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Archive for July 6th, 2019

Columbus Crew SC strengthen goalkeeper position with signing of Eloy Room

Black & Gold sign 12-year veteran who has played 160 matches in the Dutch First Division and won the KNVB Cup;
Room has earned 30 caps with the Curacao National Team and recently helped his side reach the quarterfinals of the 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup

For Immediate Release: July 5, 2019

 

COLUMBUS – Columbus Crew SC today announced that the club has signed goalkeeper Eloy Room (pronounced: AY-loy). The goalkeeper most recently played for PSV Eindhoven of the Netherlands’ Eredivisie and has made 160 appearances (159 starts) in the Dutch First Division. At the international level, Room has earned 30 caps for the Curacao National Team and has won the 2017 Caribbean Cup. Room 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. WATCH: Eloy Room on joining Crew SC (courtesy ColumbusCrewSC.com): crew.sc/2XG0wJB

Eloy Room in action 2012 photo By Conceited 2 - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https commons.wikimedia

“We are excited to have a player as experienced and proven as Eloy join Columbus Crew SC,” said Crew SC President and General Manager Tim Bezbatchenko. “Eloy is a talented goalkeeper whose leadership and shot-stopping ability will help strengthen our Club. We believe Eloy’s background competing at the European and international level will allow him to contribute to Crew SC immediately.”

Room last played for PSV Eindhoven of the Dutch topflight from 2017-2019, where he helped PSV win the 2017-2018 Eredivisie as well as qualify to the UEFA Champions League. Before joining PSV Eindhoven, Room played for SBV Vitesse from 2008-2017, spending the 2013-2014 season on loan with the Go Ahead Eagles.

In all, Room has made 160 appearances (159 starts) in the Dutch First Division, 20 appearances (all starts) in the KNVB Cup and two appearances (both starts) in UEFA Europa League Qualifiers. Notably, Room was a pivotal part of the Vitesse side that won the KNVB Cup during the 2016-2017 season, playing every match of the tournament to help the club win the title for the first time in its 125-year history.

At the international level, Room has earned 30 caps with the Curacao National Team, posting nine shutouts. The goalkeeper made his debut with Curacao in 2015, starting and recording a shutout in a Concacaf World Cup Qualifier against Cuba on June 6. In 2017, Room helped Curacao to its first Caribbean Cup title, earning the Caribbean Cup Golden Glove award in the process. Most recently, Room started for Curacao in all four matches at the 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup, making a total of 26 saves – the most by any goalkeeper in the tournament through the quarterfinals. At the youth level, Room has featured for the Netherlands Under-20 side.

Up next for the Black & Gold is a home contest against Seattle Sounders FC tomorrow, Saturday, July 6 for the lone regular-season meeting between the clubs in 2019 [7:30 p.m. ET / Fox Sports Ohio, FOX Sports GO (Stream) / 97.1 The Fan & 971TheFan.com (English); ColumbusCrewSC.com (Spanish)].

TRANSACTION: Columbus Crew SC signs free agent goalkeeper Eloy Room (pronounced AY-loy) on July 5, 2019. He 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: Eloy Room (pronounced: AY-loy)
Position: Goalkeeper
Height: 6’3”
Weight: 179
Born: February 6, 1989 in Nijmegen, Netherlands
Hometown: Nijmegen, Netherlands
Citizenship: Curacao
Acquired: Signed by Crew SC on July 5, 2019
Previous Experience: PSV Eindhoven (2017-2019), SBV Vitesse (2008-2017), Go Ahead Eagles (2013-2014)

Career statistics (courtesy Wikipedia Commons)

As of match played 14 May 2017.
Club Season League KNVB Cup Europe Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Vitesse 2008–09 Eredivisie 3 0 0 0 3 0
2009–10 Eredivisie 3 0 0 0 3 0
2010–11 Eredivisie 33 0 3 0 36 0
2011–12 Eredivisie 2 0 1 0 0 0 3 0
2012–13 Eredivisie 2 0 4 0 0 0 6 0
2013–14 Eredivisie 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2014–15 Eredivisie 23 0 3 0 4[a] 0 30 0
2015–16 Eredivisie 34 0 0 0 2[b] 0 36 0
2016–17 Eredivisie 33 0 5 0 38 0
Total 133 0 16 0 2 0 4 0 155 0
Go Ahead Eagles (loan) 2013–14 Eredivisie 20 0 2 0 22 0
PSV 2017–18 Eredivisie 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Career total 153 0 18 0 2 0 4 0 177 0
  1. ^ Appearance(s) in 2014–15 Eredivisie European play-offs
  2. ^ Appearance(s) in UEFA Europa League

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 COLUMBUS CREW SC COMMUNICATIONS

MLS Disciplinary Committee Decisions for this week

NEW YORK(Friday, July 5, 2019) – The MLS Disciplinary Committee has issued Orlando City SC defender Robin Jansson an undisclosed fine for failing to leave the field in a timely and orderly manner following his red card in the 43rd minute of Orlando’s match against the Philadelphia Union on July 3. (VIDEO). 

The MLS Disciplinary Committee has issued Houston Dynamo defender Maynor Figueroa an undisclosed fine for failing to leave the field in a timely manner following his red card in the 90+ minute of Houston’s match against the New York Red Bulls on July 3. (VIDEO).

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF MLS COMMUNICATIONS

 

USA Women’s Soccer Team Fans! Crew SC to host viewing party for World Cup Final on Sunday, July 7

COLUMBUS – Columbus Crew SC is set to host a watch party for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup Final at the Columbus Commons (160 S High St, Columbus, OH 43215) on Sunday, July 7. The event is slated to begin at 10:00 a.m. ET with kickoff at 11:00 a.m. ET.

Sunday’s Women’s World Cup Final will feature the U.S. Women’s National Team facing the Netherlands. The U.S. have reached the World Cup Final on four previous occasions (1991, 1999, 2011, 2015) while winning the World Cup three times (1991, 1999, 2015). 

The watch party will feature food from Taquero Mad Street Food and Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams, as well as Dirty Frank’s Hot Dog Truck on-site. Parking for will be available for $5 at the Columbus Commons Main Parking Garage (55 E Rich St, Columbus, OH 43215). Supporters in attendance may bring folding chairs, picnic baskets and food. For more information on permitted items, head over to ColumbusCrewSC.com/commons.


WHAT:
2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup Final Watch Party

WHEN: Sunday, July 7 / Event beginning at approximately 10:00 a.m. ET with kickoff at 11:00 a.m. ET

WHERE:
Columbus Commons (160 S High St, Columbus, OH 43215) / Parking will be available at Columbus Commons Main Parking Garage (55 E Rich St, Columbus, OH 43215).

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 COLUMBUS CREW SC COMMUNICATIONS

Daily Almanac for Saturday, July 6, 2019

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DAILY ALMANAC WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF www.almanac.com

 

Luis Bolivar named among “20 Greatest Dragons”

Luis Bolivar

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

 

Next on the list of the 20 Greatest Dragons is:

 

Luis Bolivar

 

Over the course of the Dragons 20-year history, Bolivar has worn a Dragons uniform in more than twice as many games as anyone else.  In fact, as the 2019 season begins, he will have been in the Dragons dugout for eight of the team’s 20 years.  As a player, he was the Dragons shortstop in 2003-04.  He returned as the Dragons hitting coach for three seasons from 2014-16.  He was named Dragons manager in 2017, a position he continues to hold heading into the 2019 season.

 

As a player, Bolivar represented the Dragons in the Midwest League All-Star Game in 2004, his second year with the Dayton club.  The highlight of his playing days in Dayton came on April 15, 2004, when he blasted a walk-off home run to defeat the Lansing Lugnuts at Fifth Third Field, just the third walk-off homer in franchise history at the time.  In 2009, as a member of the Louisville Bats, Bolivar hit a home run at Fifth Third Field in the Reds Futures Game.  His playing career continued through the 2010 season.  In 2017, Bolivar became the first former Dragons player to serve as the team’s manager, and he led the Dayton club into the second round of the Midwest League playoffs.

 

While playing for the Dragons, Bolivar met his future wife, Kelly, at a Dragons game.  They settled in the Dayton suburb of Vandalia and have become members of the local community.  The Bolivars now have four children.  Following his career as a player, Luis began coaching baseball at Vandalia-Butler High School before taking a coaching position with the Reds.  In 2017, Luis, a native of Venezuela, officially became an American citizen in a courthouse ceremony that was attended by every player and coach on that season’s Dragons team.

 

Bolivar joins the following players who have been previously announced as 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, Jesse Winker, Edwin Encarnacion, and Johnny Cueto.

 

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 DAYTON DRAGONS MEDIA RELATIONS

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