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Game 26: Notes

September 27, 2009
Renteria Tracks Down a Ball

Renteria Tracks Down a Ball (Fahmi/Studio79)

Another top team; another result a thoroughly satisfying win over a Spice Boy-less L.A. Galaxy. Read the recap of the glorious action on Columbus Underground. On to the notes:

  • I was pleased to see the first time starters look so good. Kevin Burns put in a very solid game. He linked well with Carroll and added a little bit to the offense. The rest of the team agreed to a man; they all had high praise for his work.
  • Renteria was a beast. He held the ball well against physical defenders, is sneaky fast, and has a fierce shot. He is going to be hard to keep on the bench. It’s a shame he gets nothing for Lenhart’s goal.
  • Warzycha on the new starters: “We don’t have reserves, we have 23 players right now that can step up anytime.” This team is as deep as any I can think of in recent MLS history. It has a balance of veteran presence and hungry youth.
  • Both Frankie Hejduk and Jed Zayner were excellent in their shutting down Landon Donovan. He was a non factor no matter the side he played on.
  • Donovan did counteract Hejduk a bit, keeping him from going forward as much. As soon as Donovan switched sides, Hejduk pinched up. His yellow card will keep him out of the Seattle game.
  • The rest of the back line stood up to any attack the Galaxy mounted. Brunner and O’Rourke shut down Buddle.
  • L.A. had no midfield. Burns and Carroll were suffocating. Miglioranzi and then Kirovski were non-factors.
  • The Crew forwards are very physical. Between Moreno, Lenhart, and Renteria, they give league center backs nightmares.

Grades:

———————Hesmer: 7———————-

Hejduk: 7–O’Rourke: 7–Brunner: 7—Zayner: 7

Gaven: 7—Carroll: 7—Burns: 7—Ekpo: 7

——–Renteria: 7—Lenhart: 7——————

Subs: Moffat: 6, Moreno: 6, Iro: NR

Crew Man of the Match: Lenhart

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