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The Crew is returning home for the first time since September 27, when it defeated the Montreal Impact by a final score of 2-0 ... overall, the Black & Gold are 5-0-0 in their last five home clashes and 6-1-0 over their last seven ... the Crew has outscored its last five home opponents by an aggregate scoreline of 13-1 ... goalkeeper Steve Clark has kept a clean sheet in each of his last four home outings.
Ethan Finlay’s strike in the 34th minute against New York held up as the game-winner last Sunday ... the goal brought Finlay’s game-winning goals tally to five in 2014 ... the winger is now one of nine players to record at least five game-winning goals this season ... he joins New England’s Lee Nguyen, LA’s Gyasi Zardes, Seattle’s Clint Dempsey and Houston’s Will Bruin as the only Americans to accomplish the feat this season.
TCHANI EXTENDS ASSISTS MARK
Tony Tchani notched another assist against New York last weekend, taking his season total to six helpers ... that amount represents a new career-best for the Cameroonian in the category, exploding past the three assists he recorded in 2010 with the New York Red Bulls ... Tchani has recorded assists in three consecutive games for the first time in his MLS career ... the midfielder also has four assists over his last three contests alone.
Winger Ethan Finlay joined Joe, Ed and Julia in-studio on Thursday to talk his recent run of success, the Crew's playoff picture and going the see The Lion King.
Got a question for Gregg Berhalter? Here's your chance to ask it.
As part of Fandemonium Week, Columbus Crew supporters will have the exclusive opportunity to take part in a Q&A with the Crew Sporting Director and Head Coach at Hendoc’s Pub this Thursday, October 23 at 6:00 p.m. ET.
***Must be 21+ to attend.
The Crew's win over New York was one of its most defining moments of the season so far. Snapping a long streak of struggles in a place like Red Bull Arena was no easy task for the Black & Gold, and the national Power Rankings polls took notice. The Crew climbed in each of the three sets of rankings.
See below for Columbus' exact position, as well as where it stood at this time last week:
MLSsoccer.com: 7 (8)
ESPNFC: 7 (8)
SI.com: 8 (10)
Photo Credit: USA Today Sports Images
Following Sunday's convincing 3-1 victory at Red Bull Arena, Crew Sporting Director and Head Coach Gregg Berhalter and midfielders Ethan Finlay and Wil Trapp were named to MLSsoccer.com's Team of the Week for Week 33. Midfielder Tony Tchani and forward Aaron Schoenfeld earned Honorable Mention nods following the win.