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Crew SC puts 5-game unbeaten streak on line in Trillium Cup game against Toronto FC

 

(courtesy Crew SC)

 

CREW SC UNDEFEATED IN LAST FIVE MATCHES

With its 2-2 draw against FC Cincinnati on Saturday, Crew SC extended its undefeated streak to five consecutive matches in regular-season action dating back to a 2-2 draw on the road against the Chicago Fire (July 17). Over that span, the Black & Gold have posted a record of 2-0-3. In addition to the aforementioned results, the Crew has also registered wins against the Montreal Impact (July 20) and the New York Red Bulls (July 27), while also drawing against the San Jose Earthquakes (August 3).

CREW SC ON THE VERGE OF NEARING MILESTONE IN REGULAR-SEASON HOME MATCHES

Crew SC is on the verge of reaching a milestone in regular-season home victories. The Black & Gold currently have 199 regular-season home wins. With its next regular-season victory at home, the Crew would become one of only six MLS clubs to have won 200 or more regular-season matches at home dating back to the 1996 season. For a list of the other teams on this list, see the table to the right.

SANTOS SETS PERSONAL SINGLE-SEASON HIGH

Pedro Santos’ goal against FC Cincinnati on Saturday was his eighth goal of the 2019 MLS regular season, setting a new single-season career-high for the midfielder in League play. Previously, Santos’ largest goal-scoring output was seven tallies, which he scored during the 2015-2016 Liga NOS campaign. In 2019, Santos has made 25 regular-season appearances (23 starts), while providing three assists (three game-winning assists) to go with his eight goals (two game-winning goals).

ZARDES SCORES NINTH GOAL OF 2019

Forward Gyasi Zardes scored his ninth goal of the 2019 regular season during Saturday’s home contest against FC Cincinnati. The goal came in the 45th minute, when Zardes converted a penalty kick attempt following a foul inside FC Cincy’s box. The goal was Zardes’ second tally in as many matches, as he had previously scored in the previous week’s road match against the San Jose Earthquakes (August 3). Zardes finished the night with seven shots (four on target) and created one goal-scoring chance. Notably, Zardes has scored on both of his penalty kick attempts in 2019, having previously converted a penalty kick during a home contest against New York City FC (June 1).

YOUNESS MOKHTAR MAKES CREW SC DEBUT

Midfielder Youness Mokhtar made his MLS and Crew SC debut in Saturday’s contest against FC Cincinnati. Mokhtar came into the match as a substitute for Luis Diaz in the 53rd minute. In his 36 minutes of action, Mokhtar registered two shots and created three goal-scoring chances. The midfielder joined the Crew from Stabaek of the Norwegian First Division on July 19 of this year. Prior to joining the Black & Gold, Mokhtar made 170 First Division appearances across the Netherlands, Norway, Turkey and Saudi Arabia, while scoring 28 goals and providing 31 assists.

 

MATCH NOTES WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF COLUMBUS CREW SC COMMUNICATIONS

 

 

 

 

 

Improving Crew SC hosts Trillium Cup rival Toronto FC tonight

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Trillium Cup (courtesy Columbus Crew SC)

 

The Columbus Crew (7-14-5) plays host to Toronto FC on Saturday, Aug. 17 to round out a two-match homestand.

Kickoff on Saturday is slated for 7:30 p.m. ET and fans can follow on SportsTime Ohio, or tune in on 97.1 FM The Fan or ColumbusCrewSC.com for live English & Spanish play-by-play.

Headlined by Designated Players Jozy Altidore and Alejandro Pozuelo, Toronto (9-10-6) currently sits in ninth place in the Eastern Conference standings, though tied on points (33) with seventh-place Montreal and eighth-place Orlando City.

Offensively, Altidore and Pozuelo have each tallied a team-high nine goals, as Toronto stands as one of only four teams to host two players with nine-plus regular-season tallies. However, only four of their 18 total goals have come away from BMO Field, including just one from Pozuelo who signed with the club in early March.

Those two, in addition to midfielder Michael Bradley and recent defensive acquisition Omar Gonzalez will come in fresh on Saturday after not playing in Toronto’s most recent 3-0 win over Ottawa Fury FC on Aug. 14 as part of Leg 2 of the Canadian Championship semifinal.

In TFC’s last five regular-season road matches, the club has posted just one win, which came on July 13 vs. Montreal, while getting shut out in all three of their losses.

As for the Crew, the Club heads into Saturday with two goals in four of the last five matches, including coming back from a 2-0 deficit to draw FC Cincinnati 2-2 last week. The match marked the fifth straight occasion in which the Crew posted a second-half goal, continuing a trend of response goals.

“We know we can always come back because we believe in ourselves and we believe in the coaching staff as well, and the message they always give to us,” said defender Harrison Afful. “We make sure we go to the pitch and make sure we deliver.”

As for areas of improvement come Saturday, midfielder Luis Argudo emphasized cleaning up self-inflicted wounds and capitalizing on chances.

“At the end of the day, if we are not scoring, we are not going to win,” Argudo said. “I think just being [calmer] in the final third and eliminating those silly mistakes that we gave up [vs. FCC] – set pieces or run of play.”

Keeping up the mentality and the scoring pace will be key as Toronto ranks top-10 League-wide in chances created (258), shots on target (125), and shot conversion rate (15 percent), in addition to scoring the sixth-most goals in the East with 49 overall.

“You know, every game is big, so we just have to go in with the right mentality and make sure that we stick to the game plan and make sure that we take our chances,” Afful said.

On the plus-side for Crew SC, inconsistency has plagued TFC away from BMO Field, as they hold a 3-6-2 road record and are tied with a League-low 11 away goals scored while conceding 18 goals on 51 shots-on-target faced.

 

GAME PREVIEW WRITTEN BY David Cath; COURTESY CREW SC COMMUNICATIONS

 

 

Columbus Crew SC vs. Toronto FC

ALL-TIME MLS RECORD:

  • Columbus: 12 wins
  • Toronto: 5 wins
  • 8 ties

CURRENT TOP SCORERS:

  • Higuain: 7 goals
  • Osorio: 2 goals

ALL-TIME TOP-SCORERS:

  • Higuain: 7 goals
  • 3 tied: 2 goals

Notes:

  • The name of the trophy they play for was picked by the supporters themselves – the trillium is the official flower of the province of Ontario and the state of Ohio. Other names up for vote back then? “The Great Lakes Cup” and “The Buck-Loonie.”
  • Columbus represented the nearest road trip for Toronto FC faithful before the Montreal Impact joined the league in 2012.
  • Columbus have taken six of the eight Trillium Cups so far, including in 2015.

COURTESY OF MLS COMMUNICATIONS

 

Columbus Crew SC announces Season Ticket Membership drive

 

(courtesy Crew SC Communications)

Season Ticket Members will receive new downtown stadium priority and other exclusive benefits

 

COLUMBUS — Columbus Crew SC announced this week that Season Ticket Memberships for the 2020 Major League Soccer season are now on sale. Season Ticket Members will receive new downtown stadium priority as well as have the opportunity to save when they extend or purchase new memberships for the 2020 MLS season.

Crew SC is set to offer a 12-month payment option on all full Season Memberships along with potential Crew SC-hosted 2020 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Fourth Round, Round of 16 and Quarterfinal matches. Supporters also have exclusive benefits including new stadium priority, which allows supporters to have first access to the new downtown stadium.

Other benefits of Full Season Memberships include access to exclusive meet-the-team events such as the Season Kick-Off Party and Crew SC Fest; a dedicated Membership Team; discounted parking and member pricing on additional single-match tickets; access to Crew SC’s ticket exchange program and promotional add-ons; a discount at the Crew SC Shop; and purchase priority for potential MLS Cup Playoff matches and other MAPFRE Stadium events.

For complete details on 2020 Season Ticket Membership packages, supporters are encouraged to visit Crew SC’s website via the following link:http://bit.ly/33gp37M.

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

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF COLUMBUS CREW SC COMMUNICATIONS

Crew SC, FC Cincinnati rivalry starts with a tie, 2-2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mapfre Stadium had standing room only crowd of 20,865

CALEB PORTER POSTGAME PRESS CONFERENCE

65,171 Caleb Porter Crew SC coach Is he happy team got a point instead of losing despite tie 8 10 2019

65,172 Caleb Porter Crew SC coach FC Cinn pressing you all over field Did that surprise him at all 8 10 2019

65,173 Caleb Porter Crew SC Down 2-0 how big was that goal before halftime for Columbus 8 10 2019

65,175 Caleb Porter Crew SC coach Crew SC finally has a real rivalry close to home with FC Cincinnati 8 10 2019

65,177 Caleb Porter Crew SC coach Crazy atmosphere at the game what set the loudness of the crowd in this game than in others 8 10 2019

 

In their first-ever MLS regular-season meeting, Columbus Crew SC came back to draw FC Cincinnati 2-2 on Saturday, August, 10 at MAPFRE Stadium.

In their first-ever MLS regular-season meeting, Columbus Crew SC came back to draw FC Cincinnati 2-2 on Saturday, August, 10 at MAPFRE Stadium.

The Black & Gold leveled the match in the 62nd minute when Pedro Santos received a pass from Wil Trapp, turned, and ripped a shot from outside of the box that floated into the top-left corner. The goal marked Santos’ eighth goal of the season and Trapp’s third assist.

Late into the match, Crew SC nearly scored the game-winner two times but both hit off of the crossbar.

Up next, Crew SC remain at home as they take on Toronto FC on Saturday, August 17 at MAPFRE  Stadium at 7:30 p.m. ET.

Summary

Crew SC                   FC Cincinnati

6 Corners 4
2 Missed Chances 1
62 Duels Won 71
12 Tackles Won 20
1 Saves 4
13 Clearances 16
1 Offsides 2
17 Fouls 21
2 Yellow Cards 3
0 Red Cards 0

Crew SC coach Caleb Porter says that he wanted 3 points but one point beats the losing

PHOTOS BY STUART MASON

MATCH RECAP WRITTEN BY Logan Agin; COURTESY COLUMBUS CREW SC COMMUNICATIONS

Crew SC trades Niko Hansen to Houston Dynamo in Allocation Money Deal

Black & Gold acquire $75,000 in Targeted Allocation Money from Houston

 

For Immediate Release: August 8, 2019

 

COLUMBUS – Columbus Crew SC Thursday announced that it has acquired $75,000 in Targeted Allocation Money (TAM) via a trade with the Houston Dynamo. In exchange, the Black & Gold traded midfielder Niko Hansen to Houston.

“We want to thank Niko for his contributions to Crew SC during his time in Columbus,” said Crew SC President and General Manager Tim Bezbatchenko. “We felt this transaction allowed for the Club to acquire roster and salary budget resources while also creating an opportunity that was good for the player. We wish Niko the best in the next chapter of his career.”

Hansen was selected by Crew SC in the First Round of the 2017 MLS SuperDraft. During his time with the Black & Gold, Hansen made 45 regular-season appearances (16 starts), scoring four goals and providing five assists.

Up next, Crew SC hosts FC Cincinnati in a home match at MAPFRE Stadium on Saturday, August 10 [7:30 p.m. ET / FOX Sports Ohio, FOX Sports GO (Stream) / 97.1 The Fan & 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.

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

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF COLUMBUS CREW SC COMMUNICATIONS

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