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Crew SC staying in Columbus; MLS to give Austin expansion franchise: Precourt Sports Ventures, LLC issues statement



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With the recent news of a possible investor group stepping into Columbus, Austin FC is on the verge of becoming the first major league sports franchise in the history of Austin.


PSV has made remarkable progress in Austin, and when the definitive agreement with the City of Austin is finalized, MLS in Austin will be a reality. Regardless of the possibility of any bona fide investor group in Columbus closing on a transaction to assume operating rights to Columbus Crew SC, Austin FC will be playing MLS matches in the Texas state capital in the near future. The club will likely begin playing at a date no later than the spring 2021 opening of the new, privately-financed stadium and soccer park at McKalla Place.
Although the process is not yet final in Austin, a successful outcome is within reach and PSV remains grateful for the patience and support of all involved.


The strength and resiliency of Austin supporters and elected officials have helped create a successful foundation for Austin FC to be a proud community platform, and PSV is incredibly excited for what lies ahead.


Crew SC lays an egg in playoff chase with 3-0 loss at Montreal



Columbus Crew SC traveled to face the Montreal Impact in a Saturday afternoon showdown. The Black & Gold lost to the Impact 3-0.

The first half saw no shortage of action, with each side level in possession. Columbus recorded four shots on goal in the first half but could not get past Montreal goalkeeper Evan Bush. A hand ball penalty called on defender Josh Williams gave Montreal the opportunity to find the first score of the match. Goalkeeper Zack Steffen recorded six saves on the day, even with the final score.

Montreal’s Saphir Taïder stepped up to the penalty line in the 32nd minute and converted to put Montreal on the board, 1-0. Just four minutes later, Columbus’ Gyasi Zardes found himself in front of the net and headed a ball towards Bush for a potential equalizer but was ultimately denied. Montreal then doubled their lead in the 45th minute.

In the 59th minute, Montreal struck again, bringing the score to 3-0. The best chance for Columbus came in the 81st minute from midfielder Mike Grella. Grella struck high, making Montreal’s Bush reach for the save. Columbus tallied an additional five shots on target in the second half but the final push was unable to be found. Despite the result, Columbus out-shot Montreal 14 to 13 and out-posessed the Impact, 55 percent to 45 percent.

In Playoff drive mode, Crew SC hosts Philadelphia Union tonight at 7:30 pm; honoring 2008 MLS Championship team at halftime














Columbus Crew SC (13-9-8) returns to MAPFRE Stadium to host the fifth-place Philadelphia Union (14-12-4) on Saturday, Sept. 29 at 7:30 p.m. ET, in an Eastern Conference match-up that is bound to have significant playoff implications on the line.

As part of the match, Crew SC will be celebrating the 10-year anniversary of the 2008 MLS Cup Championship, which will include a halftime ceremony honoring members of the MLS Cup-winning squad.

At training on Tuesday, Sporting Director and Head Coach Gregg Berhalter spoke on Philadelphia’s recent momentum, having won five of their last seven road games and seven of their last nine overall.

“I think Philly is a team that, as they got their group together, as they consolidated, as guys got used to the League, their quality is coming out,” said Berhalter.

“Highlight guys like Dockal and Medunjanin, Picault is doing a great job, Burke has really come on and they have a good group of young defenders. CJ Sapong is always dangerous. So, I think they just got used to playing with each other and they got used to the League. It’s a team with quality and I think either way they’re going to come here extremely motivated.”

As the Audi 2018 MLS Cup Playoffs quickly approach, Saturday’s match will be pivotal in deciding post-season contention and positioning. Columbus currently sits at fourth in the East with 47 points, just one point ahead of Philadelphia, as both have played 30 games, though Columbus’ plus-one goal differential stands above Philadelphia’s minus-two. All-time, the Black & Gold are 12-8-2 against the Union.

Last Saturday, Columbus collected its fifth straight home victory after defeating the Colorado Rapids, 2-1, thanks to respective goals from Gyasi Zardes and Federico Higuain.

Zardes opened the scoring in the 17th minute, notching his 50th career MLS regular-season goal and tying his personal career-high with 16 regular-season goals. Meanwhile, Higuain provided the helper on Zardes’ tally to go along with the game-winner in the 57th minute en route to Team of the Week honors. The Argentine now stands fourth all-time in Club history with 12 game-winning goals.

Columbus Crew SC vs. Philadelphia Union
Saturday, September 29 – 7:30 p.m. ET – MAPFRE Stadium (Columbus, OH)

Regional Television: CW Columbus, Spectrum Sports, BCSN2. Post-match coverage is set to follow exclusively on Spectrum Sports in Ohio.
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Crew SC looks to take advantage of struggling Chicago Fire tonight at 7 p.m.



Columbus Crew SC (11-8-6) hits the road for the second time this week, heading north to face the Chicago Fire (6-15-5) as the two clubs meet for the third time this season on Thursday, Aug. 23 at 7 p.m. ET.

In their last meeting on May 12, Crew SC defeated Chicago 3-0 at MAPFRE Stadium. A penalty kick opener from midfielder Federico Higuain and a brace from forward Gyasi Zardes helped Columbus extend its then-unbeaten streak to five matches.

Meanwhile, the Chicago Fire are coming off of a late defeat at Montreal last Saturday, suffering their ninth straight loss in Major League Soccer. In that fixture, the Fire featured a 3-4-2-1 lineup with Bastian Schweinsteiger starting at center back, a glimpse of their versatility and willingness to change things up.

“They like to move guys into position in a more controlled manner, and I think Schweinsteiger is the tempo-bearer for them,” Trapp said. “[Schweinsteiger] and Dax McCarty as well are always trying to get on the ball and create things for those ahead of them, and they have a striker in Nikolic who last year was the Golden Boot winner and can score a lot of goals. So it’s just about making sure we’re in good defensive positions, posturing side to side, and winning balls when we can.”

With the Fire in the midst of a downturn, every match is a must-win opportunity for Chicago. For Crew SC, Thursday’s match stands as a way to continue solidifying a top-six Conference finish as we approach the final two months of the regular season.

“For them, it’s one of those games they have to win, and for us, it’s also a huge match for us, so we feel like we can hurt them in a lot of ways, it’s just executing with high intensity, high tempo, and just executing the chances we get,” Trapp said.

Chicago holds the all-time series record, 24-19-18, while each time has totaled two wins in the last four match-ups. Additionally, Chicago ranks tied for last in MLS in total shots (261) while conceding the second-most goals in the League with 51, including 23 at Toyota Park.

Sporting Director and Head Coach Gregg Berhalter mentioned how Crew SC’s attitude is critical to coming away from Toyota Park with a positive result.

“I think it’s our mindset,” Berhalter said on Columbus’ chances for success come Thursday. “Understanding what the opponent’s going to be like mentally. Understanding that they will bring the intensity, they will be in a mode where they want to get a win and we have to match that – I think that’s the key to the game.”

In terms of recent play, Crew SC took on Atlanta United FC at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Aug. 19, falling 3-1 and snapping a three-game win streak. Zardes produced Columbus’ only goal in the 50th minute on a hard-hit strike from 20 yards out off the feed from captain Wil Trapp.


*The Fire has lost eight straight and struggling badly and three in a row at home where they used to be invincible. They are tough on Crew SC this year going 1-1-0.

*Crew SC has not won at Toyota Park, located in the Chicago suburb of Bridgeview, since 2015.

*Crew SC, despite losing at Atlanta United FC on Sunday, is still in 4th place in the MLS’ Eastern Conference



Fresh from bye-week, Crew SC hosting tough, dangerous Houston Dynamo tonight at 7:30



Columbus Crew SC (10-7-6) continues Major League Soccer regular-season action on Saturday, Aug. 11 after a Week 23 bye, as the Black & Gold return to MAPFRE Stadium to host the Houston Dynamo (7-9-6) at 7:30 p.m. ET.

Columbus is currently unbeaten in its last two home games, scoring a total of five goals. On July 21, Columbus stunned Orlando City SC with a 35-yard rocket from captain Wil Trapp two minutes into extra time to secure a 3-2 victory at MAPFRE Stadium.

Saturday will be the first match in the month of August for Crew SC while Houston is seeing their third match in just eight days. On July 28, Columbus traveled to face the New York Red Bulls and took home an important three points, becoming one of only two teams to beat the Red Bulls at home this season.

Three first-half goals from — one each from Jonathan Mensah and Patrick Mullins in addition to an own goal from Red Bull’s Sean Davis — led Columbus to its 10th win of the season. The Red Bulls found two goals in the second half but were unable to secure an equalizer.

Houston currently sits in 10th-place in the Western Conference and is second in shots on target (133) amongst the League. The Dynamo are also seventh in goals (39), while having the fifth-lowest save percentage in MLS (64.52 percent). Crew SC holds a 7-6-10 all-time record against Houston.

In their last meeting, Columbus suffered a 3-1 loss to Houston at BBVA Compass Stadium in week two of the 2017 MLS regular season. The Black & Gold dominated every statistical category but could not produce a victory. However, Ola Kamara shut down the possibility of a Houston shutout with a clean finish from Jukka Raitala and Justin Meram in the 93rd minute.

As for Houston, the Dynamo are coming to the end of a long week after seeing a regular-season loss to Sporting Kansas City on Aug. 4 and an Open Cup semifinal victory against LAFC on Aug. 8. Against LAFC, Houston won 3-3 (7-6 – PKs) to clinch a showdown with the Philadelphia Union in the Open Cup final.

Last Saturday, the Dynamo suffered a late 1-0 loss to Sporting KC. Houston saw 4 red cards on the night, including one shown to Dynamo manager Wilmer Cabrera. In the 14th minute, Houston was down a man as Alejandro Fuenmayor was shown a straight red card. Two additional red cards were shown in stoppage time to Houston’s Darwin Ceren and Alberth Ellis.


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