The Crew's home victory over Chivas USA resulted in varying levels of movement across national Power Rankings. In fact, across the three weekly polls, the Crew rose in one, remained the same in one and dropped a spot in the other. Such is the reality of MLS parity and the League-wide movement. The bottom line: it was a successful week in Crewville, as the Black & Gold earned three points and remained above the MLS Cup Playoffs threshold.
See below for the rankings, with last week's position indicated afterward:
MLSsoccer.com: 10 (9)
ESPNFC: 11 (11)
SI.com: 8 (10)
Photo Credit: Daniel Herlensky
For his brace in the Crew's 3-0 win at home over Chivas USA on Sunday, winger Justin Meram was named to MLSsoccer.com's Team of the Week for Week 26 of MLS action. The honor makes for the University of Michigan product's second appearance on the Team of the Week in 2014 following his goal and assist on August 23 against Houston.
Brad Stuver's run of strong play for the Wilmington Hammerheads continued over the previous week. Over three matches played, the Crew loanee went 1-1-1 in goal with two clean sheets and just two goals conceded over the span.
Stuver began yet another busy week by blanking Orlando City SC to the tune of a 0-0 draw on Wednesday, September 3. On Friday, September 5, the former Cleveland State Viking traveled to Dayton and faced his fellow Black & Gold loanees Matt Walker, Ross Friedman, Matt Wiet and Ben Sweat, who all started for the Dutch Lions in a 4-0 Hammerheads win. Stuver concluded the week by dropping a 2-0 decision to the Rochester Rhinos.
The match against Wilmington was the final contest of the season for Dayton, which finishes 2014 with a 6-18-4 record. As such, all Crew loanees have returned to training with the Black & Gold on a regular basis. Wilmington finished the regular season with a 9-8-11 record, qualifying for the playoffs as the number-seven seed. The club is set to face Sacramento Republic FC in the first round of the postseason.
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Justin Meram's curling effort is nominated for AT&T Goal of the Week following the Crew's 3-0 win over Chivas USA. The winger's strike is up against the New York Red Bulls' Thierry Henry, LA Galaxy's Baggio Husidic, Portland Timbers FC's Alvas Powell and Real Salt Lake's Alvaro Saborío for the weekly honor.
Voting runs until 2:59 a.m. ET on Fridays.
Ashleigh Ignelzi joins Matt Finkes every week for Massive Monday on 95.5 The Game.
Federico Higuain continues to lead MLS in corner kicks this season (109). 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).
The Crew is the only team to feature three players with at least 600 successful passes in the opposing end (Higuain , Tchani , Trapp ). No other MLS team has more than one player that has accomplished this feat.
Crew captain Michael Parkhurst leads 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 87.29 percent of his passes and has worn the armband in 25 tilts for the Black & Gold in 2014.
Crew Season Ticket Member Dan Kirn recently won his 2015 membership by extending early to be entered in a crossbar challenge at halftime of the Crew's match against the Houston Dynamo on August 23. In response, Kirn sent the below e-mail to the Crew Client Services team.
"I wanted to take the time to thank you and the Columbus Crew for picking me to participate in the 2015 Season Ticket Promotion ‘Crossbar Challenge’. It turned out to be a tremendous experience for myself, my family and friends. Well, the rest is history and now my son (Joey) is dubbing me ‘Johnny Halftime’ and I kinda like it!
The future now includes another full season in the seats rooting for the Crew in the summer of 2015. I am so excited for the future of this organization and MLS soccer in the U.S. and Canada. The Crew organization has provided us fans with a quality product that we can truly be proud of and call our own. As a season ticket member, you guys treat me like I am part of the family and I really appreciate the efforts of everyone involved. I look forward to seeing you at the next game and into the playoffs. Go Crew!
Columbus Crew fan for life"