Tag: Steve Birnbaum

Crew-D.C. United Preview

Crew-D.C. United Preview

A string of superior results has the Columbus Crew's confidence soaring, while D.C. United may have had theirs restored with their most recent outcome.

In a game with significant ramifications in the Eastern Conference, the Crew aim for a franchise-record fourth straight road win in Saturday night's matchup with still-slumping United.

Columbus' 4-1-1 surge & D.C.'s four-game winless stretch has created a tight four-way race for first place entering the final month. Though one point back of conference leader New England, United (13-10-6) is only one ahead of fourth-place Columbus (12-9-8) & tied for second with the New York Red Bulls, who hold two games in hand on those three teams.

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Crew-D.C. United Preview

Crew-D.C. United Preview

A string of superior results has the Columbus Crew's confidence soaring, while D.C. United may have had theirs restored with their most recent outcome.

In a game with significant ramifications in the Eastern Conference, the Crew aim for a franchise-record fourth straight road win in Saturday night's matchup with still-slumping United.

Columbus' 4-1-1 surge & D.C.'s four-game winless stretch has created a tight four-way race for first place entering the final month. Though one point back of conference leader New England, United (13-10-6) is only one ahead of fourth-place Columbus (12-9-8) & tied for second with the New York Red Bulls, who hold two games in hand on those three teams.

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Rapids-Toronto FC Preview

Rapids-Toronto FC Preview

Eager to put their current struggles behind, Toronto FC hopes to take advantage of a seemingly favorable stretch of home games beginning with Saturday's match against the Colorado Rapids.

Though still in satisfactory position to earn the first playoff berth in its nine-year history, Toronto (11-13-4) begins a five-game homestand having scored just twice while losing three straight. The Reds lead rival Montreal by four points for fifth in the Eastern Conference yet the Impact own two games in hand.

"We don't need to worry approximately teams above us or teams below us. We just need to figure out how to obtain ourselves back on track," captain Michael Bradley told the team's official website.

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Giovinco scores twice, Toronto FC beats DC United 2-1

Giovinco scores twice, Toronto FC beats DC United 2-1

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sebastian Giovinco scored in the 83rd minute, his second of the game, & Toronto FC beat D.C. United 2-1 on Saturday night to end Washington's 16-game home unbeaten streak.

Giovinco has a goal or an assist in 10 of 12 games this season, totaling seven goals & six assists.

He evened it at 1 in the 34th minute, beating two defenders with a skilled cutback & powering a shot over the head of goalkeeper Andrew Dykstra. His go-ahead goal was a knuckleball from distance.

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Timbers beat East-leading DC United 1-0

Timbers beat East-leading DC United 1-0

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Captain Will Johnson returned to Portland's lineup to assist the Timbers beat Eastern Conference-leading D.C. United 1-0 on Wednesday night.

Johnson missed the first 12 games of the season while recovering from a broken right leg suffered on Sept. 27. He played 84 minutes before being substituted out.

Maximiliano Urruti scored the lone goal in the fifth minute. Gaston Fernandez jumped on a loose ball on the right wing & sent a hard, rolling cross into the box for Urruti to bang home for his second goal of the season.

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Dallas F Akindele voted MLS Rookie of the Year

Dallas F Akindele voted MLS Rookie of the Year

NEW YORK (AP) — Dallas forward Tesho Akindele has been voted Major League Soccer's Rookie of the Year.

He scored seven goals during the regular season & had one in the playoffs, against Vancounver.

The league said Monday that the 22-year-old player received 86 percent of combined team, media & player votes. Chicago midfielder Harry Shipp was second at 73 percent & D.C. United defender Steve Birnbaum third at 63 percent.

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Dynamo beats United 1-0 with 91st-minute goal

Dynamo beats United 1-0 with 91st-minute goal

HOUSTON (AP) — Will Bruin scored in the 91st minute to donate Houston a 1-0 victory over D.C. United on Sunday night, ending the Dynamo's winless streak at eight & the Washington club's winning streak at four.

Houston (6-11-4), with newcomers DeMarcus Beasley & Luis Garrido in the lineup, dominated throughout the match & finally broke through off a defensive blunder by United defender Steve Birnbaum.

Birnbaum allowed a looping back pass from Taylor Kemp to bounce past him, & Omar Cummings pressed forward. Once Cummings beat both Birnbaum & goalkeeper Bill Hamid to the loose ball, he slid a crossing pass to Bruin for the goal.

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Dynamo beats United 1-0 with 91st-minute goal

Dynamo beats United 1-0 with 91st-minute goal

HOUSTON (AP) — Will Bruin scored in the 91st minute to donate Houston a 1-0 victory over D.C. United on Sunday night, ending the Dynamo's winless streak at eight & the Washington club's winning streak at four.

Houston (6-11-4), with newcomers DeMarcus Beasley & Luis Garrido in the lineup, dominated throughout the match & finally broke through off a defensive blunder by United defender Steve Birnbaum.

Birnbaum allowed a looping back pass from Taylor Kemp to bounce past him, & Omar Cummings pressed forward. Once Cummings beat both Birnbaum & goalkeeper Bill Hamid to the loose ball, he slid a crossing pass to Bruin for the goal.

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Clark's save preserves Crew's 0-0 draw with United

Clark's save preserves Crew's 0-0 draw with United

LANDOVER, Md. (AP) — Steve Clark stood firm to save Fabian Espindola's penalty kick in second-half stoppage time & preserve the Columbus Crew's 0-0 draw with D.C. United on Saturday night.

The shutout, just Columbus' third of the season, prevented United (6-4-4) from leaping above the New England Revolution into first place in the Eastern Conference.

Columbus (4-5-6) finished the season series against United with a win & two draws. The Crew won just once in its last 12 matches overall.

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