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Columbus Crew SC Stadium Groundbreaking: Ex-Crew player Kyle Martino came home to emcee event


Kyle Martino as Stadium Groundbreaking emcee


65,681 Kyle Martino Former Crew SC star On what team means to hin The fans spoke and politicians & MLS listened to keep team in Columbus 10 10 2019


Now 38 years old, Kyle Martino is still a fan favorite here in Columbus with the team’s supporters.

Martino attended the University of Virginia from 1999 to 2001. He played on the soccer team nd scored 17 goals and provided 21 assists. In his junior season, Martino was named ACC Player of the Year. In both his sophomore and junior seasons, he was one of 15 finalists for the Hermann Trophy.

He played six seasons in the MLS with the Crew (2002-06) and LA Galaxy (2006-07), recording 141 appearances and 13 goals. As a member of the Crew, the former United States National Team player (2002-2006), won the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup (2002) and MLS Supporter’s Shield (2004).

Kyle now serves as the Premier League studio analyst for NBC Sports Group.

Kyle Martino as a member of Columbus Crew (courtesy Crew Communications)

He joined NBC Sports Group in 2012 and has served a men’s soccer analyst at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games and 2012 London Olympic Games.

He was one of several former MLS players that voiced his opinion against former Crew SC owner Anthony Precourt’s intention of moving team to Austin, Texas.


Columbus Crew Stadium Groundbreaking has team’s supporters buzzing

“It’s about Columbus. It’s about pride in our community.”

In his opening remarks, Investor-Operator Dr. Pete Edwards – alongside 4,295 other members of the Columbus Crew SC family – put that pride on display on Thursday, Oct. 10 as the Club officially broke ground on the new Downtown Stadium in the Arena District.

“History”, ”roots”, ”community”, ”future” — all key talking points throughout a ceremony that featured not only Edwards and fellow Investor-Operators Dee Haslam and JW Johnson, but Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber, City of Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther, Columbus City Council President Shannon Hardin, Franklin County Commissioner Marilyn Brown, and Ohio Lt. Governor Jon Husted.

Emceed by former Crew player and current NBC Sports soccer analyst Kyle Martino, the ceremony kicked off with initial comments from Martino, who spoke on the impact Columbus has provided in his life

Following Martino, Mayor Ginther stepped up to the podium to discuss the impact the stadium will have on the city.

“The Haslam and Edwards families are investing 300 million dollars to make sure that they build a world-class stadium for a world-class city and for world-class fans. The city’s fifty-million-dollar investment towards the Crew, along with additional funds for infrastructure, for this incredible new job center here in the Arena District,” Ginther said. “I didn’t major in math, but the last time I checked,113 million dollars in infrastructure for a new job center leveraging 1.04 billion dollars in private investment is a pretty good return for the taxpayers of central Ohio.”

Council President Hardin and Commissioner Brown touched on the city of Columbus’ can-do attitude, and the community’s role in where the team now stands with the construction of a one-of-a-kind stadium now officially underway.

“We’re going to do the groundbreaking for something very special in this community and we all know that Columbus knows how to do things great and we all know that when it comes to our sports, we know how to do the great things even better. This is what Columbus does, we come together for the greater good,” Brown said.

Following comments from Lt. Governor Husted and JW Johnson, Commissioner Garber addressed the important figures in getting to this point, and why Columbus now has the opportunity to assert itself as a beacon in North American soccer.

“This is a team that has no ability to stop and to be one of the top teams in the League and ultimately one of the top leagues in the world, and in order to get there, we needed a soccer stadium – as you all know, that would be one of the top stadiums in our country and potentially one of the top stadiums in the world,” Garber said. “And it wasn’t just enough to do another MLS stadium. The family sat down and said we want to have a stadium that will be a beacon to show what this city of Columbus can be, what it will be and how the Columbus Crew can lead this sport in our country. Today’s groundbreaking is one of the great days in the history of our League.”

Following Garber was Dr. Edwards, while Haslam delivered the closing remarks before the ceremonial groundbreaking.

“We know how important the sport is to this community and we are so grateful to all of the people here today that have been thanked,” Haslam said. ”To Alex Fischer and to the entire community and most importantly, to all of you – the supporters. Thank you so much for your efforts. We’re here to celebrate. It has been a long hard road to get here today but this is really about our future, and so we have worked really hard on thinking about this stadium, to build a unique, iconic, dynamic, vibrant stadium that reflects what Columbus is all about and also reflects our fans.”

With construction underway, secure your spot at what is to be an iconic North America soccer stadium by visiting, where you can also view the live construction cam, as well as enter to win an official full-size shovel from Thursday’s ceremony.








Columbus Crew SC new Stadium Project is underway

(courtesy Crew SC)

4,000 plus people showed up on a Thursday afternoon to watch people dig in the dirt. These weren’t just any people and it wasn’t just any dirt. This wasn’t suppose to happen and many people didn’t think it would. It was a year ago that fans of Columbus Crew SC saved their team from being relocated to Austin Texas  by previous ownership. It’s true what they say, so much can happen in a year.   October 10th 2019 is a day Crew SC fans soon won’t forget. Some skipped work to be at the ground breaking ceremony, while others were so excited they couldn’t sleep the night before. They did the impossible to save what they love and there was no way some of them would miss witnessing the birth of a new era.
The massive crowd was treated to a host of speakers which included a range of Ohio government officials from Jon Husted, Marilyn Brown, Shannon Hardin and City of Columbus mayor himself,  Andrew J. Ginther who all some how played a part in helping to save the Crew.
The new stadium will be open and ready for play in the 2021 season and will be located a few blocks behind Huntington Park in the Arena District downtown.  MAPFRE  Stadium where the team currently plays will be re-purposed into the team training facility and a soccer park for the local community .
I walked around the grounds before all the excitement started to get some of the black and gold faithfuls take and I would like to thank the dynamic brother duo of Elliott and Alex Stanek, as well as Jen Gross for taking time out of the celebration to talk to me about how they were feeling on this historical day.

Photo Gallery from Crew SC 2-0 win over Philadelphia Sunday night

Pre-game Festivities


Fans always enjoy themselves at Crew SC games


The Famous Nordecke at Mapfre Stadium. They love the team with a passion


Eloy Room warming up. Had his first shutout against Philadelphia 2-0. Has been a big asset replacing the popular Zack Steffen this summer


Wil Trapp (L) Josh Williams (M) and Artur (R) were determined to get a win for the team's supporters


Every team in the league tries to double up on Gyasi Zardes (11) with ball. But it opens up other players to score


Pedro Santos took control of the offense after Federico Higuain had a season ending injury. Santos proved that he could score and set up other players with the ball


Kacper Przybyłko looking to be set up to strike for Philadelphia. Has 15 goals to lead the Union. Had none on Sunday




Crew SC back in action Saturday night at Atlanta United FC











COLUMBUS— Columbus Crew SC (8-15-7, 31 pts.) travels to face Atlanta United (15-10-3, 48 pts.) at Mercedes-Benz Stadium tomorrow, Saturday, September 14. The match begins at 7:00 p.m. ET and is set to be televised regionally on FOX Sports Ohio and streamed on FOX Sports GO, featuring Neil Sika, Dwight Burgess and Ashley Collins on the call. Coverage begins at 6:30 p.m. ET. Tomorrow’s match also airs locally on the radio in English on 97.1 The Fan and streaming online via “Listen Live” at, featuring Chris Doran broadcasting the contest. The club’s official website,, is set to stream Spanish-language audio broadcast with Juan Valladares behind the microphone. The match against Atlanta United is the second of two regular-season meetings between the clubs in 2019.

Columbus Crew SC at Atlanta United
Saturday, September 14 – 7:00 p.m. ET – Mercedes-Benz Stadium (Atlanta, Georgia)

Regional Television: FOX Sports Ohio, FOX Sports GO (Stream) | Coverage begins: 6:30 p.m. ET
Regional Television Channel Guide:
Crew SC Radio: 97.1 The Fan and streaming online via “Listen Live” at (English); (Spanish).

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.

Heading into Saturday’s match at Atlanta United, it is an opportunity, as head coach Caleb Porter put it, to see “individually who can do it and help us execute the way we want to play.”

The defending MLS Cup champions are winners of four straight at Mercedes-Benz Stadium – a place where Columbus still has yet to see a regular-season victory. With Club & Country players coming in on short rest, combined with a number of injuries (no new news, of course), Porter mentioned how it has been an interesting week, but that the attitude has been great and that it presents a healthy measuring opportunity.

“Obviously, we know where we are at in terms of the playoffs and the challenges of that,” Porter said. ”For me, I look at this as a chance to measure where we are at in our progress and be respective of what happens at the end of the year.

“It’s a great game for us to see how far we’ve come, see how far we need to go because this is definitely one of the best teams in the League, so it’s a real challenge – our guys are up for it,” he continued.

Challenge is a suitable word, but nothing that the Crew cannot overcome, as they have proven.

Yes, Atlanta is unbeaten in its last 11 matches at Mercedes-Benz. Yes, the Crew defeated the 2018 champs 2-0 on March 30 (and yes, the field circumstances were unique).

That being said, Atlanta will be without Designated Player and 2019 MLS All-Star Ezequiel Barco, who has four goals and two assists through 13 matches. Barco played in both the March 30 match at MAPFRE Stadium and the U.S. Open Cup match on June 18.

Meanwhile, the Crew welcomes the return of five players from international duty, including Gyasi Zardes, who has tallied four goals in the last five road games, while Eloy Room has made at least four saves in each of the last three matches. Notably, since Room’s Crew debut vs. Montreal on July 20, the Crew has lost just once in eight total matches.

As for ATL, switching from a 4-3-3 to a 3-5-2 has them back to 2018 form, and as Porter mentioned, a top-two team in the League next to LAFC. A higher tempo with more up-front pressure has seen Atlanta tally up a 12-1 scoring edge in the last four matches overall while the defending champs hold the second-best home scoring margin at plus-20.

With three of the final four regular-season games on the road, in addition to a home game against one of the East’s top teams in Philadelphia, it’s a gauging opportunity, Porter reiterated.

“It’s a great opportunity for us to close the year out and see how far we’ve come, see how far we still need to go, see individually who can do it and help us execute the way we want to play. That’s the way we’re looking at it and approaching it. We want to a have team and be a club of winners. It doesn’t matter – games, friendlies. Our mindset is always the same, win the game.”

Kickoff at Atlanta is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET on FOX Sports Ohio. Supporters can also listen live on

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