RETURNING HOME TO CONTINUE CREW STADIUM DOMINANCE
The Black & Gold return home this weekend looking to build off of the success of late at Crew Stadium ... in the last three home games dating back to August 16, the Crew has been victorious, outscoring its opponents by a score of 10-1 in wins over the LA Galaxy, Houston Dynamo and Chivas USA ... the club has three home matches re- maining in the 2014 regular-season ... after the two-match homestand against the Revs (Saturday) and Montreal Impact (September 27), the Crew is on the road for three consecutive weekends before closing out the regular-season in a home clash against the Philadelphia Union on October 26.
CREW HAS HAD REVS’ NUMBER OF LATE ...
Saturday’s meeting will be the 62nd regular-season clash between the two teams, the Crew’s most-faced opponent during the season since 1996 ... the Crew’s 30 wins (30-20-11) against the Revs are the most versus any opponent in Black & Gold history, more than D.C. United (24 wins against), New York (24 wins against) or Sporting KC (21 wins).
... AND A STRONG STRETCH AGAINST THE REVS HAS HELPED
Although the Revs won the regular-season series in 2013 with three victories, the Black & Gold have found success against the Revs over the last eight seasons, return- ing to form with the victory in Foxborough on July 26, 2014 ... in the last 19 meetings, dating back to 2007, the Crew is 9-6-4 against the Revs ... during that stretch, the Revs won the regular-season series once: last year ... other than that, the Crew has won the regular-season series four times and the two teams have split results two other times ... from 1996 through 2000, and again from 2002 through 2006, the two conference foes met four times a year.
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The Crew's 2-2 draw in Houston kept it relatively level in the weekly Power Rankings. With more huge intra-conference matches on tap, the Black & Gold have an opportunity to make a statement and climb the polls -- and more importantly, the Eastern Conference standings -- in the weeks to come.
See below for the Crew's rank as well as its previous position:
MLSsoccer.com: 10 (10)
ESPNFC: 11 (11)
SI.com: 11 (8)
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With Dayton's season coming to an end last week, the last Crew loanee active in USL-PRO this year was Wilmington's Brad Stuver. Unfortunately for the goalkeeper, he and the Hammerheads fell in the first round of the 2014 USL-PRO Playoffs to Sacramento Republic FC by a 4-1 final.
Stuver started and played all 90 minutes in the defeat, which was fueled by two goals from former Crew player Nemanja Vukovic.
All-told, the former Cleveland State Viking played the final 11 matches of Wilmington's season, compiling a 3-5-3 record with a 1.45 goals-against average. He also notched three clean sheets over the span, which came consecutively on August 30, September 3 and September 5.
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Wil Trapp's long-distance strike in Saturday's 2-2 draw with the Houston Dynamo is nominated for AT&T Goal of the Week on MLSsoccer.com. Trapp's first career tally is up against the likes of FC Dallas' Blas Perez, Portland Timbers FC's Diego Veleri, the New England Revolution's Lee Nguyen and Seattle Sounders FC's Lamar Neagle in Week 27.
Voting runs until 2:59 pm ET on Fridays.
Federico Higuain continues to lead MLS in corner kicks this season (119). His career high for a single season was 123 last year, which he is on-pace to potentially break. Overall, Higuain is third on the Crew’s all-time list for corners, trailing Robert Warzycha (503) and Guillermo Barros Schelotto (423).
Always looking to create, Federico Higuain ranks second in Major League Soccer in passes in the final third with 659. Higuain trails Javier Morales (652) of Real Salt lake by just three passes in the final third entering this week.
Crew captain Michael Parkhurst continues to lead Major League Soccer this season in passing accuracy among all defenders that have played at least 20 matches this season. The MLS All-Star has completed 87.53 percent of his passes and has worn the armband in 26 tilts for the Black & Gold in 2014.