Neil Sika joins Matt Finkes every Wednesday for Sika the Truth on 95.5 The Game.
The Crew took a small slide in national Power Rankings after its 2-0 loss in Montreal on Saturday, but the Black & Gold have a strong chance to rebound with a home clash on Sunday against Chivas USA (3:00 p.m. ET / Time Warner Cable SportsChannel).
See below for this week's rankings with last week's position indicated afterward:
ESPNFC: 11 (10)
SI.com: 10 (9)
MLSsoccer.com: 9 (8)
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It's been a whirlwind month for new Crew midfielder Romain Gall.
Less than one month after returning to the United States to join MLS and the Black & Gold, Gall is headed on another transcontinental flight -- this time to South America to join the United States U-20 Men's National Team in a camp that features three matches and 10 days of training.
Crew Sporting Director and Head Coach Gregg Berhalter called Gall's call-up "great" and believes that opportunities such as this one show why he is so highly regarded.
"We see in him a young, dynamic player who has a good future," said the Crew boss. "It validates that when he's getting called into the U-20 program."
As a result of the call-up, Gall will miss Sunday's MLS clash against Chivas USA (3:00 p.m. ET / Time Warner Cable SportsChannel).
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Brad Stuver had another productive week for Wilmington, going unbeaten and allowing just one goal over two matches for the Hammerheads. On Thursday, August 28 he helped Wilmington defeat Orlando City SC by a 3-1 final score. Two days later, he kept a clean sheet in a 0-0 draw against Sacramento Republic FC. Stuver has now started seven matches for the Hammerheads, compiling a 1.43 goals-against average. The goalkeeper was also named to the league's Team of the Week for his efforts.
Elsewhere in USL-PRO, Crew loanee Ross Friedman returned for Dayton after missing two matches, starting and playing 40 minutes in a 7-0 loss to Orlando City SC. Matt Wiet also started for the Dutch Lions in the contest.
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Creew Sporting Director and Head Coach Gregg Berhalter meets with the media following Monday's training session in Obetz.
Ashleigh Ignelzi joins Matt Finkes on The BIG Show to talk all things Black & Gold on Massive Monday.
Federico Higuain leads MLS in corner kicks this season (104). His career high for a single season was 123 last year. Overall, Higuain is third on the Crew’s all-time list for corners, trailing Robert Warzycha (503) and Guillermo Barros Schelotto (423).
Tony Tchani leads MLS in passes attempted this season (1,496). He ranks second in successful passes (1,273). Wil Trapp is fourth in MLS in both categories.
In 630 total minutes of action in the all-time, regular-season series between the Crew and the Impact, the Black & Gold have outscored Montreal 12-6. Six players have found the net for the Crew with Dominic Oduro’s three tallies against the Impact in 2013 leading the way. Chad Marshall, Milovan Mirosevic and most recently Bernardo Anor have each scored two goals for Columbus in the series. The Black & Gold’s Argentine maestro Federico Higuaín leads the club with four assists against the Impact. In contrast, just three players have scored the six goals for the Impact -- four of those strikes have come from the foot of Designated Player Marco Di Vaio.