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‘Crew SC’ Articles

Photo Gallery from Crew SC 2-0 win over Philadelphia Sunday night

Pre-game Festivities

 

Fans always enjoy themselves at Crew SC games

 

The Famous Nordecke at Mapfre Stadium. They love the team with a passion

 

Eloy Room warming up. Had his first shutout against Philadelphia 2-0. Has been a big asset replacing the popular Zack Steffen this summer

 

Wil Trapp (L) Josh Williams (M) and Artur (R) were determined to get a win for the team's supporters

 

Every team in the league tries to double up on Gyasi Zardes (11) with ball. But it opens up other players to score

 

Pedro Santos took control of the offense after Federico Higuain had a season ending injury. Santos proved that he could score and set up other players with the ball

 

Kacper Przybyłko looking to be set up to strike for Philadelphia. Has 15 goals to lead the Union. Had none on Sunday

MORE PHOTOS TO COME!

 

ALL PHOTOS TAKEN BY JESSICA LAICY

Crew SC back in action Saturday night at Atlanta United FC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

COLUMBUS— Columbus Crew SC (8-15-7, 31 pts.) travels to face Atlanta United (15-10-3, 48 pts.) at Mercedes-Benz Stadium tomorrow, Saturday, September 14. The match begins at 7:00 p.m. ET and is set to be televised regionally on FOX Sports Ohio and streamed on FOX Sports GO, featuring Neil Sika, Dwight Burgess and Ashley Collins on the call. Coverage begins at 6:30 p.m. ET. Tomorrow’s match also airs locally on the radio in English on 97.1 The Fan and streaming online via “Listen Live” at 971TheFan.com, featuring Chris Doran broadcasting the contest. The club’s official website, ColumbusCrewSC.com, is set to stream Spanish-language audio broadcast with Juan Valladares behind the microphone. The match against Atlanta United is the second of two regular-season meetings between the clubs in 2019.

Columbus Crew SC at Atlanta United
Saturday, September 14 – 7:00 p.m. ET – Mercedes-Benz Stadium (Atlanta, Georgia)

Regional Television: FOX Sports Ohio, FOX Sports GO (Stream) | Coverage begins: 6:30 p.m. ET
Regional Television Channel Guide: https://www.ColumbusCrewSC.com/broadcast
Crew SC Radio: 97.1 The Fan and streaming online via “Listen Live” at 971TheFan.com. (English); ColumbusCrewSC.com (Spanish).

ABOUT COLUMBUS CREW SC
Columbus Crew SC (Soccer Club) is the first club in Major League Soccer. Crew SC is operated by The Edwards Family and The Haslam Family. The Black & Gold won their first MLS Cup championship in 2008 and also won the 2002 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup as well as MLS Supporters’ Shield titles in 2004, 2008 and 2009. The 2019 campaign is the Crew’s 24th season in MLS and the 20th season at historic MAPFRE Stadium – the first soccer-specific stadium in the United States. The Club has qualified for the MLS Cup Playoffs in four of the last five seasons, including winning the Eastern Conference Championship in 2015.

Heading into Saturday’s match at Atlanta United, it is an opportunity, as head coach Caleb Porter put it, to see “individually who can do it and help us execute the way we want to play.”

The defending MLS Cup champions are winners of four straight at Mercedes-Benz Stadium – a place where Columbus still has yet to see a regular-season victory. With Club & Country players coming in on short rest, combined with a number of injuries (no new news, of course), Porter mentioned how it has been an interesting week, but that the attitude has been great and that it presents a healthy measuring opportunity.

“Obviously, we know where we are at in terms of the playoffs and the challenges of that,” Porter said. ”For me, I look at this as a chance to measure where we are at in our progress and be respective of what happens at the end of the year.

“It’s a great game for us to see how far we’ve come, see how far we need to go because this is definitely one of the best teams in the League, so it’s a real challenge – our guys are up for it,” he continued.

Challenge is a suitable word, but nothing that the Crew cannot overcome, as they have proven.

Yes, Atlanta is unbeaten in its last 11 matches at Mercedes-Benz. Yes, the Crew defeated the 2018 champs 2-0 on March 30 (and yes, the field circumstances were unique).

That being said, Atlanta will be without Designated Player and 2019 MLS All-Star Ezequiel Barco, who has four goals and two assists through 13 matches. Barco played in both the March 30 match at MAPFRE Stadium and the U.S. Open Cup match on June 18.

Meanwhile, the Crew welcomes the return of five players from international duty, including Gyasi Zardes, who has tallied four goals in the last five road games, while Eloy Room has made at least four saves in each of the last three matches. Notably, since Room’s Crew debut vs. Montreal on July 20, the Crew has lost just once in eight total matches.

As for ATL, switching from a 4-3-3 to a 3-5-2 has them back to 2018 form, and as Porter mentioned, a top-two team in the League next to LAFC. A higher tempo with more up-front pressure has seen Atlanta tally up a 12-1 scoring edge in the last four matches overall while the defending champs hold the second-best home scoring margin at plus-20.

With three of the final four regular-season games on the road, in addition to a home game against one of the East’s top teams in Philadelphia, it’s a gauging opportunity, Porter reiterated.

“It’s a great opportunity for us to close the year out and see how far we’ve come, see how far we still need to go, see individually who can do it and help us execute the way we want to play. That’s the way we’re looking at it and approaching it. We want to a have team and be a club of winners. It doesn’t matter – games, friendlies. Our mindset is always the same, win the game.”

Kickoff at Atlanta is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET on FOX Sports Ohio. Supporters can also listen live on ColumbusCrewSC.com.

Website: ColumbusCrewSC.com | Twitter: @ColumbusCrewSC | Instagram: @ColumbusCrewSC | Hashtag: #Crew96 | Facebook.com/columbuscrewsc | Snapchat: ColumbusCrewSC | Stadium: MAPFRE Stadium | Training Facility: Crew SC Training Center at Obetz

 

GAME PREVIEW WRITTEN BY David Cath; COURTESY COLUMBUS CREW SC COMMUNICATIONS

Crew SC honoring its team history in Alumni Night tonight

 

COLUMBUS – Columbus Crew SC is set to host Alumni Night at MAPFRE Stadium on Saturday, August 31 surrounding its regular-season home match against the Chicago Fire. Alumni Night will feature former Crew SC players in attendance participating in pre-match autograph opportunities, as well as in a halftime ceremony. Saturday’s Alumni Night event is set to feature Mike ClarkJeff CunninghamJohn HarkesAlejandro Moreno and Duncan Oughton among other former Crew SC players.

Prior to Crew SC’s match against the Chicago Fire, Black & Gold alumni will sign autographs at four different locations throughout the MAPFRE Stadium Plaza from 6:00-7:00 p.m. ET. There will also be former players in attendance at the Social Tailgate in the Stadium Club Tent. The Crew SC alumni in attendance will then be honored during a halftime ceremony, which will also feature original Season Ticket Members from the Crew’s inaugural season.

“Crew SC alumni are a critical part of the community and the Black & Gold family. The alumni’s importance to the history and future of this Club is part of our identity,” said Crew SC President and General Manager Tim Bezbatchenko. “For supporters, players and staff, this will be a fantastic opportunity to welcome alumni back for this match as Columbus is always their home.”

MAPFRE Stadium will also feature $1 bratwursts during Saturday’s home contest. Tickets for Crew SC’s match on Saturday – as well as 2020 Season Ticket Memberships – are available at ColumbusCrewSC.com.

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF COLUMBUS CREW SC COMMUNICATIONS

 

Crew SC hosting Chicago Fire tonight at Mapfre Stadium

 

 

 

Crew SC set to host Alumni Night at MAPFRE Stadium, featuring pre-match autograph opportunities withformer Crew SC players

 

 

Crew SC will be trying to free up Gyasi Zardes (11) to get shots like he did against FC Cincinnati

Eloy Room has been the perfect replacement in goal for the departed Zack Steffen. He has given Crew SC a chance to win every game

COLUMBUS— Columbus Crew SC (8-15-6, 30 pts.) hosts the Chicago Fire (8-12-9, 33 pts.) at MAPFRE Stadium tomorrow, Saturday, August 31.Saturday’s match begins at 7:30 p.m. ET and is set to be televised regionally on FOX Sports Ohio and streamed on FOX Sports GO, featuring Neil Sika, Ashley Collins and Brett Hiltbrand on the call. Coverage begins at 7:00 p.m. ET. Tomorrow’s match also airs locally on the radio in English on 97.1 The Fan and streaming online via “Listen Live” at 971TheFan.com, featuring Chris Doran broadcasting the contest. The club’s official website, ColumbusCrewSC.com, is set to stream Spanish-language audio broadcast with Juan Valladares behind the microphone. On Saturday, Crew SC is also set to hold Alumni Night at MAPFRE Stadium, featuring former Crew SC players in attendance participating in pre-match autograph opportunities, as well as in a halftime ceremony.

Columbus returns home for the first time in two weeks to face a Chicago Fire side that has proven less than stellar on the road this season.

Through 14 matches, the Fire (8-12-9, 33 pts.) arrives to MAPFRE Stadium with a 1-10-3 road record, with the lone win coming at the Houston Dynamo on Aug. 3 via a 1-0 scoreline. The match marked the second consecutive loss in a current six-match winless streak for the Dynamo.

Come Saturday, the Crew return to the pitch having scored at least two goals in six of their last eight matches, including a pair of goals in each of the club’s last three home matches. Gyasi Zardes has led the charge with four goals in the last five matches overall, while Pedro Santos has contributed four goals and three assists in the last seven matches overall.

The two sides last met on July 17 in Bridgeview, Ill., with Zardes and late substitution Romario Williams netting a goal apiece to lead the Crew to a comeback 2-2 draw, which began a six-match unbeaten run for the Crew.

Now, the Black & Gold, who are 5-6-4 at home this season, host a Chicago side that has scored a League-low 12 road goals, though it has not been due to lack of opportunity as the Fire ranks fifth in chances created on the road with 141.

Overall, the Fire has scored 13 of their 43 total goals from dead-ball or set-piece plays, which ranks second behind the Colorado Rapids (18). Chicago’s scoring is top-heavy with 21 combined goals from two players – Nemanja Nikolić (11) and CJ Sapong (10) – while Nicolás Gaitán has provided a team-high 10 assists.

Columbus Crew SC vs. Chicago Fire
Saturday, August 31 – 7:30 p.m. ET – MAPFRE Stadium (Columbus, Ohio)

Regional Television: FOX Sports Ohio, FOX Sports GO (Stream) | Coverage begins: 7:00 p.m. ET
Regional Television Channel Guide: https://www.ColumbusCrewSC.com/broadcast
Crew SC Radio: 97.1 The Fan and streaming online via “Listen Live” at 971TheFan.com. (English); ColumbusCrewSC.com (Spanish).
Promotional Schedule: Alumni Night & $1 Bratwursts | Infohttp://bit.ly/2JPgR8c

ABOUT COLUMBUS CREW SC
Columbus Crew SC (Soccer Club) is the first club in Major League Soccer. Crew SC is operated by The Edwards Family and The Haslam Family. The Black & Gold won their first MLS Cup championship in 2008 and also won the 2002 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup as well as MLS Supporters’ Shield titles in 2004, 2008 and 2009. The 2019 campaign is the Crew’s 24th season in MLS and the 20th season at historic MAPFRE Stadium – the first soccer-specific stadium in the United States. The Club has qualified for the MLS Cup Playoffs in four of the last five seasons, including winning the Eastern Conference Championship in 2015.

Website: ColumbusCrewSC.com | Twitter: @ColumbusCrewSC | Instagram: @ColumbusCrewSC | Hashtag: #Crew96 | Facebook.com/columbuscrewsc | Snapchat: ColumbusCrewSC | Stadium: MAPFRE Stadium | Training Facility: Crew SC Training Center at Obetz

 

PHOTOS BY JESSICA LAICY

GAME PREVIEW WRITTEN BY David Cath; COURTESY OF COLUMBUS CREW SC COMMUNICATIONS

Crew SC show they are the “Big Brothers” in Ohio with dominating win over FC Cincinnati in 2nd leg of “Hell Is Real” Rivalry Game

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gyasi Zardes came out with a vengeance and Luis Diaz added the insurance tally with his first career Major League Soccer goal as the Columbus Crew deflated a 30,000+ filled Nippert Stadium with an emphatic 3-1 win over FC Cincinnati on Sunday, Aug. 25.

The Crew (8-15-6, 30 pts.) fired eight shots in the first 45 minutes, five of which fell on-frame while three reached the back of the net. The opener came courtesy of Zardes, though the set-up ball was just as impressive as Zardes’ left-footed, cross-goal finish. As for the delivery, streaking down the left flank with pace was Diaz, who curled in a right-footed ball into the lap of Zardes as he ended his finishing slump with his 10th goal of the season in the 22nd minute.

Just over 10 minutes later, Zardes doubled down to quickly evaporate any potential rebound momentum for FC Cincinnati with his second of the match in the 33rd minute. This time, Harrison Afful delivered a perfectly weighted right-footed curler from, again, the right flank to an in-stride Zardes, who made it goal number 11 for the Crew’s No. 9.

As the game appeared to be heading towards a 2-0 scoreline after the first 45, Diaz had to deliver his input with his first career MLS goal after joining the Crew during the summer transfer window. The 20-year-old Costa Rican received the ball from 45 yards out, and with an ensuing full sprint towards the near post, Diaz launched a rocket in between the near post and the goalkeeper to leave an emphatic first-half statement in front of the visitor’s supporters’ section.

Goalkeeper Eloy Room was tough in goal, saving several shots by Cincinnati. Until former Crew SC player, FCC’s Kekuta Manneh managed to put a shot into the net into the 89th minute to deny a Crew shutout.

 

GAME STORY BY David Cath; COURTESY CREW SC COMMUNICATIONS

ALL PHOTOS BY JESSICA LAICY

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