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Dayton Dragons unveil special July 4 Jerseys and Hats





Please note that the Dayton Dragons will wear special Stars & Stripes jerseys and hats for their home game on Wednesday, July 4 vs. the Lake County Captains at Fifth Third Field.


Wednesday’s game will be followed by a fireworks show.  Fireworks will be launched from the field for the first time ever, and fans can view fireworks from seating areas inside the ballpark.  The game is scheduled to begin at 7:00 p.m.  Fireworks will start approximately 10 minutes after the final pitch of the game.


For ticket information, call (937) 228-2287, or go to




Dayton Dragons recent roster update



The Dayton Dragons announced the following roster changes today:


Infielder John Sansone has been promoted from Dayton to Daytona.


Left-handed pitcher Jesse Adams has been transferred from Daytona to Dayton.


The Dayton roster remains at the Midwest League limit of 25 players.


Dayton Dragons Roster update 6 28 2018 (Dragons MR)


Dayton Dragons announce July 4 Post-Game Fireworks show at Fifth Third Field




DAYTON, OHIO—The Dayton Dragons today announced that a post-game fireworks show has been scheduled for July 4th at Fifth Third Field.  The fireworks show will begin approximately 10 minutes after the final out of the Dragons game against the Lake County Captains.  The game is scheduled to begin at 7:00 p.m.


The fireworks show will be presented by Zambelli Fireworks, one of the largest fireworks companies in the world.  Zambelli Fireworks specializes in fireworks shows at major sporting venues and other celebration events.  For the first time, the fireworks will be launched from inside the ballpark (center field area).


Fans will be able to view the fireworks show on July 4th from seating areas at the Dragons game.  For ticket information, call (937) 228-2287 or go to this link:


The history of tonight’s Crew SC opponent, Deportivo Saprissa has 82 years of winning soccer in



Deportivo Saprissa is a Costa Rican sports club, mostly known for its football team. The club is located in San Juan de Tibás, San José, and play their home games at the Estadio Ricardo Saprissa Aymá. The team’s signature colours are purple (burgundy) and white. The club was founded in 1935 and has competed in the Costa Rican first division since 1949. The name of the team comes from one of the club’s main founders, Ricardo Saprissa. One of the most popular nicknames for the team El Monstruo Morado (The Purple Monster) can be traced back to 1987, when the Costa Rican newspaper Diario Extra gave the team the nickname during a derby, because of the club’s enormous following. A reporter commented that the sea of fans in the stands at the Estadio Ricardo Saprissa Aymá in Tibás wearing purple, and the tremendous noise they were generating, made him feel like he was “in the presence of a thousand headed monster”. Saprissa immediately adopted the nickname El Monstruo Morado.

Saprissa won 34 Primera División de Costa Rica championships, including six consecutive national titles in the 70s. It stands as one of the more successful teams in the CONCACAF region as well, having won the CONCACAF Champions’ Cup three times – in 19931995, and 2005. Saprissa has also won five Central American crowns in 1972, 1973, 1978, 1998, and 2003.

For the period 1 September 2007 to 31 August 2008 the club was ranked the 106th best team in the world by the International Federation of Football History & Statistics, an organization recognized by FIFA.

Saprissa has regularly appeared in the CONCACAF Champions Cup finals in recent decades, with three first-place finishes and four runners-up finishes. One of the club’s most notable moments came in 2005 when Saprissa became the second club in CONCACAF to finish third in the FIFA Club World Cup together with the Mexican club Necaxa who accomplished it in 2000 (and were joined in 2012 by another Mexican club, Monterrey).

The team is named after this gentleman, Ricardo Saprissa 1932 photo By Efegé - http hallofameperico.wordpress, Public Domain, https

The club was chosen by the IFFHS as the CONCACAF team of the 20th Century. This event gave Saprissa worldwide recognition. Their main partner is a Costa Rican Investment Consortium named Horizonte Morado (Purple Horizon), composed mainly of Juan Carlos Rojas Callán, Edgar Zurcher, Alberto Raven Odio, and Televisora de Costa Rica.


Further information: History of Deportivo Saprissa

Deportivo Saprissa was founded on July 16, 1935 by Roberto Fernández who named his team after the man who sponsored their uniform, Don Ricardo Saprissa Aymá. The club entered the Costa Rican Third Division as Saprissa F.C. They were promoted to the Primera División de Costa Rica, making their debut in the top flight on 21 August 1949. One of the most notable achievement of their early years, was to win the third and second division titles undefeated. The club has remained in the Costa Rican top flight ever since.

Team Colours

Even though the very first colours were red and white, the team is known by their purple-burgundy colour. Red and white were utilised very briefly, and Ricardo Saprissa’s influence from the Polo Club of Barcelona had the team try red and blue instead, even though this is the origin of the colour used throughout all of its history. When the new kit for 1937 (red and blue) was being manufactured, some of the threads got mixed evenly along the sides of the jerseys, producing a type of purple, resembling a burgundy/maroon colour. This new colour went down well with everyone involved, it reflected class and originality, and it was selected as the team’s official colour. It was decided that the team’s shield would appear on the chest of the uniform, with a notable bold white letter “S”.

Saprissa utilizes a purple/burgundy jersey with white and grey details, and white shorts with burgundy and grey details for home games. For away games, a white jersey with burgundy and grey details is used, and white shorts with burgundy and grey details.



1952-53, 1953–54, 1957–58, 1962–63, 1964–65, 1965–66, 1967–68, 1968–69, 1969–70, 1972–73, 1973–74, 1974–75, 1975–76, 1976–77, 1977–78, 1982–83, 1988–89, 1989–90, 1993–94, 1994–95, 1997–98, 1998–99, 2003–04, 2005–06, 2006–07, 2007 Invierno, 2008 Verano, 2008 Invierno, 2010 Verano, 2014 Verano, 2014 Invierno, 2015 Invierno, 2016 Invierno, 2018 Verano
  • Costa Rican Short Championships: 8
1997-98 Clausura, 1998–99 Apertura, 1998–99 Clausura, 2003–04 Apertura, 2005–06 Apertura, 2005–06 Clausura, 2006–07 Apertura, 2006–07 Clausura
  • Costa Rican Cup: 8
1950, 1960, 1963, 1963, 1970, 1972, 1976, 2013


Winners (3)199319952005
Runners-up (4)1970197320042008
Winners (5)19721973197819982003
Runners-up (7)1971197419961997200120042007
Runners-up (2): 1993, 1995
  • CONCACAF Central American Champions: 1 appearance
Winners (1)1970
  • US Camel Cup: 1 appearance
Winners (1): 1985
Third Place (1)2005

Deportivo Saprissa a member of Liga FPD





Deportivo Saprissa provides International Friendly match opponent tonight for Columbus Crew SC



Soccer ball, Adidas Telstar style, 2009 photo By Pallo_valmiina.jpg Christopher Bruno, CC BY SA 3.0, https

Black & Gold host Deportivo Saprissa of Costa Rica’s First Division tonight at 7:00 p.m. ET


Tuesday’s contest will be Crew SC’s 23rd all-time international friendly, as well as the fifth time the Black & Gold will face Saprissa. Similarly, tomorrow’s match will mark Saprissa’s third visit to MAPFRE Stadium.

Crew SC holds a 1-1-2 all-time record against Saprissa. The Black & Gold suffered a 2-0 defeat in Costa Rica on April 4, 2001, while drawing 1-1 in Columbus on April 11, 2001 during a two-leg CONCACAF Giants Cup series. Additionally, the teams met in the 2009-10 CONCACAF Champions League group stage, with Crew SC defeating Deportivo Saprissa 1-0 at Estadio Ricardo Saprissa on September 16, 2009, before playing to a 1-1 draw at MAPFRE Stadium on September 29, 2009.

Deportivo Saprissa was founded in 1935 and has competed in the Liga de Futbol de Primera Division –  Costa Rica’s First Division – since 1949. Over that span, Saprissa has won 34 First Division titles – more than any other club in Costa Rica – as well as the CONCACAF Champions League on three occasions (1993, 1995, 2005) and the UNCAF Interclub Cup – a Central American soccer tournament – on five occasions (1972, 1973, 1978, 1998, 2003).

Saprissa most recently won the 2018 Clausura tournament and is set to represent Costa Rica in the 2019 CONCACAF Champions League.

2018 will be the eighth consecutive summer that an international opponent has visited MAPFRE Stadium. Crew SC has an all-time record of 12-6-3 in international friendlies at home, last facing Bundesliga side Eintracht Frankfurt from Germany in 2017 in a match that the Black & Gold won by a score of 1-0.