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Crew SC signs veteran MLS goalkeeper Joe Bendik

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF COLUMBUS CREW SC COMMUNICATIONS

 

 

Joe Bendik in action 2012 by Paul Ottaviano - Flickr via wikipedia commons

Bendik has made 170 regular-season appearances in seven-year career;
Black & Gold acquired right of first refusal to 29-year-old goalkeeper from Orlando City SC in exchange for $50,000 in Targeted Allocation Money

 

COLUMBUS – Columbus Crew SC announced Thursday that the club has signed veteran Major League Soccer goalkeeper Joe Bendik (pronounced: BEN-dick). Crew SC acquired the right of first refusal to the goalkeeper from Orlando City SC in exchange for $50,000 in Targeted Allocation Money. Bendik, 29, brings seven years of Major League Soccer experience to Crew SC, having previously played for Orlando City SC, Toronto FC and the Portland Timbers. Notably, Bendik has made 170 appearances (167 starts) in MLS regular-season action.

Bendik last played for Orlando City SC, where he made 92 regular-season appearances (91 starts), registering 13 shutouts and 316 saves from 2016-2018. Prior to joining Orlando City SC, Bendik spent three seasons with Toronto FC from 2013-2015, where he made 73 regular-season appearances (all starts), posting nine clean sheets and making 217 saves. Bendik joined MLS in 2012, making five regular-season appearances (three starts) for the Portland Timbers while registering 11 saves.

“We are pleased to welcome Joe Bendik to Columbus Crew SC,” said Crew SC Interim General Manager Pat Onstad. “Joe is a talented, veteran goalkeeper that brings significant experience in this League to our group and we are excited to integrate him into the team and our goalkeeping corps. We look forward to Joe pushing Zack Steffen, Jon Kempin and Ben Lundgaard as we begin the 2019 season.”

Before his time in MLS, Bendik spent two seasons with Sogndal Fotball of Norway, making nine appearances (eight starts) and helping the club gain promotion to the Norwegian First Division at the end of the 2010 season. At the collegiate level, the Marietta, Georgia native played for Clemson University from 2006-2009, making 61 appearances and earning All-Atlantic Coast Conference Second-Team honors in 2008.

Bendik was also a member of the United States Under-17 and U-18 Men’s National Team. In 2005, the goalkeeper helped the U-17 side to the finals of the Ballymena International Tournament in Northern Ireland. The following year, Bendik helped the U.S. U-18 side to a fourth-place finish in the 2006 Slovakia Cup.

TRANSACTION:
Columbus Crew SC signs veteran goalkeeper Joe Bendik on December 27, 2018. Crew SC acquired the right of first refusal to Bendik from Orlando City SC in exchange for $50,000 in Targeted Allocation Money.

Name: Joe Bendik
Position: Goalkeeper
Height: 6’2”
Weight: 217
Born: April 25, 1989 in Northport, New York
Hometown:
Marietta, Georgia
Citizenship:
United States
Acquired: Signed by Crew SC on December 27, 2018
Previous Experience: Orlando City SC (2016-2018), Toronto FC (2013-2015), Portland Timbers (2012), Sogndal Fotball (2010-2011)

 

It’s official! Crew SC ownership to change hands in January to Haslam/Edwards Group

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF COLUMBUS CREW SC COMMUNICATIONS

 

STATEMENTS FROM MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER, PRECOURT SPORTS VENTURES, DEE AND JIMMY HASLAM AND PETE EDWARDS

 

COLUMBUS – Statements from Major League Soccer, Precourt Sports Ventures, Dee and Jimmy Haslam and Pete Edwards are below.

Statement from Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber:

“After several months of discussions, we are extremely pleased to have reached an agreement in principle with the Haslam and Edwards families for them to assume an ownership position in Major League Soccer and operate Columbus Crew SC starting in January, 2019.

“While we work to finalize the deal promptly, we want to state publicly the tremendous collaboration and community support for Crew SC, which has set the stage for a powerful plan that includes a world-class soccer stadium – a critical step that will help ensure the club’s success on and off the field.

“We appreciate all the diligent work from the Haslam and Edwards Families, the leadership from the Columbus Partnership, the City of Columbus, Franklin County and the State of Ohio, Precourt Sports Ventures, and all of those who have contributed over the past several months to create the elements that will solidify Crew SC’s long-term future as an integral part of the Columbus sports scene.”

Statement from Precourt Sports Ventures:

“We are pleased with the lawsuit dismissal and the outcome that will ensure Major League Soccer teams in both Austin and Columbus,” said Anthony Precourt, CEO of Precourt Sports Ventures. ”This elegant solution is the culmination of many months of hard work from Commissioner Garber, the Haslam and Edwards’ families, the local Columbus community, and Precourt Sports Ventures.

“We are happy for the people of Columbus and Crew SC supporters, who helped rally local government and business leaders to keep Crew SC in Columbus. We are proud to have built a strong club which is in position to be successfully transitioned to new operators in 2019.”

Statement from Dee and Jimmy Haslam and Pete Edwards:

“When we began exploring the possibility of keeping Crew SC in Columbus, the process started with an appreciation for the benefits a professional sports franchise brings to a region.  We quickly began positive discussions with Major League Soccer – the League Office and many of the League’s owners.

“We are extremely grateful for the efforts of the Columbus community, as well as Crew SC fans, to help us efficiently complete and fulfill the requirements and deadlines set by Major League Soccer that will help ensure the success of Crew SC on and off the field.

“Throughout our conversations, it’s been overwhelmingly clear that Crew SC belongs in Columbus, and we are thrilled to have reached an agreement in principle to assume an ownership position in Major League Soccer and to operate Columbus Crew SC. As the stewards of Crew SC, we will always be focused on building a championship caliber team that makes the city proud, creating dynamic and memorable fan experiences and deeply engaging the community to make a positive impact.”

Crew SC hosts NY Red Bulls in 2018 Audi MLS Cup Playoffs today at 3 PM

MATCH PREVIEW WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF COLUMBUS CREW SC

 

 

Columbus Crew SC vs. New York Red Bulls
Audi 2018 MLS Cup Playoffs — Conference Semifinals, First Leg
MAPFRE Stadium — Columbus
November 4 — 3 pm ET

 

 

 

After following the same script to pull off a Knockout Round upset for the second year in a row, Columbus Crew SC is looking to knock off a New York-area squad in the Eastern Conference Semifinals in back-to-back years.

The New York Red Bulls are rested after capturing their third Supporters’ Shield title in six years with a Decision Day presented by AT&T win over Orlando City SC coupled with Toronto FC’s victory over Atlanta United.

The MLS originals have met three previous times in the postseason with Crew SC winning each matchup, including the 2008 MLS Cup and, most recently, the Eastern Conference final in 2015, prevailing 2-1 on aggregate.

At MAPFRE Stadium in June, the Red Bulls spent much of the game defending and Crew SC took a deserved lead on a 26th-minute goal by Gyasi Zardes before Alex Muyl leveled in the 57th minute in a 1-1 draw.

At Red Bull Arena in late July, Jonathan Mensah and Patrick Mullins struck, followed by a Sean Davis own goal to give Columbus a 3-0 lead after 31 minutes. The Red Bulls roared back after halftime and pulled to within a goal on a Mensah own goal and a Daniel Royer goal in the 69th minute, but the Black & Gold would prevail 3-2, becoming just the second team this year to win in Harrison and the only team in the East the Red Bulls didn’t beat this year.

COLUMBUS CREW SC NOTES

  • Suspended: None
  • Suspended after next caution: M – Federico Higuain, M – Eduardo Sosa
  • International duty: None
  • Injury Report: OUT: M – Mike Grella (left knee meniscectomy), M – Pedro Santos (right leg injury)

Projected Starting XI
(4-2-3-1, right to left)
GK: Zack Seffen — Harrison Afful, Jonathan Mensah, Gaston Sauro, Milton Valenzuela — Artur, Wil Trapp — Niko Hansen, Federico Higuain, Justin Meram — Gyasi Zardes

  • Notes: Higuain’s brace against D.C. United was his ninth all time for the Crew – tops for the team since 2007. … Including the playoffs Columbus is undefeated in four against the Red Bulls at home (3W-1D). They haven’t been held scoreless in Ohio vs New York since May 4, 2013.

NEW YORK RED BULLS NOTES

What seemed like a long shot became a reality last Saturday when the Red Bulls captured a third Supporters’ Shield title in six years following a 1-0 win over Orlando City SC on Decision Day.

Now, the Red Bulls begin a quest to capture a first-ever MLS Cup after 22 years of postseason failure.

  • Suspended: None
  • Suspended after next caution: None
  • International duty: None
  • Injury Report: OUT: M – Florian Valot (torn left ACL), D – Kyle Duncan (torn right ACL), M – Vincent Bezecourt (right MCL surgery), D – Tommy Redding (shoulder surgery), M – Ben Mines (broken left clavicle surgery)

Projected Starting XI
(4-2-3-1, right to left)
GK: Luis Robles — Michael Murillo, Tim Parker, Aaron Long, Kemar Lawrence — Tyler Adams, Sean Davis — Alex Muyl, Kaku, Danny Royer — Bradley Wright-Phillips

  • Notes: Bradley Wright-Phillips averaged 1.0 goals+assists per 90 in the regular season, tied for his best average in a season since joining the Red Bulls in 2013. … The Red Bulls kept 15 clean sheets in 2018, tied for the third-most ever in a MLS season. Four of those came in road games, tied for their second most in a season since 2010.

All-Time Series (Regular Season)

Officials

Referee: Nima Saghafi
Assistant Referees: Peter Manikowski, Jose J. Da Silva
4th Official: Armando Villarreal
VAR: Mark Geiger

 

 

 

 

 

Crew SC wins shoot out at DC United with Higuian & Steffen starring; earns ticket to Eastern Conference Semifinals vs. NY Red Bulls

GAME RECAP WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF COLUMBUS CREW SC COMMUNICATIONS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In a match eerily similar to last season’s postseason triumph over Atlanta United FC and nearly a year to the day, a brace from Federico Higuaín and penalty-kick heroics from Zack Steffen propelled Columbus Crew SC past D.C. United 3-2 in penalty kicks in the Knockout Round of the Audi 2018 MLS Cup Playoffs on Thursday, Nov. 1 at Audi Field in Washington, D.C.

D.C. United, who had not lost in its last 10 matches - including five straight home wins – struck first via Frédéric Brillant after a Columbus defensive miscue at the goal line in the 21st minute.

Hungry to equalize, Crew SC turned to Higuaín just nine minutes later. Following a Justin Meram cross from the left flank, the veteran midfielder found himself in the right place at the right time inside the six-yard-box and toed in the equalizer, marking his third career postseason goal.

After over an hour of scoreless play, the match entered extra time tied at 1-1 before the Maestro struck again. This time, it was a whipping header from 13 yards out placed deftly inside the far post past a diving Bill Hamid.

D.C.’s attacking pressure eventually broke through in the second period of extra time as Nick DeLeon connected solidly on a well-placed strike following a heading clearance from Gyasi Zardes.

Tied at 2-2 entering PKs, Higuaín calmly converted for the night’s first PK. Up next, Zack Steffen continued doing what Zack Steffen does in penalty kick shootouts, this time against Wayne Rooney.

Wil Trapp and Niko Hansen each converted while Zardes’ attempt was saved by Hamid. Up third for D.C. was Lucas Acosta, and again, Steffen came up huge.

Patrick Mullins stepped up with a chance to win the game against his former team, but was denied by the post.

Next for D.C. was DeLeon, the game-tying scorer with an opportunity to bring D.C. level and extend to a sixth round. With a quick approach, the veteran lifted his try over the frame, sealing Crew SC’s second-straight Knockout Round road victory.

Crew SC now hosts the New York Red Bulls in Leg 1 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals on Sunday, Nov. 4 at 3 p.m. ET at MAPFRE Stadium. Leg 2 will be held at Red Bull Arena on Sunday, November 11, with the time to be determined following Sunday’s match.

 

 

 

Zardes scores hat trick in 3-2 win over Minnesota; Crew SC gains playoffs into knockout round

GAME RECAP WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF COLUMBUS CREW SC COMMUNICATIONS

 

POSTGAME PRESS CONFERENCE WITH CREW SC CAPTAIN WIL TRAPP

 

63,945 Wil Trapp Crew SC Captain Team gets 3 goals from its best player Boads well for the upcoming playoffs 10 28 2018

63,946) Wil Trapp Crew SC captain Delay just 9 minutes into game what did the team want to do after play resumed 10 28 2018

63,947 Wil Trapp Crew SC captain On getting Gyasi Zardes scoring again he now has 19 on the season 10 28 2018

63,948 Wil Trapp Crew SC captain How did the team occupy its time during the hour weather delay 10 28 2018

 

Three goals from forward Gyasi Zardes propelled Columbus Crew SC to a 3-2 victory over Minnesota United FC, and in the process clinching an Audi 2018 MLS Cup Playoffs berth for the Black & Gold on Sunday evening at MAPFRE Stadium.

Thanks to a first-half weather delay, Crew SC had the advantage of knowing their postseason qualification at halftime against Minnesota, as a Montreal Impact loss at New England secured a top-six finish for Columbus.

The victory combined with a loss from the Philadelphia Union saw Columbus finish at fifth in the Eastern Conference.

Following the delay, Zardes quickly put Columbus on the board after a corner kick from Federico Higuain in the 11th minute. Higuain sent a short corner to Milton Valenzuela, who crossed to the middle of the box to set up Zardes for a perfect header. The tally marked Zardes’ 17th of the season and a new personal regular-season career high.

Zardes doubled Columbus’ lead in the second half, capitalizing on a blocked free kick from Higuain. The Crew SC midfielder sent a driven ball directly toward  former Crew SC and current Minnesota goalkeeper Matt Lampson, who coughed it up to a pouncing Zardes as he finished with vigor to make it a 2-0 advantage.

United responded, however, with two straight goals from Francisco Calvin in the 68th and 77th minutes, respectively.

In the 83rd minute, Zardes secured his first career hat trick with a tally similar to his first goal on a ball from Niko Hansen. Defender Harrison Afful ran the ball up the right side of the field and laid it off to Hansen, who delivered a cutting ball to the center of the box for Zardes to capture the game-winner.

Columbus finished the night with 19 total shots and out-possessed Minnesota 52 to 48 percent.

 

 

 

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