Crew Downs the Red Bulls on Saturday Night
The Crew bounced back from their midweek defeat to Kansas City with a comfortable 2-0 win over New York Red Bulls at Crew Stadium on Saturday night in front of 14,378.
Goals from Emilio Renteria and Brian Carrol proved to be too much for a Red Bulls team who were unbeaten in their previous 5 games, and being watched by their new signing, Thierry Henry.
Coach Warzycha made a couple of changes from the side that fell to Kansas City in midweek. Danny O’Rourke replaced Gina Padula at left back, Emmanuel Ekpo started ahead of the inconsistent Robbie Rogers and Steven Lenhart, still nursing his wounds from Wednesday’s head to head with Adam Moffat, was replaced upfront by Renteria, who again found his scoring touch against the Red Bulls.
The breakthrough came after 20 minutes, when Renteria fired home from just inside the penalty area after being played through onto goal by Schelotto, who picked up his 5th assist of the season.
Columbus had gone 245 minutes without finding the back of the net prior to this.
The Crew continued to press the New York defense but it wasn’t until the 48th minute that the pressure yielded another goal, this time from the unlikely left foot of Brian Carroll.
Picking up on a poor clearance from New York’s Tim Ream, Carroll hammered home a left footed strike that sailed, almost laser like, into the New York goal.
The night ended on a somewhat sour note when club captain, Frankie Hejduk, was sent off after receiving a straight red card for a retaliation kick at Carl Robinson. The Crew faithful, however, made their feelings on the matter quite clear by giving Hejduk a standing ovation as he walked off the field.
Next home game for Columbus is July 24, when The Crew host Houston.