By AVI CREDITOR
Thursday night wasn't a complete loss for the Columbus Crew, despite the team dropping to second place in Major League Soccer's Eastern Conference.
Emilio Renteria tallied two goals in the second half to lead the Crew past Joe Public FC, 4-1, in their CONCACAF Champions League group stage finale in Trinidad.
Andres Mendoza and Duncan Oughton also scored for Columbus, which was already guaranteed second place in Group B prior to the match but put forth a convincing effort to cap off the tournament's opening stage.
The victory snapped a six-match winless streak (in all competitions) for the Crew, something that could help turn things around for Robert Warzycha's side as the MLS playoffs approach. Columbus finished a point behind Santos in Group B and will learn the identity of its quarterfinal opponent after the Nov. 1 draw.
Highlights from the match and a few more stories from Friday are after the jump:
ZAKUANI WINS GOAL OF THE WEEK
For the third consecutive week, the Seattle Sounders can lay claim to the MLS Goal of the Week.
Steve Zakuani, who won the honor two weeks ago prior to Alvaro Fernandez winning it last week, took home the prize for his goal against Chivas USA. After a turnover in the middle of the field, Zakuani took a pass from Jeff Parke, weaved by four Chivas defenders and keeper Zach Thornton and finished with ease for his 10th goal of the season.
Here's video of Zakuani's goal:
FRIDAY FREE KICKS
Sunderland defender Titus Bramble has been cleared of a rape charge stemming from an incident last month.
Manchester City striker Emmanuel Adebayor could get the start against his former club Arsenal over the weekend in the aftermath of his hat trick in Thursday's UEFA Europa League match.
Theo Zwanziger was re-elected as head of the German Football Federation for a third term.
What did you think of the Crew's performance? Think Columbus can turn things around for the playoffs? Do you think that Zakuani deserves a spot on the MLS Best XI?
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