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Crew SC hosts Atlanta United FC tonight in key MLS Eastern Conference battle, 7:30 pm



COLUMBUS — Columbus Crew SC hosts Atlanta United FC tonight, Wednesday, June 13, in the first of two regular-season meetings between the clubs in 2018. The match kicks-off at 7:30 p.m. ET and is set to be televised regionally on CW Columbus, Spectrum Sports and BCSN2 featuring Neil Sika, Dwight Burgess and Alex Stec on the call. Coverage begins at 7:30 p.m. ET. Post-match coverage is set to follow exclusively on Spectrum Sports in Ohio. The club’s official website,, 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.


On Saturday, Crew SC claimed a point in a draw with the New York Red Bulls. Forward Gyasi Zardes opened the scoring with a goal in the 26th minute — his 10th goal of the season. Defender Harrison Afful crossed the ball from the endline to Zardes, who headed it past Red Bull’s goalkeeper Luis Robles. The Red Bulls equalized early in the second half but neither side could find the winner in the 1-1 draw.

Atlanta United is coming off of a similar 1-1 draw, having tied with New York City FC on Saturday afternoon. Atlanta’s Josef Martinez extended his Golden Boot lead with a goal in the 48th minute, giving Atlanta the lead. NYCFC equalized late in the game to salvage a point at home.

The last time Crew SC met with Atlanta United, the Black & Gold eliminated Atlanta from the 2017 MLS Cup Playoffs in a Knockout Round at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The two clubs remained scoreless after 120 minutes of play, with goalkeeper Zack Steffen making eight saves to force the match to a penalty kick shootout. Steffen made another two saves during the shootout, sending the Black & Gold to the Eastern Conference Semifinals.

Wednesday’s match will be Crew SC’s fourth contest in just 12 days. Columbus is currently unbeaten in nine games, dating back to a draw with the New England Revolution on April 21.




Top 5 MLS Eastern Conference foes, Crew SC-NY Red Bulls play in key game



Black & Gold square-off against the Red Bulls today at 5:00 p.m. ET


COLUMBUS — Columbus Crew SC hosts the New York Red Bulls tomorrow, Saturday, June 9, in the first of two regular-season meetings between the clubs in 2018. The match kicks-off at 5:00 p.m. ET and is set to be televised nationally on ESPN featuring Adrian Healey and Alejandro Moreno on the call. Saturday’s match also airs locally on the radio on CD102.5 FM in English, with Neil Sika and Dwight Burgess broadcasting the call in English. Pre-match coverage on CD102.5 FM begins at 4:30 p.m. ET with post-match coverage to follow. The club’s official website,, 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.

Another battle of Eastern Conference elite squads looms Saturday afternoon as Columbus Crew SC host the New York Red Bulls.

Crew SC are unbeaten in their last eight league games, but have drawn their last two, while the Red Bulls had a five-match undefeated streak snapped last Saturday by the New England Revolution.

The Crew have lost just three of their last 16 home games against the Red Bulls (9W-4D), allowing New York to score multiple goals just three times, per Opta.

Columbus Crew SC

After falling behind 3-0, Crew SC (7-3-5) rallied furiously to score three goals in the final 23 minutes to tie Toronto FC3-3, last Saturday. Gyasi Zardes started the rally with his ninth goal of the season. Alex Crognale pulled Columbus within a goal in the 81st minute and Federico Higuain struck for the 90th-minute penalty kick to cap the stunning comeback.

There was even more drama on Wednesday night, when Crew SC and the Chicago Fire needed 11 rounds of a penalty-kick shootout before the Fire prevailed in the Fourth Round of the U.S. Open Cup.

“You can see we were fatigued, you could see they got tired, and it was a group that normally hasn’t played together,” Crew SC coach Gregg Berhalter said Wednesday night. “A lot of new faces, a lot of guys, you know, playing major minutes, basically in a competitive game for the first time this year, so I’m really proud of them.”

  • Suspended: M – Cristian Martinez
  • Suspended after next caution: D – Milton Valenzuela
  • International duty: GK – Zack Steffen, M – Wil Trapp
  • Injury Report: QUESTIONABLE: M – Pedro Santos (right thigh injury), D – Jonathan Mensah (left thigh injury)

Projected Starting XI
(4-2-3-1, right to left)
GK: Jon Kempin — Harrison Afful, Josh Williams, Lalas Abubakar, Milton Valenzuela — Ricardo Clark, Artur — Niko Hansen, Federico Higuain, Mike Grella — Gyasi Zardes

  • Notes: Higuain has created 10 chances from set pieces since May 1. Only three other players had more than seven, and only one had more than Higuaín. … When Columbus overcame a 3-0 deficit to earn a 3-3 draw vs. TFC, it marked only the 13th time in MLS history team got a result when trailing by at least three goals in a match. They extended their unbeaten run in league play to eight games (4W-4D).

New York Red Bulls

Bradley Wright-Phillips scored his ninth goal of the year early, but the Red Bulls (7-4-1) conceded late in each half to fall to the Revolution, 2-1. It was their first defeat since a 2-1 home loss to the Fire on April 21.

The Red Bulls, though, bounced back in a big way on Wednesday, blasting NYCFC4-0, in the USOC. Eight players in their starting XI have played for Red Bulls II — and six were featured on the USL side this year. That includes Vincent Bezecourt, who put the Red Bulls in front after just two minutes.

Aaron Long scored early in the second half and Danny Royer tacked on two goals late as the Red Bulls knocked off NYCFC in the USOC for a second straight year.

“Playing NYCFC is always something special. We’re glad we got the win today,” Bezecourt said after the match. “Most importantly, it’s a cup tournament so we have to win every single game. We have four games to go and we have to be ready for it.”

  • Suspended: None
  • Suspended after next caution: None
  • International duty: D – Fidel Escobar, D – Michael Murillo, D – Tim Parker, M – Tyler Adams, M – Kaku
  • Injury Report: OUT: D – Kyle Duncan (torn right ACL); QUESTIONABLE: GK – Luis Robles (knee injury)

Projected Starting XI
(4-2-3-1, right to left)
GK: Luis Robles — Connor Lade, Aaron Long, Aurelien Collin, Kemar Lawrence — Sean Davis, Marc Rzatkowski — Florian Valot, Vincent Bezecourt, Danny Royer — Bradley Wright-Phillips

  • Notes: Kaku was held without a chance created in their 2-1 loss to New England last weekend, the second time that has happened this year (2L). They are 6W-2L-1D when Kaku records at least one chance created. … New York saw their five-game unbeaten run in league play snapped in last weekend’s 2-1 loss in New England. They have not lost back-to-back league games since May 2017 (37 games since, inc. playoffs).

All-Time Series

  • Overall: Columbus Crew SC 27 wins, 83 goals … New York Red Bulls 30 wins, 97 goals … 10 draws
  • At Columbus: Crew SC 17 wins, 47 goals … Red Bulls 12 wins, 45 goals … 5 draws
  • Last meeting at Columbus: Columbus Crew SC 3, New York Red Bulls 2 (Sept. 23, 2017)


Referee: Alan Kelly
Assistant Referees: Matthew Nelson, Logan Brown
4th Official: Rubiel Vazquez
VAR: Jon Freemon


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



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


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

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



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,, 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



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.



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