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Crew SC back home tonight for 7:30 pm matchup with Portland Timbers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Black & Gold face Portland Timbers in the only regular-season meeting between the clubs this season

For Immediate Release: March 24, 2017

 

 

COLUMBUS — Columbus Crew SC (1-1-1, 4 points) hosts the Portland Timbers in a home match at MAPFRE Stadium (3-0-0, 9 points) tomorrow, Saturday, March 25. 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 will air on Spectrum Sports channels 314/1314. While former Insight customers will not have access to those channels, they may watch it on WWHO (Channel 27). 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 Portland met once last season, with the Black & Gold falling 2-1 at Providence Park on March 6, 2016. Saturday’s match marks the eighth all-time regular-season meeting between the two clubs. The Black & Gold currently hold an all-time record of 2-3-2 against the Timbers. Crew SC has scored in each of its last three matches against Portland.

 

Last Saturday, Crew SC took on D.C. United at RFK Stadium, in its third match of the season. Gahanna native Alex Crognale made his first regular-season start for Crew SC, while defender Josh Williams made his first appearance and start since returning to the club – his 72nd appearance for the Black & Gold. Crew SC opened the scoring in the 38th minute, with midfielder Federico Higuain converting a penalty kick. Forward Ola Kamara would increase the lead in the second by slotting home another penalty kick goal in the 66th minute to help Crew SC win the match 2-0.

 

Kamara’s goal was his second of the season. Higuain’s penalty kick goal was his 40th overall goal and 15th all-time penalty kick goal for the Black & Gold, increasing his lead as Crew SC’s all-time leader in the category over former players Guillermo Barros Schelotto (13) and Brian McBride (11). Crew SC goalkeeper Zack Steffen made three saves and recorded his first career MLS win and first career MLS shut-out.

 

Columbus Crew SC vs. Portland Timbers

Saturday, March 25 – 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) ** Saturday’s match will air on Spectrum Sports channels 314/1314. While former Insight customers will not have access to those channels, they may watch it on WWHO (Channel 27)

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: R-Media/Canal 11 (Honduras), FOX Sports Latin America, Abu Dhabi (Middle East and North Africa),Le Sports (China), DSports/ATR (India),  BeIN Sports (Asia, Australia), FOX Sports Africa.

 

 

GAME PREVIEW WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF COLUMBUS CREW SC COMMUNICATIONS

Crew SC’s Jukka Raitala called up to Finland National Team

Jukka Raitala Crew SC By Mārtiņš Bruņenieks - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https commons.wikimedia.org


Raitala earns a call-up from Finland ahead of FIFA World Cup Qualifier against Turkey on March 24 and friendly against Austria on March 28

For Immediate Release: March 17, 2017

 

COLUMBUS – Columbus Crew SC today announced that defender Jukka Raitala has received an international call-up from the Finland National Team. Raitala is set to join Finland ahead of its FIFA World Cup Qualifier against Turkey on March 24 and a friendly against Austria on March 28. To date, the defender has earned 36 caps for Finland.

 

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 Finnish take on Turkey in an away match at Ataturk Olympic Stadium on March 24, 2017 before playing Austria in a friendly on March 28 at Tivoli Stadion Tirol in Austria. Finland are currently in fifth place of Group I with a record of 0-1-3.  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.

 

Raitala’s senior National Team debut came on February 4, 2009 in a friendly match for Finland against Japan. In June of 2011, he played in his first UEFA European Championship qualification against San Marino. The defender earned his 35th cap for Finland starting in an away FIFA World Cup Qualifier against Ukraine on November 12, 2016. Prior to his senior experience, Raitala had also been part of the Finland youth system, representing his country at the Under-17, U-19, and U-21 levels. In 2009, he was named the Finland Under-21 Player of the Year.

 

Raitala joined Crew SC as a Discovery Signing on December 23, 2016. The defender has made two starts during the regular season for the Black & Gold in 2017, playing every minute of the matches against the Chicago Fire (March 4) and the Houston Dynamo (March 11).
Crew SC’s 2017 roster features 13 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, Raitala, Rodrigo Saravia, Zack Steffen, Tony Tchani, Wil Trapp).

 

 

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

 

Crew SC visits historic RFK Stadium to take on DC United tonight at 7 pm

 

For Immediate Release: March 17, 2017

 

COLUMBUS — Columbus Crew SC (0-1-1, 1 point) travels to RFK Stadium to take on D.C. United (0-1-1, 1 point), Saturday, March 18. 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 will air on Spectrum Sports channels 314/1314. While former Insight customers will not have access to those channels, they may watch it on WWHO (Channel 27). 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 D.C. United met twice last season, with the Black & Gold drawing 1-1 at MAPFRE Stadium on July 16, 2016 and then falling 3-0 at RFK Stadium on September 28, 2016. Saturday’s marks the 65th all-time regular-season meeting between the two Eastern Conference Clubs. The Black & Gold currently hold an all-time record of 26-27-11 against D.C. and a record of 1-1-1 in their last three contests against the team from the Nation’s Capital.

 

Last Saturday, Crew SC took on the Houston Dynamo at BBVA Compass Stadium, in its second match of the season. Brazilian midfielder Artur made his first start for Crew SC, while defender Connor Maloney made his first appearance for the club. Houston took an early lead in the second minute, when Romell Quioto opened up the score. Alberth Ellis scored in the 34th minute to give the hosts a 2-0 lead heading into halftime. Erick Torres added a third goal for Houston 64th minute before forward Ola Kamara pulled a goal back for the Black & Gold near the end of the match in the third minute of added time.

 

Kamara’s goal was his first of the season and he was assisted by midfielder Justin Meram, who now has two assists in as many matches this season. Meram has now provided six assists in his last six MLS matches, dating back to the Black & Gold’s 3-0 win at home against Chicago on October 1, 2016. Meram’s run of six consecutive games with assists is tied with Carlos Valderrama, Brad Davis, and former Crew SC player Jeff Cunningham for third longest in MLS history. He is behind Martin Machon (8 consecutive matches: 7/19/00-9/9/00) and Andy Williams (7 consecutive matches: 7/29/98-9/6/08).

 

Columbus Crew SC at D.C. United

Saturday, March 18 – 7:00 p.m. ET – RFK Stadium (Washington, D.C.)

 

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) ** Saturday’s match will air on Spectrum Sports channels 314/1314. While former Insight customers will not have access to those channels, they may watch it on WWHO (Channel 27)

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

 

RFK Stadium on the outskirts of Washington D.C. By MSGT KEN HAMMOND, Public Domain, https commons.wikimedia.org

GAME PREVIEW WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF COLUMBUS CREW SC COMMUNICATIONS

Crew SC signs fan-favorite, team captain Wil Trapp to multi-year contract extension


Homegrown midfielder is in his fifth season with the Black & Gold and was recently named captain of the club;
A 2016 MLS All-Star, Trapp is five regular-season appearances away from reaching 100 in MLS and for Crew SC

For Immediate Release: March 14, 2017

COLUMBUS — Columbus Crew SC on Tuesday announced that it has signed Homegrown Player Wil Trapp to a multi-year contract extension. The 24-year-old is in his fifth season with the Black & Gold and was named captain of the club ahead of the 2017 Major League Soccer Season. Targeted Allocation Money (TAM) was used in this transaction. Trapp has made 95 regular-season appearances (92 starts) for Crew SC and was named to the 2016 AT&T MLS All-Star Roster.

The Gahanna, Ohio native made 30 appearances (29 starts) last season, providing one assist and playing a career-high 2,543 minutes. Per Opta, Trapp was one of only two players to successfully complete over 1,600 passes (1,734) during the 2016 MLS regular season. Out of the 93 MLS players to attempt at least 1,000 passes that same year, Trapp ranked second in passing accuracy with a rate of 88.06 percent.

“We are thrilled to announce that Wil has committed to remain in Columbus with a new multi-year contract extension. He is one of the leaders of our club, a model professional and an important part of our community,” said Sporting Director and Head Coach Gregg Berhalter.

Wil Trapp

Continued Berhalter: “He was raised in Gahanna, he is a product of the Crew SC Academy, he played at the University of Akron, he represented our country at the international level and now he is the captain of Columbus Crew SC. Wil has illuminated a path for any young players in Ohio who are hungry for success in this sport.”

Trapp was signed by Crew SC as a Homegrown Player on December 13, 2012 at the age of 19. He made 16 appearances (all starts) during his debut season in 2013, notching one assist and playing 1,389 minutes. That year, he was also awarded the “Breakthrough Performance of the Year” honor by Crew SC. The midfielder was named vice captain ahead of his second season with the club. He made 28 appearances (28 starts), scored his first career-goal, and provided four assists in 2014, a year in which he was named to and represented the Black & Gold at the inaugural Chipotle MLS Homegrown Game as part of the AT&T MLS All-Star Game festivities. 2015 saw Trapp follow-up the success of the previous season by making 19 appearances (17 starts) and notching three assists while playing a key role in Crew SC’s run to MLS Cup. The midfielder also made his first All-Star appearance in 2016, as he was on the AT&T MLS All-Star side that played against Premier League club Arsenal on July 28.

“I’m excited to stay here in Columbus and build this club and its brand on and off the field,” said Trapp. “It’s a wonderful opportunity with a great group of players to continue to push this club, style of soccer and my career forward. Playing in Columbus means a great deal to me and my family and I am humbled to remain a Crew SC player.”

At the international level, Trapp has earned two senior National Team caps for the United States. He earned his first cap for the Stars and Stripes on January 28, 2015 in a friendly against Chile, entering as a second-half substitute. Trapp earned his second senior team cap for the U.S. against Canada on February 6, 2016 helping the squad to a 1-0 victory. At the youth level, he has been a member of the Under-14, U-15, U-18, U-20 and U-23 U.S. National Teams. In March 2016, Trapp was called-up again by the U-23s ahead of their home-and-home playoff against Colombia for a berth in the Summer Olympics. He started as the team’s captain and played all 180 minutes over both contests, with the first coming at Colombia (March 25) and the second in Frisco, Texas (March 29). He participated in the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup, winning the U.S. Soccer Young Male Athlete of the Year Award that same year.

Prior to being signed by Crew SC, Trapp made 45 appearances (all starts) for the University of Akron over the course of two seasons (2011, 2012). He twice earned All-Mid-American Conference First Team honors (2011, 2012) and was the MAC Newcomer of the Year in 2011. A product of the Crew SC Academy, Trapp served as the team captain for the U-16 and U-18 Crew SC Academy squads, twice winning the Crew SC Player of the Year Award (2009, 2010).

TRANSACTION: Columbus Crew SC signs midfielder Wil Trapp to a multi-year contract extension on March 14, 2017. Targeted Allocation Money (TAM) was used in this transaction.

Name: Wil Trapp
Position: Midfielder
Height: 5’8”
Weight: 150
Born: January 15, 1993 in Columbus, Ohio
Hometown: Gahanna, Ohio
Citizenship: United States
Acquired: Trapp was signed by Columbus as a Homegrown Player on December 14, 2012 and signed to a multi-year contract extension on March 14, 2017.
Previous Experience: Columbus Crew SC (2013-present)

 

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

Crew SC road woes continue into 2017; loses to Houston 3-1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ola Kamara scores his first goal of the season and 17th MLS career goal;
Justin Meram records his 28th career assist, his second of the season and his sixth over his past six matches

 

 

Columbus Crew SC 1 – Houston Dynamo 3

BBVA Compass Stadium (Houston, Texas)

Saturday, March 11, 2017

 

NEXT MATCH FOR CREW SC (0-1-1, 1 point)

 

Columbus Crew SC at D.C. United (RFK Stadium – Washington, D.C.)

Saturday, March 18 (7:00 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/2mxmlG4

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

 

MATCH HIGHLIGHTS: http://bit.ly/2ns21VR

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

AUDIO FROM MIDFIELDER WIL TRAPP: http://bit.ly/2nrSjmd


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

TODAY’S MATCH INFO:

 

Venue: BBVA Compass Stadium (Houston, Texas)

Referee: Chris Penso
Assistants: Adam Garner, Nick Uranga

Fourth Official: Daniel Radford

Attendance: 16,486

Weather: 68 degrees and cloudy

 

GOALS/ASSISTS

 

HOU – Romell Quioto 2’

HOU – Alberth Elis (Alex) 35’
HOU – Erick Torres (Alex) 65’
CLB – Ola Kamara (Justin Meram) 90+3’

 

DISCIPLINARY SUMMARY

 

CLB – Ethan Finlay (caution) 59’

HOU – Alberth Elis (caution) 68’
CLB – Jukka Raitala (caution) 72’
CLB – Jonathan Mensah (ejection) 87’

 

LINEUPS

 

Columbus Crew SC: Zack Steffen; Harrison Afful (Connor Maloney 46’), Jonathan Mensah, Nico Naess, Jukka Raitala; Artur (Mohammed Abu 58’), Wil Trapp © (Adam Jahn 65’); Ethan Finlay, Federico Higuain, Justin Meram; Ola Kamara

 

Substitutes not used: Brad Stuver, Lalas Abubakar, Hector Jimenez, Niko Hansen

Houston Dynamo: Tyler Deric; A.J. DeLaGarza, Adolfo Machado, Leonardo, Dylan Remick; Ricardo Clark ©, Eric Alexander, Alex (Juan D. Cabezas 69’); Alberth Elis (Andrew Wenger 75’), Erick Torres (Mauro Manotas 81’), Romell Quioto

 

Substitutes not used: Calle Brown, Jalil Anibaba, Vicente Sanchez, Boniek García

TEAM NOTES

 

Forward Ola Kamara scored his first goal of the season and 17th career MLS goal. He was assisted by Justin Meram, who recorded his 28th career assist and sixth assist over the past six regular-season matches. The midfielder is in ninth place on the all-time assist list for Crew SC.

Defender Connor Maloney made his MLS debut for Crew SC coming on as a substitute for Harrison Afful in the 46th minute.  Maloney was selected by the club in the Fourth Round of the 2017 MLS SuperDraft on January 17, 2017, and he signed with Columbus Crew SC on February 20, 2017.

Midfielder Artur made his first regular-season start (second appearance) for the Black & Gold. He made his debut against the Chicago Fire on March 4, 2017 coming on as a substitute for Mohammed Abu.

Crew SC next plays on Saturday, March 18 when it travels to RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. to take on D.C. United (7:00 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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