynumnum | November 14, 2008 10:52 AM | Report abuse

Stop it. I'm trying to suppress hysterical laughter.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | November 14, 2008 12:01 PM | Report abuse

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