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‘Crew SC’ Articles

Higuain, Manneh lead way as Crew SC dominates Montreal, 4-1

 

Federico Higuain

Kekuta Manneh


Federico Higuain records a brace, reaches 48 goals in Black & Gold;
Kekuta Manneh records first regular-season goal and assist with Crew SC;
Ola Kamara scores his 25th career goal for Crew SC;
Josh Williams makes 100th MLS career start

For Immediate Release: June 24, 2017


Columbus Crew SC 4 – Montreal Impact 1
MAPFRE Stadium (Columbus, OH)
Saturday, June 24, 2017

SCORING SUMMARY
CLB – Federico Higuain (Unassisted) 17’ [HIGHLIGHT: http://bit.ly/2sOpfcI]
MTL – Anthony Jackson-Hamel (Blerim Dzemaili, Hernan Bernardello) 19’ [HIGHLIGHT: http://bit.ly/2tHIeFQ]
CLB – Kekuta Manneh (Ola Kamara) 70’ [HIGHLIGHT: http://bit.ly/2t7UqlM]

CLB – Ola Kamara (Kekuta Manneh) 72’ [HIGHLIGHT: http://bit.ly/2sDNagk]

CLB – Federico Higuain (Adam Jahn, Zack Steffen) 88’ [HIGHLIGHT: http://bit.ly/2t4w2RR]

NEXT MATCH FOR CREW SC (8-9-1, 25 points):
Columbus Crew SC vs. Atlanta United FC (MAPFRE Stadium – Columbus, OH)

Saturday, July 1 (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, TSN).

 


MEDIA RESOURCES AVAILABLE

FULL BOX SCORE: http://bit.ly/2t87Rmb


TEAM STATISTICS:
http://bit.ly/2t7qXZq


MATCH HIGHLIGHTS:
http://bit.ly/2sOPP5p


HEAR FROM SPORTING DIRECTOR AND HEAD COACH GREGG BERHALTER IN POST-MATCH PRESS CONFERENCE:
http://bit.ly/2t4kldT

AUDIO FROM FORWARD OLA KAMARA: http://bit.ly/2t4kldT


AUDIO FROM FORWARD KEKUTA MANNEH:
http://bit.ly/2t4kldT

AUDIO FROM GOALKEEPER ZACK STEFFEN: http://bit.ly/2t4kldT


TODAY’S MATCH INFO:


Venue:
MAPFRE Stadium (Columbus, OH)
Referee: Armando Villarreal
Assistants: Nick Uranga, Corey Parker
Fourth Official: Robert Sibiga
Attendance: 16,592
Weather: 77 degrees and clear

 

GOALS/ASSISTS

CLB – Federico Higuain (Unassisted) 17’

MTL – Anthony Jackson-Hamel (Blerim Dzemaili, Hernan Bernardello) 19’

CLB – Kekuta Manneh (Ola Kamara) 70’

CLB – Ola Kamara (Kekuta Manneh) 72’

CLB – Federico Higuain (Adam Jahn, Zack Steffen) 88’

 

 

DISCIPLINARY SUMMARY
MTL – Kyle Fisher (caution) 16’’

MTL – Hassoun Camara (caution) 34’

CLB – Justin Meram (caution) 45+1’

CLB – Harrison Afful (caution) 78’

LINEUPS

Columbus Crew SC: Zack Steffen; Harrison Afful, Josh Williams, Jonathan Mensah, Jukka Raitala; Wil Trapp ©, Artur; Ethan Finlay, Federico Higuain, Justin Meram (Kekuta Manneh 69’); Ola Kamara (Adam Jahn 87’)

Substitutes not used: Brad Stuver; Hector Jimenez, Alex Crognale, Dilly Duka, Mohammed Abu,

Montreal Impact: Evan Bush; Wandrille Lefevre, Laurent Ciman, Kyle Fisher; Hassoun Camara (Michael Salazar 76’), Hernan Bernardello, Marco Donadel (Ballou Jean-Yves Tabla 72’), Chris Duvall; Blerim Dzemaili; Anthony Jackson-Hamel (Matteo Mancosu 54′), Ignacio Piatti ©


Substitutes not used
: Maxime Crepeau; Patrice Bernier, Calum Mallace, Dominic Oduro


TEAM NOTES
.

With his two goals in tonight’s match, Federico Higuain has now scored 48 goals in 140 regular-season appearances (135 starts). Only Jeff Cunningham (64 goals) and Brian McBride have scored more goals for Crew SC than Higuain. Through 17 appearances (all starts) in the 2017 MLS regular season, Federico Higuain has scored nine goals (tied for team lead with Ola Kamara) and notched five assists for the Black & Gold. This was the fourth consecutive match in which Federico Higuain scored a goal for Crew SC. Higuain previously scored in a home match against Seattle Sounders FC (May 31) and in road contests against the Colorado Rapids (June 3) and Atlanta United FC (June 17).

With his game-winning goal in tonight’s match against the Montreal Impact, forward Kekuta Manneh tallied his first goal for Crew SC since joining the club in March of this year. Manneh also provided the assist on Ola Kamara’s goal in the 72nd minute. Through the 2017 MLS regular season, Manneh has made six appearances (three starts) for the Black & Gold, registering one goal and one assist.

Forward Ola Kamara tallied his ninth goal and his third assist of the 2017 MLS regular season tonight. The goal was also Kamara’s 25th goal for Crew SC in 43 regular-season appearances (37 starts) in tonight’s match. With the goal, Kamara is now one of only four players on Crew SC’s current roster to have scored 25 or more regular-season goals. The other players on the roster to have scored at least 25 goals are Federico Higuain (48), Justin Meram (32) and Ethan Finlay (30). Last year, Kamara scored 16 goals in 25 regular-season appearances (20 starts). This season, Kamara has made 18 appearances (17 starts) and is currently the co-leading scorer for the Black & Gold in the 2017 MLS regular season along with Higuain (nine goals).

Two Crew SC players recorded their first assist for the club: forward Adam Jahn and goalkeeper Zack Steffen. Steffen played a ball to Jahn, who then passed to Federico Higuain, allowing Higuain to score the fourth goal in the 88th minute.  This season, Adam Jahn has made 13 regular-season appearances (one start) for the Black & Gold. Zack Steffen has made 18 appearances (all starts) for Crew SC in the 2017 MLS regular season.

Defender Josh Williams made his 100th start and 112th appearance in MLS regular-season action. Williams played the entire 90 minutes, making 51 passes and getting 62 touches on the ball. This season, Williams has made nine regular-season appearances (seven starts) for the Black & Gold.

Tonight’s match marked the 16th regular-season meeting between Crew SC and the Montreal Impact. With the win, the Black & Gold’s record is now 8-5-3 against the Impact. Crew SC has scored 11 goals over the past four regular-season contests against the Impact.

Next up, Crew SC hosts Eastern Conference opponent Atlanta United FC on Saturday, July 1 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, TSN).

 

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

Road woes continue for Crew SC in 3-1 loss to expansion Atlanta United FC

MATCH RECAP:
Federico Higuain scores his 46th regular-season goal in Black & Gold and seventh goal of the year;
Harrison Afful makes 50th career start for Crew SC and records his first assist of the 2017 MLS regular season

For Immediate Release: June 17, 2017


Columbus Crew SC 1 – Atlanta United FC 3
Bobby Dodd Stadium (Atlanta, Georgia)
Saturday, June 17, 2017

SCORING SUMMARY


ATL – Hector Villalba (Yamil Asad) 16’ [HIGHLIGHT: http://bit.ly/2tf55Zf]

CLB – Federico Higuain (Ola Kamara, Harrison Afful) 26’ [HIGHLIGHT: http://bit.ly/2sFAK9e]

ATL – Miguel Almiron (Leandro Gonzalez Pirez) 67’ [HIGHLIGHT: http://bit.ly/2sCCIpT]

ATL – Josef Martinez (Kevin Kratz) 88’ [HIGHLIGHT: http://bit.ly/2rDCfV6]

NEXT MATCH FOR CREW SC (7-9-1, 22 points):
Columbus Crew SC vs. Montreal Impact (MAPFRE Stadium – Columbus, OH)

Saturday, June 24 (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, TSN).

 


MEDIA RESOURCES AVAILABLE

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


TEAM STATISTICS:
http://bit.ly/2tA3SLh


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


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

AUDIO FROM DEFENDER HARRISON AFFUL: http://bit.ly/2sFEuHG


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


TODAY’S MATCH INFO:


Venue:
Bobby Dodd Stadium (Atlanta, Georgia)
Referee: Ricardo Salazar
Assistants: Andrew Bigelow, Peter Balciunas
Fourth Official: Mark Kadlecik
Attendance: 44,922
Weather: 76 degrees and partly cloudy

 

GOALS/ASSISTS
ATL – Hector Villalba (Yamil Asad) 16’

CLB – Federico Higuain (Ola Kamara, Harrison Afful) 26’

ATL – Miguel Almiron (Leandro Gonzalez Pirez) 67’

ATL – Josef Martinez (Kevin Kratz) 88’

DISCIPLINARY SUMMARY

ATL – Carlos Carmona (caution) 21’

CLB – Harrison Afful (caution) 53’

ATL – Yamil Asad (caution) 54’

LINEUPS

Columbus Crew SC: Zack Steffen; Harrison Afful, Josh Williams, Jonathan Mensah, Jukka Raitala; Artur (Mohammed Abu 77’), Wil Trapp ©; Ethan Finlay (Niko Hansen 61’), Federico Higuain (Adam Jahn 78’), Justin Meram; Ola Kamara

Substitutes not used: Brad Stuver, Alex Crognale, Nico Naess, Waylon Francis

Atlanta United FC: Alec Kann; Tyrone Mears, Michael Parkhurst, Leandro Gonzalez Pirez, Greg Garza; Jeff Larentowicz, Carlos Carmona; Julian Gressel (Josef Martinez 63’), Miguel Almiron (Chris McCann 78’), Yamil Asad; Hector Villalba (Kevin Kratz 72’)


Substitutes not used
: Mark Bloom, Miles Robinson, Alex Tambakis, Brandon Vazquez


TEAM NOTES
.

With his goal in tonight’s match, Federico Higuain has now scored 46 goals in 139 regular-season appearances (134 starts). Through 16 appearances (all starts) in the 2017 MLS regular season, Federico Higuain has scored seven goals and notched five assists. Higuain is behind only Jeff Cunningham (64) and Brian McBride (62) in career regular-season goals scored for Crew SC.

Defender Harrison Afful made his 50th start in 51 regular-season appearances for Crew SC. Afful played 90 minutes, notching an assist and completing 35 passes. Afful’s assist was his first of the 2017 MLS regular season and his sixth career assist for the Black & Gold. Through the 2017 MLS regular season, Afful has made 12 appearances (11 starts) for the Black & Gold.

Goalkeeper Zack Steffen made his 50th save of the season in tonight’s match against Atlanta United FC. He recorded four saves in tonight’s match. Steffen has started in all 17 of the Black & Gold’s regular-season matches in 2017, recording 53 saves.

Defender Josh Williams made his 99th start and 111th appearance in MLS regular-season action and is now only one start away from reaching 100 MLS starts. This season, Williams has made eight regular-season appearances (six starts) for the Black & Gold.
Tonight’s match marked the first regular-season meeting between Crew SC and Atlanta United FC. With the loss, the Black & Gold’s record is now 7-3-4 in first regular-season matches against MLS expansion sides. The two sides will face each other again on July 1 when Columbus hosts Atlanta at MAPFRE Stadium. Crew SC now has a record of 7-9-1 in the 2017 MLS regular season.

Next up, Crew SC hosts another Eastern Conference opponent, the Montreal Impact, on Saturday, June 24 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).

 

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

 

Crew SC travels South taking on expansion Atlanta United FC tonight at 7:00 pm

Bobby Dodd Stadium under the lights By Bkporter12 - Own work, Public Domain, https commons.wikimedia.org

 

 

Black & Gold travel to Bobby Dodd Stadium for first regular-season meeting with Atlanta United FC


For Immediate Release: June 16, 2017

 

 

COLUMBUS — Columbus Crew SC (7-8-1, 22 points) travels to face Atlanta United FC (5-6-3, 18 points) at Bobby Dodd Stadium tomorrow, Saturday, June 17.The match kicks-off at 7:00 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 7:00 p.m. ET. Exclusively on Spectrum Sports and BCSN2, “Crew SC Matchday,” the pre-match show, begins at 6:30 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.

Michael Parkhurst former Crew SC captain will be playing against his ex-teammates tonight (courtesy Atlanta United FC)

Tomorrow’s match is the first regular-season meeting between Crew SC and Atlanta United FC as well as the first of two regular-season matches between the Eastern Conference sides in 2017. The second matchup takes place on Saturday, July 1 when Columbus hosts Atlanta at MAPFRE Stadium. The Black & Gold defeated Atlanta United FC, 2-1, earlier this year during a preseason match in the Carolina Challenge Cup on February 18, with midfielder Federico Higuain scoring both goals for Crew SC.

The Black & Gold hold an all-time regular-season record of 7-2-4 in first matches against MLS expansion sides. Over the course of those 13 matches, the Black & Gold have scored 25 goals while only allowing 12, for a goal difference of +13 goals.

Heading into the match against Atlanta United, forward Ola Kamara is one goal shy of reaching 25 goals for Crew SC in regular-season action. If he reaches the 25-goal tally, Kamara would become one of only four players on Crew SC’s current roster to have scored 25 goals or more for the club, along with Federico Higuain (45), Justin Meram (32) and Ethan Finlay (30). Kamara has made 41 regular-season appearances (35 starts) for the Black & Gold since joining the club in February of 2016. In 2017, Kamara has scored eight goals in 16 regular-season appearances (15 starts) and is the co-leading goal scorer for the club along with midfielder Justin Meram.

 

Justin Meram currently leads MLS in dribbles with 40 dribbles completed through 16 matches. Meram also leads the League in attempted dribbles with 96 attempts. To date, Meram has made 170 regular-season appearances (118) starts for Crew SC, registering 32 goals and 32 assists in that span. This season, Meram has scored eight goals, already matching his career-high single-season goal output from 2014.

 

Columbus Crew SC at Atlanta United FC

Saturday, June 17 – 7:00 p.m. ET – Bobby Dodd Stadium (Atlanta, GA)

 

Regional Television: The CW Columbus (coverage begins at 7:00 p.m. ET), Spectrum Sports, BCSN2 (Pre-match show “Crew SC Matchday” begins exclusively on Spectrum Sports and BCSN2 at 6:30 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: Fox Sports Latin America, Abu Dhabi Sports (Middle East and North Africa) and BeIN Sports (Asia, Australia)

 

GAME PREVIEW WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF COLUMBUS CREW SC COMMUNICATIONS

 

FC Cincinnati nips Crew SC 1-0 in U.S. Open Cup play

(courtesy FC Cincinnati)

Djiby Fall scored the lone goal for FC Cincinnati Wednesday night 2017 photo By Hayden Schiff from Cincinnati, USA, CC BY 2.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

The 2017 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Fourth Round saw Columbus Crew SC fall to FC Cincinnati by a score of, 1-0, on Wednesday at Nippert Stadium in Cincinnati. A 64thminute header by forward Djiby Fall stood as the lone goal of the match.

The loss eliminated the Black & Gold from 2017 U.S. Open Cup play.

 

 

Djiby’s goal came on a play that saw a cross by defender Justin Hoyte bounced once into the air before being headed once again by Djiby for the Cincinnati goal.

The attack by Columbus was persistent with 19 shots compared to FCC’s five, but the Black & Gold were unable to find the back of net.

 

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

 

Crew SC loses four players to International Call-ups


Abu, Afful and Mensah earn call-ups from Ghana ahead of an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier and two friendly matches;
Raitala earns a call-up from Finland ahead of friendly against Liechtenstein and a FIFA World Cup Qualifier against Ukraine

For Immediate Release: June 6, 2017

COLUMBUS — Columbus Crew SC today announced that four of its players have received international call-ups: Mohammed Abu, Harrison Afful, Jonathan Mensah and Jukka Raitala. Abu, Afful and Mensah are set to join Ghana ahead of a 2019 Africa Cup of Nations Qualifier against Ethiopia on June 11. The Black Stars then play a friendly against Mexico on June 28 followed by a friendly against the United States on July 1. Raitala is set to join Finland ahead of its friendly against Liechtenstein tomorrow, June 7, and a FIFA World Cup Qualifier against Ukraine on June 11.

Ghana is in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations Qualification Group F along with Ethiopia, Sierra Leone and Kenya. The winner of Group F automatically qualifies to the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations. Ghana has reached the semifinals in each of the last three Africa Cup of Nations tournaments. The Black Stars are set to host Ethiopia in Kumasi on June 11, with the match marking Ghana’s first match of the qualification round. The Black Stars then travel to the U.S. for a friendly against Mexico at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas on June 28, followed by a friendly against the U.S. at Pratt & Whitney Stadium at Rentschler Field in Hartford, Connecticut on July 1.

Abu has earned three caps for Ghana, the most recent of which came against Mali in the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations’ Third Place Match. This season, he has made 10 regular-season appearances (six starts) for Crew SC. Afful has earned 71 caps for Ghana, with his last cap coming against Burkina Faso in the Third Place Match of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (February 4). He was a member of the Ghana National Team during the last four editions of the Africa Cup of Nations, playing every minute of the 2013, 2015 and 2017 editions. Afful is a World Cup veteran, having been a member of Ghana’s roster during the 2014 edition of the tournament. He has made 11 appearances (10 starts) for the Black & Gold in the 2017 regular season.

Mensah has represented the Black Stars on 53 occasions, with his last match also coming against Burkina Faso in the Third Place Match of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations. He has participated in the 2010 FIFA World Cup, the 2014 FIFA World Cup, the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations, the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations and the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations. Mensah featured for Ghana in the 2010 FIFA World Cup, making two group stage appearances and playing in a Round of 16 contest against the U.S., helping the Black Stars reach the quarterfinals. In 2014, he started in every group stage match of Ghana’s World Cup campaign. Mensah has made 11 regular-season appearances (10 starts) for Crew SC this year.

Finland hosts Liechtenstein for a friendly at Veritas Stadion tomorrow, June 7, before hosting Ukraine in a 2018 World Cup Qualifier at Tampere Stadium on June 11, 2017. Finland is in Group I of UEFA’s First Round of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualification, along with Ukraine, Iceland, Turkey and Kosovo. The teams that finish in first place of each group automatically qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, while the eight best runners-up across all groups advance to a two-leg playoff series, with the winners of each series qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Finland is currently in fifth place of the group with a record of 0-1-4.

Raitala’s most recent appearance for Finland came earlier this year as a starter during an away match against Austria in which he played the entire 90 minutes (March 28), earning his 36th cap. The defender joined Crew SC as a Discovery Signing on December 23, 2016. To date, Raitala has made 12 appearances (10 starts) for the Black & Gold, registering two assists.

Crew SC’s 2017 roster features 12 players that have received a senior National Team call-up throughout their careers (Mohammed Abu, Harrison Afful, Ethan Finlay, Waylon Francis, Ola Kamara, Cristian Martinez, Jonathan Mensah, Justin Meram, Jukka Raitala, Rodrigo Saravia, Zack Steffen, Wil Trapp).

 

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

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