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August 22, 2007
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This was in the Crew’s latest weekly roundup:

Crew Defeats Liga Latinos Unidos All-Stars, 9-1, in Exhibition

Kei Kamara notched three goals and one assist Tuesday in the Crew’s 9-1 victory over the Liga Latinos Unidos All-Stars in an exhibition match at the Crew Training Center at Obetz. Andy Herron added two goals and two assists, Tim Ward contributed a goal and two assists, Robbie Rogers and Jason Garey a goal and an assist apiece and Duncan Oughton a goal. Goalkeeper Bill Gaudette went the distance in net for the Crew. The game was one of the highlights of a new strategic partnership between the Crew and Latinos Unidos, an area Hispanic adult soccer league.

With a result like that, I’m hoping that the “new strategic partnership” doesn’t become the “failed strategic partnership”. Don’t get me wrong, I’m happy that the Crew’s reserve squad is strong enough to score that many times, but I’m also hoping that the brass at Latinos Unidos aren’t offended.

The partnership itself was just announced last week, and its one that I heartily applaud – the Crew should be making connections with the soccer-playing communities in this area, and playing games against the local community should be a great way to do that. The Crew’s youth initiatives, fielding teams under the Crew banner in the new US national youth league setup, should also help.

Salient quote from the earlier press release:

The two organizations are functioning together to create a means with which to identify young talent in the Hispanic, and other ethnic communities across the state, as well as provide special access to Crew technical staff for area adult soccer players. The partnership also aims to consider the long-term potential of providing field space and other services to Latinos Unidos via the Crew’s efforts to build a larger training complex.

There’s just something about a 9-1 scoreline that makes me afraid that the partnership has had a bad first date – too much trying to impress, stepping on toes, hurt feelings, and no second date.

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