The Crew’s Ups and Downs In Florida

The Columbus Crew have spent the past two weeks in Bradenton, Florida, preparing for the long 2012 MLS season.  While there, Columbus played in three scrimmages ending in varied success.

Malmö FF was the Crew’s first opponent.  Malmö, founded in 1910, finished fourth in the Allsvenskan last year, Sweden’s top league.  The two teams played on February 8th in three, 45-minute periods.  Crew forward Emilio Renteria scored in the 1st minute after Dilly Duka’s shot wasn’t handled by Malmö’s goalie.  However, two goals from the Swedish side in the 24th minute and 29th minute secured a 2-1 victory.  Former Seattle Sounders midfielder Erik Friberg assisted on Malmö’s first goal.

Here are some photos from the scrimmage.

Up next for Columbus was the U.S. U-17 national team squad.  The game, played on February 12th, consisted of two, 70-minute segments.  The Crew won the first segment, 6-0, and the second segment, 4-0.  Here is the scoring summary:

First 70 minutes (Crew 6-0 U.S. U-17) -
CLB – Eddie Gaven 8th minute
CLB – Eddie Gaven 15th minute
CLB – Milovan Mirosevic (Penalty) 27th minute
CLB – Emilio Renteria (Aubrey Perry) 33rd minute
CLB – Justin Meram 51st minute
CLB – Olman Vargas (Bernardo Anor) 57th minute

Second 70 minutes (Crew 4-0 U.S. U-17) -
CLB – Kevan George 3rd minute
CLB – Aaron Horton (Kevan George) 21st minute
CLB – Tommy Heinemann (Ethan Finlay) 39th minute
CLB – Tommy Heinemann (Ethan Finlay) 53rd minute

The last scrimmage scheduled during the Crew’s stay in Florida was against the Seattle Sounders on February 15th.  This match consisted of two, 45-minute halves and one extra 30-minute segment.  Three red cards were shown in the 120 minutes.  Crew midfielder Bernardo Anor saw red in the 60th minute.  Seattle won, 2-0, on goals in the 54th minute and 114th minute.

Here is a little recap of the game:

The Crew will return to Columbus for a week before heading to Charleston, South Carolina, on February 23rd to continue their preseason training at the Carolina Challenge Cup.

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