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Crew SC travels South taking on expansion Atlanta United FC tonight at 7:00 pm

Bobby Dodd Stadium under the lights By Bkporter12 - Own work, Public Domain, https



Black & Gold travel to Bobby Dodd Stadium for first regular-season meeting with Atlanta United FC

For Immediate Release: June 16, 2017



COLUMBUS — Columbus Crew SC (7-8-1, 22 points) travels to face Atlanta United FC (5-6-3, 18 points) at Bobby Dodd Stadium tomorrow, Saturday, June 17.The match kicks-off at 7:00 p.m. ET and is set to be televised regionally on The CW Columbus, Spectrum Sports and BCSN2, with Neil Sika and Dwight Burgess on the call. Coverage on The CW Columbus begins at 7:00 p.m. ET. Exclusively on Spectrum Sports and BCSN2, “Crew SC Matchday,” the pre-match show, begins at 6:30 p.m. ET, with “Crew SC Post-Match” immediately following the action. Saturday’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 calls are also set to be streamed in Spanish on the LaMega1 App and via Tunein Radio as WVKO-FM. The club’s official website,, is set to stream the English-language radio broadcast online.

Michael Parkhurst former Crew SC captain will be playing against his ex-teammates tonight (courtesy Atlanta United FC)

Tomorrow’s match is the first regular-season meeting between Crew SC and Atlanta United FC as well as the first of two regular-season matches between the Eastern Conference sides in 2017. The second matchup takes place on Saturday, July 1 when Columbus hosts Atlanta at MAPFRE Stadium. The Black & Gold defeated Atlanta United FC, 2-1, earlier this year during a preseason match in the Carolina Challenge Cup on February 18, with midfielder Federico Higuain scoring both goals for Crew SC.

The Black & Gold hold an all-time regular-season record of 7-2-4 in first matches against MLS expansion sides. Over the course of those 13 matches, the Black & Gold have scored 25 goals while only allowing 12, for a goal difference of +13 goals.

Heading into the match against Atlanta United, forward Ola Kamara is one goal shy of reaching 25 goals for Crew SC in regular-season action. If he reaches the 25-goal tally, Kamara would become one of only four players on Crew SC’s current roster to have scored 25 goals or more for the club, along with Federico Higuain (45), Justin Meram (32) and Ethan Finlay (30). Kamara has made 41 regular-season appearances (35 starts) for the Black & Gold since joining the club in February of 2016. In 2017, Kamara has scored eight goals in 16 regular-season appearances (15 starts) and is the co-leading goal scorer for the club along with midfielder Justin Meram.


Justin Meram currently leads MLS in dribbles with 40 dribbles completed through 16 matches. Meram also leads the League in attempted dribbles with 96 attempts. To date, Meram has made 170 regular-season appearances (118) starts for Crew SC, registering 32 goals and 32 assists in that span. This season, Meram has scored eight goals, already matching his career-high single-season goal output from 2014.


Columbus Crew SC at Atlanta United FC

Saturday, June 17 – 7:00 p.m. ET – Bobby Dodd Stadium (Atlanta, GA)


Regional Television: The CW Columbus (coverage begins at 7:00 p.m. ET), Spectrum Sports, BCSN2 (Pre-match show “Crew SC Matchday” begins exclusively on Spectrum Sports and BCSN2 at 6:30 p.m. ET)

Regional Television Channel Guide:

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
International Television: Fox Sports Latin America, Abu Dhabi Sports (Middle East and North Africa) and BeIN Sports (Asia, Australia)




FC Cincinnati nips Crew SC 1-0 in U.S. Open Cup play

(courtesy FC Cincinnati)

Djiby Fall scored the lone goal for FC Cincinnati Wednesday night 2017 photo By Hayden Schiff from Cincinnati, USA, CC BY 2.0, https

The 2017 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Fourth Round saw Columbus Crew SC fall to FC Cincinnati by a score of, 1-0, on Wednesday at Nippert Stadium in Cincinnati. A 64thminute header by forward Djiby Fall stood as the lone goal of the match.

The loss eliminated the Black & Gold from 2017 U.S. Open Cup play.



Djiby’s goal came on a play that saw a cross by defender Justin Hoyte bounced once into the air before being headed once again by Djiby for the Cincinnati goal.

The attack by Columbus was persistent with 19 shots compared to FCC’s five, but the Black & Gold were unable to find the back of net.




Tonight’s Game Notes: Dragons (41-27) vs. TinCaps (24-44) at Fort Wayne, Indiana


(courtesy Ft. Wayne TinCaps)

Saturday, June 17, 2017Game # 69

Parkview Field l Fort Wayne, Ind. l 7:05 p.m.

Radio: Fox Sports 980 WONE


Dragons LH Wennington Romero (3-3, 3.82) vs. TinCaps RH Reggie Lawson (0-3, 5.87)

Clinched!: The Dragons clinched the Midwest League East Division wildcard spot last night with their win coupled with losses by both Lansing and South Bend. The Dragons will open a best-of-three playoff series with the West Michigan Whitecaps on Wednesday, September 6. Sites and game times have not been announced. The Dragons will make their first playoff appearance since 2011 and will go to the playoffs as a first half qualifier for the first time since 2007. The Dragons have made the playoffs as a first half qualifier for the third time in franchise history (previously in 2001, 2007).

Individual Notes

  • Taylor Trammell is 9 for 25, .360 over his last seven games.
  • T.J. Friedl is tied for third in the Midwest League in extra base hits with 31. He is batting .328 with seven extra base hits over his last 16 games.
  • Scott Moss leads the Midwest League in wins (9) and strikeouts (95).
  • Ryan Hendrix has not allowed a base runner over his last six outings covering eight innings, notching five saves.   Over Hendrix’s last 17 outings, he has pitched 26.1 innings and allowed just two earned runs on nine hits. He is first among MWL relievers in strikeouts per 9 innings (61 SO in 34.1 IP).
  • Jesse Adams over his last seven outings: 2-0, 15.1 IP, 2 R.

Team Notes

  • With 41 wins, the Dragons have matched their second highest first half total in franchise history. They won 44 games in the first half in 2007 and 41 in 2001.
  • The Dragons are 25-11 at Fifth Third Field; 16-16 on the road. They tied the club record for home wins in a half (25-10 in 2011, second half; 25-11 in 2007, first half).
  • For the year, the Dragons have allowed three runs or less in more than half their games (37 times in 68 games). They are 33-4 in those games.

Dragons are the Single-A affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds

TinCaps are the Single-A affiliate of the San Diego Padres



Dragons gain Midwest League Playoff berth with 4-1 win at Ft. Wayne; losses by Lansing & South Bend helped seal deal

The Dayton Dragons Friday night game at Fort Wayne, Indiana ended at 9:39 pm with a 4-1 win over the TinCaps. Afterwards when players and coaches are usually eating a post-game meal or showering, the entire team had their focus on two other games that had playoff implications.

The Dragons team turned on computers, cell phones, tablets, ipads and whatever mobile device they could find to see South Bend and Lansing play their games. When Lansing lost to West Michigan and South Bend fell to Lake County just after 11:00 p.m., the Dragons began to celebrate.

The Dragons have guaranteed themselves a playoff berth in September as a first half qualifier. This marks the first time that the Dragons have gone to the playoffs since 2011 and their first entry as a first half qualifier since 2007. The Dragons have clinched second place in the East Division. The top two teams in each division in each half earn playoff berths.

Scott Moss ace of the Dragons pitching staff

Dayton starting pitcher Scott Moss, who upped his record to 9-2 on the season and will pitch in the MWL All-Star Game on Tuesday in Midland, Michigan, was brilliant over six and two-thirds innings, allowing just two hits and one run with no walks and 11 strikeouts. He retired the first 13 batters of the game and allowed just two of the 22 hitters he faced to reach base.

Aaron Fossas and Ryan Hendrix pitched in relief and shut the door on the TinCaps who are having a tough first half at 24-44.

The Dragons improved to 41-27 on the season. The 41 wins matches the second highest victory total in the first half in Dragons history. The 2001 Dragons also won 41 games in the first half. The record is held by the 2007 Dragons with 44 wins.




Reds’ Bailey pitches well in rehab start for Dayton Dragons; 4-2 win over Loons

Homer Bailey on knees in 2011 By Keith Allison from Owings Mills, USA, CC BY-SA 2.0, https

The Reds are hoping to get Homer Bailey back into the starting rotation before the All-Star break. And it might just happen.

The right-handed Bailey, who has thrown two no-hitters on the major league level, allowed just one hit over six shutout innings on an injury rehab assignment as the Dayton Dragons defeated the Great Lakes Loons 4-2 on Wednesday night at Fifth Third Field in Dayton, Ohio.

Bailey, who threw 76 pitches, did not allow a hit until the sixth inning as he struck out six, mostly on breaking balls and change-ups. His fastball was strong as well and he added velocity over the course of the night, topping out at 96 mph. He pitched at 93 early in the game but bumped it up to a consistent 94 in his later innings.

The win saw the Dragons make history.

The Dragons improved to 40-26 on the season, marking just the third time in franchise history that they have reached 40 victories in the first half and the first time since 2007.



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