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Archive for June 2nd, 2018

Crew SC back home to take on arch-rival Toronto FC tonight at 7:30 pm; 2018 Trillium Cup finale

GAME PREVIEW WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF CREW SC COMMUNICATIONS

 

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.

 

 

Crew SC’s Higuain has suspension rescinded by Independent Panel

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Federico Higuain 2017 photo By Hayden Schiff from Cincinnati, USA - DSC_4205, CC BY 2.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

NEW YORK (June 1, 2018) – The Independent Panel, consisting of one representative from the United States Soccer Federation, one representative from the Canadian Soccer Association, and one independent representative nominated by the Professional Referee Organization, has unanimously rescinded the one-game suspension and accompanying fine for the red card issued to Columbus Crew SC midfielder Federico Higuaín for violent conduct in the 45+ minute of Crew SC’s match against Sporting Kansas City on May 27 (VIDEO).

As a result of the Columbus appeal, Higuaín is eligible to play in Crew SC’s next regular season game on June 2 against Toronto FC.

Each club is entitled to two unsuccessful appeals per season, including playoffs. Since Columbus’ appeal was successful, the team maintains its two unsuccessful appeals for any future dismissals in the 2018 season.

 

MLS Disciplinary Committee Decisions

 

The MLS Disciplinary Committee has issued an undisclosed fine to Crew SC midfielder Federico Higuaín for failure to leave the field in a timely and orderly manner during the 45+ minute of Columbus’ match against Sporting KC on May 27 (VIDEO).

The MLS Disciplinary Committee has suspended Columbus Crew SC midfielder Cristian Martinez two games and issued an undisclosed fine for violent conduct in the 54th minute of Columbus’ match against Sporting Kansas City on May 27 (VIDEO). Martinez will serve suspensions during Crew SC’s match on Saturday, June 2 against Toronto FC and on Saturday, June 9 against the New York Red Bulls.

 

FC Dallas forward Cristian Colman has red card rescinded

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NEW YORK (June 1, 2018) – The Independent Panel, consisting of one representative from the United States Soccer Federation, one representative from the Canadian Soccer Association, and one independent representative nominated by the Professional Referee Organization, has unanimously rescinded the one-game suspension and accompanying fine for the red card issued to FC Dallas forward Cristian Colmán for violent conduct in the 80thminute of FC Dallas’ match against the LA Galaxy on May 30 (VIDEO).

Cristian Colmán

As a result of the FC Dallas appeal, Colmán is eligible to play in his next regular season game on June 2 against the Los Angeles Football Club.

Each Club is entitled to two unsuccessful appeals per season, including playoffs. Since FC Dallas’ appeal was successful, the team maintains its two unsuccessful appeals for any future dismissals in the 2018 season

 

Marco Andretti starts first for Saturday’s IndyCar Detroit Grand Prix; first pole on street or road course

PRACTICE RECAP WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF INDYCAR MEDIA RELATIONS & COMMUNICATIONS

 

 

Marco Andretti at 2015 Indy 500 practice By Sarah Stierch - Own work, CC BY 4.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

Andretti snaps pole drought

DETROIT (Saturday, June 2, 2018)  - Marco Andretti became the seventh different Verizon P1 Award winner in as many Verizon IndyCar Series races this season when he captured the pole position today in qualifying for the first race of the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear.

Driving the No. 98 AutoNation/Curb Honda for Andretti Herta Autosport with Curb-Agajanian, the third-generation Indy car driver sizzled around the Raceway at Belle Isle Park temporary street course in 1 minute, 14.8514 seconds (113.024 mph) on his last lap to collect the fifth pole position of his 13-year career and first since Pocono Raceway in July 2013.

CHEVROLET DETROIT GRAND PRIX: Race 1 qualifying results

Andretti will lead the field to the green flag in this afternoon’s race. It marks the first pole for the 31-year-old on a road or street circuit.

“I’m definitely embarrassed to say that this is my first (road/street pole), but I’ve been outside pole so many times on road and street courses,” Andretti said. “Extremely pleased to execute today. I think yesterday I knew we had the speed … so I knew we had it in the car. All I had to do was execute, and I was able to do that instead of just talking, ‘Oh we would have been first.’ Now we are.”

Andretti will look to erase an even longer drought this afternoon. He hasn’t won a race since 2011 at Iowa Speedway, a stretch of 115 races.

“It’s not easy to be first in anything,” he said. “It’s been a challenge. The win column is what’s really been bugging me, for sure. Starting first is awesome, but I definitely want to win the race. We have a great shot at doing that today. As soon as I knew we won pole, the switch in my brain flipped to win.”

In the unique qualifying format for the Detroit doubleheader weekend, the 23-car field was split into two groups – with each group receiving 12 minutes of track time on the 2.35-mile, 14-turn circuit. Scott Dixon, in the No. 9 PNC Bank Chip Ganassi Racing Honda, was quickest in the first group with a lap of 1:15.4186 (112.174 mph) and will start alongside Andretti on the front row.

“The PNC Bank car has been pretty good,” Dixon said. “We haven’t changed too much on it. It was a pretty rough lap, actually. The car actually had more speed in it. Kinda hit the wall in (Turns) 8 and 6 on the inside. Hit the curb big in (Turn) 11, which launched the car. It was a very scrappy lap.”

“We’re happy to be on the front row. Hopefully, we can race well and the goal is to go one spot better. Congrats to Marco. They did a great job across the board.”

Under the format, the drivers in Andretti’s qualifying group will occupy the odd-numbered grid positions for the 70-lap race, based on their qualifying times. The drivers from Dixon’s group will fill in the even-numbered starting positions.

Honda-powered drivers swept the first five qualifying positions and nine of the top 11. Rookie Robert Wickens will start third in the No. 6 Lucas Oil SPM Honda (1:15.3267), with Alexander Rossi fourth in the No. 27 Ruoff Home Mortgage Honda (1:15.4946).

Will Power, who won the 102nd Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil on May 27 to take the championship lead after six races, will start sixth in the No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet. Graham Rahal, who swept both Belle Isle wins a year ago, goes off eighth today in the No. 15 United Rentals Honda.

The Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix is the only doubleheader weekend on the Verizon IndyCar Series schedule. Live coverage of today’s race, the seventh of 17 this season, airs on ABC (3:30 p.m. ET) and the Advance Auto Parts INDYCAR Radio Network (3 p.m.). Race 2 airs at the same times Sunday.

 

Andretti Autosport charge led by Ryan Hunter-Reay in Belle Isle’s Friday practice

RACE RECAP WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF INDYCAR MEDIA RELATIONS & COMMUNICATIONS

 

 

Ryan Hunter-Reay being interviewed by NBC Sports in 2015 By Sarah Stierch - Own work, CC BY 4.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

Hunter-Reay leads Andretti charge in practice at Detroit’s Belle Isle

DETROIT (Friday, June 1, 2018) – There’s a new car for Verizon IndyCar Series competition in 2018, but it’s still the same old challenging track at Belle Isle Park. And the drivers love it.

Ryan Hunter-Reay led practice for the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear on the 14-turn, 2.35-mile temporary street course noted for its concrete surface and constant bumps. Friday’s practices are the only scheduled for the doubleheader race weekend, with qualifying and races scheduled each of the next two days.

CHEVROLET DETROIT GRAND PRIX: Practice 1 resultsPractice 2 resultsCombined practice results

With all 23 entries driving cars equipped with the universal aero kit that debuted at the start of the season for the first time in Detroit, Hunter-Reay posted the top practice lap in the last of two 45-minute sessions, at 1 minute, 16.3598 seconds (110.791 mph).

“Oh, it’s certainly busy out there, I can tell you that,” said Hunter-Reay, the 2012 series champion driving the No. 28 DHL Honda for Andretti Autosport. “I don’t think anybody would be 100 percent satisfied with the balance that they have, but that’s the choice. It’s a lot of fun around here. You really have to wheel the car to get it done.”

All four Andretti Autosport cars finished in the top 10 in the practice sessions. Following Hunter-Reay on the combined timesheet were teammates Marco Andretti in fifth, Alexander Rossi in eighth and Zach Veach in 10th.

“Hats off to the Andretti Autosport team,” said Hunter-Reay, whose best finish in 13 Belle Isle starts was second place in 2013 (Race 1). “We came here with a much better car this year. I was really happy with the balance, even to start out with. The car was basically doing the fundamentals that I needed it to do, the front was working well, and from there we just kept chipping away at it.”

Scott Dixon was second on the day with a lap of 1:16.3667 (110.781 mph) in the No. 9 PNC Bank Chip Ganassi Racing Honda. The 2012 Belle Isle winner said he also enjoys racing on the rough track surface, even with the new car that generates significantly less downforce and makes it even more difficult to negotiate the bumps.

“I find this place always tricky, no matter what,” said Dixon, the four-time Verizon IndyCar Series champion who is fourth in the current standings after six races. “Any generation of car that I’ve been in, and even if you go back to the previous Dallara, it’s always difficult around here. It’s very bumpy, it’s very physical, it’s very hard to get right, but I think that’s what makes it so much fun, too.”

James Hinchcliffe, who missed last week’s Indianapolis 500 when he was bumped from the field in qualifying, was third overall in the No. 5 Arrow Electronics SPM Honda. Brake issues limited the Schmidt Peterson Motorsports drivers to 11 laps in the first practice, but he was much happier in the afternoon.

“Even on the blacks (Firestone primary tires) before I went to the reds (Firestone alternate tires), the car got miles better, really just sorted it out and the track came alive,” Hinchcliffe said. “Then we put the reds on and managed to get a solid time out of it.”

Will Power, who won the 102nd Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil five days earlier and is the points leader, was 12th on the speed chart (1:16.8647). Graham Rahal, who won both races of the Detroit weekend a year ago, was sixth (1:16.7098).

Qualifying for the first race of the weekend – with the field split into two groups that receive 12 minutes of track time each – starts at 10:55 a.m. ET Saturday (live stream onRaceControl.IndyCar.com). The 70-lap race airs live at 3:30 p.m. on ABC and the Advance Auto Parts INDYCAR Radio Network.

Qualifying for Race 2 is set for 10:45 a.m. Sunday (live stream on RaceControl.IndyCar.com), with race coverage starting at 3:30 p.m. that day on ABC and the Advance Auto Parts INDYCAR Radio Network.

Firestone introduces new rain tire for Verizon IndyCar Series competition

With rain that seemingly makes an annual appearance at the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear – and there are chances of it affecting the race weekend again – Firestone Racing couldn’t have selected a better time to debut its latest wet-weather tire for Verizon IndyCar Series competition.

The first new rain tire design in three years for INDYCAR’s exclusive supplier since 2000 has an updated tread pattern to better evacuate water from underneath the tires. Less water between the tires and track surface equals greater traction and grip.

Cara Adams, chief engineer of Bridgestone Americas Motorsports that develops and produces the Firestone Racing brand, said the new rain tires feature an asymmetric and directional tread pattern “to achieve ultimate water evacuation, braking, acceleration and cornering performance” for the competitors in wet conditions.

“There isn’t a specific thing that caused (development) for this new tire,” Adams said Friday when the tire was introduced at the Raceway at Belle Isle. “We are ever evolving our technology at Bridgestone Motorsports and we need to be. With our ability to be at the track, we are always communicating with the drivers and engineers and getting their feedback. We take what they tell us and take it back so we can improve our tires.”

Newgarden beats high school friend, NFL player Tate in table tennis showdown

Team Penske driver Josef Newgarden caught up with a high school chum for a game of table tennis. The friend happened to be NFL wide receiver Golden Tate of the Detroit Lions.

Newgarden and Tate attended Pope John Paul II High School in Hendersonville, Tennessee, before Newgarden went on to a successful racing career and Tate matriculated to play football at the University of Notre Dame and then the NFL.

The duo reunited at the Drive Table Tennis Social Club in Detroit on Wednesday to challenge each other in a friendly game with a charitable donation on the line. Newgarden won the best-of-three match, earning a $2,500 donation to the Serious Fun Children’s Network from Tate.

“It was great to catch up with Golden here in Detroit,” said Newgarden, the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series champion who encountered weather delays on his way to Detroit that made him late to the event.

“I don’t think we’ve seen each other since high school. When we were growing up, he was always the best athlete in school and it’s been incredible to watch his career and see him achieve so much success.

“He put up a great fight in the match. I think I froze him a bit with my travel being delayed. All in all, it was a ton of fun to go head-to-head, especially for a couple of great causes.”

 

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