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18 August 5:04 pm

MLSsoccer.com has published this infographic on Columbus Crew SC Homegrown midfielder Wil Trapp, showcasing his passing accuracy and influence on the club's success. 

21 July 6:20 pm

Week 20's MLS Power Rankings have been released and Crew SC is gaining ground. With back-to-back wins over Chicago and only five points separating second-place Columbus from D.C. United in the Eastern Conference, it's not surprising the Black & Gold have started climbing. 

MLSsoccer.com says Wil Trapp's return could be causing an uptick in Crew SC's performance as of late. The Black & Gold are ranked ninth this week, climbing four spots from last week.

SI.com places Columbus a notch above MLSsoccer.com's list in eighth-- two spots higher than last week. The article states Kei Kamara and Ethan Finlay are the deadliest combination in the League. 

BleacherReport.com puts the Black & Gold a tad lower than the other two, in 10th, but has bumped them up a couple rungs from the previous week's position at 12. It credits Kamara and Finlay for their excellence, yet again.

09 June 1:40 pm

Columbus Crew SC will face LA Galaxy for the 40th time in franchise history on Saturday, when the Black & Gold host the current MLS Cup Champions at MAPFRE Stadium at 7:30 p.m.

Crew SC holds a slim 16-14-9 advantage in the all-time series and aims to improve that record as it pursues its playoff push. Over the years, the series has created some special moments. We wanted to share five of our favorites.

Aug. 28, 1996 – Welcome to Columbus!

Prior to this matchup, the two clubs split their first two meetings of the League’s inaugural season, both of which took place in Southern California. When LA made its way to Columbus for the first time, the club ran into a red-hot Black & Gold group that had ripped off five consecutive wins... and the streak didn’t end there.

Crew SC tacked on goals at both ends of the match with a ninth-minute score by Paul Caligiuri and a 72nd-minute goal courtesy of Brian McBride. Robert Warzycha assisted on both goals. Los Angeles only mustered up four on-target shots, all of which were handled by goalkeeper Pat Harrington to spur Crew SC to the 2-0 win. The Black & Gold went on to extend their winning streak to eight matches.

Oct. 24, 2002 – Black & Gold clinch U.S. Open Cup title

The Galaxy had won their first MLS Cup in club history just three days prior to meeting Columbus for the U.S. Open Cup final. The match was a tightly-contested and physical one, as the two sides combined for 34 fouls and Crew SC’s Chad McCarty was sent off in the 83rd minute after picking up his second yellow.

LA held a 19-10 advantage in shots, but Freddy García, who did not register a goal during MLS play, put Crew SC up 1-0 in the 30th minute. The score would remain that way for the duration of the match to send Crew SC to its first U.S. Open Cup title.

April 2, 2005 – Crew SC opens its season with a bang

Three goals on eight shots is an impressive ratio, if you ask us. Crew SC wasted no time hopping onto the score sheet when Edson Buddle redirected a Manny Lagos cross into the back of the net in the eighth minute. Buddle secured a brace in the 47th, just seven minutes prior to Ante Razov scoring goal No. 3 of the evening.

Los Angeles held advantages in shots (14-8) and corners (6-2), but only three shots required goalkeeper Jon Busch’s attention in this 3-0 shutout.

June 23, 2007 – 10 men, no problem

This match was bonkers, complete with loads of scoring opportunities, two failed penalty kicks and one ejected Ezra Hendrickson. The Vincentian international, that’s Saint Vincent and the Grenadines if you were unaware, was issued a red card after an aggressive challenge on LA defender Ian Russell in the 29th minute.

Chad Marshall and Ned Grabavoy scored the match’s first two goals to put Crew SC up 2-0 by the 58th minute. The final half an hour saw three more goals, including a stoppage-time goal from former Crew SC forward Edson Buddle. Peter Vagenas came close to equalizing three minutes later, but thanks to a diving save by Williams Hesmer Crew SC would hang on for the 3-2 win.

Aug. 16, 2014 – Big crowd, big win

A sell-out crowd of 20,729 in Columbus witnessed one of Crew SC’s most prolific offensive performances of 2014. Four different players scored each of the club’s four goals in Crew SC’s 4-1 rout of the Galaxy.

The Black & Gold scored their goals in bunches. Justin Meram and Ethan Finlay scored just 10 minutes apart from one another in the first half (23’ and 33’), while Ben Speas and Giancarlo González followed suit with goals just nine minutes apart (75’ and 84’).

This Saturday’s match will be LA's first trip back to Columbus since the lopsided loss, and we would love to see you there. Click here to get your tickets... they are going fast.

03 June 10:32 pm

Emanuel Pogatetz heads the ball past Phildelphia Union's Andrew Wenger in Crew SC's 3-0 loss at PPL Park.

Philadelphia’s May schedule featured five matches against four of the League’s premier teams. Playing better teams can result in a higher level of play, regardless of the outcome, and that effort carried into Wednesday night’s match against Columbus Crew SC (4-5-4.)

Goals from Vincent Noguiera and Sebastien Le Toux came only six minutes apart from one another early in the second half. That put Philadelphia (4-8-3) up 3-0, where it would remain for the duration of the match.

Crew SC Sporting Director and Head Coach Gregg Berhalter said Philadelphia's performance was the best play he's seen from them.

"Well, I think the starting point is the Philadelphia Union played an outstanding game," said Berhalter. "When you look at how effective they were and how they were winning challenges and moving the ball, and the competitive desire to win the game, it was outstanding. I think that’s the best I have seen Philly play."

On paper, the clubs did not differ drastically. In stats such as possession, shots, crosses, tackles won, and clearances, the two sides were nearly identical. Columbus and Philadelphia generated only seven on-target shots cumulatively, not including a first half Ethan Finlay shot that missed the post by inches. But Philadelphia’s flurry within the middle 30 minutes of the match created the right opportunities and the Union executed well.

As for Crew SC, a slightly altered starting line-up, highlighted by the absence of captain Michael Parkhurst, proved to be a tough obstacle to overcome, especially with the club playing another road match just four days prior. Wednesday’s match marked the fourth match in 13 days, including last week’s international friendly against Valencia CF, making it difficult to find time for a new unit to mesh.

Chad Barson accepted the challenges, made several strong, defensive tackles throughout the match, and reflected on his team's performance afterward.

"Definitely not the result we wanted," said Barson. "Three games in a short amount of time all against eastern conference teams, so obviously very important games for us and it’s an opportunity, if you get results, to move up in the standings. I think overall it wasn’t terrible, but just a few plays that kind of dug us a hole and it was too difficult to dig ourselves out of."

Teammate Aaron Schoenfeld, made his first start of the season, playing up top and registering a shot on goal tonight. Defender Sergio Campbell also got his first taste of MLS action, starting in the place of the aforementioned Parkhurst. Schoenfeld agreed with Barson on their team's play.

"I think it just wasn’t our day today. We threw away a couple of chances early, so if we take one of those, it changes the game up," said Schoenfeld. "Once they score that goal, they have some confidence behind them and start moving the ball a lot better. On any given day in this league, any team can win, which is the good thing about this league – there’s very little disparity between the teams. So if you come out flat, you’re going to get punished."

Barson is also grateful for the opportunity to play five matches in 16 days. 

"That’s the good thing about having so many games in a short amount of time," said Barson. "You forget the previous result and move onto the next one and make sure that you recover physically and mentally and put everything towards the next game."

One of the bright spots for the Black & Gold tonight was Mohammed Saeid establishing himself as the League’s second-most accurate passer with a passing percentage of 89.5 percent. The ranking includes only players who have registered at least 200 passes.

Another quick turnaround lies ahead for Crew SC, but the scene will change to familiar surroundings when the Black & Gold welcome the Montreal Impact to MAPFRE Stadium on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

28 May 4:39 pm
Brian McBride fights off San Jose's defensive efforts in 1996.

 
We’re going on a road trip this weekend to face first-year club, Orlando City. Although we’re over a thousand miles away from central Florida and sit two spots ahead of the Lions in the Eastern Conference standings, our clubs share common ground. We can relate to experiencing recent changes and our beginnings are congruent.
 
Established as the first MLS Club in 1994, we kicked off our inaugural season less than two years later against D.C. United. At Ohio Stadium, Brian McBride scored a brace to lead our club to a 4-0 victory.
 
That same year, USA Today voted our club’s supporters the “best fans in the League.” Not long after, the first soccer-specific stadium in MLS was constructed.
 
Today, supporters fill the stands at MAPFRE Stadium to cheer on our beloved team built on a pioneering vision mixed with tradition.
 
Launching an MLS team takes time and devotion—a feat our next opponent has recently conquered.
 
After Phil Rawlins moved the Austin Aztex organization in 2010 and proved central Florida’s market could support Major League Soccer, Flávio Augusto da Silva, invested in the club and became majority owner.
 
Orlando City Soccer Club developed the blueprint for a new stadium downtown, and a few years later, ideas became a reality. Commencing its inaugural season with a record of 3-5-4, we compare the Lions to our club’s first 12 games.
 
The records may look different, but notice that four of our losses were results of shootouts. Had today’s League rules been consistent with those in 1996, we would’ve had the exact same record.
 
The 21st MLS franchise will host the League’s first franchise for the first time in history this Saturday.

 

       CREW SC

1996: 3-9 (4 Losses in Shoot Outs)

 

Date

Opponent

Result

Score

4/13

D.C.

W

4-0

4/20

TAMPA BAY

L

2-1

4/27

at New York

W

2-0

5/2

at Kansas City

L

6-4

5/5

at Dallas

L (SO)

1-0 (3-1)

5/11

NEW ENGLAND

W

3-2

5/15

at D.C.

L

5-2

5/19

COLORADO

L

4-2

5/26

at Los Angeles

L

3-2

6/1

at San Jose

L (SO)

3-2 (2-1)

6/8

KANSAS CITY

L (SO)

4-3 (4-1)

6/19

COLORADO

L (SO)

3-2 (4-1)

 

       ORLANDO CITY SC

2015: 3-5-4

 

Date

Opponent

Result

Score

3/8

NEW YORK CITY

D

1-1

3/13

at Houston

W

1-0

3/21

VANCOUVER

L

1-0

3/28

at Montreal

D

2-2

4/3

D.C.

L

1-0

4/12

at Portland

W

2-0

4/18

at Columbus

L

3-0

4/26

TORONTO

L

2-0

5/8

NEW ENGLAND

D

2-2

5/13

at D.C.

L

2-1

5/17

LOS ANGELES

W

4-0

5/24

at San Jose

D

1-1

 

Mutual opponents: 

New York: CCSC 1-0, OCSC 0-0-1

D.C. (twice): CCSC 1-1, OCSC 0-2

New England: CCSC 1-0, OCSC 0-1

Los Angeles: CCSC 1-0, OCSC 1-0

San Jose: CCSC 0-1, OCSC 0-0-1

 

Mutual opponents records: CCSC: 4-2, OCSC 1-3-2

 

Goals for and goals against totals:

CCSC: 27 GF, 33 GA

OCSC: 14 GF, 15 GA

03 December 10:36 am

MLS Comissioner Don Garber will give his annual State of the League address at 2:00 p.m. ET on Tuesday from Google's New York City office. Following his remarks, Garber will answer fan and media questions before KICKTV's Jimmy Conrad unveils the 2013 MLS Best XI.

15 October 2:13 pm

Despite having the week off from MLS play, the Crew slipped across Week 33's Power Rankings. The Black & Gold took the biggest hit in MLSSoccer.com's rankings, where they fell from 12th to 15th place. Full rankings are below.

MLSSoccer.com - 15th (12th)

ESPNFC - 15th (14th)

Sports Illustrated - 15th (14th)

29 May 2:47 pm

In two heated contests last season, the Crew drew in both of its meetings with the Houston Dynamo in 2012. Before the Black & Gold kicks off the first of three matches with the Dynamo in 2013 on Saturday night, here is a look back at the home-and-home series from last season.

APRIL 21: Crew 2 - Dynamo 2

On a chilly April night, Eddie Gaven netted his first brace for the Black & Gold as Aaron Schoenfeld recorded his first-career assist. The Crew's effort wasn't enough for the win however as Will Bruin tallied and found Brian Ching unmarked in front of net for the 81st-minute equalizer. Andy Gruenebaum made six saves in the draw, including an acrobatic stop from a long-distance laser from Ching's right foot.

AUGUST 19: Dynamo 2 - Crew 2

The Dynamo's Brad Davis and the Black & Gold's Cole Grossman traded first-half goals as Federico Higuaín made his MLS debut as a halftime substitute. The Argentine playmaker made an immediate impact, lobbing a 35-yard pass to find a streaking Eddie Gaven downfield to put the Crew ahead 2-1. But it was a late goal from a familiar face that left the Black & Gold with just a point to take from its first visit to BBVA Compass Stadium as former Crew midfielder Adam Moffat pounded a long-distance shot off the hands of Andy Gruenebaum and past the goal line.

29 May 11:30 am

The Crew made little movement in Power Rankings around the country this week despite a road draw against the first-place New York Red Bulls on Sunday. The Black & Gold's highest placing is 11th in MLSSoccer.com and ProSoccerTalk's rankings.

Here is where the Crew falls in Power Rankings after Week 13:

MLSSoccer.com: 11th (12th)

ESPNFC: 12th (12th)

Sports Illustrated: 12th (12th)

ProSoccerTalk: 11th (12th)

Last week's ranking in parentheses.