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Crew SC back home tonight to take on Montreal Impact at 7:30

Black & Gold return home to host the Montreal Impact and open a two-match homestand at MAPFRE Stadium

For Immediate Release: June 23, 2017



COLUMBUS — Columbus Crew SC (7-9-1, 22 points) hosts the Montreal Impact (4-4-6, 18 points) at MAPFRE Stadium, Saturday, June 24. The match kicks-off at 7:30 p.m. ET and is set to be televised regionally on The CW Columbus, Spectrum Sports and BCSN2, with Neil Sika, Dwight Burgess and Clay Hall on the call. Coverage on The CW Columbus begins at 7:30 p.m. ET. Exclusively on Spectrum Sports and BCSN2, “Crew SC Matchday,” the pre-match show, begins at 7:00 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. Saturday’s match marks the return of Half Price Night, meaning supporters can enjoy half-off select beers (for supporters ages 21-and-over), Pepsi products, brats and pretzels through the 15th minute. The offer is available at all permanent concession stands.


The match is the second of two regular-season meetings between Crew SC and the Montreal Impact in 2017, as well as the 16th all-time regular-season meeting between the two clubs. Crew SC holds a 7-5-3 regular-season record against the Impact, with a 5-1-1 record at MAPFRE Stadium. Earlier this season, the Black & Gold recorded a 3-2 victory over Montreal on May 13 at Stade Saputo. In that match, Justin Meram scored his first career hat trick, which included scoring the game-winning goal in the first minute of stoppage time.


Heading into the match against the Impact, Crew SC forward Ola Kamara is one goal away from reaching his 25th tally with Crew SC. Since joining the club in February of 2016, he has made 42 regular-season appearances (36 starts), registering 24 goals and four assists over that span. In 2016, Kamara led the team in goals with 16 tallies in 25 regular-season appearances (20 starts). This season, he is tied with Justin Meram for most goals in regular-season action, with eight goals in 17 regular-season appearances (16 starts). If Kamara reaches 25 goals, he will become one of only four players currently on the Crew SC roster to have scored at least 25 goals for the club, joining Federico Higuain (46 goals), Justin Meram (32 goals) and Ethan Finlay (30 goals). Kamara’s goals per 90 minutes ratio since joining Crew SC in the beginning of the 2016 MLS season is 0.67, the third highest in MLS for players who have scored more than 15 goals in that same span.

Crew SC Midfielder Federico Higuain made his 139th appearance for Crew SC in last week’s match against Atlanta United FC, tallying his seventh goal of the MLS regular season. The goal also solidified Higuain’s hold of third place on the list of all-time regular-season goal scorers for the Black & Gold. Since joining Crew SC in 2012, Higuain has registered 46 goals in 139 regular-season appearances (134 starts). The Argentine playmaker is behind only Jeff Cunningham (64 goals) and Brian McBride (62 goals).

Crew SC defender Harrison Afful made his 50th career start in 51 regular-season appearances for the Black & Gold in the match against Atlanta United FC. Afful played the entire 90 minutes and registered an assist by providing the helper in Federico Higuain’s goal against Atlanta. Meanwhile, goalkeeper Zack Steffen made his 17th start for Crew SC in regular-season action in that same match, recording four stops against Atlanta. Steffen passed the 50-save mark with his four stops and now has 53 saves in the 2017 MLS regular season. Midfielder Justin Meram also made his 17th start of the year and earned Team of the Week honors for the fifth time this season for his performance.

Columbus Crew SC vs. Montreal Impact

Saturday, June 24 – 7:30 p.m. ET – MAPFRE Stadium (Columbus, OH)


Regional Television: The CW Columbus (coverage begins at 7:30 p.m. ET), Spectrum Sports, BCSN2 (Pre-match show “Crew SC Matchday” begins exclusively on Spectrum Sports and BCSN2 at 7:00 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: Abu Dhabi Sports (Middle East and North Africa), BeIN Sports (Asia, Australia) and FOX Sports Africa (Sub-Saharan Africa).



Friday’s NHRA J&A Service Pro Mod Qualifying leader is Rickie Smith



NORWALK, Ohio – Rickie Smith continues his successful return to the cockpit by racing to the provisional No. 1 qualifier at the NHRA J&A Service Pro Mod Drag Racing Series portion of the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals at Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park. This weekend’s Pro Mod racing, presented by Real Pro Mod Association, is the eighth of 12 events on the 2017 schedule.
Smith, who sat out four races due to back surgery won the event in Englishtown and raced to a 5.821-second pass at 248.80 mph in his ’15 IDG Chevy Camaro. Due to persistent showers in the area the category had only one qualifying session during the day.
“We’re running good,” said Smith. “I feel like my knowledge over the years just pays off when you have to make a one-run call on average. I’m not perfect every time. But I think that’s the reason I’m No. 1 qualifier right now I made a better call on the racetrack.”
Shane Molinari qualified second with a pass of 5.831 at 257.28 in his ’68 Firebird and points leader Mike Castellana qualified third at 5.841 at 246.98 in his ’17 Camaro.
NHRA J&A Service Pro Mod Series qualifying continues Saturday at approximately noon with the first round of eliminations slated for 4:30 p.m.
NORWALK, Ohio — Friday’s results after the first one of two rounds of qualifying for the 11th annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals at Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park, the eighth of 12 events in the NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series.   Qualifying will continue Saturday for Saturday’s first round of eliminations.
Pro Modified — 1. Rickie Smith, Chevy Camaro, 5.821, 248.80; 2. Shane Molinari, Pontiac Firebird, 5.831, 257.28; 3. Mike Castellana, Camaro, 5.841, 246.98; 4. Shannon Jenkins, Ford Mustang, 5.843, 246.93; 5. Steve Jackson, Camaro, 5.846, 244.03; 6. Jonathan Gray, Camaro, 5.860, 240.42; 7. Troy Coughlin, Chevy Corvette, 5.867, 253.85; 8. Sidnei Frigo, Corvette, 5.873, 252.61; 9. Michael Biehle, Mustang, 5.884, 250.32; 10. Pete Farber, Dodge Daytona, 5.895, 247.61; 11. Khalid alBalooshi, Camaro, 5.895, 247.16; 12. Doug Winters, Chevy Chevelle, 6.015, 239.31; 13. Danny Rowe, Corvette, 6.016, 241.54; 14. Mike Knowles, Mustang, 6.041, 240.12; 15. Chuck Little, Corvette, 6.058, 241.50; 16. Mike Janis, Camaro, 6.066, 240.59.  Not Qualified: 17. Eric Latino, 6.115, 243.63; 18. Clint Satterfield, 6.145, 245.32; 19. Jim Whiteley, 6.162, 193.29; 20. Dan Stevenson, 6.818, 159.95; 21. Harry Hruska, 7.035, 175.75; 22. Steve Matusek, 8.825, 124.16; 23. Steven Whiteley, 9.136, 99.73; 24. Bob Rahaim, 10.916, 95.15; 25. Chip King, 11.878, 83.35; 26. Ruben Tetsoshvili, 20.973, 28.42.
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Friday night qualifying leaders at Norwalk: Anderson, Hagan, Kalitta & M. Smith




NORWALK, Ohio — Doug Kalitta powered his dragster to the Top Fuel qualifying lead Friday evening at the 11th annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals at Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park.


Matt Hagan (Funny Car), Greg Anderson (Pro Stock) and Matt Smith (Pro Stock Motorcycle) are also provisional qualifying leaders in their respective categories at the twelfth of 24 events on the 2017 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series schedule.


Kalitta leads the Top Fuel category with an elapsed time track record run of 3.709-second pass at 327.43 mph in his Mac Tools dragster during his second session of the day. He is searching for his first No. 1 qualifier on the year, and 48th of his career.


“I was hopeful that we would run well and fortunately we had a good tune-up for the track tonight,” Kalitta said. “We’re hoping to turn things around at our home track in front of home fans and we always feel good about coming to Norwalk.”


Brittany Force landed second in Top Fuel qualifying with a 3.714 at 327.66 in her Monster Energy dragster. Current points leader Steve Torrence sits at third in preliminary qualifying, with a 3.715 at 328.46.


Hagan powered to the Funny Car qualifying lead with an elapsed time track record with a 3.865 at 333.33 in his MOPAR Express Lane Dodge Charger during the second qualifying session. He is aiming for his third No. 1 spot of the season to go along with three wins on the year.


“We knew we didn’t have anything to lose with the second qualifying session and these conditions tonight made us feel like we could have a great run,” Hagan said. “It’s been a lot of fun to win some races this year and we’re definitely looking to get that points lead back again soon.”


Earlier in the second round, Robert Hight set the track speed record at 334.65 with a 3.870 in his Auto Club of Southern California Chevy Camaro to sit at second after the preliminary qualifying. Teammate John Force is third currently after a 3.911 at 319.98 in his PEAK Chevy Camaro.


In Pro Stock, Anderson holds the top spot after driving to a 6.808 at 208.62 in his Summit Racing Equipment Chevy Camaro during the second session. He is looking for his first No. 1 qualifier of the season and the 88th of his career.


“To be able to get two runs in and run in the night-time conditions is an absolute blast in Norwalk,” Anderson said. “Fortunately we came out on top after day one, so hopefully we can keep that up the rest of the weekend.”


Points leader Bo Butner is currently second after a 6.617 at 208.55 in his Jim Butner’s Auto Chevy Camaro. Erica Enders is in third place after a 6.623 at 208.36 in her Elite Motorsports Chevy Camaro.


Smith finished atop the Pro Stock Motorcycle qualifying order with a 6.885 at 195.11 in his Victory Gunner during his second pass of the day. He is aiming for his 25th career No. 1 qualifier and his first of the season.


“We struggled a few weeks ago in Englishtown but we found a few problems and figured it would run better this week,” Smith said. “I think we can still go even faster tomorrow, and I think we have turned a corner now to help be more competitive for the rest of the year.”


LE Tonglet is second after a 6.903 at 193.29 on his Nitro Fish Racing Suzuki, while Hector Arana Jr. is currently in third after a 6.906 at 193.16.


Qualifying at the 11th annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals continues at 12:45 and 3:15 p.m. on Saturday at Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park.




NORWALK, Ohio — Friday’s results after the first two of four rounds of qualifying for the 11th annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals at Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park, 12th of 24 events in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series.  Qualifying will continue Saturday for Sunday’s final eliminations.


Top Fuel — 1. Doug Kalitta, 3.709 seconds, 327.43 mph; 2. Brittany Force, 3.714, 327.66; 3. Steve Torrence, 3.715, 328.46; 4. Leah Pritchett, 3.720, 322.27; 5. Antron Brown, 3.736, 332.26; 6. Clay Millican, 3.741, 322.19; 7. Terry McMillen, 3.750, 323.35; 8. Tony Schumacher, 3.766, 328.38; 9. Mike Salinas, 3.792, 315.71; 10. Scott Palmer, 3.828, 319.14; 11. Dom Lagana, 3.860, 320.51; 12. Pat Dakin, 3.912, 313.95; 13. Ike Maier, 3.952, 263.98; 14. Troy Buff, 3.972, 284.33; 15. Luigi Novelli, 4.429, 186.07; 16. Troy Coughlin Jr., 7.578, 92.35.  Not Qualified: 17. Shawn Langdon, 7.844, 95.61.


Funny Car — 1. Matt Hagan, Dodge Charger, 3.865, 333.33; 2. Robert Hight, Chevy Camaro, 3.870, 334.65; 3. John Force, Camaro, 3.911, 319.98; 4. Jonnie Lindberg, Toyota Camry, 3.922, 323.89; 5. Tommy Johnson Jr., Charger, 3.925, 329.34; 6. Bob Tasca III, Ford Mustang, 3.930, 324.67; 7. Alexis DeJoria, Camry, 3.943, 318.77; 8. Cruz Pedregon, Camry, 3.974, 321.35; 9. Del Worsham, Camry, 3.982, 317.05; 10. J.R. Todd, Camry, 4.119, 238.60; 11. Ron Capps, Charger, 4.144, 236.13; 12. Jim Campbell, Charger, 4.151, 310.91; 13. Jeff Diehl, Toyota Solara, 4.749, 183.19; 14. Tim Wilkerson, Mustang, 6.361, 115.36; 15. Jack Beckman, Charger, 6.723, 103.40; 16. Dale Creasy Jr., Charger, 6.746, 97.38.  Not Qualified: 17. Courtney Force, 7.293, 82.58.


Pro Stock — 1. Greg Anderson, Chevy Camaro, 6.608, 208.62; 2. Bo Butner, Camaro, 6.617, 208.55; 3. Erica Enders, Camaro, 6.623, 208.36; 4. Jason Line, Camaro, 6.625, 208.55; 5. Jeg Coughlin, Camaro, 6.626, 207.43; 6. Alex Laughlin, Camaro, 6.632, 208.26; 7. Drew Skillman, Camaro, 6.633, 207.72; 8. Allen Johnson, Dodge Dart, 6.633, 207.56; 9. Tanner Gray, Camaro, 6.635, 208.17; 10. Chris McGaha, Camaro, 6.638, 207.85; 11. Alan Prusiensky, Dart, 6.668, 206.73; 12. Vincent Nobile, Camaro, 6.679, 208.55; 13. Kenny Delco, Camaro, 6.740, 205.04; 14. Val Smeland, Camaro, 6.869, 199.64; 15. John Gaydosh Jr, Chevrolet Camaro, 6.872, 202.91; 16. Mark Hogan, Pontiac GXP, 6.924, 200.11.


Pro Stock Motorcycle — 1. Matt Smith, Victory, 6.885, 195.39; 2. LE Tonglet, Suzuki, 6.903, 193.29; 3. Hector Arana Jr, Buell, 6.906, 193.16; 4. Scotty Pollacheck, Suzuki, 6.908, 193.54; 5. Cory Reed, Victory, 6.932, 191.13; 6. Chip Ellis, Buell, 6.935, 193.46; 7. Andrew Hines, Harley-Davidson, 6.943, 193.79; 8. Angelle Sampey, Victory, 6.943, 192.49; 9. Eddie Krawiec, Harley-Davidson, 6.952, 192.28; 10. Steve Johnson, Suzuki, 6.981, 192.36; 11. Joey Gladstone, Suzuki, 6.998, 190.51; 12. Karen Stoffer, Suzuki, 7.031, 189.90; 13. Mike Berry, Buell, 7.050, 190.00; 14. Angie Smith, Buell, 7.111, 190.97; 15. Joe DeSantis, Suzuki, 7.142, 186.25; 16. Odolph Daniels, Suzuki, 7.624, 171.34.  Not Qualified: 17. Michael Ray, 11.035, 73.72; 18. Melissa Surber, 13.817, 54.03.



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CBJ GM Jarmo Kekalainen meets with media to discuss Friday’s trades



Jarmo Kekalainen (courtesy CBJ)

Following Friday’s trades, Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen met with the media in Chicago, site of the NHL Draft.  Below is the video link from that press conference.





CBJ acquires center Jordan Schroeder from Minnesota Wild

COLUMBUS, OH – The Columbus Blue Jackets have acquired center Jordan Schroeder from the Minnesota Wild in exchange for center Dante Salituro, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today.


Schroeder, 26, has recorded 17 goals and 23 assists for 40 points with 10 penalty minutes and a +9 plus/minus rating in 144 career NHL games with the Wild and Vancouver Canucks since making his NHL debut in 2012-13.  He has added 77-118-195 in 292 career AHL games with the Iowa Wild, Utica Comets, Chicago Wolves and Manitoba Moose.

Jordan Schroeder (courtesy Minnesota Wild)

The Prior Lake, Minnesota native registered 6-7-13 and was +5 in 37 games with Minnesota in 2016-17, setting career highs in goals, assists, points and games played. He added 6-12-18 and 12 penalty minutes in 25 games with Iowa.
Originally Vancouver’s first round selection, 22nd overall, in the 2009 NHL Draft, Schroeder collected 22-51-73, 43 penalty minutes and was +10 in 72 career games in two seasons at the University of Minnesota from 2008-10.  He was named the 2008-09 WCHA Rookie of the Year and was selected to the Second All-Star Team after posting 13-32-45 in 35 games.  The 5-9, 179-pound forward has represented the United States at several international tournaments, including the 2008, 2009 and 2010 IIHF World Junior Championships.
Full and partial season tickets for the Blue Jackets’ 2017-18 campaign are currently available for purchase.  Information on all ticketing options can be obtained by calling (800) NHL‐COLS or by visiting


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