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Archive for July 6th, 2019

Seattle Sounders FC with rare visit to Mapfre Stadium to play Crew SC tonight at 7:30 pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Columbus Crew SC's young star in the making, J.J. Williams 33 (photo by Jess Laicy)

lone regular-season meetings between the clubs in 2019

 

COLUMBUS— Columbus Crew SC (5-12-2, 17 pts.) hosts Seattle Sounders FC (8-5-5, 29 pts.) at MAPFRE Stadium, Saturday, July 6. 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 Brett Hiltbrand on the call. Coverage begins at 7:00 p.m. ET. The 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 Seattle Sounders FC is the lone regular-season meetings between the clubs in 2019. Saturday’s contest will feature post-match fireworks and a Crew SC Hat Giveaway*, both presented by MAPFRE Insurance.
*Available to first 7,500 fans

Columbus Crew SC vs. Seattle Sounders FC
Saturday, July 6 – 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: Post-Match Fireworks and Crew SC Hat Giveaway | Infohttp://bit.ly/2JPgR8c

In a mid-week 1-0 road loss to Real Salt Lake on Wednesday, Crew SC rotated six players and implemented a young starting center back pairing of Aboubacar Keita and Alex Crognale for the first time this season, notably with Keita making his first career MLS start.

“These players balled out. They did very well. I am really happy and impressed with how my teammates played,” said forward JJ Williams. “I think we played very well as a team. It is just not making that one mistake.”

As for Seattle (8-5-5, 29 pts.), they are coming off of a 3-0 loss at New York City FC on Wednesday. Like Crew SC, the Sounders rotated much of their starting lineup on Wednesday in preparation to Saturday’s match.

Goal production for the Sounders is led by Raul Ruidiaz (6), Kelvin Leeerdam (5), and Jordan Morris (4). Notably, Ruidiaz and Morris will both be out for Saturday’s match as they compete in the Copa America and Gold Cup finals, respectively, on Sunday.

Currently, the Sounders are sitting in fourth in the Western Conference with a total of 27 goals this season, having lost four of their last five matches. Additionally, the Sounders are 1-5-3 on the road this season and have conceded 17 of 24 goals this season on the road. With that, the Black & Gold are hoping to use this match as a chance for different players to emerge as key contributors who may not have shown that thus far.

“It is one of those things where you need guys to make plays,” said head coach Caleb Porter. “Until we get a clear number one, we have some decisions to make. And that is the situation that we have been in. You always go on the evidence that you have, but if your evidence isn’t clear, then you are hoping that one emerges.”

Along with different players making plays, Saturday’s match is another match for the group to create some momentum heading into a tough second-half of the season. Following Saturday, the group will be bringing back some key pieces, including Wil Trapp and Gyasi Zardes, who have been away on Gold Cup duty, along with recent acquisitions.

“The bottom line is that the guys are fighting and giving all that they have,” Porter added. ”This is another game that we have to fight and grind. We have to figure out who can get the job done for

Fans can tune-in on FOX Sports Ohio or 97.1 FM The Fan or stream the match on FOX Sports GO as well as stream the audio on www.ColumbusCrewSC.com.

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 CREW SC COMMUNICATIONS

 

 

Much-rumored trade completed! Crew SC adds Romario Williams from Atlanta United

Crew SC acquires 24-year-old forward and Jamaican international

 

COLUMBUS – Columbus Crew SC to start the Month of July, announced that the club has acquired forward Romario Williams from Atlanta United in exchange for $100,000 in General Allocation Money (GAM). Williams, 24, has earned 13 caps with the Jamaica National Team and scored two goals. The forward will be formally added to Crew SC’s roster upon the opening of the transfer window on July 9, 2019.

Romario Williams

“We want to welcome Romario to Columbus Crew SC as he is a young forward who has already competed at an international level for Jamaica,” said Crew SC President Tim Bezbatchenko. “In addition to his international experience, Romario is a player who is familiar with MLS and will provide us with depth in our attack.”

Williams most recently played for Atlanta United, from 2017-2018, making 19 regular-season appearances for Atlanta and scoring one goal. The forward spent a portion of 2017 on loan with the Charleston Battery of the USL, making 22 appearances while tallying 15 goals and three assists en route to earning USL Second Team honors. That same season, Williams was also named the USL player of the month for the month of June.

Before joining Atlanta United, Williams was drafted by the Montreal Impact in the 2015 MLS SuperDraft with the third overall pick, making two appearances for the Impact. The forward spent part of the 2015 season on loan with USL side FC Montreal, making seven appearances and registering one assist. In 2016, Williams was sent on loan to the Charleston Battery, where he made 22 appearances while tallying 10 goals, finishing as the Battery’s leading scorer for that season.

At the international level, Williams has earned 13 caps for the Jamaica National Team and scored two goals. The forward made his debut with the senior side in a 2017 Caribbean Cup qualifier against Suriname in 2016 (November 13). Williams scored his first goal for Jamaica during a 2017 Concacaf Gold Cup group stage match against Curacao, tallying the Reggae Boyz’s first goal in a 2-0 win (July 7). Notably, Williams was a member of the Jamaican side that reached the final of the 2017 Concacaf Gold Cup. Before debuting with the senior side, Williams featured for Jamaica at the Under-23 and U-17 level.

Up next, Crew SC travels to take on Real Salt Lake at Rio Tinto Stadium on Wednesday, July 3 for the lone regular-season meeting between the clubs in 2019 [10:00 p.m. ET / Fox Sports Ohio, FOX Sports GO (Stream) / 97.1 The Fan & 971TheFan.com (English); ColumbusCrewSC.com (Spanish)].

TRANSACTION:
Columbus Crew SC acquires forward Romario Williams from Atlanta United in exchange for $100,000 in General Allocation Money (GAM) on July 1, 2019. The forward will be formally added to Crew SC’s roster upon the opening of the transfer window on July 9, 2019.

Name: Romario Williams
Position: Forward
Height: 6’0”
Weight: 180
Born: August 15, 1994 in Portmore, Jamaica
Hometown:
Portmore, Jamaica
Citizenship: Jamaica
Acquired: Acquired from Atlanta United in exchange for $100,000 in General Allocation Money (GAM) on July 1, 2019
Previous Experience: Atlanta United (2016-2018), Charleston Battery (2016-2017), FC Montreal (2015), Montreal Impact (2015-2016)

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

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF CREW SC COMMUNICATIONS

Crew SC trying to improve team, adds Costa Rican winger Luis Diaz

Black & Gold acquire 20-year-old winger from Club Sport Herediano of Costa Rica’s First Division;
Diaz was named the Torneo Clausura 2019 Best Under-21 Player by UNAFUT and won the Torneo Apertura 2018 with Herediano

 

COLUMBUS – Columbus Crew SC earlier this week announced that the club has acquired Costa Rican winger Luis Diaz (pronounced: loo-EES DEE-as) from Club Sport Herediano of Costa Rica’s First Division as a Young Designated Player. Diaz, 20, was recently named the Best Under-21 Player in the Torneo Clausura 2019 by UNAFUT – Costa Rica’s union of First Division soccer clubs – and won the Torneo Apertura 2018 with Herediano. Diaz will officially be added to the Black & Gold roster pending receipt of his International Transfer Certificate and P-1 Visa upon the opening of the transfer window on July 9, 2019 and will occupy an international roster slot on Crew SC’s roster.

Luis Díaz

To date, Diaz has made 66 appearances (49 starts) in the Liga de Fútbol de Primera División – Costa Rica’s topflight – scoring three goals and providing eight assists. At the international level, Diaz was named to Costa Rica’s 40-man provisional roster for the 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup. He will officially be added to the Black & Gold roster pending receipt of his International Transfer Certificate and P-1 Visa and will occupy an international roster slot on Crew SC’s roster.

“Luis is a young, dynamic player who is already making a name for himself despite his young age and we are excited to welcome him to Crew SC,” said Crew SC President Tim Bezbatchenko. “As one of the most promising talents in Costa Rica, we know he will continue to develop at our Club and we believe his skillset will allow him to be successful in MLS. The addition of Luis strengthens our team as we continue to build our roster.”

Diaz last played for Club Sport Herediano, where he made 21 appearances (19 starts) in league play while scoring one goal and providing two assists. Notably, the 20-year old was recently named the Torneo Clausura 2019 Best Under-21 Player by UNAFUT and was among the final nominees for the Torneo Clausura 2019 Best Player award. The midfielder also featured for Herediano in the Concacaf Champions League, starting in two Round of 16 matches in 2019 against Atlanta United (February 22, March 1).

Before joining Herediano in 2018, Diaz played for Municipal Grecia FC from 2016-2018. While with Municipal Grecia, he helped the club achieve promotion to the First Division after winning the 2016-2017 Second Division title. In all, Diaz made 45 appearances (30 starts) for Grecia in the Costa Rican First Division, tallying two goals and six assists.

Up next, Crew SC travels to take on Real Salt Lake at Rio Tinto Stadium on Wednesday, July 3 for the lone regular-season meeting between the clubs in 2019 [10:0y0 p.m. ET / Fox Sports Ohio, FOX Sports GO (Stream) / 97.1 The Fan & 971TheFan.com (English); ColumbusCrewSC.com (Spanish)].

TRANSACTION: Columbus Crew SC acquires midfielder Luis Diaz from Club Sport Herediano as a Young Designated Player on July 2, 2019. Diaz will officially be added to the Black & Gold roster pending receipt of his International Transfer Certificate and P-1 Visa upon the opening of the transfer window on July 9, 2019 and will occupy an international roster slot on Crew SC’s roster.

Name: Luis Diaz (loo-EES DEE-as)
Position: Midfielder
Height: 5’11”
Weight: 159
Born: December 6, 1998 in Nicoya, Costa Rica
Hometown: Nicoya, Costa Rica
Citizenship:
Costa Rica
Acquired: Acquired by Crew SC from Club Sport Herediano as a Young Designated Player on July 2, 2019. He will occupy an international roster slot on Crew SC’s roster.
Previous Experience: Club Sport Herediano (2018-2019), Municipal Grecia FC (2016-2018)

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 MEDIA RELATIONS

MLS Disciplinary Committee Decisions for this Week

NEW YORK (Wednesday, July 3, 2019) – The MLS Disciplinary Committee has found Vancouver Whitecaps FC defender Ali Adnan in violation of the league’s policy regarding hands to the face, head or neck of an opponent. Adnan has been issued an undisclosed fine for his actions in the 36th minute of Vancouver’s match against Seattle Sounders FC on June 29 (VIDEO).

The MLS Disciplinary Committee has found Seattle Sounders FC defender Joevin Jones in violation of the league’s policy regarding entering the field of play. Jones has been issued an undisclosed fine for his actions in the 90+ minute of Seattle’s match against Vancouver Whitecaps FC on June 29 (VIDEO).

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF MLS COMMUNICATIONS

Crew SC drops mid-week game at Real Salt Lake, 1-0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A first-half miscommunication from Columbus Crew SC (5-12-2, 17 pts.) marked the difference as Real Salt Lake (8-8-2, 26 pts.) topped the Black & Gold 1-0 on Wednesday, July 3 at Rio Tinto Stadium.

Crew SC posted solid opportunities early in the match, including a fast break from JJ Williams in the 13th minute off a lofted ball from defender Aboubacar Keita. Williams was tripped up by Salt Lake goalkeeper Nick Rimando but was ruled a no-call after Video Review. Notably, Keita, a 19-year-old Homegrown Player, made his first MLS start on Wednesday.

Speaking of opportunities, the Black & Gold nearly broke the draw in the 27th minute when defender Alex Crognale headed the ball into the crossbar off of a corner from midfielder Pedro Santos.

In the 32nd minute, Crognale came up big defensively when he blocked a shot from Damir Kreilach at the goal line to keep the match level.

As for the opposition, RSL tallied the game-winner in the 38th minute when Sam Johnson took advantage of a miscommunication between Crew SC’s two centerbacks and placed the ball inside the right post on a breakaway.

Still, Crew SC remained within striking distance for the rest of the match, with goalkeeper Joe Bendik keeping the deficit at one after tipping a shot from Albert Rusnak over the crossbar in the 51st minute.

On the day, the Crew were outshot 14-7 while RSL maintained a majority of possession at 56 percent.

Team Statistics

RSL on left

Crew SC on right

14 Shots 7
3 Shots on Target 0
6 Shots off Target 7
5 Blocked Shots 0
2 Corners 2
6 Crosses 17
2 Offsides 1
14 Fouls 15
4 Yellow Cards 2
0 Red Cards 0
357 Total Passes 279
76 % Passing Accuracy 75 %
55.2 % Possession 44.8 %
43 Duels Won 56
9 Tackles Won 7
0 Saves 1
19 Clearances 19

GAME RECAP WRITTEN BY Logan Agin; COURTESY CREW SC COMMUNICATIONS

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