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Crew SC goalkeeper Zack Steffen named MLS Player of the Month for May

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF COLUMBUS CREW SC COMMUNICATIONS

 

Steffen named MLS Player of the Month presented by EA Sports for the month of May after registering five consecutive shutouts

 

COLUMBUS – Columbus Crew SC today announced that goalkeeper Zack Steffen was voted MLS Player of the Month presented by EA SPORTS™ by members of the media for the month of May. It is the first MLS Player of the Month honor for Steffen in his MLS and Crew SC career.

 

During the month of May, Steffen did not allow a single goal, recording five consecutive shutouts as part of his ongoing 495-minute shutout streak. In May, Steffen registered 17 total saves against Seattle Sounders FC, the Philadelphia Union, the Chicago Fire, the New England Revolution, and Sporting Kansas City combined en route to earning five clean sheets. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Steffen’s current 495-minute scoreless streak – which began in the second half of the April 28th match against San Jose – is the longest regular-season shutout record in club history as well as the 10th-longest regular-season shutout streak in MLS history.

Zack Steffen Crew SC 2017 photo By Jay eyem - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

 

Steffen is currently on international duty with the United States Men’s National Team. Now in his third season with Crew SC, he has made 13 regular-season appearances (all starts), while making 29 saves and registering seven shutouts in 2018. Additionally, Steffen currently leads MLS in regular-season shutouts in 2018, with seven clean sheets. Since joining the Black & Gold, Steffen has made 47 regular-season appearances (all starts), making 127 saves and recording 16 shutouts.

 

This is the 15th time in MLS history that a Crew SC player has been named Player of the Month. Steffen is the first Crew SC player to earn the honor since Justin Meram won the award in October 2016.

Following a Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Fourth Round match at MAPFRE Stadium tonight at 7:00 p.m. ET, the Black & Gold return to regular-season action when they host the New York Red Bulls at MAPFRE Stadium in a nationally televised match on Saturday, June 9 (5:00 p.m. ET / ESPN, CD102.5 FM, English and Spanish audio broadcasts available on ColumbusCrewSC.com).

MLS Player of the Month presented by EA SPORTS™ is voted upon by a panel of select national media members in a process conducted by MLS Communications.

 

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Lamar Hunt U.S. Open, Fourth Round action tonight at Mapfre Stadium as Crew SC hosts Chicago Fire, 7:00 pm

GAME PREVIEW WRITTEN BY Megan Scribner; COURTESY CREW SC COMMUNICATIONS

 

Black & Gold host the Fire tonight at 7:00 p.m. ET as Crew SC enters the annual tournament with a midweek contest

 

COLUMBUS — Columbus Crew SC hosts the Chicago Fire at MAPFRE Stadium today, Wednesday, June 6, in a 2018 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Fourth Round Match. The match will be live streamed on Crew SC’s official website, ColumbusCrewSC.com, with Neil Sika (play-by-play) and Dwight Burgess (analyst) on the call. Tonight’s match will be the ninth all-time U.S. Open Cup meeting between Crew SC and Chicago, as well as the third encounter between the two clubs across all competitions in 2018.

Crew SC is fresh off of a 3-3 draw against Toronto FC on Saturday, bringing the Trillium Cup to Columbus for the first time since 2015. The Black & Gold trailed by three goals but came back in the second half with two goals — one each from Gyasi Zardes and Alex Crognale — and a penalty kick goal from Federico Higuain to earn the draw. The club’s Open Cup appearance on Wednesday will be the second of four matches in 12 days for Crew SC.

In 2016, Crew SC traveled to Chicago for the two clubs’ last tournament meeting. Crew SC was eliminated from Open Cup play by Chicago in the Round of 16. In the 2018 regular season, Columbus currently sits at third in the Eastern conference with Chicago five spots behind in eighth.

The winner of Wednesday’s match will advance to the Round of 16. The winner of the 2018 Open Cup will receive an automatic bid to the CONCACAF Campions League and a large winner’s purse.

Dating back to 1913, the oldest cup competition in U.S. Soccer brings amateur and professional clubs from each tier of U.S. Soccer’s divisional pyramid together in competition. Crew SC holds a 23-17-2 record in the tournament. The Black & Gold were crowned U.S. Open Cup champions on October 24, 2002, when they topped the LA Galaxy 1-0 at MAPFRE Stadium.

Next up, Crew SC faces the New York Red Bulls in a regular-season match on Saturday, June 9 at 5 p.m. ET at MAPFRE Stadium.

 

2018: Crew SC’s U.S. Open Cup History

 

 

Crew SC back home to take on arch-rival Toronto FC tonight at 7:30 pm; 2018 Trillium Cup finale

GAME PREVIEW WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF CREW SC COMMUNICATIONS

 

Columbus Crew SC hosts Toronto FC on Saturday for the final match of the 2018 Trillium Cup. The match kicks off at 7:30 p.m. at MAPFRE Stadium.

In their first meeting this season, Crew SC left Toronto with three points, opening the season with a 2-0 victory over the defending MLS Cup Champions. The first goal of the match came late in the first half when midfielder Artur found midfielder Milton Valenzuela on a long cross. Valenzuela then crossed the knee-high ball onto an oncoming Higuain volley that found the back of the net. In the beginning of the second half, Zardes opened his Crew SC debut with a perfectly timed one-touch finish from midfielder Pedro Santos.

Last week, Crew SC traveled to face Sporting Kansas City in a hot afternoon matchup. The Black & Gold brought home a point as both defenses reigned supreme and each goalkeeper recorded three saves.

The best chance of the game was given to Crew SC when forward Gyasi Zardes was fouled inside the box by Sporting KC goalkeeper Tim Melia resulting in a penalty kick. Zardes took the kick for Columbus, but it was saved by Melia. In first half stoppage time, midlfielder Federico Higuain was shown a straight red card after video review, leaving Columbus with a 10-man squad to close out the scoreless draw.

Toronto FC is coming off of a loss at home against FC Dallas. Toronto was shut down twice by Dallas goalkeeper Jesse Gonzalez, first in the fifth minute and again on a penalty kick in the 16thminute. Dallas scored in the 15th minute leaving Toronto to fight for an equalizer for the remainder of the match but the effort was not enough to produce a goal.

Crew SC is currently unbeaten in seven games with five consecutive shutouts. Goalkeeper Zack Steffen, who currently holds the clubs’ record for longest consecutive minutes without conceding a goal, and captain Wil Trapp will be absent as the two impact players have been called up to the U.S. Men’s National Team for two friendlies against Ireland this Saturday and against France on Saturday June 9.

 

 

Crew SC’s Higuain has suspension rescinded by Independent Panel

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF MLS COMMUNICATIONS

 

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

NEW YORK (June 1, 2018) – The Independent Panel, consisting of one representative from the United States Soccer Federation, one representative from the Canadian Soccer Association, and one independent representative nominated by the Professional Referee Organization, has unanimously rescinded the one-game suspension and accompanying fine for the red card issued to Columbus Crew SC midfielder Federico Higuaín for violent conduct in the 45+ minute of Crew SC’s match against Sporting Kansas City on May 27 (VIDEO).

As a result of the Columbus appeal, Higuaín is eligible to play in Crew SC’s next regular season game on June 2 against Toronto FC.

Each club is entitled to two unsuccessful appeals per season, including playoffs. Since Columbus’ appeal was successful, the team maintains its two unsuccessful appeals for any future dismissals in the 2018 season.

 

MLS Disciplinary Committee Decisions

 

The MLS Disciplinary Committee has issued an undisclosed fine to Crew SC midfielder Federico Higuaín for failure to leave the field in a timely and orderly manner during the 45+ minute of Columbus’ match against Sporting KC on May 27 (VIDEO).

The MLS Disciplinary Committee has suspended Columbus Crew SC midfielder Cristian Martinez two games and issued an undisclosed fine for violent conduct in the 54th minute of Columbus’ match against Sporting Kansas City on May 27 (VIDEO). Martinez will serve suspensions during Crew SC’s match on Saturday, June 2 against Toronto FC and on Saturday, June 9 against the New York Red Bulls.

 

Hot Crew SC travels to Sporting KC for Sunday battle looking to continue shutout streak

GAME PREVIEW WRITTEN BY Megan Scribner & COURTESY OF COLUMBUS CREW SC COMMUNICATIONS

 

Children’s Mercy Park in Kansas City. Home of the MLS' Sporting KC 2011 photo By Ryan Knapp, CC BY-SA 2.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

 

COLUMBUS — Columbus Crew SC travels to Children’s Mercy Park to face Sporting Kansas City tomorrow, Sunday, May 27, in a nationally televised clash and the lone regular-season meeting between the two clubs in 2018. The match kicks-off at 6:00 p.m. ET and is set to be televised nationally on FS1 with Nate Bukaty, Dan Kennedy and Katie Witham calling match action. Tomorrow’s match also airs locally on the radio on CD102.5 FM in English with pre-match coverage hosted by Dwight Burgess beginning at 5:30 p.m. ET. Neil Sika will have the CD 102.5 FM call of the match at 6:00 p.m. ET, with post-match coverage to follow. The club’s official website, ColumbusCrewSC.com, is set to stream the English-language radio broadcast online as well as host the Spanish-language audio broadcast with Juan Valladares behind the microphone.

Last week, Crew SC left Gillette Stadium with three points thanks to a late goal from Lalas Abubakar. In the 85th minute, Federico Higuain delivered a corner kick to Abubakar who headed it nicely inside the far post for the victory over the New England Revolution.

Sporting Kansas City is coming off of a draw at Minnesota United. Both teams produced a goal in the first half but neither side was able to find a winner through the duration of the game.

In their last meeting, Crew SC and Sporting KC split points at MAPFRE Stadium. An early lead by Sporting KC gave way to an equalizer from Columbus at the end of the first half. Midfielder Pedro Santos sent a corner kick to Ola Kamara who delivered to the back of the net. Crew SC is 22-25-7 all time against Sporting KC.

The Black & Gold currently have the longest active shutout streak in Major League Soccer this season as the club has gone 405 minutes without conceding a goal. Columbus remains unbeaten in six games with four consecutive shutouts.

 

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