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With only a couple of months to go before the start of preseason training, new Columbus Crew head coach Gregg Berhalter has been hard at work making additions to his back-room staff, and he's quickly found two new hires.
The Crew announced on Wednesday that former Major League Soccer forward Josh Wolff has joined the club as an assistant coach while Asher Mendelsohn will become the Crew's director of soccer operations, effective immediately.
The search for a new head coach took a little more than two months but Columbus Crew owner Anthony Precourt believes he found just the right person to take the club into what he called "a new era."
On Tuesday afternoon, the Crew officially introduced Gregg Berhalter as the club's seventh head coach and first sporting director at a press conference at Crew Stadium, giving fans and the media a chance to see Berhalter for the first time in person since he was hired on November 6.
After an eleven year career that began as a baby-faced 16-year-old with the MetroStars and finished as a grizzled veteran with the Columbus Crew, the now 27-year-old Gaven announced his retirement from professional soccer on Thursday, citing personal reasons.
The goal-line technology debate has long been a hot topic of conversation and it came alive at a very crucial moment of the season for Omar Gonzalez and the LA Galaxy in the 42nd minute of its 1-1 draw with the Seattle Sounders.
Trailing 1-0, the center back appeared to score off a corner kick but neither referee Mark Geiger or assistant referee Greg Barkey signaled for the goal.
The Supporters Shield has been awarded, the playoff field is set and regular season is over. It was another banner year for Major League Soccer and the playoffs promise to be another fantastic second season. Before we get to attendance from the long weekend, one quick business note. The Columbus Crew were named International Organization of the Year by the Columbus World Affairs Council.
Though the Los Angeles Galaxy would rather focus on their final game of the Major League Soccer regular season, they're a bit preoccupied at the moment with the CONCACAF Champions League.
The Galaxy, who are currently in El Salvador preparing for their CCL Group Stage match against Isidro Metapan, are one of four MLS teams in action this week and will have to stretch their squads thin when trying to keep players fresh for the important league action.
For the third year running, D.C. United will play an international friendly against Sweden's Malmo FF during their preseason as a part of a partnership between Major League soccer and IMG. United, along with six other Major League Soccer teams, will spend part of their preseason at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida, as part of a one year deal which IMG hopes to grow.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Diego Fagundez kept the New England Revolution's playoff dreams alive on Saturday night. The Revolution forward's goal in the 76th minute, his 12th of the season, was the difference as the Revs defeated the Columbus Crew, 3-2, in front of a season-high crowd of more than 26,000 fans at Gillette Stadium on Saturday night.
With only three games remaining it's time for yet another "must win" situation for the Fire. A reduced MLS schedule because of international competition leaves a good portion of the league idle this weekend but Chicago and their most likely challengers for the final spot are in action. The Union are in DC, New England and Montreal face each other but the Columbus Crew are on break.
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The New England Revolution are headed to the playoffs for the first time since 2009 after Juan Agudelo's first half goal carried the team to a 1-0 victory against the Columbus Crew at Crew Stadium on Sunday afternoon. Agudelo combined brilliantly with Lee Nguyen in the 28th minute to score the games lone goal and the Revolution defense held strong the rest of the way for the club's 14th shutout of the season.
Win and you're in. If only it was that easy. If earlier results don't go their way the Fire will need to earn a result against the Eastern Conference's top team. With every Eastern Conference match completed before the end of the Fire-New York game, we'll know by half time whether the Fire have clinched a post season spot or whether there is a chance that the 2013 campaign ends on Sunday.
3. Houston Dynamo - 48 Points, 32 Games Played 4. Montreal Impact - 46 Pts, 31 GP 5. Chicago Fire - 46 Pts, 32 GP 6. Philadelphia Union - 46 Pts, 32 GP 7. New England Revolution - 45 Pts, 32 GP 8. Columbus Crew - 41 Pts, 32 GP
Los Angeles Galaxy 1-0 Montreal Impact The week started out well for Philadelphia.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Revolution grabbed a crucial three points with a back-and-forth 3-2 win over the Columbus Crew to keep their playoff hopes alive heading into the final game of the season. A.J. Soares, Chris Tierney and Diego Fagundez all scored in the win to send a season high crowd of 26,458 at Gillette Stadium home happy as the Revolution – temporarily, at least – moved into a playoff spot.
After pocketing four much-needed points on the road in New York and Montreal, the New England Revolution will look to strengthen their postseason pushby grabbingthree more against the Columbus Crew in Saturday's home finale.
Last week, the Revs pulled off a stunning 1-0 victory last week in Montreal after previously tied the Red Bulls at the Red Bull Arena the week before.
3. Houston Dynamo - 47 Points, 31 Games Played 4. Montreal Impact - 46 Pts, 30 GP 5. Philadelphia Union - 45 Pts, 31 GP 6. Chicago Fire - 43 Pts, 31 GP 7. New England Revolution - 42 Pts, 31 GP 8. Columbus Crew - 41 Pts, 32 GP
Houston Dynamo 0-0 Sporting Kansas City Not much to say about this game.
Three games stand between the Philadelphia Union and the postseason. One win will put them at 48 points, which matches the club record and in all likelihood secures a spot in the playoffs. That is an incredible turnaround from the 2012 season when the last meaningful game was played in August.
To finish with more than 48 points, the Chicago Fire would need to win 2 of their last 3: @ FC Dallas, vs Toronto FC, @ New York Red Bulls The Fire are 3-8-4 on the road this year.
Last week, news surfaced that FC Dallas had interviewed 2008 MLS MVP Guillermo Barros Schelotto for the club's still vacant head coaching position. Schelotto of course did some great things with Columbus between 2007 and 2010, helping lead the Crew to winning MLS Cup in 2008. He remains a legend in Black-and-Gold circles and rightfully so.