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Season 2011-12
Columbus Crew (a) Friendly


Tuesday 26th July 2011,
7.30pm (local) 00.30 (BST)

 Crew Stadium, Columbus, Ohio, USA.

temperatures more tolerable

Admission: $17 and upwards

free single-sided A4 teamsheet 

Columbus Crew

Newcastle United

0 - 3




9 mins Shola Ameobi shot 1-0

Half time: Crew 0 Newcastle 1

53 mins
Coloccini shot 2-0

90+2 mins
Vuckic shot 3-0

Full time: Crew 0 Newcastle 3

We Said

United boss Alan Pardew:

"We have had injuries which I wish I hadn’t have had so far in pre-season and they have all been impact injuries too. Danny Guthrie, Shane Ferguson and Hatem were impact injuries but we have to battle on. We have been unlucky. But the boys are in great shape and we are starting to carve things up for the new season.

"Joey (Barton) comes back into the frame and Cabaye. It will come together at Leeds.

"The referee, probably knowing that he’d be criticized heavily if he didn’t send him off, thought that was the correct decision - I’d prefer he hadn’t. Of course we didn’t want that for (the) Crew. Certainly the second half was a little bit easier for us.

"Jose (Enrique) was wrong to put those (twitter) comments up and I told him. It's a good offer which we have given him and maybe the frustration of the situation got the better of him. I want him to stay, he's a good lad but this didn't reflect well on him. It was a mistake, he knows it and so do I.

"Twitter is dangerous. You can say things when you're emotional, when it's probably not the best time to express your feelings. I'm all for people expressing themselves - they just have to be very careful."

Enrique's tweeting then landed him with a club fine, estimated at £100K - supposedly imposed by a "furious" Mike Ashley and Derek Llambias, with Pardew over-ruled.

Paul Dummett:

"I had to wait by myself at the airport (in Amsterdam) for a few hours. It was weird because one minute I was going shopping on a team day out, then the next thing I know the bus was stopped and I was pulled out and told to pack.
I was buzzing when I heard -it is a long way to go, but worth it to play for Newcastle United. I slept a lot on the flight, but I am in good condition as I have played in Holland.”

Haris Vuckic: 

"That was for them (the Newcastle fans), they have stuck with us throughout the tour and travelled everywhere - they were really behind us.

"It was a great feeling for me as it was my first goal of pre-season. I have come close. I can certainly offer the team this if they want it. It gives me confidence to push on again.”

They Said

Crew coach Robert Warzycha:

“You have fans in the stadium who came to see a good game and came to see the players. It was difficult for us to play the second half and for the fans to enjoy the game.

“It was the referee’s decision, but I think if he had given a yellow card, everyone would have appreciated that.” 

Sub goalie
Chris Konopka:

"I was home on the beach enjoying myself yesterday - I got the call, hopped on the plane and was ready to play. At least I knew the names of all of the back four
(after playing for Crew for a week in pre-season). I could put names to faces."


United were without Danny Simpson (back in the UK for the birth of his bairn), Hatem Ben Arfa (injured) Ryan Taylor (injured) and Peter Lovenkrands (rested).

Alan Pardew was as good as his word and gave the three goalkeepers included in his party a start and 90 minutes of pitch time each over the course of the US tour
, Harper getting his turn this time and keeping a clean sheet - unlike his younger rivals. 
Steve's appearance here was appropriate, given that he was the sole survivor of our 2000 friendly here - a half time replacement for Shay Given in 2000, with the score at 1-0 to United.

en years ago Bobby Robson's side secured a 2-2 draw against Columbus thanks to a Carl Cort brace - following on from a 1-2 defeat to DC United four nights earlier (Shola Ameobi was at the club but not included in the tour party).  

However, that draw came at a cost, with then-recent signing Christian Bassedas breaking a bone in his foot, delaying his competitive debut by four months.

Reserve left back Paul Dummett, made his first senior appearance, after arriving our reserve tour of Holland. Welsh U21 international Dummett was promoted to the senior party after three of the full backs who set out from England for the USA ended up in the news for various reasons.

The loss to Orlando came without Danny Simpson, who had been allowed to return to the UK after the Kansas game to be with his girlfriend at the birth of their bairn. His replacement Ryan Taylor then strained his groin playing on the Citrus Bowl's plastic pitch, which resulted in the first appearance of Jose Enrique - unused in Kansas due to what was termed a hamstring issue.

Our wantaway Spaniard then updated his twitter account (in Spanish) to say that:

"The Club is letting go of all the main players. Seriously, do you think it's the fault of the players? Andy, etc etc Nolan?" This club will never fight again to be among the top 6 with this policy."

"I think you fans are the best and you deserve the best. Not what they are doing with the club. Thanks to everyone for supporting me."

And about the "fantastic" deal recently offered to him:

"They give the money I have already. They lie all the time. But it's not for money is because they don’t want. They don’t want spend in the club and bring quality players that’s why everybody go."

Fellow exit-seeking Magpies malcontent Wayne Routledge then responded to the comments by saying Enrique had "hit the nail on the head". Nowt from wor Joey as yet...

Significantly, 19 year-old Dummett was selected from the Dutch squad ahead of the more experienced Tamas Kadar and James Perch - confirming how far they are from Alan Pardew's thoughts unless they didn't also failed to qualify for entry to the USA.....

United's last trip to the USA in 2000 brought about similar left back issues, with Didier Domi failing to kick a ball. He flew back early from the tour before retreating to Paris and bellyaching about the club as they prepared for a friendly against....Columbus Crew.

PS: After yet more superhuman running exploits meant that he was coincidentally passing through Columbus on Tuesday, NUFC season ticket holder Mark Allison was the official Coin Toss Captain before the Crew v NUFC match (Colo managed to lose that call by the way....)

That involved taking to the field and joining the referee and both captains for the ceremony, posing for some photos and then sauntering back to the sidelines with a Crew cheerleader on each arm. It's a hard life.


Mark @ Crew Stadium (NB: not with cheerleaders)

Thanks to Mark's US PR Shelli Mayfield and also Crew's Dan Lolli for making this possible. 





United's three match tour of the USA ended on a high note with victory against MLS side Columbus - and no new injuries to add to our already lengthy casualty list.

Without a goal in their previous two outings, the result was never really in doubt after Shola Ameobi latched on to a poor back pass from Kevin Burns to draw the home 'keeper and convert with just nine minutes on the clock.

Fielding a much-changed team from the one that beat Portland in the league last weekend, the Crew briefly stirred into life on 26 minutes when Cole Grossman shot just wide after good work by Emmanuel Ekpo.   

However, the half ended in controversy when Crew 'keeper Andy Gruenebaum (the man "between the pipes" as he was billed pre-match) was red-carded for handling outside the area as Demba Ba took the ball past him.

The decision looked clear-cut, but following the laughable officiating on Saturday in Orlando the decision of referee Michael Kennedy to brandish his red card was slightly unexpected - and effectively ended the game as a contest.

MLS floating 'keeper Chris Konopka (on trial with Oxford United just days ago) had joined just hours earlier on an emergency loan following injuries to Crew's other two custodians and appeared in place of Emilio Renteria.


Fabricio Coloccini then doubled United's lead in the 53rd minute, shooting home from ten yards after a Sylvain Marveaux corner wasn't cleared by the Crew defence - the goal fittingly announced by the stadium PA in both English and Spanish!

Captain Coloccini made way for Paul Dummett to make his first senior appearance, slotting in at centre half after travelling from Holland after his callup from the reserves.

Substitute Haris Vuckic then wrapped things up in injury time with a fine solo effort in front of the away section, acknowledging the jubilant toon fans after scoring.

Hardly the most hard-fought of victories then, but a boost for players and fans alike, more agreeable temperatures and a decent playing surface doubtless playing a part.

Even before their numerical supremacy, United had looked more comfortable and pinged the ball around with greater accuracy than in their previous two games - although their crossing was off-beam and messrs Ameobi and Ba did anything but complement one another up front.

Mention also to Dan Gosling, who got another game under his belt and showed up well in midfield - also coming close to adding to the scoreline in the second half. 


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