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Archive for May 11th, 2019

Crew SC trades fan favorite Justin Meram to Atlanta United

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF COLUMBUS CREW SC COMMUNICATIONS

 

Black & Gold receive $100,000 in General Allocation Money and a natural Second Round Pick in the 2020 MLS SuperDraft from Atlanta in exchange for midfielder Justin Meram

 

Justin Meram 2017 photo By Hayden Schiff from Cincinnati, USA - DSC_4411, CC BY 2.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

COLUMBUS – Columbus Crew SC on May 7 announced that it has acquired $100,000 in General Allocation Money (GAM) and a natural Second Round Selection in the 2020 Major League Soccer SuperDraft via a trade with Atlanta United. In exchange, the Black & Gold traded midfielder Justin Meram to Atlanta. Additionally, in the event Atlanta United permanently transfer Meram to a professional soccer club outside of MLS, Crew SC shall retain a percentage of a future transfer fee.
“Throughout the year, we are regularly assessing our roster and looking to explore ways to strengthen our team, and this transaction allows for both salary budget space and roster slot availability in the secondary transfer window,” said Crew SC President Tim Bezbatchenko. “We want to thank Justin for his contributions to Columbus Crew SC during his time with the Club and we wish him the best moving forward.”
Since 2011, Meram has made 223 MLS regular-season appearances (159 starts). He made 206 of those appearances (145 starts) with the Black & Gold, becoming one of only five players in Club history to register at least 30 goals and 30 assists for Crew SC. Selected by Columbus with the fifth overall pick in the First Round of the 2011 MLS SuperDraft on January 13, 2011, Meram has recorded 39 goals and 37 assists in regular-season action, including 14 game-winning goals and eight game-winning assists while with the Crew.

At the international level, Meram has earned 31 caps with the Iraq National Team, making his debut in the 2014 Gulf Cup of Nations’ opening match against Kuwait on November 14. The midfielder scored his first goal with the Lions of Mesopotamia during a 5-1 home victory over Chinese Taipei in a 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifier on September 3, 2015, converting a penalty kick in the first minute of second half stoppage time.

TRANSACTION: Columbus Crew SC acquired $100,000 in General Allocation Money (GAM) and a natural Second Round Selection in the 2020 Major League Soccer SuperDraft via a trade with Atlanta United. In exchange, the Black & Gold traded midfielder Justin Meram to Atlanta. Additionally, in the event Atlanta United permanently transfer Meram to a professional soccer club outside of MLS, Crew SC shall retain a percentage of a future transfer fee. The transaction was announced on May 7, 2019.

ABOUT COLUMBUS CREW SC
Columbus Crew SC (Soccer Club) is the first club in Major League Soccer. Crew SC is operated by The Edwards Family and The Haslam Family. The Black & Gold won their first MLS Cup championship in 2008 and also won the 2002 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup as well as MLS Supporters’ Shield titles in 2004, 2008 and 2009. The 2019 campaign is the Crew’s 24th season in MLS and the 20th season at historic MAPFRE Stadium – the first soccer-specific stadium in the United States. The Club has qualified for the MLS Cup Playoffs in four of the last five seasons, including winning the Eastern Conference Championship in 2015.

Website: ColumbusCrewSC.com | Twitter: @ColumbusCrewSC | Instagram: @ColumbusCrewSC | Hashtag: #Crew96 | Facebook.com/columbuscrewsc | Snapchat: ColumbusCrewSC | Stadium: MAPFRE Stadium | Training Facility: Crew SC Training Center at Obetz

 

Crew SC looking to upgrade team, adds David Guzman in trade with Portland Timbers

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David Guzmán in March 2019 photo by Jamie Smed https commons.wikimedia.org

Black & Gold acquire 29-year-old Costa Rican National Team midfielder David Guzman in exchange for an International Roster Spot for the 2019 MLS season

 

COLUMBUS – Columbus Crew SC on May 6 announced that the club has acquired Costa Rican midfielder David Guzman (pronounced: DA-veed GOOZ-mahn) from the Portland Timbers in exchange for an International Roster Spot for the 2019 Major League Soccer season. Guzman, 29, is a 12-year veteran who brings international experience which includes playing in the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia.

With the Portland Timbers, Guzman made 44 regular-season appearances (39 starts), tallying four goals and eight assists. Prior to joining the Timbers ahead of the 2017 MLS season, Guzman played for Costa Rican First Division club Deportivo Saprissa from 2011-2016, where he helped the club win the Torneo de Invierno three times (2014-2015, 2015-2016, 2016-2017), the Torneo de Verano twice (2009-2010, 2013-2014), and the Torneo de Copa de Costa Rica – Costa Rica’s domestic cup – once (2013-2014).

“We are excited to welcome David to Columbus Crew SC,” said Crew SC President Tim Bezbatchenko. “David is a player who brings World Cup, Copa America, Concacaf Champions League and MLS Cup experience to the Club, and who will add depth to our midfield. Having worked with Caleb before, we believe David will quickly integrate into our squad and we look forward to his contributions to Crew SC.”

At the international level, Guzman has earned 54 caps for Costa Rica since making his debut for Los Ticos in an international friendly against Switzerland on June 1, 2010. Guzman has represented Costa Rica at the FIFA World Cup (2018), Copa America (2011), the Gold Cup (2011, 2015, 2017) and the Copa Centroamericana (2011, 2017).

In addition to his appearances for Costa Rica at the senior level, Guzman also featured for Costa Rica at the Under-17 and U-20 levels, participating in the 2007 FIFA U-17 World Cup and the 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup.

TRANSACTION: Columbus Crew SC acquires midfielder David Guzman from the Portland Timbers in exchange for an International Roster Spot for the 2019 MLS season, announced on May 6, 2019.

Name: David Guzman (DA-veed GOOZ-mahn)
Position: Midfielder
Height: 5’10”
Weight: 175
Born: February 16, 1990 in San Jose, Costa Rica
Hometown:
San Jose, Costa Rica
Citizenship:
Costa Rica
Acquired: Acquired by Crew SC from the Portland Timbers in exchange for an International Roster Spot
Previous Experience: Portland Timbers (2017-2019), Deportivo Saprissa (2009-2016)

ABOUT COLUMBUS CREW SC
Columbus Crew SC (Soccer Club) is the first club in Major League Soccer. Crew SC is operated by The Edwards Family and The Haslam Family. The Black & Gold won their first MLS Cup championship in 2008 and also won the 2002 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup as well as MLS Supporters’ Shield titles in 2004, 2008 and 2009. The 2019 campaign is the Crew’s 24th season in MLS and the 20th season at historic MAPFRE Stadium – the first soccer-specific stadium in the United States. The Club has qualified for the MLS Cup Playoffs in four of the last five seasons, including winning the Eastern Conference Championship in 2015.

Website: ColumbusCrewSC.com | Twitter: @ColumbusCrewSC | Instagram: @ColumbusCrewSC | Hashtag: #Crew96 | Facebook.com/columbuscrewsc | Snapchat: ColumbusCrewSC | Stadium: MAPFRE Stadium | Training Facility: Crew SC Training Center at Obetz

 

Crew SC ends losing skid by beating one of the MLS’ top teams, LA Galaxy, 3-1

GAME RECAP WRITTEN BY Logan Agin; COURTESY COLUMBUS CREW SC COMMUNICATIONS

 

Gyasi Zardes

Federico Higuain

Hector Jimenez

 

With three different players getting into the back of the net, Columbus Crew SC defeated the LA Galaxy 3-1 on Wednesday, May 8 at MAPFRE Stadium.

The Black & Gold broke through in the 27th minute when Federico Higuain played a ball through to Robinho, who crossed it into the box for Gyasi Zardes, who redirected the ball inside the far post. With this assist, Higuain surpassed Robert Warzycha in Crew SC all-time regular season assists with 62.

In the 50th minute, goalkeeper Zack Steffen came up big when LA’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic headed the ball towards the far post, but Steffen dove to block the opportunity.

Crew SC was able to double their lead in the 53rd minute when Zardes dropped the ball to Higuain, who then broke through and drove the ball into the bottom-left corner. The Black & Gold took the lead to three when Hector Jimenez followed up on a blocked shot and drilled the ball into the far post. These goals marked the first for both Higuain and Jimenez in the 2019 regular-season.

In the 74th minute, after joining with the team on Monday, midfielder David Guzman made his Crew SC debut when he subbed on for Higuain.

The Galaxy’s lone goal came in the 87th minute when David Steres redirected a corner from Sebastian Lleget inside the far post.

Upcoming Match: Columbus Crew SC vs. Los Angeles Football Club
Saturday, May 11 – 7:30 p.m. ET – MAPFRE Stadium (Columbus, Ohio)

Regional Television: FOX Sports Ohio, FOX Sports GO (Stream) | Coverage begins: 7:00 p.m. ET
Regional Television Channel Guide: https://www.ColumbusCrewSC.com/broadcast
Crew SC Radio: 97.1 The Fan and streaming online via “Listen Live” at 971TheFan.com. (English); ColumbusCrewSC.com (Spanish).
ABOUT COLUMBUS CREW SC
Columbus Crew SC (Soccer Club) is the first club in Major League Soccer. Crew SC is operated by The Edwards Family and The Haslam Family. The Black & Gold won their first MLS Cup championship in 2008 and also won the 2002 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup as well as MLS Supporters’ Shield titles in 2004, 2008 and 2009. The 2019 campaign is the Crew’s 24th season in MLS and the 20th season at historic MAPFRE Stadium – the first soccer-specific stadium in the United States. The Club has qualified for the MLS Cup Playoffs in four of the last five seasons, including winning the Eastern Conference Championship in 2015.

Website: ColumbusCrewSC.com | Twitter: @ColumbusCrewSC | Instagram: @ColumbusCrewSC | Hashtag: #Crew96 | Facebook.com/columbuscrewsc | Snapchat: ColumbusCrewSC | Stadium: MAPFRE Stadium | Training Facility: Crew SC Training Center at Obetz

 

Dodgers trade catcher Travis d’Arnaud to Rays

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY DODGERS MEDIA RELATIONS; COURTESY MLBpressbox.com

 

Travis d'Arnaud with Mets 2015 photo by https commons.wikimedia.org

May 10, 2019

 

LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Dodgers today traded catcher Travis d’Arnaud to the Tampa Bay Rays for cash considerations.

d’Arnaud, 30, appeared in one game last night after signing with the Dodgers on Sunday. The backstop began the 2019 season with the Mets, going 2-for-23 with two runs in 10 games for New York. In his seven-year Major League career, d’Arnaud is a .242 (329-for-1361) hitter with 47 homers and 164 RBI in 408 games. D’arnaud was originally drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies in the supplemental first round (37th overall) of the 2007 First-Year Player Draft out of Lakewood High School (Ca.).

 

Late Phillies chairman David Montgomery, “Life Celebration” announced

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May 10, 2019

 

David Montgomery (courtesy Phillies)

The Montgomery family has announced that a celebration of life for David P. Montgomery will be held at Citizens Bank Park on Thursday, June 6, 2019 at 3:05 p.m. The service will be open to the public.

“One of David’s favorite times of the year was the MLB draft,” said David’s wife Lyn Montgomery. “We couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate David’s life, and his love of the game, than to invite his friends, colleagues and Phillies fans into his second home at the conclusion of the draft.”

In lieu of flowers, the Montgomery family kindly requests that contributions be made to: Phillies Charities, Inc., Citizens Bank Park, One Citizens Bank Way, Philadelphia, PA 19148.

All gates at Citizens Bank Park will open at 2:00 p.m. Parking in lots at Citizens Bank Park will be free for those attending the celebration.

 

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