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Archive for June 29th, 2019

Crew SC inducts Hall of Fame coach Sigi Schmid into its Circle of Honor

 

Sigi Schmid (megasportsnews.com photo)

 

COLUMBUS – Columbus Crew SC inducted the late Sigi Schmid into the Crew SC Circle of Honor tonight, Saturday, June 29, during Crew SC’s home contest against Orlando City SC. The induction ceremony was held at halftime and featured members of the Schmid family, as well as include Schmid’s name becoming a permanent fixture upon the upper fascia at MAPFRE Stadium alongside the names of previous inductees Brian McBride and Frankie Hejduk. Additionally, the first 7,500 fans who entered MAPFRE Stadium received a Circle of Honor commemorative scarf.

Schmid served as the Head Coach of the Columbus Crew from 2006-2008, leading the Club to its first MLS Cup in 2008 as part of a domestic double that also saw the Black & Gold win the Supporters’ Shield that year. That same season, Schmid was named the recipient of the MLS Coach of the Year Award, a League award that is now named after him. To this date, Crew SC’s 2008 season under Schmid remains the Club’s best season in terms of total points (57) and silverware won. During his three seasons in charge of the Crew, Schmid led the club to a winning 34-33-25 regular-season record.

In addition to his time at the helm of Crew SC, Schmid also served as head coach for the LA Galaxy from 1999-2004 and from 2017-2018, in addition to working as head coach for Seattle Sounders FC from 2009-2016. In all, Schmid won two MLS Cups (2002, 2008), five Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cups (2001, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2014), three Supporters’ Shields (2002, 2008, 2014) and one CONCACAF Champions’ Cup (2000). At the individual level, Schmid was twice the recipient of the Sigi Schmid Coach of the Year Award (1999, 2008). Schmid held a regular-season record of 240-183-125, with his .552 winning percentage record making him the winningest head coach in MLS history.

(courtesy Crew SC)

At the international level, Schmid served as an assistant coach for the U.S. Men’s National Team at the 1994 FIFA World Cup. He also had two stints as head coach for the U.S. Men’s Under-20 teams, from 1998-199 and in 2005. In 2015, Schmid was named to the U.S. Soccer National Soccer Hall of Fame.

Prior to his time in the professional ranks, Schmid served as head coach for UCLA from 1980-1999, leading the Bruins to three College Cup Titles (1985, 1990, 1997). During his 19 years at UCLA, Schmid posted a winning record of 322-63-33, while twice being named the NCAA Coach of the Year (1984, 1997). To date, Schmid’s .810 winning percentage during his time with the Bruins is the sixth-best in NCAA Division I History. In 1996, he was inducted into the UCLA Hall of Fame.

(courtesy Crew SC)

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

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF CREW SC COMMUNICATIONS

 

Blue Jackets sign defenseman Doyle Somerby to one-year extension

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  JUNE 29, 2019

 

COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets have re-signed defenseman Doyle Somerby to a one-year, two-way National Hockey League/American Hockey League contract for the 2019-20 season, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today.

 

Somerby, 24, registered career highs with eight goals and 12 assists for 20 points with 37 penalty minutes and a +15 plus/minus rating in 66 games with the AHL’s Cleveland Monsters in 2018-19.  He led club defensemen in goals and ranked second in plus/minus and third in points and penalty minutes.  He also made his Calder Cup Playoffs debut, skating in seven contests.

Doyle Somerby

 

The Marblehead, Massachusetts native has posted 9-19-28 and 70 penalty minutes in 104 career AHL outings with the Monsters.  He made his professional debut in 2017-18, collecting 1-7-8 and 33 penalty minutes in 38 appearances with the club.

 

The 6-6, 222-pound blueliner, who was signed by the Blue Jackets to a two-year entry level contract on August 21, 2017, was originally drafted by the New York Islanders in the fifth round, 125th overall, at the 2012 NHL Draft.  Prior to turning pro, Somerby recorded 8-19-27, 156 penalty minutes and was +11 in 151 career games at Boston University.  As a senior in 2016-17, he served as team captain and tallied 1-2-3 and 34 penalty minutes in 39 games.

 

Full and partial season tickets for the Blue Jackets’ 2019-20 campaign are currently available for purchase.  Information on all ticketing options can be obtained by calling (800) NHL‐COLS or by visiting BlueJackets.com.

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF BLUE JACKETS COMMUNICATIONS

Crew SC hosts Orlando City SC tonight; team still searching for consistency

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

COLUMBUS— Columbus Crew SC (5-10-2, 17 pts.) hosts Orlando City SC (5-8-3, 18 pts.) at MAPFRE Stadium tonight, Saturday, June 29. The match begins at 7:30 p.m. ET and is set to be televised regionally on FOX Sports Ohio and streamed on FOX Sports GO, featuring Neil Sika, Dwight Burgess and Katie Witham on the call. Coverage begins at 7:00 p.m. ET. Tonight’s match also airs locally on the radio in English on 97.1 The Fan and streaming online via “Listen Live” at 971TheFan.com, featuring Chris Doran broadcasting the contest. The club’s official website, ColumbusCrewSC.com, is set to stream Spanish-language audio broadcast with Juan Valladares behind the microphone. The match against Orlando City SC is the first of two regular-season meetings between the clubs in 2019. Additionally, the Black & Gold is set to induct the late Sigi Schmid into the Crew SC Circle of Honor during a halftime ceremony. The first 7,500 fans to enter MAPFRE Stadium will receive a Circle of Honor commemorative scarf.

Columbus Crew SC (5-10-2, 17 pts.) rounds out a three-home-match month of June with a Saturday showdown against Orlando City SC on June 29 at MAPFRE Stadium.

Historically, the Black & Gold have fared well against Orlando City at home. Since the Purple Lions joined Major League Soccer in 2015, they are 0-3-1 at MAPFRE Stadium.

“We cannot be wasting any more points,” midfielder Artur said, “especially at home. We need to make other teams respect us at home because it is our home. We need to make them fear us and be more confident and aggressive.”

Key to continuing Crew SC’s positive home trend versus Orlando is by scoring the first goal, as the Cub is 5-0-1 this season after netting the game’s opener.

The Black & Gold are coming off of a 1-0 loss to Sporting Kansas City on Sunday, June 23. Crew SC put up a solid performance in the first half but was unable to respond to a 48th-minute goal by Felipe Gutierrez.

As for Orlando City (5-8-3, 18 pts.), the Purple Lions are coming off a midweek 1-0 loss to D.C. United on Wednesday, June 26. With the rest advantage, Crew SC must continue to prepare as they do for any other match but also be aware of player rotation, Head coach Caleb Porter emphasized.

“I think they have to prepare more for that than we do,” said Porter. “We don’t know what they are going to do but they probably are going to have to rotate some.”

One player that Crew SC must prepare to defend is 2019 MLS All-Star, Nani. Currently, he has eight goals on the season and four assists.  Defender Gaston Sauro spoke on the importance of closing down space early to limit Nani and Orlando’s chances.

“Nani is going to be dangerous if we give him space,” he said. “We have to reduce the space and be smart and be very aggressive.”

Saturday’s match also provides Crew SC with an opportunity to cover some ground in the Eastern Conference standings. With a win on Saturday, Crew SC would pass Orlando, who currently sits in ninth in the East and be within striking distance of the playoff line.

“I think that it is important for us to get everything behind against Orlando,”  Sauro said. “They are also on the edge of the playoff. We can catch them.”

Columbus Crew SC vs. Orlando City SC
Saturday, June 29 – 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).
Promotional Schedule: Circle of Honor – Sigi Schmid | Infohttp://bit.ly/2JPgR8c

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

 

GAME PREVIEW WRITTEN BY Logan Agin; COURTESY OF COLUMBUS CREW SC COMMUNICATIONS

 

Tonight’s Crew SC oponent, Orlando City SC, still searching for that winning culture

Orlando City Soccer Club is an American professional soccer club in Orlando, Florida, that competes as a member of the Eastern Conference in Major League Soccer (MLS). Orlando City SC began play in 2015 as an expansion team and is the first MLS franchise in the state since Miami Fusion and Tampa Bay Mutiny folded following the 2001 season. The team plays at Exploria Stadium in Downtown Orlando.

History

On October 25, 2010, Phil Rawlins and his investor group of Orlando City Soccer Club, announced their intentions of joining Major League Soccer within the next three to five years. On February 28, 2011, Orlando City announced it met with commissioner Don Garber and league officials concerning expansion. Topics covered included the demographics of the Orlando marketplace, the local corporate and fan support for soccer, and developing a roadmap for a future MLS franchise in Orlando. Orlando City team officials met with Commissioner Don Garber again on November 10, 2011 for further discussions about joining the MLS as its 20th club (which ultimately went to New York City) in 2013.

Brazilian World Cup-winner Kaká was the team’s first Designated Player.

On March 1, 2012, Garber visited Orlando to meet with city and county officials. He stated, “It’s not a matter of if, but when”, when addressing Orlando’s chances of joining MLS. On August 31, 2012, Rawlins told the Orlando Business Journal the team could get the Major League Soccer approval as early as late 2013, and be ready to play in the league by 2014 or 2015. Rawlins said to make that happen, the league had asked the team to explore building a 22,000-seat soccer-specific stadium. “They didn’t say we had to have a stadium built before we could join, but they at least would like a plan that it’s happening.”

On November 19, 2013, Orlando City SC was announced as the league’s twenty-first franchise. The team’s new logo was unveiled in May 2014 and the team signed their first player to an MLS contract, former Brazil international Kaká, a month later. Kaká, who also became the team’s first Designated Player after his release from A.C. Milan, was immediately loaned to São Paulo until the start of the season. In the same month, Orlando City announced a partnership with Benfica. As part of that partnership, Orlando City later signed two players from the Benfica’s U19s – Estrela and Rafael Ramos – to MLS contracts on August 7, 2014. On November 21, 2014, Adrian Heath signed a contract extension committing him to the club through to the end of the 2017 MLS season. As an expansion team, Orlando had first pick in the 2015 MLS SuperDraft, and used it to pick Canadian forward Cyle Larin.

Brek Shea playing against the Houston Dynamo in a game during the 2015 season

The team hosted their first MLS game at the Citrus Bowl on March 8, 2015, against fellow expansion team New York City FC, in front of a crowd of 62,510. Kaká scored the club’s first goal in stoppage time to earn a 1–1 draw. In the following game, they defeated Houston Dynamo 1–0 on the road, marking their first victory. On March 21, Orlando conceded a late stoppage time goal to Octavio Rivero of Vancouver Whitecaps for their first defeat. In their inaugural season Orlando City finished 7th in the Eastern Conference and 14th in the overall standings, falling short of the playoffs by one point. Larin scored 17 goals across the season, breaking Damani Ralph‘s record of 13 as a rookie and earned the MLS Rookie of the Year Award.

Midway through the 2016 season, following disappointing results and performance of the team, long time head coach Adrian Heath was fired in July 2016. In that same month, Orlando City announced Jason Kreis as the franchise’s new head coach. However, the Lions ended the season missing the playoffs once again.

In 2017, the Lions moved to the purpose built Orlando City Stadium. The team once again struggled and attempted to improve during the summer transfer window by acquiring Sporting Kansas City striker Dom Dwyer who had played for Orlando City’s USL Pro team on-loan in 2013, most notably scoring 4 goals in the USL Pro Championship Final. The club traded incentives totaling to $1.6 million, a record trade between two clubs within MLS. At the end of the season, Kaká announced that he would not return for Orlando City and soon after confirmed his retirement.

Fifteen games into the 2018 season, Orlando City released head coach Jason Kreis after a 6–8–1 record to start the season and an overall 21–29–14 MLS record over nearly two seasons.[24] Two weeks later, USL club Louisville City FC announced head coach James O’Connor, a former defender and assistant coach of the original Orlando City franchise, was to become Kreis’s replacement. However, O’Connor only managed 2 wins in his 18 games in charge in 2018 as City missed the playoffs for the fourth consecutive season and also set a new MLS record with 74 goals conceded on the year.

Stadium

Main article: Exploria Stadium
Orlando City Soccer Stadium

Orlando City Stadium

In April 2013, the City of Orlando purchased downtown land for $8.2 million to be used towards the construction of a $110 million MLS soccer stadium. However, in May, the Florida House of Representatives failed to vote on a bill that had passed the Senate that would have provided up to $30 million in state funds towards the stadium project. Rawlins responded by expressing his intent to find alternative funding and keep seeking MLS expansion. The mechanism to allow for the sales tax rebate for the MLS team was ultimately passed on April 25, 2014.

The Orlando downtown soccer stadium moved closer to securing funding on August 8, 2013, when Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs and Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer reached an agreement on a deal to provide financial support for a variety of Orlando projects including the new MLS soccer stadium. The last piece in stadium funding was an October 2013 vote on using an existing tourism tax to fund the final quarter of the $80 million stadium project. On October 22, 2013, the Orange County Board of Commissioners voted 5–2 to approve the use of $20 million in tourist development tax funds to build an $84 million multi-purpose soccer stadium in downtown Orlando.

On May 29, 2015, after two years trying to get funding from the state of Florida, Augusto da Silva announced that the stadium would be built with 100% private funds and would be owned and operated by the club. He also announced the capacity would be increased to between 25,000 and 28,000 and that the club would buy the initial location from the City of Orlando.

On March 5, 2017, Orlando City hosted New York City FC in the stadium’s inaugural match to begin the 2017 season. Cyle Larin scored the first goal in stadium history as Orlando City won 1–0 in front of a sellout crowd of 25,550.

In 2017, Exploria Stadium became the first venue to host an MLSNWSL, and USL team all in the same location.

The stadium has also played host to several nationally relevant matches. On October 6, 2017, the United States Men’s National Team played its 2018 World Cup Qualifier against Panama in the stadium. The following week the 2017 NWSL Championship game between North Carolina Courage and Portland Thorns was also played there.

On June 4, 2019, the naming rights to the stadium were sold to Florida-based time share and vacation rental company Exploria Resorts. As a result, the stadium was renamed Exploria Stadium.

Exploria Stadium is set to host the 2019 MLS All-Star Game.

Camping World Stadium

Camping World Stadium (pictured), Orlando City’s home venue for their first two seasons.

Prior to the completion of Orlando City’s soccer specific stadium, the Lions had occupied the then named Citrus Bowl for their first two seasons in Major League soccer, which the team had also invested in for renovations. In the opening home matches of the 2015 and 2016 seasons, Orlando City ran their “fill the bowl” campaign which led to sell-out crowds of over 60,000. Orlando City had averaged over 30,000 in attendance in their home matches while using the stadium.

Colors and badge

The current logo of Orlando City was unveiled in 2014. The main aspects of the franchise’s identity carried over from the previous logo of the USL pro team. New features and changes were introduced representing a transition, of the franchise, into the top tier of the United States’ soccer pyramid. The logo consist of a gold Lion face with 21 sun flares as its mane in a purple shield, with a white outline being the official colors of the team. The number of flares represents the club as the twenty-first team in MLS, while the mane also forms a sun in reference to Florida’s nickname as The Sunshine State. The team name is also seen in the logo in white.

Staff

Assistant coach Daniel Byrd and head coach James O’Connor at a 2017 match with their former team, Louisville City FC

As of May 29, 2019
Executive
Chairman and Majority Owner Flávio Augusto da Silva
Owner John Bonner
Minor owner and president Phil Rawlins
Chief executive officer Alex Leitão
Executive VP of soccer operations Luiz Muzzi
Academy director Marcelo Neveleff
Coaching staff
Head coach James O’Connor
Assistant coach Daniel Byrd
Assistant coach Sean McAuley
Goalkeeping coach Thabane Sutu

Team records

List of seasons[edit]

Year MLS Regular season Position MLS Cup
Playoffs
U.S. Open Cup Champions
League
League top scorer
P W D L GF GA Pts Conf. Overall Player Goals
2015 34 12 8 14 46 56 44 7th 14th DNQ QF Not eligible Canada Cyle Larin 17
2016 34 9 14 11 55 60 41 8th 15th DNQ R16 DNQ Canada Cyle Larin 14
2017 34 10 9 15 39 58 39 10th 18th DNQ R4 DNQ Canada Cyle Larin 12
2018 34 8 4 22 43 74 28 11th 22nd DNQ QF DNQ United States Dom Dwyer 13
2019 16 5 3 8 22 22 18 TBD TBD TBD TBD DNQ Portugal Nani 8

Head coaches

  • Includes MLS regular season, MLS playoffs, CONCACAF Champions League, and Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.
As of matches played June 26, 2019

 

All-time Orlando City SC coaching stats
Name Nationality From To P W D L GF GA Win%
Adrian Heath England November 21, 2014 July 6, 2016 55 19 16 20 83 94 34.55
Bobby Murphy (interim) United States July 7, 2016 July 23, 2016 4 0 3 1 4 6 0.00
Jason Kreis United States July 24, 2016 June 15, 2018 65 22 13 30 90 117 33.85
Bobby Murphy (interim) United States June 16, 2018 July 1, 2018 3 1 0 2 7 1 33.33
James O’Connor Ireland July 2, 2018 present 36 9 6 21 46 62 25.00
Total 163 51 38 74 231 280 31.29

 

INFORMATION COMPILED BY & COURTESY OF WIKIPEDIA COMMONS

Slugger Edwin Encarnacion named among “20 Greatest Dragons” Players

 

Edwin Encarnacion as a member of the Dragons

Dayton, Ohio—The Dayton Dragons announced recently the next name on their list of “20 Greatest Dragons.” The player recognition is part of the organization’s 20th Season Celebration.

 

Next on the list of the 20 Greatest Dragons is:

 

Edwin Encarnacion

 

Encarnacion joined the Dragons late in the 2001 season after being acquired in a trade with the Texas Rangers earlier that summer.  He then spent the entire 2002 season with the Dragons in his first full season in the Cincinnati Reds organization at the age of 19.  Encarnacion represented the Dragons in the 2002 Midwest League All-Star Game and was named as the third baseman on the MWL Full-Season all-star team.  He played in 136 of the Dragons 140 games, batting .282 with 17 home runs (tied for fourth most in the league) and 73 runs batted in.  He also stole 25 bases.

Encarnacion made his Major League debut with the Reds in 2005 and emerged as the team’s starting third baseman the following season when he became the youngest player to start at third on Opening Day for the Reds since Dan Driessen in 1974.  By 2008, Encarnacion began to show the kind of home run power that would become his trademark.  He hit 26 homers for the Reds that season before being dealt the following year to Toronto in a trade that brought all-star third baseman Scott Rolen to Cincinnati.

Encarnacion belted 42 home runs for the Blue Jays in 2012, starting a still-active streak in which he has hit at least 30 homers in seven straight seasons.  He is the only big league player to finish in the top 10 in home runs in his league in each of the last seven years and now ranks third in career home runs among active players with 380, trailing only Albert Pujols and Miguel Cabrera.  He ranks 71st in baseball history in career home runs, second only to Adam Dunn among former Dragons.  He has played in three Major League all-star games, tied with Jay Bruce for the second most among former Dragons, trailing only Joey Votto’s six all-star appearances.  He left the Blue Jays after the 2016 season ranked third on the team’s all-time franchise home run list.  He spent the last two seasons with Cleveland before being traded to Seattle in December.

 

Encarnacion is the 12th player announced among the 20 Greatest Dragons.  Austin Kearns, Zack Cozart, Justin Turner, Homer Bailey, Samone Peters, Devin Mesoraco, Didi Gregorius, Tucker Barnhart, Todd Frazier, Wily Mo Peña, and Jesse Winker were previously announced.

 

The 20 Greatest Dragons were selected based on a media vote of Dragons television, newspaper, radio, and internet reporters.  Additionally, during the 2019 season, the Dragons will be conducting a fan vote featuring one player per position to announce their all-time greatest lineup.

 

Additional information on the Dragons 20th Season celebration including videos on the 20 Greatest Dragons, special 20th Season merchandise, and Dragons alumni listings is available here:  https://www.milb.com/dayton/team/20.

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY Tom Nichols; COURTESY DRAGONS MEDIA RELATIONS

 

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