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Crew announces “STUFF THE STADIUM” Backpack Drive for June 23rd game against Sporting KC

 

 

Backpack Modern version 2001 photo By de Benutzer sjr, CC BY-SA 3.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

Supporters encouraged to bring backpack filled with school supplies to Crew SC’s home match against Sporting Kansas City, benefiting 25 local school districts throughout Franklin and Licking County

COLUMBUS – Columbus Crew SC recently announced that the Club is set to host its “Stuff the Stadium” backpack drive on Sunday, June 23 at MAPFRE Stadium, prior to its home match against Sporting Kansas City at 5:30 p.m. ET. Crew SC supporters who bring a new backpack stuffed with school supplies to Gate 5 of MAPFRE Stadium will receive a voucher for a free ticket* to the match against Sporting Kansas City. The event is part of Crew SC’s Give Forward initiative, presented by MAPFRE Insurance.

“We are proud to participate in this great community initiative,” said Crew SC President Tim Bezbatchenko. “With “Stuff the Stadium,” we have the opportunity to help give local Columbus students the tools that they need in order to succeed academically.”
“Stuff the Stadium” is being held to support Stuff the Backpack in collaboration with local TV station NBC4 in Columbus. Supporters may bring backpacks and supplies beginning at 2:30 p.m. ET. All supplies collected will go to 25 local school districts throughout Franklin County and Licking County. Stuff the Backpack is the largest backpack drive in the country. In 2018, NBC4 helped collect 50,000 backpacks.

Ahead of their match against Sporting Kansas City on Sunday, June 23, the Black & Gold are slated to face Atlanta United he Charleston Battery at MAPFRE Stadium in a 2019 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Round of 16 Match on Tuesday, June 18 [7:00 p.m. ET / ESPN+ (Stream)].

*Tickets limited to first 1,500 participating supporters


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

ABOUT MAPFRE INSURANCE
MAPFRE Insurance, rated “A” (Excellent) by A.M. Best Company, serves policyholders in 19 states across the United States through a network of more than 5,000 independent agents and brokers.  MAPFRE Insurance is the 19th largest provider of personal automobile insurance and the 20th largest personal lines insurer in the United States. MAPFRE Insurance is also the largest private passenger automobile insurer, homeowners’ insurer and commercial automobile insurer in Massachusetts. MAPFRE Insurance provides a full range of insurance products, including coverage for automobiles, homes, motorcycles, watercraft and business.  MAPFRE Insurance is part of the MAPFRE Group.

ABOUT GIVE FORWARD
Give Forward,
presented by MAPFRE Insurance, is Columbus Crew SC’s community platform and commitment to making a positive impact focused primarily in Central Ohio. With a particular focus on serving challenged youth, encouraging healthy and positive lifestyles, honoring the military and keeping Columbus beautiful, Give Forward creates opportunities for Crew SC players, coaches, staff and fans to play an important role in giving back to the community in meaningful ways. In March of 2015, MAPFRE Insurance became the presenting sponsor of the platform as part of their commitment to the Central Ohio community. More information on the club’s community efforts is available at ColumbusCrewSC.com/GiveForward.

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF COLUMBUS CREW SC COMMUNICATIONS

 

Crew SC hosts Atlanta United FC in Round of 16 matchup U.S. Open Cup

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

COLUMBUS— Columbus Crew SC hosts Atlanta United at MAPFRE Stadium tonight, Tuesday, June 18, in a 2019 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Round of 16 match. The match begins at 7:00 p.m. ET and is set to stream exclusively on ESPN+, featuring Chris Mackowiak and Lori Lindsey on the call. The contest marks the first time the Black & Gold have faced Atlanta United in a U.S. Open Cup match, as well as the third of five home matches for Crew SC at MAPFRE Stadium during the month of June.

2019 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Round of 16 Match:
Columbus Crew SC vs. Atlanta United

Tuesday, June 18 – 7:00 p.m. ET – MAPFRE Stadium (Columbus, Ohio)

Broadcast: ESPN+ (Stream) | Coverage begins: 7:00 p.m. ET

 

Columbus Crew SC continues its run in the Lamar Hunt 2019 U.S. Open Cup when they take on Atlanta United FC in the Round of 16 on Tuesday, June 18 at MAPFRE Stadium.

The Black & Gold advanced past the Fourth Round following a 1-0 victory over Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC on Tuesday, June 11. The Black & Gold dominated play as they maintained 69 percent of possession and tallied 17 shots compared to Pittsburgh’s four.

As for their opponent, Atlanta United advanced to the Round of 16 after defeating the Charleston Battery, 3-1, in extra time. The match, which took place on June 13, remained at a 1-1 draw after the first 90 minutes of play. In the 110th minute, Atlanta’s Brandon Vazquez broke the stalemate to give them the lead for good.

Notably, Crew SC defeated Atlanta, 2-0, back on March 30, when the Five Stripes traveled to Columbus for MLS play.

One difference between Tuesday’s meeting and the March 30 match is the tournament-style format, which changes the way that they must approach the game.

“There are no draws,” said forward Patrick Mullins, “so you have to approach the game with that mentality of that you have to come out with the one at the end of the day. That does change a little bit.”

One approach that Crew SC wants to take in the coming match is to continue to be aggressive in the attacking third while being mindful of Atlanta’s transitional game.

“The guys showed a lot of hunger and patience. That’s the key. You have to be patient as well and you can’t get frustrated,” said head coach Caleb Porter on striking a balance in their Fourth-Round match. “Sometimes it takes one goal and the good news is that we got a clean sheet as well. We need to continue with that because sometimes you only can find one goal.”

Ahead of Tuesday’s match, Crew SC will once again be without some key players due to international duty, but with that, it is an opportunity for different players to step up.

The winner of Tuesday’s match will host the winner of the Saint Louis FC and FC Cincinnati match on Wednesday, July 10 in the Quarterfinals.

Find the latest Crew SC news on the MLS App, or by following us on TwitterFacebookInstagram, and YouTube.

 

GAME PREVIEW WRITTEN BY Logan Agin; COURTESY CREW SC COMMUNICATIONS

 

 

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

Crew SC hosts Pittsburgh Riverhounds in 2019 U.S. Open Cup Fourth Round tonight

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

COLUMBUS— Columbus Crew SC hosts Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC of the USL Championship at MAPFRE Stadium tomorrow, Tuesday, June 11, in a 2019 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Fourth Round match. The match begins at 7:00 p.m. ET and is set to stream exclusively on ESPN+, featuring Tyler Terens and Devon Kerr on the call. Tomorrow’s contest marks the first time the Black & Gold have faced the Riverhounds in a U.S. Open Cup match, as well as the second of four home matches for Crew SC at MAPFRE Stadium during the month of June.

Columbus Crew SC begins their run for the Lamar Hunt Open Cup when they take on the Pittsburgh Riverhounds on Tuesday, June 11 at MAPFRE Stadium.

The Black & Gold are coming off of a 2-2 draw against New York City FC. With over three weeks’ rest between their match against NYCFC and their next MLS match, they have been able to take the time to focus on preparing for Tuesday’s match.

As for the Riverhounds, they advanced to the Fourth Round of Open Cup play on Wednesday, May 29, when an 85th-minute goal from Kenardo Forbes put the Hounds past Indy Eleven.

In league play, Pittsburgh currently sits in 14th place of 18 teams in the Eastern Conference of the USL Championship with a record of 2-6-2 (8 pts.). On Saturday, June 1 they lost to Indy Eleven 2-1 after going up 1-0 in the first half.

Before Tuesday’s match, the Hounds will play one more USL Championship match when they host Ottawa Fury FC on Saturday, June 8.

“Right now, we are focused on the Open Cup and this next match on Tuesday and getting a win,” said head coach Caleb Porter. “And continuing to grow, work hard in training, and gain confidence.”

When asked about the Riverhounds, Porter emphasized the importance that the team does not take any competition lightly, regardless of division.

“They have some good players, a few guys that have been in the MLS and have experience in the MLS. I know that they are capable,” he said. “They are going to be throwing everything into this game. Every time you see a USL team play an MLS team, there is a lot on the line. They want to prove that they are good enough. We can’t take them lightly.”

With a playoff format, where you must win or go home, teams often play with a different level of intensity.

“The thing with the tournament type of matches,” explained midfielder David Guzman, “is that they are different. They are in many ways similar to international match with the intensity that comes with them and the MLS is playing at a high-level now and is very respected, so the quality of the tournament will continue to elevate.”

The winner of the U.S. Open Cup qualifies directly for the Concacaf Champions League with a chance to qualify for the FIFA Club World Cup, a tournament featuring champion clubs from each of the six continental confederations. And according to Guzman, this is one of the goals for Crew SC.

“We need to win because if you win the Open Cup you get a spot in the [Concacaf Champions League],” he said, “so we are going to go out there and do our best and try to earn that spot.”

Find the latest Crew SC news on the MLS App, or by following us on TwitterFacebookInstagram, and YouTube.

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

 

GAME PREVIEW WRITTEN BY Logan Agin; COURTESY COLUMBUS CREW SC COMMUNICATIONS

Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC: History of Crew SC’s U.S. Open Cup fourth round opponent

Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC is an American professional soccer team based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Founded in 1998 and beginning play in 1999, the club plays in the Eastern Conference of the USL Championship, the second tier of the American soccer pyramid. Since 2013, the Riverhounds have played their home games at the 5,000-seat Highmark Stadium, a soccer-specific stadium located in Station Square. Their current head coach is Bob Lilley. Saint Lucian international David Flavius currently holds the club records for most appearances and goals which he set over his eight seasons with the Riverhounds between 1999 and 2006. In June 2017, the Riverhounds entered into a developmental partnership with the Ocean City Nor’easters of the Premier Development League, running through the 2018 season.

In 2013, the Riverhounds organization announced its intentions to join Major League Soccer by 2023. Highmark Stadium initially seated 3,500 spectators, though the stadium is designed to be capable of being expanded to 18,500.

Team management

Front Office
Owner and interim president Tuffy Shallenberger
General manager Kevin Johnston
Coaching Staff
Head coach Bob Lilley
Assistant coach Dan Visser
Goalkeeping coach Hunter Gilstrap
Riverhounds Development Academy
Academy director Scott Gibson
Academy East director James Meara
Director of goalkeeping Hunter Gilstrap
Director of coaching, East Sterling Flunder
RDA coaches Greg Annan
Nikola Katic
Kevin Kerr
Dave Nicholas
Stephen Okai
Rob Vincent
RDA East coaches Ryan Bradley
Denny Marzano
Brad Smith

 

Honors

Record[edit]

Year Division League Record (W–L–D) Regular Season Playoffs U.S. Open Cup Avg. Attendance
1999 2 USL A-League 16–12–0 4th, Northeast Quarterfinals Not eligible 4,178
2000 2 USL A-League 10–14–4 7th, Atlantic Did not qualify 2nd Round 3,808
2001 2 USL A-League 10–12–4 3rd, Northern Quarterfinals Quarterfinals 3,226
2002 2 USL A-League 8–15–5 4th, Northeast Did not qualify Did not qualify 2,274
2003 2 USL A-League 15–9–4 3rd, Northeast Did not qualify 3rd Round 1,783
2004 3 USL Pro Soccer League 17–2–1 1st, Atlantic Semifinals Did not qualify 1,475
2005 3 USL Second Division 6–11–3 7th Did not qualify 1st Round 2,236
2006 3 USL Second Division 8–6–6 3rd Semifinals 1st Round 2,232
2007 On Hiatus
2008 3 USL Second Division 4–10–6 8th Did not qualify 2nd Round 1,258
2009 3 USL Second Division 6–10–4 8th Did not qualify 1st Round 1,178
2010 3 USL Second Division 7–8–5 3rd Semifinals 2nd Round 941
2011 3 USL Pro 7–11–6 10th Quarterfinals 2nd Round 1,127
2012 3 USL Pro 4–15–5 10th Did not qualify 2nd Round 984
2013 3 USL Pro 10–8–8 7th Quarterfinals 2nd Round 3,273
2014 3 USL Pro 9–14–5 11th Did not qualify 4th Round 2,686
2015 3 USL 11–9–8 5th, Eastern Conference 1st Round 4th Round 2,630
2016 3 USL 6–17–7 13th, Eastern Did not qualify 2nd Round 2,494
2017 2 USL 8–12–12 13th, Eastern Did not qualify 2nd Round 2,639
2018 2 USL 15–5–14 3rd, Eastern Conference Quarterfinals 3rd Round 2,401

HISTORY COMPILED, WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF WIKIPEDIA COMMONS

Crew SC loses “The Maestro” Higuain to ACL injury for rest of season

 

Federico Higuain 2017 photo By Hayden Schiff from Cincinnati, USA - DSC_4205, CC BY 2.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

COLUMBUS – Columbus Crew SC announced on Friday that midfielder Federico Higuain will undergo Anterior Cruciate Ligament reconstruction following an injury suffered during Crew SC’s road contest against the Colorado Rapids on May 25. Higuain is expected to be sidelined for the remainder of the 2019 season.

Higuain, 34, recorded one goal and five assists in 14 appearances (13 starts) in 2019. He joined Crew SC on July 27, 2012 and leads the Club in multiple all-time categories, including: regular-season assists (63), regular-season game-winning assists (20), penalty kick goals (19) and corner kicks (747). The midfielder has made 193 regular-season appearances (184 starts) for the Black & Gold, scoring 55 goals and providing 63 assists. Notably, Higuain is the only player in Club history to have tallied at least 50 goals and 50 assists for the Crew.

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 CREW SC COMMUNICATIONS

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