Will Columbus bounce back after a disastrous 2016?
In 2015, just about everything went well for the Columbus Crew. Gregg Berhalter's system was forcing Crew opponents to play a game they were deeply uncomfortable with, the entire Columbus front four couldn't stop scoring goals, and all was well.
Columbus probably won't rotate their squad despite having played on Sunday
Normally, the Columbus Crew would have to make some major changes to their lineup to face D.C. United. They played Sunday night, leaving less than 72 hours between the end of one game and the start of another. They'll also have to take a flight in that timeframe.
CARSON, Calif. The LA Galaxy left it late, but finally unlocked the offense that had been missing for most of August, pulling away from the Columbus Crew, 2-1, on a pair of gorgeous goals by Baggio Husidic and Giovani Dos Santos.
Husidic's wonder strikecame fourteen minutes after being subbed on for an ineffective Mike Magee.
The Revolution wrapped up their Conference Semifinal series against the Crew with a flourish following Sunday's 3-1 second leg win at Gillette Stadium. Here's a look at some of the talking points surrounding Sunday's win.
Offense shines again
For the Columbus Crew defense, they are going to be seeing the Revolution offense in their nightmares.
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The New England Revolution scored four times in a playoff game for the first time in club history on their way to a 4-2 victory over the Columbus Crew. Charlie Davies scored twice and Lee Nguyen and Chris Tierney added a goal apiece as New England takes a commanding lead into the home leg of their two game Eastern Conference Semifinal matchup.
The New England Revolution took a big step closer to wrapping up a playoff spit with a 2-1 win over the Columbus Crew at a wet Gillette Stadium. With the win, the Revolution claimed sole possession of second place in the Eastern Conference, two points ahead of Sporting Kansas City and four points behind first-place D.
The New England Revolution's five game winning streak came to an end on Saturday at the hands of the Columbus Crew, who grabbed a 1-0 win with a strong performance at Crew Stadium. The Revolution survived a poor first half performance with the match tied at 0-0, but the Crew scored the winner just three minutes into the second period through a Federico Higuaín free kick.
The Columbus Crew went to Canada looking to extend their winning streak to three matches, and looking to move a step further away from what is becoming a real logjam of a race for the final playoff spots in the Eastern Conference.
The Montreal Impact sent the Crew back to Ohio with zero points and a tough defeat as Argentine Designated Player Ignacio Piatti opened his account with a pair of goals to lead Montreal to a 2-0 victory on Saturday at Stade Saputo.
This week's high scorer is Denison Cabrallstars, with 93 points. A trio of players scored 12 points to lead the team -- Diego Valeri (POR, $10.3), Quincy Amarikwa ($6.1), and Robbie Keane (LA, $11.8) -- with each of them scoring a goal and assisting on another. In It Toux Wynne It is still the leader overall.
This was not a very high-scoring week, butQ.C. United led with 89 points. Javier Morales (RSL, $11.1) led with an armband-aided 16 points over two games. Behind him were Chicago's Harry Shipp ($6.4) who scored 2 goals and 13 points, as well as Colorado's Drew Moor ($7.
Manchester United suffered another set back to their already rocky start under David Moyes when the club followed up a hardly convincing Capital One Cup victory over Liverpool with a 1-2 defeat to former Liverpool assistant manager Steve Clark's Steve Clark and his West Brom side that are already proving that last season's strong performance was no fluke.
Last season West Brom were the surprise package of the year under Steve Clark. However, so far this season injuries and lack of form have stopped the Baggies in their tracks and have seen them only manage two points from their opening possible 12.
Sunderland likewise are yet to still see themselves make any real progress as Paolo Di Canio's side continues to struggle with a major lack of continuity in the side due to so many personel changes in the past few seasons, especially this summer.
West Bromwich Albion made a major move this week in wrapping up the loan signing of Scott Sinclair from Manchester City. The former Swansea starlet is expected to see his first action for Steve Clark this weekend and will be a great addition to their attack.
Likewise another loan signing in the form of Matej Vydra from Udinese is also believed to be ready to take his bow for the club as summer addition Nicolas Anelka will be excused on compassionate leave after the mysterious death of his agent.
Everton look to secure a full three points in their opening home match of the new campaign at Goodison Park this weekend. The Toffees host West Brom a week after both sides failed to achieve full points from their opening day matches.
Roberto Martinez is expected to go with a heavily unchanged side while Steve Clark is pegged to start multiple fresh faces after his loss of summer strike signing Nicolas Anelka to compassionate leave for several days.
Morgan Amalfitano has been making waves in the English Premier League so far this season with his strong performances for West Bromwich Albion. The 28-year-old has been a revelation for the Baggies this season and manager Steve Clark remains convinced that his club remain in the drivers seat to secure a permanent deal for the player at the end of the season.
An injury to on loan striker Darren Bent sees Fulham manager Martin Jol set to give Bryan Ruiz his first start of the season in support of Dimitar Berbatov as the club continue to look for the right combination up front.
Berbatov and Bent combined for a goal against Arsenal in week two, but there has been little to do from the front line since then.
I'm waiting for the day when the team appears in JabbaWockeeZ masks and the coach only reveals who played after the game. We're not there yet... but close enough, really. And, nothing personal against Cody Cropper or Brad Evans, but I also find it curious the lengths Klinsi will go to ignore Steve Clark and Eric Lichaj.
I have no idea what the title means. It was a late Saturday night out. What I do know is Jurgen Klinsmann has named the 25 January camp attendees. I'm not surprised but a little disappointed not to see Steve Clark called. I'm a little confused to see De La Garza called, since we last heard he was going to play for Guam.
There are dream starts to big matches that you fantasize about beforehand, and there's what happened in the first minute of the 2015 MLS Cup final. A pass back to Columbus Crew SC's goalkeeper Steve Clark was mishandled and the Portland Timbers' Diego Valeri was on the spot to pressure him into one of the most incredible gaffes in MLS Cup history.
For Charlie Davies, Saturday's match in Columbus meant plenty, and for reasons that went beyond the fact that it was first leg of the Conference Semifinals.
The last time the Revolution visited Crew Stadium, Davies was denied of a golden chance to equalize by goalkeeper Steve Clark in the waning minutes of a one-nil match that the Revolution eventually lost on Sept.
Union falter on a brace by Bernardo Anor, lose 2-1.
Columbus has still never lost a home opener. Brian Carroll returned from injury, but even that wasn't enough to help the Union, as they lost 2-1 to the Crew in Columbus off of a brace by Bernardo Anor.
Jack McInerney was almost gifted a goal at 6 minutes off of a sloppy pass by the Crew defense, but the Columbus center backs did well to pinch it off.
Steve Clark and Honefoss will test themselves against leaders Stromsgodset, while Sebastian Troupe
and Baerum's hopes of staying in the Adeccoligaen are hanging by a thread when they take on