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Crew SC’s Artur has successful left wrist surgery


Black & Gold midfielder expected to be sidelined for Crew SC’s upcoming three-match homestand

For Immediate Release: April 24, 2017

COLUMBUS – Columbus Crew SC Monday announced that midfielder Artur underwent successful left wrist surgery on Monday and is expected to be sidelined for Crew SC’s upcoming three-match homestand (April 29 – May 10). The procedure to repair a left distal radius fracture was performed by Dr. Marlo Van Steyn at Orthopedic One in Columbus, Ohio. The midfielder is currently recovering in Columbus.

Artur de Lima Junior

In 2017, his first campaign with the Black & Gold, Artur has made eight appearances (seven starts) and has recorded one assist. The Brazilian midfielder joined Crew SC on loan from Sao Paulo FC for the duration of the 2017 Major League Soccer season on February 13, 2017.

The Black & Gold return to action on Saturday, April 29 when they host New York City FC at MAPFRE Stadium (7:30 p.m. ET / The CW Columbus, Spectrum Sports, BCSN2, CD102.5 FM, La Mega 103.1 FM, English radio stream on ColumbusCrewSC.com).

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY & A COURTESY OF COLUMBUS CREW SC COMMUNICATIONS

 

Match Recap: Crew SC shut down by New York Red Bulls, 2-0; second straight shutout on road


Federico Higuain makes his 125th regular-season start for the Black & Gold;
Zack Steffen makes MLS career-high five saves against the Red Bulls

For Immediate Release: April 22, 2017


Columbus Crew SC 0 – New York Red Bulls 2
Red Bull Arena (Harrison, NJ)
Saturday, April 22, 2017

SCORING SUMMARY


NY – Alex Muyl (Kemar Lawrence, Sacha Klejstan) 11’ [HIGHLIGHT: http://bit.ly/2pS0e13]
NY – Daniel Royer (Penalty Kick) 38’ [HIGHLIGHT: http://bit.ly/2q2zpUn]

NEXT MATCH FOR CREW SC (4-3-1, 13 points):

Columbus Crew SC vs. New York City FC (MAPFRE Stadium – Columbus, OH)
Saturday, April 29 (7:30 p.m. ET / The CW Columbus, Spectrum Sports, BCSN2, CD102.5 FM, La Mega 103.1 FM, English radio stream on ColumbusCrewSC.com).


MEDIA RESOURCES AVAILABLE

FULL BOX SCORE: http://bit.ly/2oy92FD


TEAM STATISTICS:
http://bit.ly/2q2FikA


MATCH HIGHLIGHTS:
http://bit.ly/2ppfUcr


HEAR FROM SPORTING DIRECTOR AND HEAD COACH GREGG BERHALTER IN POST-MATCH PRESS CONFERENCE:
http://bit.ly/2oADT3E


AUDIO FROM GOALKEEPER ZACK STEFFEN:
http://bit.ly/2oADT3E

AUDIO FROM DEFENDER NICO NAESS: http://bit.ly/2oADT3E


TODAY’S MATCH INFO:


Venue:
Red Bull Arena (Harrison, NJ)
Referee: Jorge Gonzales
Assistants: Jeff Muschik, Giann Facchini
Fourth Official: Sorin Stoica
Attendance: 20,008
Weather: 55 degrees and clear
GOALS/ASSISTS


NY – Alex Muyl (Kemar Lawrence, Sacha Klejstan) 11’
NY – Daniel Royer (Penalty Kick) 38’

DISCIPLINARY SUMMARY

NY – Luis Robles (caution) 61’
NY – Daniel Royer (caution) 72’
CLB – Ethan Finlay (caution) 83’

LINEUPS

Columbus Crew SC: Zack Steffen; Harrison Afful, Alex Crognale (Josh Williams 39’), Nico Naess, Jukka Raitala; Wil Trapp ©, Artur (Mohammed Abu 6’); Niko Hansen (Ethan Finlay 61’), Federico Higuain, Justin Meram; Ola Kamara

Substitutes not used: Logan Ketterer, Waylon Francis, Hector Jimenez, Adam Jahn

New York Red Bulls: Luis Robles; Connor Lade, Aaron Long, Aurelien Collin, Kemar Lawrence; Felipe, Tyler Adams; Sacha Kljestan © (Sean Davi 84’), Daniel Royer; Alex Muyl (Derrick Etienne 66’), Bradley Wright-Phillips (Fredrik Gulbrandsen 73’)

Substitutes not used: Ryan Meara, Gonzalo Veron, Michael Amir Murillo, Damien Perrinelle

 

TEAM NOTES
Federico Higuain made his 125th regular-season start for Crew SC in tonight’s match against the Red Bulls. The Argentine playmaker signed with the Black & Gold as a Designated Player on July 27, 2012. To date, Higuain has made 129 total appearances while recording 40 goals and 39 assists.
Goalkeeper Zack Steffen recorded an MLS career-high five saves in tonight’s match against the New York Red Bulls. This was the fourth consecutive match in which Steffen recorded four or more saves, for a total of 26 saves through eight matches in the 2017 MLS regular season.

 

Tonight’s match was the 66th regular-season meeting between Crew SC and the Red Bulls. Despite the loss, Crew SC currently has 13 points and a record of 4-3-1 through the first eight games of the 2017 MLS season, the club’s best start since 2011 (3-1-4, 13 points).

 

Crew SC next plays on Saturday, April 29 when it hosts New York City FC at MAPFRE Stadium (7:30 p.m. ET / The CW Columbus, Spectrum Sports, BCSN2, CD102.5 FM, La Mega 103.1 FM, English radio stream on ColumbusCrewSC.com).

 

MATCH RECAP WRITTEN BY & A COURTESY OF COLUMBUS CREW SC COMMUNICATIONS

 

Crew SC midfielder Ben Swanson out for season

PLACED ON SEASON-ENDING INJURY LIST
Black & Gold midfielder underwent successful right ankle surgery on Tuesday


For Immediate Release: April 20, 2017

COLUMBUS – Columbus Crew SC have announced that midfielder Ben Swanson has been placed on the Season-ending Injury List. On Tuesday, Swanson underwent successful right ankle surgery performed by Dr. Scott Van Aman at Orthopedic One in Upper Arlington, Ohio. The midfielder is currently recovering in Columbus.

Ben Swanson

Per Major League Soccer’s roster rules and regulations, Swanson will not be eligible to play for Crew SC in any remaining competition during the 2017 MLS season.

While on loan with the Pittsburgh Riverhounds, Swanson made three appearances (two starts) in 2017. He came on as a substitute against the New York Red Bulls II (March 25) before making consecutive starts in a home contest against FC Cincinnati (April 1) and a road match against the Charleston Battery (April 8).

Crew SC travels to Red Bull Arena to take on the New York Red Bulls on Saturday, April 22 for the first of two regular-season meetings this year (7:30 p.m. ET / The CW Columbus, Spectrum Sports, BCSN2, CD102.5 FM, La Mega 103.1 FM, English radio stream available on ColumbusCrewSC.com).

TRANSACTION: Columbus Crew SC places midfielder Ben Swanson on the Season-ending Injury List on April 20, 2017.

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF COLUMBUS CREW SC COMMUNICATIONS

 

Crew SC travels to New York taking on always-tough Red Bulls

Red Bull Arena with downtown Newark, NJ in the background By Groupe Canam - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

 

MATCH PREVIEW: AT RED BULL ARENA

Black & Gold face New York Red Bulls in the first of two regular-season meeting between the clubs this season

For Immediate Release: April 21, 2017

 

COLUMBUS — Columbus Crew SC (4-2-1, 13 points) plays New York Red Bulls on the road at Red Bull Arena (3-3-1, 10 points) tomorrow, Saturday, April 22.The match kicks-off at 7:30 p.m. ET and is set to be televised regionally on The CW Columbus, Spectrum Sports and BCSN2, with Neil Sika and Dwight Burgess on the call. Coverage on The CW Columbus begins at 7:30 p.m. ET. Exclusively on Spectrum Sports and BCSN2, “Crew SC Matchday,” the pre-match show, begins at 7:00 p.m. ET, with “Crew SC Post-Match” immediately following the action. Saturday’s match also airs locally on the radio on CD102.5 FM in English, featuring simulcast audio from the television broadcast. La Mega 103.1 FM has the match airing in Spanish, with Juan Valladares behind the microphone. The Spanish radio calls are also set to be streamed in Spanish on the LaMega1 App and via Tunein Radio as WVKO-FM. The club’s official website, ColumbusCrewSC.com, is set to stream the English-language radio broadcast online.

 

Crew SC and New York Red Bulls met twice last season, with the two sides playing to a 1-1 draw at MAPFRE Stadium on June 25 and a 3-2 victory for the Red Bulls at Red Bull Arena on October 16. Saturday’s match marks the 66th all-time regular-season meeting between the two Eastern Conference clubs. The Black & Gold currently hold an all-time record of 26-29-10 against the Red Bulls. Crew SC has scored at least one goal in each of its last three meetings against the Red Bulls.

 

Last Saturday, Crew SC hosted Toronto FC at MAPFRE Stadium in its seventh match of the season and first Trillium Cup contest in 2017. Last week, Toronto took a lead through Jozy Altidore in the 21st minute, but Crew SC equalized in the 37th minute when Ola Kamara scored from a Niko Hansen pass. Justin Meram doubled the lead in the 44th minute after a pass from Alex Crognale, scoring what would be the game-winning goal. Federico Higuain had secondary assists in both goals. The win was Crew SC’s third consecutive victory at MAPFRE Stadium this season. Rookie Niko Hansen made the first regular-season start of his career, while both he and fellow rookie Alex Crognale recorded their first regular-season assists. Crew SC captain Wil Trapp made his 100th career regular-season appearance for the Black & Gold. Goalkeeper Zack Steffen again recorded four saves, again tying his career-high for saves in a game.

 

Steffen’s four saves last weekend bring his total to 21 on the season and move his current goals against average to 1.14. Justin Meram’s goal tied him with Dante Washington for 10th in all-time regular-season goals for Crew SC, with 28. Federico Higuain’s two assists bumped him to fifth place in the Black & Gold’s all-time regular-season assists list, with 39. Higuain sits just two assists behind Guillermo Barros Schelotto, who had 41 assists.

 

Columbus Crew SC vs. New York Red Bulls

Saturday, April 22 – 7:30 p.m. ET – Red Bull Arena (Harrison, NJ)

 

Regional Television: The CW Columbus (coverage begins at 7:30 p.m. ET), Spectrum Sports, BCSN2 (Pre-match show “Crew SC Matchday” begins exclusively on Spectrum Sports and BCSN2 at 7:00 p.m. ET)

Regional Television Channel Guide: http://bit.ly/2017CrewSCBroadcast

Crew SC Radio: CD102.5 FM (English); La Mega 103.1 FM (Spanish), Spanish radio broadcast also simulcast on LaMega1 App and via Tunein Radio as WVKO-FM, English radio broadcast also simulcast on ColumbusCrewSC.com

International Television: Abu Dhabi Sports (Middle East and North Africa), Le Sports (China), DSports/ATR (India), BeIN Sports (Australia, Asia), Fox Sports Africa (Sub-Saharan Africa)

 

MATCH PREVIEW WRITTEN BY & A COURTESY OF COLUMBUS CREW SC COMMUNICATIONS

 

Crew SC holds off arch-rival Toronto FC, 2-1 to stay in first place in MLS’ Eastern Conference


Justin Meram scores his fifth goal of the season and has now recorded a goal or an assist in all four home matches thus far in 2017;
Captain Wil Trapp makes his 100th regular-season appearance for Crew SC;
Black & Gold record victory in first Trillium Cup match of 2017

For Immediate Release: April 15, 2017

COLUMBUS CREW SC DRESSING ROOM PRESS CONFERENCE

61,294 Justin Meram Crew SC Q & A with the media 4 15 2017

Columbus Crew SC 2 – Toronto FC 1
MAPFRE Stadium (Columbus, OH)
Saturday, April 15, 2017

SCORING SUMMARY
TOR – Jozy Altidore (Victor Vazquez) 21’ [HIGHLIGHT: http://bit.ly/2ozAFif]
CLB – Ola Kamara (Niko Hansen, Federico Higuain) 37’ [HIGHLIGHT: http://bit.ly/2oj3YEd]
CLB – Justin Meram (Alex Crognale, Federico Higuain) 44’  [HIGHLIGHT: http://bit.ly/2pEsCAd]

NEXT MATCH FOR CREW SC (4-2-1, 13 points):

Columbus Crew SC vs. New York Red Bulls (Red Bull Arena – Harrison, NJ)
Saturday, April 22 (7:30 p.m. ET / The CW Columbus, Spectrum Sports, BCSN2, CD102.5 FM, La Mega 103.1 FM, English radio stream on ColumbusCrewSC.com).


MEDIA RESOURCES AVAILABLE

FULL BOX SCORE: http://bit.ly/2p6eX8I


TEAM STATISTICS:
http://bit.ly/2pEGqur


MATCH HIGHLIGHTS:
http://bit.ly/2ozlC8d


HEAR FROM SPORTING DIRECTOR AND HEAD COACH GREGG BERHALTER IN POST-MATCH PRESS CONFERENCE:
http://bit.ly/2pkxzSk


AUDIO FROM MIDFIELDER JUSTIN MERAM:
http://bit.ly/2pkxzSk

AUDIO FROM FORWARD OLA KAMARA: http://bit.ly/2pkxzSk


TODAY’S MATCH INFO:


Venue:
MAPFRE Stadium (Columbus, OH)
Referee: Nima Saghafi
Assistants: Corey Rockwell, Kyle Atkins
Fourth Official: Hilario Grajeda
Attendance: 12,319
Weather: 78 degrees and clear
GOALS/ASSISTS


TOR – Jozy Altidore (Victor Vazquez) 21’

CLB – Ola Kamara (Niko Hansen, Niko Hansen) 37’
CLB – Justin Meram (Alex Crognale, Federico Higuain) 44’

DISCIPLINARY SUMMARY

TOR – Michael Bradley (caution) 80’
CLB – Jukka Raitala (caution) 90+2’

LINEUPS

Columbus Crew SC: Zack Steffen; Harrison Afful, Alex Crognale, Nico Naess, Jukka Raitala; Artur, Wil Trapp ©; Niko Hansen (Ethan Finlay 60’), Federico Higuain (Josh Williams 88’), Justin Meram; Ola Kamara

Substitutes not used: Logan Ketterer, Waylon Francis, Hector Jimenez, Mohammed Abu, Kekuta Manneh

Toronto FC: Alexander Bono; Eriq Zavaleta, Nick Hagglund, Justin Morrow; Steven Beitashour, Raheem Edwards (Tosaint Ricketts 82’), Michael Bradley ©, Armando Cooper (Jonathan Osorio 54’), Victor Vazquez (Benoit Cheyrou 86’); Sebastian Giovinco, Jozy Altidore.

Substitutes not used: Marco Delgado, Mark Pais, Jay Chapman, Tsubasa Endoh

TEAM NOTES

 

Midfielder Justin Meram scored the winning goal in tonight’s match and has now recorded a goal or an assist in every home match this season through four home contests. In the last six total home matches dating back to October 1, 2016, Meram has notched five goals and two assists.

Captain Wil Trapp made his 100th regular-season appearance (97th start) for the Black & Gold in tonight’s match. With his appearance against Toronto, the midfielder became the first Crew SC Homegrown Player to make 100 regular-season appearances and is one of only 27 players to have made 100 or more regular-season appearances for the club.

 

Rookies Niko Hansen and Alex Crognale each tallied their first regular-season assists for Crew SC. Hansen made his first start for the club in tonight’s contest and provided the helper on Ola Kamara’s opening goal. Previously, Hansen had made three substitute appearances in home matches against Portland (March 25) and Orlando (April 1) as well as in a road contest at Chicago (April 8). Hansen also scored the winning goal the Black & Gold’s 3-2 home victory over Portland. Tonight, Crognale helped set up Justin Meram’s game-winning goal. To date, Crognale has made five regular-season appearances (four starts) for the Black & Gold.

 

Forward Ola Kamara tallied his fourth goal of the season and his 20th goal for Crew SC in 32 appearances (27 starts) by scoring the Black & Gold’s first goal in tonight’s match. The Norwegian has made seven appearances (all starts) this season.

The win against Toronto FC marks the third time that the Black & Gold have defeated an unbeaten team this season, as the Reds sported a record of 1-0-4 coming into tonight’s match. Previously, Crew SC defeated Portland (3-0-0 at the time) 3-2 on March 25 and Orlando (2-0-0 at the time) 2-0 on April 1. Tonight’s victory also marks the club’s third consecutive win at home. Crew SC is undefeated at MAPFRE Stadium this season with a record of 3-0-1. The last time Crew SC went on a three-game winning streak at home was in 2015, when the club won three consecutive matches during a window from June 24 – July 19.

 

Crew SC is currently undefeated through four matches at MAPFRE Stadium this season and has not lost at home since September 10, 2016 going 5-0-1 in that same span. The last time the club went four or more matches undefeated at home was last season, from April 16 – August 13, with the club posting a 4-0-7 record in that 11-match span.

With the two goals in tonight’s contest, the Black & Gold have now scored in every home match this season. Additionally, Crew SC has now scored in each of its last 15 home matches, dating back to a 1-1 draw against the New York Red Bulls last season (June 25).

 

Crew SC next plays on Saturday, April 22 when it travels to Red Bull Arena to take on the New York Red Bulls (7:30 p.m. ET / The CW Columbus, Spectrum Sports, BCSN2, CD102.5 FM, La Mega 103.1 FM, English radio stream on ColumbusCrewSC.com).

 

GAME RECAP WRITTEN BY & A COURTESY OF COLUMBUS CREW SC COMMUNICATIONS

 

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