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Crew SC with 2-0 win over D.C. United clinches berth in 2017 MLS Cup Playoffs

Josh Williams in 2017 By Hayden Schiff from Cincinnati, USA - DSC_4799, CC BY 2.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

 

Justin Meram scored Crew SC's second goal, his 13th of the season, 10th at home (courtesy Columbus Crew SC)

COLUMBUS CREW SC POSTGAME DRESSING ROON PRESS CONFERENCE

62,280 Wil Trapp Crew SC captain How does it feel for the veterans to get back to the MLS Playoffs after a down season in 2016 9 30 2016

62,281 Wil Trapp Crew SC captain What did the veterans say to the younger guys when team was stagnant in midseason to get going again 9 30 2017

62,282 Wil Trapp Crew SC captain Did you ever think there is no reason why this team can’t be in playoffs with all the talent in this room 9 30 2017

62,283 Wil Trapp Crew SC captain The media & fans feel the team should win every game but the MLS is so tough there is no way 9 30 2017

62,285 Wil Trapp Crew SC What has Pedro Santos added to this lineup since coming in during midseason 9 30 2017

62,286 Wil Trapp Crew SC captain Crew SC team is more dangerous with Pedro Santos as a playmaker 9 30 2017

62,287 Wil Trapp Crew SC captain How has it been having Josh Williams back on the team after he played for Toronto FC in 2016

 

COLUMBUS CREW SC CLINCHES BERTH IN THE AUDI 2017 MLS CUP PLAYOFFS

Black & Gold earn postseason berth for third time in four seasons under Sporting Director and Head Coach Gregg Berhalter;
Special Pay As We Play Plan for playoff matches now available on-sale at ColumbusCrewSC.com

 

For Immediate Release: September 30, 2017

COLUMBUS — Columbus Crew SC has officially clinched a spot in the Audi 2017 MLS Cup Playoffs, returning to the postseason for the third time in four seasons under Sporting Director and Head Coach Gregg Berhalter. With two regular-season contests remaining, Crew SC is assured of finishing no lower than sixth place in the Eastern Conference by virtue of its win against D.C. United at MAPFRE Stadium earlier this evening. The win against D.C. United was the Black & Gold’s 12th regular-season home victory of 2017, setting a new club record for most regular-season wins at home.

Final postseason seeding will be determined in the coming weeks as the Black & Gold (15-12-5, 50 points) conclude the regular season along with all other MLS clubs. Crew SC Season Ticket Members, 10-Match Plan holders and the general public each have the option to purchase the Pay As We Play Plan for playoff matches at a discounted rate from single-match pricing with the flexibility of only being charged for matches once they are guaranteed to be played. The Pay As We Play Plan, which includes tickets to each potential match held at MAPFRE Stadium through the Eastern Conference Championship, continues to be available at ColumbusCrewSC.com.

PAY AS WE PLAY PLAN INFO: http://crew.sc/2xEl8Cq

This season, six teams qualify from each conference for the Audi 2017 MLS Cup Playoffs. The two winners from the Eastern Conference Knockout Round, featuring matches between the third and sixth seeds as well as the fourth and fifth seeds, advance to face the first and second seeds in the Semifinals, with the lowest advancing seed from the Knockout Round facing the first seed.

IN THE POSTSEASON: Updated Eastern Conference standings available at https://www.columbuscrewsc.com/standings
2017 marks the club’s return to the postseason for the first time since the Audi 2015 MLS Cup Playoffs, when Crew SC won the Eastern Conference Championship. This is the 14th all-time postseason berth for the Black & Gold as well as the seventh berth for the club in ten seasons, a streak that began in 2008, a year that Crew SC won the first professional championship for Columbus by capturing that season’s MLS Cup.

Up next, Crew SC travels to take on Orlando City SC at Orlando City Stadium on Sunday, October 15 (5:00 p.m. ET / The CW Columbus, Spectrum Sports, BCSN2, CD102.5 FM, La Mega 103.1 FM, English radio stream available on ColumbusCrewSC.com.

 

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GAME RECAP WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF COLUMBUS CREW SC COMMUNICATIONS


Crew SC hosts D.C. United tonight looking to clinch MLS Playoff berth

 

MATCH PREVIEW: SATURDAY IS FINAL HOME MATCH OF THE 2017 MLS REGULAR SEASON


Black & Gold, undefeated in their last six home matches dating back to July 22, can clinch a berth into the 2017 Audi MLS Cup Playoffs on Saturday with a win over D.C. United

For Immediate Release: September 29, 2017

COLUMBUS — Columbus Crew SC (14-12-5, 47 points) hosts D.C. United (9-17-5, 32 points) at MAPFRE Stadium tomorrow, Saturday, September 30 for its final regular-season home match of 2017. 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, Dwight Burgess and Marisa Contipelli 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.

MLS GAME NOTES PACKAGE: http://bit.ly/2017GameGuides

The Black & Gold can clinch a berth in the Audi 2017 MLS Cup Playoffs with a win at home against D.C. United on Saturday. Additional clinching scenarios are available via the MLS Game Notes Package linked above. Crew SC Season Ticket Members, 10-Match Plan holders and the general public each have the option to purchase the Pay As We Play Plan for potential Audi 2017 MLS Cup Playoff matches at MAPFRE Stadium through the Eastern Conference Championship at a discounted rate from single-match pricing with the flexibility of only being charged for matches once they are guaranteed to be played.

Tomorrow’s match against D.C. United marks the return of College Night to MAPFRE Stadium. Supporters with a college ID or an “.edu” email address are eligible for $15 match tickets, access to the exclusive student tailgate in the Upper 90 Lounge – which includes $2 off drink specials from 6-7 p.m. –  and can receive five FREE large Papa John’s Pizza coupons with group orders of 20 or more.

This is Crew SC’s second and last regular-season match against D.C. United in 2017, as well as the 66th all-time regular-season meeting between the two clubs. The Black & Gold hold a firm all-time regular-season winning record of 18-7-7 against D.C. United at home since 1996, outscoring D.C. 50-26 over that span. In the previous meeting between the two clubs on March 18, Columbus defeated D.C. 2-0 at RFK Stadium with goals scored by Federico Higuain and Ola Kamara on either side of halftime.

Crew SC heads into tomorrow’s match against D.C. United on a seven-match undefeated streak, dating back to a 3-1 home victory over the Chicago Fire on August 12. Over that span, the Black & Gold have posted a record of 4-0-3 and have outscored opponents 14-8. This is the longest undefeated streak forColumbus under Sporting Director and Head Coach Gregg Berhalter since he took over the club in 2014. The Black & Gold are also on a six-match undefeated streak at MAPFRE Stadium, dating back to a 1-0 victory over the Philadelphia Union on July 22. In that time, Crew SC has outscored its opponents 12-5 while posting a home record of 5-0-1. In the 2017 MLS regular season, the Black & Gold have earned 35 points and hold a record of 11-3-2 at MAPFRE Stadium, the highest number of points and wins at home in the Berhalter era and the highest number of points and wins at home since 2012. A win at home on Saturday night against D.C. United would set a new Crew SC record for most regular-season victories at home in a single season with 12. Including this year, the club has secured 11 victories at home in a season five times in club history (1997, 1998, 2008, 2012 and 2017).

Crew SC is coming off a 3-2 win at home against the New York Red Bulls this past Saturday. Defender Jonathan Mensah put the hosts ahead by scoring off of a free kick taken by Federico Higuain in the sixth minute, setting the record for fastest Crew SC goal of the 2017 MLS regular season. The Red Bulls drew level with a 14th-minute goal scored by Bradley Wright-Phillips. Midfielder Justin Meram was the next beneficiary of Higuain’s passing, as he put Crew SC back in the lead in the 54th minute. Josh Williams extended the Black & Gold’s lead in the 66th minute with yet another assist from Higuain. The Red Bulls scored one more goal in the 72nd minute, when Gonzalo Veron converted a penalty-kick, but Williams’ goal proved to be the game-winner.

Federico Higuain’s three assists against the New York Red Bulls made him one of only seven Crew SC players to provide three helpers in a single match, joining Ensil Elcock (twice in 1998), Robert Warzycha (1999), Dante Washington (2002), Jeff Cunningham (2003), Sebastian Rozental (2006) and Guillermo Barros Schelotto (2008). Higuain’s three helpers brought his assists total to 10 for the 2017 MLS regular season, setting a new MLS regular-season career-high and making him the assist leader for the club in 2017 regular-season action. The Argentine midfielder also leads the club in regular-season game-winning assists in 2017, having provided the helper on three game-winners, ahead of midfielders Artur and Wil Trapp, who have registered two game-winning assists each. The Black & Gold have an undefeated record of 6-0-0 in matches in 2017 in which Higuain has provided an assist.

 

Columbus Crew SC vs. D.C. United

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

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)
International Television: Abu Dhabi Sports (Middle East and North Africa) and BeIN Sports (Australia, Asia)
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

 

MATCH PREVIEW WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF COLUMBUS CREW SC COMMUNICATIONS

 

Crew SC players Afful and Mensah receive International Call-ups

 


Harrison Afful and Jonathan Mensah earn call-ups from Ghana;
Ghana has an upcoming 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying match against Uganda, international friendly against Saudi Arabia

For Immediate Release: September 29, 2017

COLUMBUS — Columbus Crew SC Friday announced that two of its players have received international call-ups: Harrison Afful and Jonathan Mensah. Ghana is set to play a 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying match against Uganda and an international friendly against Saudi Arabia. The 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying match against Uganda will take place on October 7 in Uganda. Ghana’s international friendly against Saudi Arabia will take place on October 10 in Saudi Arabia.

Ghana is currently in Group E of the CAF Final Group Stage qualification for the 2018 FIFA World Cup along with Egypt, Uganda and Congo. The winner of each group automatically qualifies to the 2018 FIFA World Cup to be held in Russia. Ghana has qualified for each of the last three FIFA World Cup tournaments. The Black Stars are set to travel to Uganda on October 7, with the match marking Ghana’s fifth match of the final group stage of qualification. Ghana is currently in third place of Group E with a record of 1-2-1. The Black Stars then travel to Saudi Arabia for an international friendly against Saudi Arabia on October 10.

Harrison Afful has earned 75 caps for Ghana, the most recent of which came on September 5 of this year against Congo in a 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying match. He is a two-time World Cup veteran, having been a member of Ghana’s roster during the 2010 and 2014 editions of the tournament. Afful was also 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 tournaments. This season, he has made 21 regular-season appearances (18 starts) and has recorded one assist for Crew SC.

Jonathan Mensah has represented the Black Stars on 56 occasions, with his last match coming against Congo in a 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying match on September 5 of this year. 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, the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations and the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations. Mensah has made 23 regular-season appearances (22 starts), while registering two goals and one assist for Crew SC this year.

Crew SC’s current roster features 11 players that have received a senior National Team call-up throughout their careers: Mohammed Abu, Harrison Afful, Waylon Francis, Ola Kamara, Cristian Martinez, Jonathan Mensah, Justin Meram, Jukka Raitala, Rodrigo Saravia, Zack Steffen and Wil Trapp.

Next up, Crew SC hosts D.C. United at MAPFRE Stadium for its final regular-season match at home in 2017. Columbus and D.C. play tomorrow, Saturday, September 30 (7:30 p.m. ET / The CW Columbus, Spectrum Sports, BCSN2, CD102.5 FM, La Mega 103.1 FM, English radio stream available onColumbusCrewSC.com).

 

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF COLUMBUS CREW SC COMMUNICATIONS

Crew SC continues to pick up points with 2-2 draw at Vancouver

MATCH RECAP: COLUMBUS CREW SC 2, VANCOUVER WHITECAPS FC 2
Ola Kamara tallies 16th strike of 2017 MLS regular season, equals his goal output from 2016 regular season;
Kekuta Manneh registers goal and assist in his return to BC Place as Black & Gold’s unbeaten streak extends to six matches



Columbus Crew SC 2 – Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2
BC Place (Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada)
Saturday, September 16, 2017

SCORING SUMMARY

VAN – Fredy Montero (Yordy Reyna, Cristian Techera) 15’ [Highlight: http://bit.ly/2f2Hsgt]

CLB – Ola Kamara (Kekuta Manneh) 19’ [Highlight: http://bit.ly/2f2Hsgt]

CLB – Kekuta Manneh (Wil Trapp) 63’ [Highlight: http://bit.ly/2f23Wy6]

VAN – Tony Tchani (Fredy Nerwinski, Jakob Nerwinski) 90+2’ [Highlight: http://bit.ly/2f33U9e]


NEXT MATCH FOR CREW SC (13-12-5, 44 points):

Columbus Crew SC vs. New York Red Bulls (MAPFRE Stadium – Columbus, Ohio)

Saturday, September 23 (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). 


MEDIA RESOURCES AVAILABLE

FULL BOX SCORE: http://bit.ly/2f2L0iO

TEAM STATISTICS: http://bit.ly/2f2fRw3

MATCH HIGHLIGHTS: http://bit.ly/2f33U9e

HEAR FROM SPORTING DIRECTOR AND HEAD COACH GREGG BERHALTER IN POST-MATCH PRESS CONFERENCE: http://bit.ly/2jxHl1s

AUDIO FROM POSITION PLAYER NAME: http://bit.ly/2jxHl1s

AUDIO FROM POSITION PLAYER NAME: http://bit.ly/2jxHl1s

TODAY’S MATCH INFO:

Venue: BC Place (Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada)
Referee: Silviu Petrescu
Assistants: Oscar Mitchell-Carvalho, Anthony Vasoli
Fourth Official: Alex Chilowicz
VAR: Matthew Franz
Attendance: 20,592
Weather: 73 degrees and cloudy

GOALS/ASSISTS
VAN – Fredy Montero (Yordy Reyna, Cristian Techera) 15’

CLB – Ola Kamara (Kekuta Manneh) 19’

CLB – Kekuta Manneh (Wil Trapp) 63’

VAN – Tony Tchani (Fredy Montero, Jakob Nerwinski) 90+2’

DISCIPLINARY SUMMARY
CLB – Josh Williams (caution) 27’

CLB – Mohammed Abu (caution) 33’

VAN – Kendall Waston (caution) 56’
CLB – Justin Meram (caution) 90+1’ 

LINEUPS

Columbus Crew SC: Zack Steffen; Harrison Afful, Josh Williams, Lalas Abubakar, Hector Jimenez; Wil Trapp ©, Mohammed Abu (Artur 45’)1`; Pedro Santos (Alex Crognale 83’), Federico Higuain, Kekuta Manneh (Justin Meram 70’); Ola Kamara

Substitutes not used: Brad Stuver; Adam Jahn, Niko Hansen, Connor Maloney

Vancouver Whitecaps FC: David Ousted; Jakob Nerwinski, Kendall Waston, Tim Parker ©, Jordan Harvey (Erik Hurtado 80’); Aly Ghazal, Tony Tchani; Cristian Techera (Alphonso Davies 60’), Yordy Reyna, Brek Shea (Bernie Ibini-Isei 72’); Fredy Montero

Substitutes not used: Stefan Marinovic; Andrew Jacobson, Nicolas Mezquida, Marcel de Jong

TEAM NOTES

Ola Kamara tallied his 16th goal of the 2017 MLS regular season in tonight’s match against Vancouver Whitecaps FC. Kamara scored in the 19th minute after receiving a cross from midfielder Kekuta Manneh. With the strike, Kamara equaled his goal output from the 2016 regular season in which he scored 16 goals in 25 appearances (20 starts). Additionally, Ola Kamara’s goal ties him with Kei Kamara for ninth place in the Black & Gold all-time regular-season scoring charts with 32 goals. This year, Kamara has made 30 regular-season appearances (29 starts) and is currently the leading scorer for the Black & Gold in the 2017 MLS regular season with 16 goals, ahead of Justin Meram (11 goals) and Federico Higuain (nine goals).

Midfielder Kekuta Manneh tallied Crew SC’s second goal in tonight’s match against Vancouver Whitecaps FC, scoring from outside the box in the 63rd minute. Manneh also provided the assist on Ola Kamara’s 19th-minute goal, his third helper of the 2017 MLS regular season. In addition to his goal and his assist, Manneh played 70 minutes and had three shots on target, created one chance and made two tackles. In 2017, Manneh has made 15 regular-season appearances (nine starts), scoring four goals and providing three assists.

In tonight’s match, midfielder Wil Trapp provided the helper on Kekuta Manneh’s 63rd-minute goal. This was Trapp’s fifth regular-season assist of 2017, a new career-high for the midfielder whose previous career-high of four assists came in the 2014 regular season. In 2017, Trapp has made 30 regular-season appearances (30 starts), registering five assists.

Today’s draw against Vancouver Whitecaps FC brought Crew SC’s undefeated streak to six matches (3-0-3), dating back to a 3-1 win against the Chicago Fire at MAPFRE Stadium on August 12. Over that span, Crew SC has outscored its opponents 10-5.

With the draw in today’s match, Crew SC brings its 2017 regular-season record to 13-12-5. Next up, Crew SC hosts the New York Red Bulls at MAPFRE Stadium on Saturday, September 23 (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).

 

GAME RECAP WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF COLUMBUS CREW SC COMMUNICATIONS

 

Crew SC plays national television game hosting Sporting KC today at 1 pm

MATCH PREVIEW:

Black & Gold wrap-up three-match homestand at MAPFRE Stadium against Sporting Kansas City in first of three home matches in month of September

For Immediate Release: September 10, 2017

 

COLUMBUS — Columbus Crew SC (13-12-3, 42 points) hosts Sporting Kansas City (10-5-10, 40 points) at MAPFRE Stadium on Sunday, September 10. The match kicks-off at 1:00 p.m. ET and is set to be televised nationally on ESPN with Adrian Healey and Taylor Twellman on the call. Sunday’s match also airs locally on the radio on CD102.5 FM in English, featuring commentary by Neil Sika and Dwight Burgess. 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.

MLS GAME NOTES PACKAGE: http://bit.ly/2017GameGuides

This September, MLS WORKS, Major League Soccer’s community outreach initiative, will be conducting its fourth annual Kick Childhood Cancer campaign to raise awareness and funds for Children’s Oncology Group (COG). Children’s Oncology Group is the world’s largest organization devoted exclusively to childhood and adolescent cancer research, uniting more than 9,000 experts in childhood cancer at more than 200 leading children’s hospitals around the world. As part of the month-long campaign, MLS will “go gold”, with players and PRO referees wearing special edition Kick Childhood Cancer t-shirts during pre-game activities, players wearing a commemorative gold ribbon jersey patch and club captains using Kick Childhood Cancer gold armbands. All matches in the month of September are also set to feature a commemorative gold adidas Nativo 2017 Official Match Ball, as well as gold corner flags and goal nets.

This is the Black & Gold’s lone regular-season match against Sporting Kansas City in 2017 and the 54th all-time regular-season meeting between the two clubs, dating back to 1996. After facing Sporting KC, Crew SC travels to take on the Vancouver Whitecaps FC at BC Place on September 16 before returning to MAPFRE Stadium for a two-match homestand against the New York Red Bulls on September 23 and against D.C. United on September 30 in what will be the Black & Gold’s final home matches of the 2017 regular season.

Crew SC is coming off a 2-1 home victory against FC Dallas on August 26. In that match, Ola Kamara scored his 30th goal for the club in regular-season action, while defender Jonathan Mensah scored his first MLS career goal and the game-winner. Federico Higuain assisted both goals, reaching fourth place in Crew SC’s all-time list for regular-season assists with 42 helpers. The victory over Dallas also marked Sporting Director and Head Coach Gregg Berhalter’s 50th career victory in MLS regular-season action. Berhalter first took over the helm of the Black & Gold ahead of the 2014 MLS regular season and has compiled a regular-season record of 50-47-33 over that span. Columbus currently sits in fourth place in the Eastern Conference with 42 points.

Heading into the match against Sporting KC, forward Ola Kamara leads Crew SC in goals scored with 14 goals in 28 regular-season appearances (27 starts), just two strikes behind his 2016 regular-season goal output of 16 goals. Midfielders Federico Higuain and Justin Meram lead the club in assists, with seven helpers each. In addition to helping set up nearly a third of the Black & Gold’s 42 goals this season, both Higuain and Meram have also contributed by scoring a large portion of Crew SC’s goals, with Higuain recording nine goals while Meram has tallied 11 strikes.

 

 

Columbus Crew SC vs. Sporting Kansas City

Sunday, September 10 – 1:00 p.m. ET – MAPFRE Stadium (Columbus, OH)

National Television: ESPN

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

International Television: Abu Dhabi Sports (Middle East and North Africa), DSports/ATR (India), BeIN Sports (Australia, Asia)

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

 

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

 

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