MLS Regular Season
Federico Higuain's bending free kick has been nominated for Week 20's MLS AT&T Goal of the Week.
The opening tally in the Crew's match at New England, Higuain's gorgeous free kick helped the Black & Gold on to their second consecutive victory.
Voting runs until 2:59 a.m. ET on Friday and the winner is announced on Friday.
Crew goalkeeper Steve Clark put forth another sensational performance in New England and his efforts did not go unnoticed. Clark was named by Sports Illustrated's Planet Futbol to MLS' Best XI side for Week 20. Here's what author Liviu Bird had to say about Clark:
"Important saves for Clark included an early tip over the bar from Teal Bunbury and a 1-on-1 foot save on Kelyn Rowe in a close road win over New England. Particularly away from home, a goalkeeper will likely have to play well for his team to have a chance, and Clark was as responsible for the final result as any other Crew player."
Photo Credit: USA Today Sports Images
The Crew's unbeaten streak has stretched to four matches, and as a result, ESPNFC bumped it up one spot in its Power Rankings, with MLSsoccer.com keeping it level.
See the links below for the full rankings, with last week's position indicated as well:
MLSsoccer.com: 14 (14)
ESPNFC: 12 (13)
Photo Credit: USA Today Sports Images
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, AMERICA
The Black & Gold will play their 11th Fourth of July contest in club history when they take on the Rapids ... this is the second consecutive year with an Independence Day showdown ... prior to 2013, the Crew had not played on the Fourth since 2009.
OTHER INDEPENDENCE DAY SHOWDOWNS
After a tough 2-1 loss last year on July 4 at LA, the Crew looks to continue its recent stretch of securing points on Independence Day ... the Crew has earned a point in three of the last four meetings, including a three-match unbeaten streak (0-0-3) on Independence Day that began in 2006 (1-1 at Houston) and continued in 2007 (0-0 at Colorado) before the 1-1 draw at RFK Stadium five seasons ago.
LAST FOURTH IN COLORADO
The Crew played Colorado on Independence Day in 2007 and played to a 0-0 draw ... it was the first July 4th contest at the new Dick’s Sporting Goods Park and it was the first scoreless League match at the venue according to ColoradoRapids.com ... in 1999, the Crew played on July 4th in Colorado before another huge crowd (51,025), winning 3-0.
BACK ON THE MLS GRIND ...
The Crew resumes MLS action for League contest number 16 in 2014 as the Black & Gold return with a 4-5-6 record ... after Saturday’s tilt against FC Dallas, the Crew has several pairs of grouped home and road matches to begin the middle of summer ... following back-to-back road contests at Colorado (July 4) and New York (July 12), the team is home for a stretch of three home matches in eight days, including League matches against Sporting KC (July 16) and Montreal (July 19) before an international friendly against Crystal Palace (July 23).
... BUT THE FIFA WORLD CUP BREAK WAS BUSY FOR CREW
The Crew’s last League match was June 7 at FedExField in a 0-0 result against D.C. United ... after getting a bit of rest, the team played two Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup matches during the most recent 2014 FIFA World Cup break ... after playing 120 minutes on June 17 against North American Soccer League side Indy Eleven, the team again saw an extra-time match on Wednesday night in Chicago.
STRONG TRENDS AGAINST FC DALLAS
The Crew welcomes FC Dallas to Columbus on Saturday as the Black & Gold look to continue its recent success against the Hoops ... since falling in both 2007 League matches, the Crew has secured points in eight out of its last 10 matches against FC Dallas dating back to August 16, 2008 ... the Crew has won its last two matches against the Hoops and within this current 10-match trend, the Black & Gold put together a four-match unbeaten streak (2-0-2) from August 2009 through April 2011.