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Fresh from bye-week, Crew SC hosting tough, dangerous Houston Dynamo tonight at 7:30



Columbus Crew SC (10-7-6) continues Major League Soccer regular-season action on Saturday, Aug. 11 after a Week 23 bye, as the Black & Gold return to MAPFRE Stadium to host the Houston Dynamo (7-9-6) at 7:30 p.m. ET.

Columbus is currently unbeaten in its last two home games, scoring a total of five goals. On July 21, Columbus stunned Orlando City SC with a 35-yard rocket from captain Wil Trapp two minutes into extra time to secure a 3-2 victory at MAPFRE Stadium.

Saturday will be the first match in the month of August for Crew SC while Houston is seeing their third match in just eight days. On July 28, Columbus traveled to face the New York Red Bulls and took home an important three points, becoming one of only two teams to beat the Red Bulls at home this season.

Three first-half goals from — one each from Jonathan Mensah and Patrick Mullins in addition to an own goal from Red Bull’s Sean Davis — led Columbus to its 10th win of the season. The Red Bulls found two goals in the second half but were unable to secure an equalizer.

Houston currently sits in 10th-place in the Western Conference and is second in shots on target (133) amongst the League. The Dynamo are also seventh in goals (39), while having the fifth-lowest save percentage in MLS (64.52 percent). Crew SC holds a 7-6-10 all-time record against Houston.

In their last meeting, Columbus suffered a 3-1 loss to Houston at BBVA Compass Stadium in week two of the 2017 MLS regular season. The Black & Gold dominated every statistical category but could not produce a victory. However, Ola Kamara shut down the possibility of a Houston shutout with a clean finish from Jukka Raitala and Justin Meram in the 93rd minute.

As for Houston, the Dynamo are coming to the end of a long week after seeing a regular-season loss to Sporting Kansas City on Aug. 4 and an Open Cup semifinal victory against LAFC on Aug. 8. Against LAFC, Houston won 3-3 (7-6 – PKs) to clinch a showdown with the Philadelphia Union in the Open Cup final.

Last Saturday, the Dynamo suffered a late 1-0 loss to Sporting KC. Houston saw 4 red cards on the night, including one shown to Dynamo manager Wilmer Cabrera. In the 14th minute, Houston was down a man as Alejandro Fuenmayor was shown a straight red card. Two additional red cards were shown in stoppage time to Houston’s Darwin Ceren and Alberth Ellis.


Crew SC builds up early 3-0 lead; holds off Red Bulls for road win in New York



HARRISON, N.J. – Key saves and a bulldog-like approach offensively lifted Columbus Crew SC (10-7-6) to a 3-2 victory over the New York Red Bulls (13-6-2) on Saturday at Red Bull Arena.

Defender Jonathan Mensah struck first in the seventh minute on a corner kick from Pedro Santos and a set-up tap from Patrick Mullins, who earned his first start with the Black & Gold.

Goalkeeper Zack Steffen totaled four saves on the night, including a diving, one-handed effort to keep it a 1-0 margin.

Mullins eased the tension just 17 minutes after Crew SC’s first tally with a left-footed finish on the counter-attack. Harrison Afful delivered a perfectly weighted through ball off the pass from defender Milton Valenzuela as Mullins scored his first goal for the Black & Gold.

Seven minutes later, Santos delivered a curling ball into the box, with Josh Williams providing pressure before the Red Bulls’ Sean Davis ultimately knocked it in for an own goal.

The Red Bulls came back in the final 45 minutes, capitalizing on an own goal from Mensah in the 50th minute before making it a one-goal deficit in the 69th minute on a finish from Daniel Royer.

Columbus held on for the half’s remainder, including four minutes of stoppage time, to claim its first win at Red Bull Arena since 2014 and come within five points of the Red Bulls, who remain in third-place in the Eastern Conference standings with 41 points, followed by Crew SC with 36.

On the day, the Red Bulls outshot Crew SC 13-10 while maintaining 53 percent of the possession.


The history of tonight’s Crew SC opponent, Deportivo Saprissa has 82 years of winning soccer in



Deportivo Saprissa is a Costa Rican sports club, mostly known for its football team. The club is located in San Juan de Tibás, San José, and play their home games at the Estadio Ricardo Saprissa Aymá. The team’s signature colours are purple (burgundy) and white. The club was founded in 1935 and has competed in the Costa Rican first division since 1949. The name of the team comes from one of the club’s main founders, Ricardo Saprissa. One of the most popular nicknames for the team El Monstruo Morado (The Purple Monster) can be traced back to 1987, when the Costa Rican newspaper Diario Extra gave the team the nickname during a derby, because of the club’s enormous following. A reporter commented that the sea of fans in the stands at the Estadio Ricardo Saprissa Aymá in Tibás wearing purple, and the tremendous noise they were generating, made him feel like he was “in the presence of a thousand headed monster”. Saprissa immediately adopted the nickname El Monstruo Morado.

Saprissa won 34 Primera División de Costa Rica championships, including six consecutive national titles in the 70s. It stands as one of the more successful teams in the CONCACAF region as well, having won the CONCACAF Champions’ Cup three times – in 19931995, and 2005. Saprissa has also won five Central American crowns in 1972, 1973, 1978, 1998, and 2003.

For the period 1 September 2007 to 31 August 2008 the club was ranked the 106th best team in the world by the International Federation of Football History & Statistics, an organization recognized by FIFA.

Saprissa has regularly appeared in the CONCACAF Champions Cup finals in recent decades, with three first-place finishes and four runners-up finishes. One of the club’s most notable moments came in 2005 when Saprissa became the second club in CONCACAF to finish third in the FIFA Club World Cup together with the Mexican club Necaxa who accomplished it in 2000 (and were joined in 2012 by another Mexican club, Monterrey).

The team is named after this gentleman, Ricardo Saprissa 1932 photo By Efegé - http hallofameperico.wordpress, Public Domain, https

The club was chosen by the IFFHS as the CONCACAF team of the 20th Century. This event gave Saprissa worldwide recognition. Their main partner is a Costa Rican Investment Consortium named Horizonte Morado (Purple Horizon), composed mainly of Juan Carlos Rojas Callán, Edgar Zurcher, Alberto Raven Odio, and Televisora de Costa Rica.


Further information: History of Deportivo Saprissa

Deportivo Saprissa was founded on July 16, 1935 by Roberto Fernández who named his team after the man who sponsored their uniform, Don Ricardo Saprissa Aymá. The club entered the Costa Rican Third Division as Saprissa F.C. They were promoted to the Primera División de Costa Rica, making their debut in the top flight on 21 August 1949. One of the most notable achievement of their early years, was to win the third and second division titles undefeated. The club has remained in the Costa Rican top flight ever since.

Team Colours

Even though the very first colours were red and white, the team is known by their purple-burgundy colour. Red and white were utilised very briefly, and Ricardo Saprissa’s influence from the Polo Club of Barcelona had the team try red and blue instead, even though this is the origin of the colour used throughout all of its history. When the new kit for 1937 (red and blue) was being manufactured, some of the threads got mixed evenly along the sides of the jerseys, producing a type of purple, resembling a burgundy/maroon colour. This new colour went down well with everyone involved, it reflected class and originality, and it was selected as the team’s official colour. It was decided that the team’s shield would appear on the chest of the uniform, with a notable bold white letter “S”.

Saprissa utilizes a purple/burgundy jersey with white and grey details, and white shorts with burgundy and grey details for home games. For away games, a white jersey with burgundy and grey details is used, and white shorts with burgundy and grey details.



1952-53, 1953–54, 1957–58, 1962–63, 1964–65, 1965–66, 1967–68, 1968–69, 1969–70, 1972–73, 1973–74, 1974–75, 1975–76, 1976–77, 1977–78, 1982–83, 1988–89, 1989–90, 1993–94, 1994–95, 1997–98, 1998–99, 2003–04, 2005–06, 2006–07, 2007 Invierno, 2008 Verano, 2008 Invierno, 2010 Verano, 2014 Verano, 2014 Invierno, 2015 Invierno, 2016 Invierno, 2018 Verano
  • Costa Rican Short Championships: 8
1997-98 Clausura, 1998–99 Apertura, 1998–99 Clausura, 2003–04 Apertura, 2005–06 Apertura, 2005–06 Clausura, 2006–07 Apertura, 2006–07 Clausura
  • Costa Rican Cup: 8
1950, 1960, 1963, 1963, 1970, 1972, 1976, 2013


Winners (3)199319952005
Runners-up (4)1970197320042008
Winners (5)19721973197819982003
Runners-up (7)1971197419961997200120042007
Runners-up (2): 1993, 1995
  • CONCACAF Central American Champions: 1 appearance
Winners (1)1970
  • US Camel Cup: 1 appearance
Winners (1): 1985
Third Place (1)2005

Deportivo Saprissa a member of Liga FPD





Deportivo Saprissa provides International Friendly match opponent tonight for Columbus Crew SC



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Black & Gold host Deportivo Saprissa of Costa Rica’s First Division tonight at 7:00 p.m. ET


Tuesday’s contest will be Crew SC’s 23rd all-time international friendly, as well as the fifth time the Black & Gold will face Saprissa. Similarly, tomorrow’s match will mark Saprissa’s third visit to MAPFRE Stadium.

Crew SC holds a 1-1-2 all-time record against Saprissa. The Black & Gold suffered a 2-0 defeat in Costa Rica on April 4, 2001, while drawing 1-1 in Columbus on April 11, 2001 during a two-leg CONCACAF Giants Cup series. Additionally, the teams met in the 2009-10 CONCACAF Champions League group stage, with Crew SC defeating Deportivo Saprissa 1-0 at Estadio Ricardo Saprissa on September 16, 2009, before playing to a 1-1 draw at MAPFRE Stadium on September 29, 2009.

Deportivo Saprissa was founded in 1935 and has competed in the Liga de Futbol de Primera Division –  Costa Rica’s First Division – since 1949. Over that span, Saprissa has won 34 First Division titles – more than any other club in Costa Rica – as well as the CONCACAF Champions League on three occasions (1993, 1995, 2005) and the UNCAF Interclub Cup – a Central American soccer tournament – on five occasions (1972, 1973, 1978, 1998, 2003).

Saprissa most recently won the 2018 Clausura tournament and is set to represent Costa Rica in the 2019 CONCACAF Champions League.

2018 will be the eighth consecutive summer that an international opponent has visited MAPFRE Stadium. Crew SC has an all-time record of 12-6-3 in international friendlies at home, last facing Bundesliga side Eintracht Frankfurt from Germany in 2017 in a match that the Black & Gold won by a score of 1-0.


Crew SC back home tonight for match with Western Conference opponent Real Salt Lake, 7:30 pm




COLUMBUS — Columbus Crew SC returns home to take on Real Salt Lake at MAPFRE Stadium, Saturday, June 30, for the lone regular-season meeting between the two clubs in 2018. The match kicks-off at 7:30 p.m. ET and is set to be televised regionally on CW Columbus, Spectrum Sports and BCSN2 featuring Neil Sika, Dwight Burgess and Alex Stec on the call. Coverage begins at 7:30 p.m. ET. Post-match coverage is set to follow exclusively on Spectrum Sports in Ohio. Tomorrow’s match also airs locally on the radio on CD102.5 FM in English, featuring simulcast audio from the television broadcast. The club’s official website,, is set to stream the English-language radio broadcast online as well as host the Spanish-language audio broadcast with Juan Valladares behind the microphone.

There will be post-match fireworks after the final whistle.

Crew SC is looking for a victory after a loss at Los Angeles Football Club last Saturday. After allowing two quick goals from LAFC, Crew SC defense buckled down to hold LAFC to just three shots on target. Despite the creation of promising attacks, Crew SC was unable to produce a goal.

Real Salt Lake saw their six-match home win streak end on Saturday in a draw against the San Jose Earthquakes. Real Salt Lake opened the scoring in the 54th minute only to get a response from San Jose just 10 minutes later. RSL had a chance to take home three points on the final play, but a header hit the bar on a bounce.

In their last meeting, Crew SC earned a 2-2 draw at Real Salt Lake thanks to a brace from forward Ola Kamara. Kamara slotted his first goal to the top of the net with an assist from midfielder Connor Maloney. RSL equalized on a penalty kick and, shortly after, scored a go-ahead goal but Kamara completed the draw with a rebound strike after a shot by Ethan Finlay.

Columbus is 8-1-1 at home against Real Salt Lake, with the only loss dating back to 2006. The last three matches have seen at least four goals combined between the two clubs. Columbus is 11-5-4 all time against Real Salt Lake.

Columbus Crew SC vs. Real Salt Lake

Saturday, June 30 – 7:30 p.m. ET – MAPFRE Stadium (Columbus, OH)

Regional Television: CW Columbus, Spectrum Sports, BCSN2
International Television: Abu Dhabi Sports (Abu Dhabi Sports), DSports (India), BeIN Sports (Australia, Asia)

Crew SC Radio: CD102.5 FM (English) (Spanish). English radio broadcast also simulcast on



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