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NFF 2017 TV schedule for Week 5 of NCAA Division I Football

1997 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Brian Griese (Michigan) will be on the call for two games this week. On Thursday night, he will be in Ames as Iowa State hosts Texas on ESPN at 8 p.m. ET. Then on Saturday, he will be in Auburn as the No. 14 Tigers host Mississippi State at 6 p.m. ET on ESPN.

 

The following schedule is for games from Division I (FBS and FCS) for the dates of Sept. 28-30, 2017. If you choose to reproduce this schedule, please credit The National Football Foundation and use the NFF logo, which can be downloaded here.
* All times Eastern
* FBS Rankings reflect the FWAA-NFF Super 16 Poll
* FCS Rankings reflect the STATS FCS Top 25 Poll
* Schedule organized by home team.
The American
Date
Time
Game
Network (Talent)
Sat., Sept. 30
Noon
South Florida
at East Carolina
CBS Sports Network
(John Sadak, Randy Cross1, Jordan Daigle)
Sat., Sept. 30
Noon
Houston
at Temple
ESPNU
(Mike Couzens, John Congemi)
Sat., Sept. 30
3:30 p.m.
Navy
at Tulsa
ESPNU
(Mark Neely, Ray Bentley)
Sat., Sept. 30
4:00 p.m.
Connecticut
at SMU
ESPNews
(Shawn Kenney, Rene Ingoglia)
Sat., Sept. 30
7:00 p.m.
Marshall
at Cincinnati
ESPN3
(Drew Fellios, Forrest Conoly)
Sat., Sept. 30
7:00 p.m.
Memphis
at UCF
ESPN2
(Mike Corey, Ahmad Brooks, Roddy Jones)
ACC
Date
Time
Game
Network (Talent)
Fri., Sept. 29
7:00 p.m.
(15) Miami (Fla.)
at Duke
ESPN
(Dave LaMont, Mack Brown, Julie Stewart-Binks)
Sat., Sept. 30
Noon
North Carolina
at Georgia Tech
ESPN2
(Jason Benetti, Kelly Stouffer, Kris Budden)
Sat., Sept. 30
Noon
Rice
at Pittsburgh
RSN/ACC Extra/Fox Sports Southwest
(Evan Lepler, Takeo Spikes, Lyndsay Rowley)
Sat., Sept. 30
12:20 p.m.
Syracuse
at N.C. State
ACC Network/Raycom Sports, also
ESPN3/ACC Network Extra (subject to blackout)
(Tom Werme, Dave Archer, D.J. Shockley)
Sat., Sept. 30
1:00 p.m.
Central Michigan
at Boston College
ACC Network Extra/ESPN3
(Dave Weekley, Dustin Fox)
Sat., Sept. 30
3:30 p.m.
Murray State
at Louisville
RSN
(Wes Durham, James Bates, Rebecca Kaple)
Sat., Sept. 30
3:30 p.m.
Florida State
at Wake Forest
ABC
(Mike Patrick, Tommy Tuberville, Paul Carcaterra)
Sat., Sept. 30
8:00 p.m.
(2) Clemson
at (12) Virginia Tech
ABC
(Chris Fowler3, Kirk Herbstreit3, Maria Taylor)
Big Ten
Date
Time
Game
Network (Talent)
Fri., Sept. 29
8:00 p.m.
Nebraska
at Illinois
FS1
(Justin Kutcher, Mark Helfrich, Petros Papadakis, Jennifer Hale)
Sat., Sept. 30
Noon
Maryland
at Minnesota
FS1
(Tim Brando, Spencer Tillman, Holly Sonders)
Sat., Sept. 30
Noon
Northwestern
at (9) Wisconsin
ABC
(Bob Wischusen, Brock Huard, Allison Williams)
Sat., Sept. 30
3:30 p.m.
Indiana
at (4) Penn State
Big Ten Network
(Brandon Gaudin, Glen Mason, Elise Menaker)
Sat., Sept. 30
4:00 p.m.
Iowa
at Michigan State
FOX
(Aaron Goldsmith, Brady Quinn, Bruce Feldman)
Sat., Sept. 30
7:30 p.m.
(11) Ohio State
at Rutgers
Big Ten Network
(Kevin Kugler, Matt Millen, Lisa Byington)
Big 12
Date
Time
Game
Network (Talent)
Thu., Sept. 28
8:00 p.m.
Texas
at Iowa State
ESPN
(Steve Levy, Brian Griese2, Todd McShay, Laura Rutledge)
Sat., Sept. 30
3:30 p.m.
Baylor
at Kansas State
ESPN2
(Beth Mowins, Anthony Becht, Rocky Boiman)
Sat., Sept. 30
8:00 p.m.
(13) Oklahoma State
at Texas Tech
FOX
(Gus Johnson, Joel Klatt, Jenny Taft)
Conference USA
Date
Time
Game
Network (Talent)
Sat., Sept. 30
7:00 p.m.
Charlotte
at FIU
beIN Sports
(Mike Gleason, Brett Romberg, Michelle Gringas)
Sat., Sept. 30
7:00 p.m.
Middle Tennessee
at Florida Atlantic
Stadium
(Ron Thulin, Max Starks)
Sat., Sept. 30
7:00 p.m.
South Alabama
at Louisiana Tech
KPXJ/KNOE/KBCA/ESPN3
(Doug Anderson, Butch Alsandor, Abby Morris)
Sat., Sept. 30
7:00 p.m.
North Texas
at Southern Miss
CUSA TV
(John Cox, Lee Roberts, Dr. Bo Morgan)
MAC
Date
Time
Game
Network (Talent)
Sat., Sept. 23
3:30 p.m.
Buffalo
at Kent State
ESPN3
(Michael Reghi, Jerod Cherry2)
Sat., Sept. 23
6:00 p.m.
Akron
at Bowling Green
ESPN3
(Jim Barbar, Bobby Carpenter)
Sat., Sept. 23
7:00 p.m.
Ball State
at Western Michigan
ESPN3
(Dan Gutowsky, Marcus Ray)
Mountain West
Date
Time
Game
Network (Talent)
Fri., Sept. 29
8:00 p.m.
BYU
at Utah State
CBS Sports Network
(Carter Blackburn, Aaron Taylor, Jenny Dell)
Sat., Sept. 30
4:00 p.m.
Texas State
at Wyoming
Stadium on Facebook
(Chris Hassel, Daniel Jeremiah, Camryn Irwin)
Sat., Sept. 30
7:00 p.m.
Air Force
at New Mexico
CBS Sports Network
(Sean Grande, Aaron Murray2, Cassie McKinney)
Sat., Sept. 30
10:00 p.m.
Nevada
at Fresno State
AT&T SportsNet
(Ari Wolfe, Sed Bonner, Brad Thompson)
Sat., Sept. 30
10:30 p.m.
San Jose State
at UNLV
ESPNU
(Roy Philpott, Tom Ramsey)
Sat., Sept. 30
10:30 p.m.
Northern Illinois
at San Diego State
CBS Sports Network
(Dave Ryan, Corey Chavous, Melanie Collins)
Sat., Sept. 30
Midnight
Colorado State
at Hawaii
Spectrum Sports PPV/Stadium
(Robert Kekaula, Rich Miano, Scott Robbs)
Pac-12
Date
Time
Game
Network (Talent)
Fri., Sept. 29
10:30 p.m.
(5) USC
at (16) Washington State
ESPN
(Adam Amin, Dusty Dvoracek, Molly McGrath)
Sat., Sept. 30
4:00 p.m.
Arizona State
at Stanford
Pac-12 Networks
(Ted Robinson, Yogi Roth, Jill Savage)
Sat., Sept. 30
8:00 p.m.
(6) Washington
at Oregon State
Pac-12 Networks
(Roxy Bernstein, Anthony Herron, Lewis Johnson)
Sat., Sept. 30
10:30 p.m.
California
at Oregon
FS1
(Brian Custer, Ben Leber, Kristen Balboni)
Sat., Sept. 30
10:30 p.m.
Colorado
at UCLA
ESPN2
(Mark Jones, Rod Gilmore, Quint Kessenich)
SEC
Date
Time
Game
Network (Talent)
Sat., Sept. 30
Noon
Vanderbilt
at Florida
ESPN
(Dave Pasch, Greg McElroy2, Tom Luginbill)
Sat., Sept. 30
Noon
New Mexico State
at Arkansas
SEC Network
(Taylor Zarzour, Andre Ware1, Olivia Harlan)
Sat., Sept. 30
3:30 p.m.
(8) Georgia
at Tennessee
CBS
(Brad Nessler, Gary Danielson, Allie LaForce)
Sat., Sept. 30
4:00 p.m.
Eastern Michigan
at Kentucky
SEC Network
(Dave Neal, Matt Stinchcomb2, Dawn Davenport)
Sat., Sept. 30
6:00 p.m.
Mississippi State
at (14) Auburn
ESPN
(Dave Flemming, Brian Griese2, Todd McShay)
Sat., Sept. 30
7:00 p.m.
Troy
at LSU
ESPNU
(Clay Matvick, Kirk Morrison)
Sat., Sept. 30
7:30 p.m.
South Carolina
at Texas A&M
SEC Network
(Tom Hart, Jordan Rodgers, Cole Cubelic)
Sat., Sept. 30
9:00 p.m.
Mississippi
at (1) Alabama
ESPN
(Joe Tessitore, Todd Blackledge, Holly Rowe)
Sun Belt
Date
Time
Game
Network (Talent)
Sat., Sept. 30
7:00 p.m.
Coastal Carolina
at Louisiana-Monroe
ESPN3
(Joel Meyers, Brian Kinchen)
FBS Independents
Date
Time
Game
Network (Talent)
Sat., Sept. 30
3:30 p.m.
Ohio
at UMass
Eleven Sports/NESN Plus
(Eric Frede, Andy Gresh)
Sat., Sept. 30
3:30 p.m.
UTEP
at Army
CBS Sports Network
(Ben Holden, Jay Feely, John Schriffen)
Sat., Sept. 30
5:00 p.m.
Miami (Ohio)
at Notre Dame
NBC Sports Network
(Paul Burmeister, Doug Flutie 1,2, Kathryn Tappen)
FCS
Big Sky
Date
Time
Game
Network (Talent)
Sat., Sept. 30
3:30 p.m.
(20) Weber State
at Montana State
ROOT Sports
(Tom Glasgow, Jason Stiles, Jen Mueller)
Sat., Sept. 30
4:30 p.m.
Cal Poly
at Idaho State
Pluto TV
(Mark Liptak, Jerry Miller)
Sat., Sept. 30
4:30 p.m.
Sacramento State
at (9) Eastern Washington
SWX/Pluto TV
(Sam Adams, Bill Ames)
Sat., Sept. 30
5:00 p.m.
Montana
at Portland State
SWX Montana
(Chris Byers, Mick Delaney, Grady Bennett, Shaun Rainey)
Pluto TV
(Tom Hewitt, Mike Lund)
Sat., Sept. 30
7:00 p.m.
Northern Colorado
at Northern Arizona
Pluto TV
(Mitch Strohman, Kevin Stephens)
Sat., Sept. 30
9:00 p.m.
North Dakota
at UC Davis
Eleven Sports Network
(Bill Doleman, Darius Walker)
Big South
Date
Time
Game
Network (Talent)
Sat., Sept. 30
3:30 p.m.
North Greenville (S.C.)
at Kennesaw State
Big South Network/Peachtree TV
(Brian Katrek, Tutan Reyes, Chris Mooneyham)
Sat., Sept. 30
6:00 p.m.
Mississippi Valley State
at Charleston Southern
Big South Network
(Kevin O’Rourke, Danny Croghan)
Sat., Sept. 30
6:00 p.m.
St. Francis (Pa.)
at (22) Liberty
Big South Network/LFSN/ESPN3
(Mike Tilley, Matt Warner, Rett McGibbon)
Sat., Sept. 30
7:00 p.m.
(7) Wofford
at Presbyterian
Big South Network
(Ryan Clary, John Orck)
CAA
Date
Time
Game
Network (Talent)
Sat., Sept. 30
2:00 p.m.
(19) Albany
at (23) Elon
College Sports Live
(Scott Sudikoff, Brandon Noble)
Sat., Sept. 30
3:30 p.m.
(1) James Madison
at Delaware
CSN Philadelphia
(Andrew Bogusch, Qadry Ismail)
Blue Hens All-Access
(Scott Klatzkin, Matt Janus, Cory Nidoh)
Sat., Sept. 30
6:00 p.m.
(14) Villanova
at Towson
CAA TV
(Spiro Morekas, Gordy Combs)
Sat., Sept. 30
6:00 p.m.
Stony Brook
at William & Mary
CAA TV/TribeAthletics.com
(Jay Colley, Pete Clawson, Mike Leach)
Sat., Sept. 30
6:00 p.m.
Bryant
at (15) New Hampshire
ESPN3
(Brendan Glasheen, Tim Sullivan)
Ivy League
Date
Time
Game
Network (Talent)
Fri., Sept. 29
7:00 p.m.
Dartmouth
at Penn
NBC Sports Network
(Randy Moss, Ross Tucker)
Sat., Sept. 30
12:30 p.m.
Columbia
at Princeton
Eleven Sports/Ivy League Network
(Bill Spaulding, Jack Ford4)
Sat., Sept. 30
1:30 p.m.
Colgate
at Cornell
Ivy League Network
(Barry Leonard, Buck Briggs)
Sat., Sept. 30
7:00 p.m.
Rhode Island
at Brown
Ivy League Network
(Scott Cordischi)
MEAC
Date
Time
Game
Network (Talent)
Thu., Sept. 28
7:30 p.m.
North Carolina Central
at Florida A&M
ESPNU
(Eric Clemons, Jay Walker)
Sat., Sept. 30
4:00 p.m.
Savannah State
at Bethune-Cookman
Wildcats All-Access
(Nolan Alexander, Larry Wesley)
Sat., Sept. 30
6:00 p.m.
(17) North Carolina A&T
at South Carolina State
Flo Football
(Lincoln Rose, Keith Moreland)
Missouri Valley
Date
Time
Game
Network (Talent)
Sat., Sept. 30
2:00 p.m.
Missouri State
at (2) North Dakota State
KVLY/NBC North Dakota/ESPN3
(Brian Shawn, Lee Timmerman, Ryan Gellner)
Sat., Sept. 30
4:00 p.m.
(10) South Dakota
at (13) Western Illinois
ESPN3
(Scott Warmann, Danan Hughes, Kelly Burke)
Sat., Sept. 30
7:00 p.m.
Northern Iowa
at Southern Illinois
ESPN3
(Darren Kinnard, Mike Trude, Connor Onion)
Sat., Sept. 30
7:00 p.m.
(4) South Dakota State
at (6) Youngstown State
ESPN3
(Jim Campbell, Tim Pozsgai)
Sat., Sept. 30
7:30 p.m.
Indiana State
at (12) Illinois State
ESPN3
(Kurt Pegler, Chris Highland, Zach Dietmeier)
Northeast
Date
Time
Game
Network (Talent)
Sat., Sept. 30
5:00 p.m.
Central Connecticut
at Sacred Heart
ESPN3
(Paul Dottino, Kevin Gilbride)
Sat., Sept. 30
6:00 p.m.
Lehigh
at Wagner
NEC Front Row
(Pete Mundo, John Jastromski)
Sat., Sept. 30
7:00 p.m.
West Virginia Wesleyan
at Duquesne
NEC Front Row
(Alex Panormios, Tad Maurey)
Ohio Valley
Date
Time
Game
Network (Talent)
Sat., Sept. 30
7:00 p.m.
(18) UT Martin
at Austin Peay
Gov TV/OVC Digital Network
(Barry Gresham, Will Presnell, Kristen Eargle)
Sat., Sept. 30
7:00 p.m.
Eastern Illinois
at (24) Tennessee State
OVC Digital Network
(Kevin Ingram, Bob Belvin)
Sat., Sept. 30
7:00 p.m.
(5) Jacksonville State
at Tennessee Tech
OVC Digital Network
(Tim Scruggs, Sam Brooks)
Sat., Sept. 30
7:00 p.m.
Eastern Kentucky
at Southeast Missouri St.
OVC Digital Network
(Erik Sean, Rick Wieser, Rusty Hendricks)
Patriot League
Date
Time
Game
Network (Talent)
Sat., Sept. 30
1:05 p.m.
Lafayette
at Holy Cross
Charter 3/Patriot League Network
(Kevin Shea, Andy Lacombe)
Sat., Sept. 30
2:00 p.m.
Harvard
vs. Georgetown
(at RFK Stadium)
Patriot League Network
(Matt Martucci, Dave Owens, Morgan Uber)
Sat., Sept. 30
6:00 p.m.
Monmouth
at Bucknell
Patriot League Network
(Doug Birdsong, Kevin Herr)
Sat., Sept. 30
6:00 p.m.
Yale
at Fordham
Patriot League Network
(Greg Caserta, Corey Miller)
Pioneer
Date
Time
Game
Network (Talent)
Sat., Sept. 30
Noon
San Diego
at Dayton
Spectrum Ohio/Facebook
(Mike Hartsock)
Sat., Sept. 30
1:00 p.m.
Drake
at Butler
Facebook
(Mark Minner)
Sat., Sept. 30
1:00 p.m.
Marist
at Davidson
Davidson All-Access
(Mark Plemmons, Michael Fresina)
Sat., Sept. 30
1:00 p.m.
Guilford (N.C.)
at Jacksonville
ESPN3
(Scott Manze, David Lamm)
Sat., Sept. 30
2:00 p.m.
Morehead State
at Campbell
College Football Down South
(Chris Hemeyer, Jay Sonnhalter, Erin Summers)
Sat., Sept. 30
2:00 p.m.
Stetson
at Valparaiso
None
Southern
Date
Time
Game
Network (Talent)
Sat., Sept. 30
1:00 p.m.
East Tennessee State
at Furman
ESPN3
(Bob Mihalic, Sam Wyche, Scott Cole)
Sat., Sept. 30
3:00 p.m.
(8) Citadel
at (25) Samford
ESPN3
(Curt Bloom, Chad Pilcher, Hattie Breece)
Sat., Sept. 30
4:00 p.m.
VMI
at Mercer
ESPN3
(Frank Malloy, Conrad Nix, Kristin Banks)
Sat., Sept. 30
6:00 p.m.
Western Carolina
at Chattanooga
ESPN3
(Chris Goforth, B.J. Coleman)
Southland
Date
Time
Game
Network (Talent)
Sat., Sept. 30
7:00 p.m.
(3) Sam Houston State
at (11) Central Arkansas
ESPN3
(Randy McIlvoy, Shea Walker, Tatum Everett)
Sat., Sept. 30
7:00 p.m.
Abilene Christian
at Incarnate Word
KCWX/ESPN3
(Mike Lefko, Chuck Miketinac, Valerie Lopez)
Sat., Sept. 30
7:00 p.m.
McNeese State
at Stephen F. Austin
ESPN3
(Rob Meyers, Kevin Langford)
Sat., Sept. 30
7:30 p.m.
Southeastern Louisiana
at Northwestern State
CST/ESPN3
(Lyn Rollins, Rene Nadeau, Carley McCord)
Sat., Sept. 30
8:00 p.m.
Nicholls State
at Lamar
ESPN3
(Dan Gresham)
SWAC
Date
Time
Game
Network (Talent)
Fri., Sept. 29
9:00 p.m.
Alcorn State
at Texas Southern
AT&T Southwest Plus
(Butch Alsandor, Jorge Vargas, Nick Strong)
Sat., Sept. 30
3:00 p.m.
Arkansas-Pine Bluff
at Alabama A&M
None
Sat., Sept. 30
4:30 p.m.
Clark Atlanta (Ga.)
vs. (21) Grambling State
(Chicago, Ill.)
None
Sat., Sept. 30
5:00 p.m.
Jackson State
at Prairie View A&M
PVAM Sports Network
(Duane Lewis)
Sat., Sept. 30
7:00 p.m.
Fort Valley State (Ga.)
at Southern
None
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2 – Former NFF National Scholar-Athlete
3 – NFF Outstanding Contribution to Amateur Football honoree
4 – NFF Board Member
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PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY & A COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL FOOTBALL FOUNDATION

Crew SC hosts D.C. United tonight looking to clinch MLS Playoff berth

 

MATCH PREVIEW: SATURDAY IS FINAL HOME MATCH OF THE 2017 MLS REGULAR SEASON


Black & Gold, undefeated in their last six home matches dating back to July 22, can clinch a berth into the 2017 Audi MLS Cup Playoffs on Saturday with a win over D.C. United

For Immediate Release: September 29, 2017

COLUMBUS — Columbus Crew SC (14-12-5, 47 points) hosts D.C. United (9-17-5, 32 points) at MAPFRE Stadium tomorrow, Saturday, September 30 for its final regular-season home match of 2017. 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 Marisa Contipelli 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, ColumbusCrewSC.com, is set to stream the English-language radio broadcast online.

MLS GAME NOTES PACKAGE: http://bit.ly/2017GameGuides

The Black & Gold can clinch a berth in the Audi 2017 MLS Cup Playoffs with a win at home against D.C. United on Saturday. Additional clinching scenarios are available via the MLS Game Notes Package linked above. Crew SC Season Ticket Members, 10-Match Plan holders and the general public each have the option to purchase the Pay As We Play Plan for potential Audi 2017 MLS Cup Playoff matches at MAPFRE Stadium through the Eastern Conference Championship at a discounted rate from single-match pricing with the flexibility of only being charged for matches once they are guaranteed to be played.

Tomorrow’s match against D.C. United marks the return of College Night to MAPFRE Stadium. Supporters with a college ID or an “.edu” email address are eligible for $15 match tickets, access to the exclusive student tailgate in the Upper 90 Lounge – which includes $2 off drink specials from 6-7 p.m. –  and can receive five FREE large Papa John’s Pizza coupons with group orders of 20 or more.

This is Crew SC’s second and last regular-season match against D.C. United in 2017, as well as the 66th all-time regular-season meeting between the two clubs. The Black & Gold hold a firm all-time regular-season winning record of 18-7-7 against D.C. United at home since 1996, outscoring D.C. 50-26 over that span. In the previous meeting between the two clubs on March 18, Columbus defeated D.C. 2-0 at RFK Stadium with goals scored by Federico Higuain and Ola Kamara on either side of halftime.

Crew SC heads into tomorrow’s match against D.C. United on a seven-match undefeated streak, dating back to a 3-1 home victory over the Chicago Fire on August 12. Over that span, the Black & Gold have posted a record of 4-0-3 and have outscored opponents 14-8. This is the longest undefeated streak forColumbus under Sporting Director and Head Coach Gregg Berhalter since he took over the club in 2014. The Black & Gold are also on a six-match undefeated streak at MAPFRE Stadium, dating back to a 1-0 victory over the Philadelphia Union on July 22. In that time, Crew SC has outscored its opponents 12-5 while posting a home record of 5-0-1. In the 2017 MLS regular season, the Black & Gold have earned 35 points and hold a record of 11-3-2 at MAPFRE Stadium, the highest number of points and wins at home in the Berhalter era and the highest number of points and wins at home since 2012. A win at home on Saturday night against D.C. United would set a new Crew SC record for most regular-season victories at home in a single season with 12. Including this year, the club has secured 11 victories at home in a season five times in club history (1997, 1998, 2008, 2012 and 2017).

Crew SC is coming off a 3-2 win at home against the New York Red Bulls this past Saturday. Defender Jonathan Mensah put the hosts ahead by scoring off of a free kick taken by Federico Higuain in the sixth minute, setting the record for fastest Crew SC goal of the 2017 MLS regular season. The Red Bulls drew level with a 14th-minute goal scored by Bradley Wright-Phillips. Midfielder Justin Meram was the next beneficiary of Higuain’s passing, as he put Crew SC back in the lead in the 54th minute. Josh Williams extended the Black & Gold’s lead in the 66th minute with yet another assist from Higuain. The Red Bulls scored one more goal in the 72nd minute, when Gonzalo Veron converted a penalty-kick, but Williams’ goal proved to be the game-winner.

Federico Higuain’s three assists against the New York Red Bulls made him one of only seven Crew SC players to provide three helpers in a single match, joining Ensil Elcock (twice in 1998), Robert Warzycha (1999), Dante Washington (2002), Jeff Cunningham (2003), Sebastian Rozental (2006) and Guillermo Barros Schelotto (2008). Higuain’s three helpers brought his assists total to 10 for the 2017 MLS regular season, setting a new MLS regular-season career-high and making him the assist leader for the club in 2017 regular-season action. The Argentine midfielder also leads the club in regular-season game-winning assists in 2017, having provided the helper on three game-winners, ahead of midfielders Artur and Wil Trapp, who have registered two game-winning assists each. The Black & Gold have an undefeated record of 6-0-0 in matches in 2017 in which Higuain has provided an assist.

 

Columbus Crew SC vs. D.C. United

Saturday, September 30 – 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)
International Television: Abu Dhabi Sports (Middle East and North Africa) and BeIN Sports (Australia, Asia)
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

 

MATCH PREVIEW WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF COLUMBUS CREW SC COMMUNICATIONS

 

Crew SC players Afful and Mensah receive International Call-ups

 


Harrison Afful and Jonathan Mensah earn call-ups from Ghana;
Ghana has an upcoming 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying match against Uganda, international friendly against Saudi Arabia

For Immediate Release: September 29, 2017

COLUMBUS — Columbus Crew SC Friday announced that two of its players have received international call-ups: Harrison Afful and Jonathan Mensah. Ghana is set to play a 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying match against Uganda and an international friendly against Saudi Arabia. The 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying match against Uganda will take place on October 7 in Uganda. Ghana’s international friendly against Saudi Arabia will take place on October 10 in Saudi Arabia.

Ghana is currently in Group E of the CAF Final Group Stage qualification for the 2018 FIFA World Cup along with Egypt, Uganda and Congo. The winner of each group automatically qualifies to the 2018 FIFA World Cup to be held in Russia. Ghana has qualified for each of the last three FIFA World Cup tournaments. The Black Stars are set to travel to Uganda on October 7, with the match marking Ghana’s fifth match of the final group stage of qualification. Ghana is currently in third place of Group E with a record of 1-2-1. The Black Stars then travel to Saudi Arabia for an international friendly against Saudi Arabia on October 10.

Harrison Afful has earned 75 caps for Ghana, the most recent of which came on September 5 of this year against Congo in a 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying match. He is a two-time World Cup veteran, having been a member of Ghana’s roster during the 2010 and 2014 editions of the tournament. Afful was also a member of the Ghana National Team during the last four editions of the Africa Cup of Nations, playing every minute of the 2013, 2015 and 2017 tournaments. This season, he has made 21 regular-season appearances (18 starts) and has recorded one assist for Crew SC.

Jonathan Mensah has represented the Black Stars on 56 occasions, with his last match coming against Congo in a 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying match on September 5 of this year. He has participated in the 2010 FIFA World Cup, the 2014 FIFA World Cup, the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations, the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations, the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations and the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations. Mensah has made 23 regular-season appearances (22 starts), while registering two goals and one assist for Crew SC this year.

Crew SC’s current roster features 11 players that have received a senior National Team call-up throughout their careers: Mohammed Abu, Harrison Afful, Waylon Francis, Ola Kamara, Cristian Martinez, Jonathan Mensah, Justin Meram, Jukka Raitala, Rodrigo Saravia, Zack Steffen and Wil Trapp.

Next up, Crew SC hosts D.C. United at MAPFRE Stadium for its final regular-season match at home in 2017. Columbus and D.C. play tomorrow, Saturday, September 30 (7:30 p.m. ET / The CW Columbus, Spectrum Sports, BCSN2, CD102.5 FM, La Mega 103.1 FM, English radio stream available onColumbusCrewSC.com).

 

 

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MLS announces Disciplinary Committee Decisions for Week 30

 

MLS Disciplinary Committee Decision: Week 30
NEW YORK (September 29, 2017) – The MLS Disciplinary Committee has found Colorado Rapids midfielder Bismark Adjei-Boateng and FC Dallas midfielder Javier Morales guilty of instigating and escalating an incident in the 70th minute of Colorado’s match against FC Dallas on September 27 (VIDEO ). Both Adjei-Boateng and Morales have been issued undisclosed fines for their actions.

New York Red Bulls midfielder Felipe and D.C. United midfielder Lloyd Sam have been issued undisclosed fines for instigating and escalating an incident during the 60th minute of the match between D.C. United and the Red Bulls on September 27 (VIDEO).

In addition, both the Houston Dynamo and the LA Galaxy have been found in violation of the Mass Confrontation Policy in the 61st minute of the teams’ match on September 27 (VIDEO). The MLS Disciplinary Committee has issued an undisclosed fine to the Houston Dynamo, as well as to head coach Wilmer Cabrera, for the club’s second violation of the League’s policy this season. The LA Galaxy have been issued a warning for the club’s first violation this season.

Wilmer Cabrera fined for public criticism of officials
MLS Commissioner Don Garber has issued an undisclosed fine to Houston Dynamo head coach Wilmer Cabrera for his public criticisms of the officials.
Independent Panel rescinds Kouassi red card
The Independent Panel, consisting of one representative from the United States Soccer Federation, one representative from the Canadian Soccer Association, and one representative from the Professional Referee Organization, has unanimously rescinded the fine and one-game suspension for the red card issued to New England Revolution midfielder Xavier Kouassi for serious foul play in the 11th minute of New England’s match against Orlando City SC on September 27 (VIDEO).

As a result of New England’s appeal, Kouassi will be eligible to play in the Revolution’s next regular season match against the Atlanta United on September 30.

Each Club is entitled to two unsuccessful appeals per season, including playoffs. Since New England’s appeal was successful, the team maintains two unsuccessful appeals for any future dismissals in the 2017 season.

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Anderson, Hight, Hines and Millican lead AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals in St. Louis area

 

MILLICAN, HIGHT, ANDERSON AND HINES HOLD THE CURRENT NO. 1 QUALIFYING POSITIONS AT THE AAA INSURANCE NHRA MIDWEST NATIONALS
MADISON, Ill. – Top Fuel pilot Clay Millican set the national elapsed time record for the category under the lights at the AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals at Gateway Motorsports Park.
Robert Hight (Funny Car) Greg Anderson (Pro Stock) and Andrew Hines (Pro Stock Motorcycle) are also current No. 1 qualifiers in their respective categories at the third of six playoff events during the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Countdown to the Championship.
Millican raced his Parts Plus / Great Clips dragster to a 3.631-second pass at 330.39 mph at the home race for Stringer Performance during the second round of qualifying. He is chasing his fifth No. 1 qualifier of the season and 10th of his career.
“That run is 100-percent is David Grubnick doing his thing,” Millican stated. “He is the baddest dude out here right now and I don’t think anybody can argue that. He does it his way, there’s no shared information and it’s done with group of young guys. That’s Doug Stringer’s car that I get to go out and stomp on that loud pedal in.”
Tony Schumacher an eight-time world champion, ran a 3.680 pass at 327.66 in his U.S. Army dragster to put him in the second spot and Doug Kalitta is currently third in his Mac Tools dragster after a 3.681 at 331.85 run.
Hight set the track elapsed time record with his pass of 3.830 at 333.91 in his AAA Missouri Chevrolet Camaro SS Funny Car. Hight also set the track speed record at 338.60 during his first qualifying session. He is in pursuit of his seventh No. 1 qualifier of the season and 56th of his career.
“It’s more fun to sit back and watch my team work and you know what they’re up against when the conditions are like this,” Hight said. “No one is really talking but they’re focused on what they’re doing because they’re trying to make record run. We got six more points today, we were low each session. Forget records or anything else that’s what we’re here for.”
Teammate John Force follows in the No. 2 position in his PEAK Coolant & Motor Oil Chevrolet Camaro SS with a pass of 3.832 at 334.65 and points leader Ron Capps drove his NAPA Auto Parts Dodge Charger R/T to a pass of 3.849 at 332.51.
In Pro Stock, Anderson currently holds the top spot after driving to a 6.525 at 211.03 in his Summit Racing Equipment Chevrolet Camaro during his second pass of the day. He is in pursuit of his fourth No. 1 qualifier of the season.
“The conditions, weather and atmosphere didn’t change that much between the first run and second run,” Anderson stated. “The race track is maxing out the track gripper and it’s as good of a race track you’ll ever ever get and when you get conditions like that you need to just throw everything at it.”
Teammate and reigning world champion Jason Line is in the No. 2 position with a pass of 6.553 at 211.66 in his Summit Racing Equipment Chevrolet Camaro and Drew Skillman follows in this third after a run of 6.535 at 211.56 in his Ray Skillman Chevrolet Camaro.
Hines took the lead in the Pro Stock Motorcycle class with a 6.802 at 196.19 in his Screamin’ Eagle Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson during his first pass on Friday. He is seeking his second No. 1 qualifier of the season and 40th of his career.
“This sets the tone for the last three (races),” Hines said. “We need to come out of here strong and if we can maintain the No. 1 spot and get some more bonus points that would be awesome. We just need to do some damage on Sunday. It’s always good for team morale when you come out of the box and go Q1 to low and hopefully it will stick.”
Current reigning world champion Jerry Savoie currently sits second in his White Alligator Racing Suzuki after a pass of 6.817 at 197.28 and Scott Pollacheck is third in his Extended Protection Suzuki with a run of 6.820 at 195.28.
Qualifying resumes of the AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals at 1:15 p.m. and 3:45 p.m. Saturday afternoon at Gateway Motorsports Park.
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MADISON, Ill. — Friday’s results after the first two of four rounds of qualifying for the sixth annual AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals at Gateway Motorsports Park, 21st of 24 events in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series. Qualifying will continue Saturday for Sunday’s final eliminations.
Top Fuel — 1. Clay Millican, 3.631 seconds, 330.39 mph; 2. Tony Schumacher, 3.680, 329.26; 3. Doug Kalitta, 3.681, 331.85; 4. Leah Pritchett, 3.697, 329.83; 5. Brittany Force, 3.714, 329.58; 6.
Richie Crampton, 3.714, 326.87; 7. Steve Torrence, 3.721, 325.37; 8. Dom Lagana, 3.729, 323.35; 9. Terry McMillen, 3.749, 321.27; 10. Antron Brown, 3.759, 325.45; 11. Pat Dakin, 3.768, 321.96; 12. Shawn Langdon, 3.768, 324.28; 13. Scott Palmer, 3.785, 320.97; 14. Troy Buff, 3.857, 314.17; 15. Terry Haddock, 3.993, 248.43; 16. Luigi Novelli, 4.263, 207.24. Not Qualified: 17. Kyle Wurtzel, 4.563, 169.17; 18. Ashley Sanford, 4.740, 155.90; 19. Chris Karamesines, 5.533, 118.60.
Funny Car — 1. Robert Hight, Chevy Camaro, 3.830, 338.60; 2. John Force, Camaro, 3.832, 335.32; 3. Ron Capps, Dodge Charger, 3.849, 332.51; 4. Alexis DeJoria, Toyota Camry, 3.863, 333.16; 5. Jack Beckman, Charger, 3.873, 331.77; 6. Courtney Force, Camaro, 3.877, 329.50; 7. Jonnie Lindberg, Camry, 3.885, 327.74; 8. Tommy Johnson Jr., Charger, 3.897, 325.30; 9. J.R. Todd, Camry, 3.907, 329.34; 10. Del Worsham, Camry, 3.910, 327.27; 11. Tim Wilkerson, Ford Mustang, 3.923, 325.37; 12. Matt Hagan, Charger, 3.930, 327.19; 13. Cruz Pedregon, Camry, 3.978, 323.27; 14. Brian Stewart, Mustang, 4.014, 285.11; 15. Jim Campbell, Charger, 4.053, 313.73; 16. Jeff Diehl, Toyota Solara, 4.153, 306.26. Not Qualified: 17. Dale Creasy Jr., 4.623, 184.07; 18. Bob Bode, 9.029, 90.03.
Pro Stock — 1. Greg Anderson, Chevy Camaro, 6.525, 211.06; 2. Jason Line, Camaro, 6.533, 211.79; 3. Drew Skillman, Camaro, 6.535, 211.56; 4. Bo Butner, Camaro, 6.542, 210.70; 5. Chris McGaha, Camaro, 6.548, 211.03; 6. Erica Enders, Camaro, 6.550, 210.87; 7. Tanner Gray, Camaro, 6.553, 210.34; 8. Allen Johnson, Dodge Dart, 6.575, 209.39; 9. Deric Kramer, Dart, 6.591, 208.49; 10. Larry Morgan, Camaro, 6.612, 208.46; 11. Alan Prusiensky, Dart, 6.886, 168.96; 12. Dave River, Chevy Cobalt, 6.906, 191.51; 13. Alex Laughlin, Camaro, 7.038, 155.01; 14. Mark Hogan, Pontiac GXP, 8.728, 113.16; 15. Brian Self, Camaro, 9.500, 98.77; 16. Jeg Coughlin, Camaro, 9.606, 95.73.
Pro Stock Motorcycle — 1. Andrew Hines, Harley-Davidson, 6.802, 196.19; 2. Jerry Savoie, Suzuki, 6.817, 197.28; 3. Scotty Pollacheck, Suzuki, 6.820, 195.28; 4. Matt Smith, Victory, 6.837, 194.88; 5. LE Tonglet, Suzuki, 6.841, 194.41; 6. Eddie Krawiec, Harley-Davidson, 6.846, 194.74; 7. Karen Stoffer, Suzuki, 6.867, 194.07; 8. Angie Smith, Buell, 6.869, 192.82; 9. Hector Arana Jr, Buell, 6.894, 194.13; 10. Joey Gladstone, Suzuki, 6.921, 192.08; 11. Mike Berry, Buell, 6.960, 192.03; 12. Marc Ingwersen, Buell, 7.009, 188.28; 13. Ryan Oehler, Buell, 7.211, 169.42; 14. Steve Johnson, Suzuki, 7.218, 153.56; 15. Andie Rawlings, Suzuki, 7.657, 174.14; 16. David Hope, Buell, 7.845, 127.17.
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