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13 August 3:39 pm

Columbus Crew SC will play its first ever match against New York City FC on Wednesday night at MAPFRE Stadium. It will be the second time this season the Black & Gold will face an MLS opponent for the very first time (see Orlando City SC in April).

With that in mind, we went back in the history books to find facts and figures from Crew SC debuts against other clubs. Take our quiz and tell us how well you do on Twitter and Facebook.

12 August 5:34 pm

Crew SC forward Kei Kamara stopped by the Westside Boys and Girls Club today to speak to a group of more than 50 kids about how sports and academics can help them pursue their dreams.
 
Kei shared his personal story and explained how sports helped him achieve his goals after immigrating to America from his native Sierra Leone. After speaking to the group Kei answered questions and signed autographs.
 
The event was part of Crew SC’s “Give Forward” initiative, which is sponsored by MAPFRE Insurance.

11 August 10:08 am

After a gritty 2-1 win in Colorado, here is where Columbus Crew SC stands in the MLS Power Rankings, according to MLSsoccer.com, Sports Illustrated and Bleacher Report.

MLSsoccer.com has bumped Crew SC up from rank 10 to 8, stressing that the Black & Gold accomplished what few Eastern Conference teams have done - getting a road win in the West.

The folks over at Sports Illustrated are all about Kei Kamara (and we can't blame them). Kamara's brace against Colorado not only secured three points, but put him ahead of Sebastian Giovinco for the MLS goals lead. Thanks to Kamara, SI moved Crew SC up one spot to ninth.

Bleacher Report moved Crew SC up three ranks, from 12th to ninth. Combine a comeback victory with the difficulty of playing in the mountains, and Crew SC earned its way back into the top 10, Bleacher Report says.

09 August 2:13 am

It was the Kei Kamara show at Dick's Sporting Goods Park on Saturday night. With his brace the Crew SC striker led the Black & Gold to their second away win of the season and reclaimed the lead in the race towards the MLS Golden Boot. In addition to Kamara, other Crew SC players made notable contributions to the 2-1 victory over the Colorado Rapids, as well. Here, we break them down by the numbers.

17

Kei Kamara scored two goals against the Colorado Rapids, his fifth brace of the 2015 Major League Soccer regular season and his second on the road, following a two-goal performance on April 8 at Vancouver. With the brace Kamara re-took the MLS goal-scoring lead with his 16th and 17th tallies of the campaign, edging Toronto FC's Sebastian Giovinco by one. With his 17 goals, the Sierra Leone international is now tied with Brian McBride for third place on the club's single-season goal-scoring record books. McBride scored his 17 goals during the 1996 season.

11

Tony Tchani provided the assist on Kamara's first goal. The helper was his second of the season and his 11th in Black & Gold. The Cameroonian notched a career-best six assists last season.

4

Hector Jimenez registered the game-winning assist by setting up Kamara's second goal. It was the fourth assist of the season for Jimenez and his second game-winning helper, following his assist on May 9 vs. Seattle. This is the first time Jimenez has notched more than one game-winning assist in a single season.

90

Chris Klute started at leftback and played the full 90 minutes in his return to Dick's Sporting Goods Park, where he played his first three MLS seasons ahead of being traded to Crew SC at the 2015 MLS SuperDraft.

1

Jack McInerney, acquired from the Montreal Impact earlier in the week, played in his first match for Crew SC. He made his Black & Gold debut by entering the match in second-half stoppage time.

07 August 12:25 am

Crew SC Midfielder Ethan Finlay teamed up with the Martin Luther King branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library to read books and talk to kids about the importance of reading on Thursday.
 
Ethan visited the library in conjunction with Crew SC's 2015 Get a Kick Out of Reading program that runs during the month of August.
 
The event was held as part of Crew SC’s Give Forward Initiative, which is sponsored by MAPFRE Insurance.

06 August 11:28 am

Crew SC players Sergio Campbell, Chris Klute, Mohammed Saeid and Kristinn Steindorsson teamed up with S.C. and Make-A-Wish Ohio, Kentucky & Indiana for an afternoon of bowling at Star Lanes Polaris with Make-A-Wish families.
 
16 kids were given a VIP experience complete with private lanes, endless pizza and soft drinks.
 
Make-A-Wish Ohio, Kentucky & Indiana has granted thousands of wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions in the tri-state area.

The event was held as part of Crew SC’s Give Forward Initiative, which is sponsored by MAPFRE Insurance.

Watch Time Warner Cable SportsChannel's story on the event here.

04 August 5:19 pm

New Columbus Crew SC striker Jack McInerney is one of the most prolific young goal scorers in Major League Soccer. With 36 career goals, the forward ranks second all-time in MLS among players under the age of 23. Only Crew SC legend Stern John scored more (44).

A 2013 MLS All-Star, McInerney is in his sixth MLS season. He also has CONCACAF Champions League and Gold Cup experience. He reached the Champions League final with the Montreal Impact this year and was on the 2013 Gold Cup-winning U.S. team alongside Crew SC Captain Michael Parkhurst.

While McInerney’s accomplishments on the pitch are well known, we wanted to find out more about his life off the pitch. Here’s our interview with Jack:

Q: Welcome to Columbus, Jack. We’re excited to have you. We saw your mom is pretty excited as well as she tweeted a grade school photo of you in a Crew SC jersey. What’s the story behind that?

A: I’m not too sure exactly how I got the jersey or where it came from. But I remember going to school one day wearing the jersey and I didn’t even know it was picture day. I had the picture taken in the Crew SC jersey and that’s where the picture came from.

We saw you’re a fan of “Breaking Bad.” What are some other TV shows you binge watch?

Well, lately I haven’t been watching too much TV. I just finished up “Mad Men,” but now that I’ll be back in a hotel for a little while, I guess I’ll have to start something new. 

We noticed you’re a fan of “The Bachelor” What about “Bachelor in Paradise?” Have you seen that one at all?

Yeah, I’ve seen that one once. I think it was pretty enjoyable, so I’ll probably watch the one coming up too.  

What’s the first food place you’ll head up when get into town?

Well, in Canada they don’t have Chipotle, and I’m a big Chipotle fan, so I’ll probably be getting there pretty soon.

You’re going to wear No. 30 for Crew SC but No. 9 is your preferred one. What would you offer Justin Meram to get his number?

Justin Meram’s one of the few people I actually know on the team, so I think I’ll be fine with 30. It’s just a number.

How helpful is it coming to the team already knowing someone?

When I came to Montreal I literally only knew one person on the team. I actually know four or five guys here, so it’ll make the transition easy and make it more comfortable adjusting to the new life.

Do you have any pregame rituals or superstitions?

No, I don’t really do anything like that. I usually just have my headphones on and listen to music most of the time.

How much time do you spend practicing goal celebrations?

[Laughs] I get a lot of criticism because when I do score I usually don’t celebrate. So I guess the answer would be none, and that’s why everyone gives me a hard time about it. A lot of people say I don’t even smile after I score.

You’re going to have to spend some time with Kei and Waylon. They come up with some pretty interesting dances after they score.

I know, I’ve seen them. Maybe I’ll just let them do their thing and keep the spotlight on them.

Do you have any pet peeves?

I wouldn’t say so. I have road rage most of the time, so when people cut me off and stuff, I get pretty mad.

If you had a superpower, what would it be?

I think I would want to be able to fly.

Then you could just fly over traffic and wouldn’t have to worry about road rage?

Exactly! Or, you know, just going on vacation somewhere in a heartbeat.

What is your biggest fear?

My biggest fear is heights. I’m fine with being up high on a building or something, but when I look over the edge, my hands and my feet start sweating. But when I’m up there, I always get the itch to look over the edge. It’s kind of weird. I have to feel like I still look and then I back off.

That’s interesting since you’d want to be able to fly…

I think I’d get over it if I could fly somewhere and be there in two seconds.

Speaking of flying, Jack is flying (the commercial way) to Columbus tonight and will train with the team on Sunday. We look forward to seeing him on the pitch!