By the numbers: Chivas vs Columbus
It’s yet another mid-week road game for Chivas USA this Wednesday as they face Columbus Crew at 4:30 pm PT in Columbus Crew Stadium. This will be the only match of the season between the two clubs as both teams are looking to earn three points; the Crew is looking for a berth in the playoffs while three points could get Chivas out of last place of the Western Conference. We broke down the two teams just by the numbers:
Three is the number differential in goals scored between Chivas and the Crew. While Chivas USA’s top goal scorer is Juan Pablo Angel with four goals, the Crew’s Eddie Gaven has scored seven. There are also three players on the Chivas roster that currently hold three assists, while recently acquired Federico Higuain has six assists in seven games played.
The number three also represents the number of games that the Goats have not fallen to the Crew. In the past three games, Chivas has been able to earn one win and two draws.
Unfortunately (for us), the team has only taken three points at Columbus Crew Stadium once. And that was back in 2005 when a goal by Francisco ‘Paco’ Palencia gave the team its first, and only win at Crew Stadium in the 59th minute. Overall, the Goats have a 1-3-3 record against the Crew in Columbus with 10 goals in favor and 12 against.
The number of goals scored in the latest Chivas-Crew match. Just last May 28, 2011, Chivas travelled to the state of Ohio and were able to earn a 3-3 tie with the home team. Midfielder Nick LaBrocca had an early goal in the fourth minute of the match and put Chivas in the lead. Two more goals from Andrew Boyens and Jorge Villafana were enough to tie with the Crew’s goals scored by Andres Mendoza (2), and Ekpo.
Both Dan Kennedy and Andy Gruenebaum have disputed 27 games, and so far, it’s the Crew’s goalkeeper taking the lead in the standings. Gruenebaum has lead in goalkeeper standings for the majority of the season with 105 saves, and 1.21 goals against average. Meanwhile, Kennedy is just a few saves away with 92 and 1.59 goals against average.
Aside from yellow cards, there is just one more thing that Chivas is better at than Columbus Crew. And that is that midfielder Miller Bolanos has takes 49 shots, 10 of them on goal (Juan Pablo Angel leads with 14 shots on goal) in just 18 games played, becoming one of the Red-and-White’s most dangerous players on the field. On the other hand, Emilio Renteria leads in the Crew with 44 shots, 12 on goal in 21 games played.