Archive for March 4th, 2017
With a nine-game winning streak on the line and the Atlantic 10 championship in hand, the University of Dayton Flyers close the regular season on the road against the George Washington Colonials on Saturday at 8 p.m. ET. The game will be televised on CBS Sports Network and is available with live streaming audio and stats at DaytonFlyers.com.
Dayton is 24-5 so far this season, and 15-2 in the A-10. The Flyers are led by a trio of double-digit scorers — Charles Cooke (16.4), Kendall Pollard (13.7) and Scoochie Smith (13.6). Cooke leads the team in rebounding (5.1) and Smith leads in assists (4.3).
•The senior group of Kyle Davis, Scoochie Smith, Kendall Pollard, Charles Cooke and Jeremiah Bonsu own the program record for most victories in a class with 102.
•The Class of 2017 has 102 victories in their first 131 games, eight wins ahead of the pace set by the previous record holders, the Class of 2011 (Chris Wright, Devin Searcy, Peter Zesterman and Logan Nourse).
AWESOME IN THE ATLANTIC 10
•Dayton won the Atlantic 10 regular season championship outright for the first time in the program’s history.
•The Flyers have won 51 of their last 63 A-10 regular season games.
•UD is 7-1 against A-10 teams with winning records in conference (George Mason, VCU, Richmond, St. Bonaventure twice and Rhode Island twice).
•Dayton has won 12 of its last 13.
•This will be Archie Miller’s 200th game at UD.
•Dayton has not been victorious in five consecutive road contests since winning the last three during the 1965-66 campaign and the first two of 1966-67.
•Since the start of the 2013-14 season, UD is 34-14 in games decided by five points or less.
•During the nine-game winning streak, Kendall Pollard is averaging 15.7 points, 5.3 rebounds while shooting .557 from the field.
•Charles Cooke has scored in double figures in all but two games he’s played this year.
•Cooke in the last six contests is averaging 15.8 points and 4.0 assists per game.
•The Flyers have won 21 of their last 24 when Kyle Davis scores in double figures.
•Davis leads the A-10 in 3-point field goal percentage (.531) in conference play.
•When Ryan Mikesell shoots 50 percent or better from the floor, UD is 12-1 this season.
•Scoochie Smith is averaging 5.4 assists the last nine games. He is ranks third in assists (4.7) and fourth in the A-10 in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.2) in league-only games.
•The Flyers are 29-3 the last three years when Darrell Davis connects on two or more three pointers in a game. UD is 10-0 this year.
•With Josh Cunningham in the lineup, the Flyers are 8-0, four of those wins on the road.
•Xeyrius Williams has scored in double figures in four of the last seven contests.
•Dayton is 23-1 this year shooting 40 percent or better from the floor.
•UD is shooting .493 from the floor in victories this year and .370 in its losses this season.
•The Flyers are 42-1 when limiting opponents to 60 points or less in the last five seasons and 8-0 this year.
•UD has won 35 straight games when scoring 80-plus points.
•Dayton has won 43 of the last 48 games when three or more players score in double figures.
•UD has hit at least one 3-pointer in 300 straight games.
•The Flyers have forced 10 or more turnovers all but one game this year.
ABOUT GEORGE WASHINGTON
•The George Washington Colonials (17-14 overall, 9-8 A-10) have been on a roll of late winning four straight.
•Tyler Kavanaugh has done it all for GW averaging 17.5 points and 8.1 rebounds per game.
•GW leads the series 17-16.
•Last year Dayton won 77-70 on Jan. 15, 2016.
•Dayton heads to Pittsburgh as the No. 1 seed to compete in the 2017 Atlantic 10 Men’s Basketball Championship, March 10-12.
•UD’s first game of the tournament will be Friday, March 10 at 12 noon ET.
GAME PREVIEW WRITTEN YB Doug Hauschild; COURTESY DAYTON MEDIA RELATIONS
Midfielders Hollingsworth, Martinez, Saravia, and Swanson to go on loan on game-by-game basis;
For Immediate Release: March 4, 2017
COLUMBUS – Columbus Crew SC today announced five roster transactions ahead of Crew SC’s Opening Match, presented by MAPFRE Insurance, today against the Chicago Fire at MAPFRE Stadium (2:00 p.m. ET / ABC-6, Spectrum Sports, BCSN2. CD102.5 FM, La Mega 103.1 FM, English radio stream available on ColumbusCrewSC.com). Four players are set to go on loan on a game-by-game basis for the 2017 Major League Soccer Season as midfielders Marshall Hollingsworth, Cristian Martinez and Ben Swanson have been loaned to Crew SC’s United Soccer League (USL) affiliate Pittsburgh Riverhounds, while midfielder Rodrigo Saravia has been loaned to IK Frej of Sweden’s Second Division. Crew SC also officially announced today that it has placed defender Gaston Sauro on the Season-Ending Injury List.
Per the Right of Recall incorporated in the loan agreements, Crew SC retains the right to recall all four players on loan at any point during the MLS regular season, subject to MLS roster compliance guidelines. Per Major League Soccer’s roster rules and regulations, Sauro will not be eligible to play for Crew SC in any competition during the 2017 MLS season, opening a slot on the Black & Gold’s active roster.
Hollingsworth, 23, officially signed with Crew SC on March 4, 2016 after being drafted by the Black & Gold in the Second Round (41st overall) of the 2016 MLS SuperDraft. Before being selected by Crew SC, he participated in the club’s College Combine at MAPFRE Stadium. Hollingsworth made his professional debut with a start for the Riverhounds on April 2, 2016 in a match against Rochester.
Saravia, 23, joins Swedish side IK Frej on a game-by-game loan basis. The Guatemalan midfielder was selected by Crew SC in the First Round (19th overall) of the 2016 MLS SuperDraft on January 14, 2016. He signed with the Black & Gold on February 4, 2016 and has made 10 appearances (one start) with Crew SC to date. At the international level, Saravia has earned six caps with the Guatemala National Team.
Martinez, 20, made five appearances (two starts) and scored one goal in his rookie season for Crew SC. The midfielder earned his first two caps for the senior Panama National Team in 2016 and was acquired by Crew SC on a permanent transfer on January 25, 2017. In February, Martinez received an international call-up from the Panama Under-20 National Team and Head Coach Leonardo Pipino to represent Panama at the 2017 CONCACAF U-20 Championship.
Swanson, 19, who became Crew SC’s ninth-ever Homegrown Player when he signed his first professional contract with the team on October 16, 2014, made five appearances (one start) for Crew SC in 2016 and played with the Riverhounds in 2016.
Sauro, 26, signed with the Black & Gold on August 6, 2015 and was a pivotal part of Crew SC’s Eastern Conference Championship side in 2015. To date, the Argentine defender has made 17 regular-season appearances (16 starts) for Crew SC. Prior to joining Crew SC, Sauro had stints with Boca Juniors of Argentina’s First Division, FC Basel of the Swiss Super League, and Calcio Catania of Italy’s Serie A.
Today’s contest kicks-off at 2:00 p.m. ET and is set to be televised regionally on ABC-6, Spectrum Sports and BCSN2, with Neil Sika, Dwight Burgess and Clay Hall on the call. Coverage on ABC-6 begins at 2:00 p.m. ET. Exclusively on Spectrum Sports and BCSN2, “Crew SC Matchday,” the pre-match show, begins at 1:30 p.m. ET, with “Crew SC Post-Match” immediately following the action. The match also airs locally on the radio on CD102.5 FM in English, featuring simulcast audio from the television broadcast. La Mega 103.1 FM has the match airing in Spanish, with Juan Valladares behind the microphone. The Spanish radio call is also set to be streamed in Spanish on the LaMega1 App and via Tunein Radio as WVKO-FM. The club’s official website, ColumbusCrewSC.com, is set to stream the English-language radio broadcast online.
More information on Season Ticket Memberships for the 2017 season at MAPFRE Stadium is available at columbuscrewsc.com.
TRANSACTIONS: Columbus Crew SC places defender Gaston Sauro on Season-Ending Injury List on March 4, 2017; Columbus Crew SC loans midfielder Rodrigo Saravia to IK Frej (Sweden) on a game-by-game basis on March 4, 2017; Columbus Crew SC loans midfielders Marshall Hollingsworth, Cristian Martinez, and Ben Swanson to the Pittsburgh Riverhounds (USL) on a game-by-game basis on March 4, 2017.
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BLACK & GOLD BEGIN 2017 MLS SEASON WITH OPENING MATCH AT MAPFRE STADIUM
Opening Match, presented by MAPFRE Insurance, takes place tomorrow at MAPFRE Stadium as Crew SC hosts an Eastern Conference match to open 2017 campaign
COLUMBUS — Columbus Crew SC (0-0-0, 0 points) hosts the Chicago Fire (0-0-0, 0 points) tomorrow, Saturday, March 4 in Opening Match, sponsored by MAPFRE Insurance. The contest kicks-off at 2:00 p.m. ET and is set to be televised regionally on ABC-6, Spectrum Sports and BCSN2, with Neil Sika,Dwight Burgess and Clay Hall on the call. Coverage on ABC-6 begins at 2:00 p.m. ET. Exclusively on Spectrum Sports and BCSN2, “Crew SC Matchday,” the pre-match show, begins at 1:30 p.m. ET, with “Crew SC Post-Match” immediately following the action. Tomorrow’s match also airs locally on the radio on CD102.5 FM in English, featuring simulcast audio from the television broadcast. La Mega 103.1 FM has the match airing in Spanish, with Juan Valladares behind the microphone. The Spanish radio call is also set to be streamed in Spanish on the LaMega1 App and via Tunein Radio as WVKO-FM. The club’s official website, ColumbusCrewSC.com, is set to stream the English-language radio broadcast online.
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The first 10,00 supporters through the gate will receive a MAPFRE Insurance and Columbus Crew SC co-branded key chain. Tomorrow’s contest at MAPFRE Stadium is the first match of the 2017 regular season for Crew SC and the first of three meetings between the Black & Gold and Chicago Fire this year. All-time, Columbus is 17-24-17 against the Eastern Conference opponent and came away with one victory and two draws against the club in 2016.
Crew SC and Chicago Fire last met last season on October 13th at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Illinois. Forward Adam Jahn scored the first goal of the game placing Crew SC in the lead. Jahn later equalized for Crew SC, scoring a goal in the 80th minute, bringing the score to 2-2 and securing a point for the Black & Gold on the road.
During the 2017 preseason, after training in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Crew SC participated in the Carolina Challenge Cup in Charleston, South Carolina. The Black & Gold secured an unbeaten (2-0-1) record in the tournament, defeating MLS expansion side Atlanta United FC and defending MLS Champions Seattle Sounders FC en route to winning the tournament. Designated Player and playmaker Federico Higuain was the top scorer for Crew SC in the tournament, with two goals.
Last week at MAPFRE Stadium, Columbus Crew SC unveiled its new gold kits in a special event that simultaneously announced a major, three-year sponsorship agreement making Acura – the luxury automaker with a substantial manufacturing and R&D presence in Ohio – the Official Columbus Crew SC Jersey Partner and the Official Automotive Partner of Columbus Crew SC. The Black & Gold’s 2017 kit portfolio includes the gold kit as the primary kit and the black kit, which was previously worn in 2016, as the secondary kit.
Columbus Crew SC vs. Chicago Fire
Saturday, March 4 – 2:00 p.m. ET – MAPFRE Stadium (Columbus, Ohio)
Regional Television: ABC-6 (coverage begins at 2:00 p.m. ET), Spectrum Sports, BCSN2 (Pre-match show “Crew SC Matchday” begins exclusively on Spectrum Sports and BCSN2 at 1:30 p.m. ET)
Regional Television Channel Guide: http://bit.ly/2017CrewSCBroadcast
Crew SC Radio: CD102.5 FM (English); La Mega 103.1 FM (Spanish), Spanish radio broadcast also simulcast on LaMega1 App and via Tunein Radio as WVKO-FM, English radio broadcast also simulcast on ColumbusCrewSC.com
GAME PREVIEW WRITTEN BY & A COURTESY OF COLUMBUS CREW SC COMMUNICATIONS
|Dear MLS Supporters,
With Major League Soccer kicking off its 22nd season tonight, I want to thank you for supporting your club and helping make MLS a “League of Choice.”
In 2016, more fans engaged with our games than ever before — in our stadiums, via our great broadcast partners and via digital and social channels. Meanwhile, our clubs are attracting top talent from around the world. During this past offseason, MLS clubs signed more than a dozen new Designated Players at an average of 25 years old, the youngest group of new DPs in our history. We also saw U.S. national team players including Brad Guzan, Greg Garza and Jonathan Spector sign with MLS clubs, and new initiatives with Canada Soccer are resulting in players such as the Montréal Impact’s Generation adidas Canada signee Shamit Shome competing in our league. Our clubs are also developing future MLS stars as more than 22 players from MLS youth academies — including 2016 MAC Hermann Trophy winner and D.C. United Academy product Ian Harkes — signed first-team contracts during the offseason.
In 2017, we’re thrilled to have Atlanta United and Minnesota United FC join our league. Minnesota debuts tonight against the Portland Timbers in our season opener on FS1, while 55,000 fans will attend Atlanta’s first game Sunday night against the New York Red Bulls, also on FS1.
Two state-of-the-art venues open this year with Orlando City SC unveiling its new beautiful soccer-specific stadium on Sunday in front of a capacity crowd against NYCFC on ESPN. Atlanta United will play the first-ever sporting event in the city’s new downtown sports and entertainment venue on July 30. And after 20 years of hard work, D.C. United has broken ground on their new stadium, Audi Field.
In the midst of all of this investment, there are 12 cities vying to secure four expansion teams, which would see the league grow to 28 clubs in the years to come.
In addition to MLS regular season play, we have an exciting summer of soccer ahead. In July, MLS will take a brief break during the CONCACAF Gold Cup, which will feature many of our best players competing for the national teams of the U.S., Canada, Mexico and others in 14 stadiums across the United States. And on Aug. 2, the MLS All-Star Game will be played at Soldier Field in downtown Chicago.
Our regular season concludes with Decision Day, on Oct. 22, when every team will play simultaneously at 4 p.m. ET to help determine which teams will qualify for the Audi MLS Cup Playoffs. For a complete guide to the 2017 MLS season, click here.
On behalf of MLS, thank you for your support and best of luck for the 2017 season!
Commissioner Don Garber
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