Crew SC defender Chad Barson presented the Gladden Community House with more than 300 items of soccer equipment today.
The equipment was collected prior to the July 25th match at MAPFRE Stadium and was donated as part of the "Barson’s Boots" drive. Along with the donation to Gladden Community House, the more than 1,000 items donated through the program were distributed to Kicks for Kids Worldwide and youth throughout Central Ohio.
The event was held as part of Crew SC’s Give Forward initiative, which is sponsored by MAPFRE Insurance.
With just three regular-season home matches left, Columbus Crew SC’s historic 20th season is entering its final stretch.
At the beginning of the season, the club recognized some of its most loyal supporters – season ticket members who have been there since day one – on the pitch at MAPFRE Stadium. This past Saturday, the Crew SC front office extended another special message to all of its season ticket members.
The front office staff unveiled a tifo that read “Built By You. Thank You, Season Ticket Members.” The tifo, in reference to the popular supporter slogan “Built Not Bought,” was unveiled, fittingly, during the 20th minute of the match against Sporting Kansas City.
The tifo was conceptualized, designed, drawn and sewn together by front office staff. Its message: This club was built by the supporters through season ticket deposits and Crew SC is forever grateful for their support.
Columbus Crew SC players Chad Barson, Steve Clark and Ben Speas visited the rehab and cardiac units at Nationwide Children’s Hospital today to visit the young patients and their families.
The players took pictures and signed mini-soccer balls for the kids. Each child also received a soccer-themed activity packet.
This event was part of Crew SC’s “Give Forward” initiative, which is sponsored by MAPFRE Insurance.
Columbus Crew SC collected four points in two home matches in Week 25, triggering surprising movement in the MLS Power Rankings.
After drawing 2-2 with New York City FC in their first-ever meeting on Wednesday, the Black & Gold turned it up a notch four days later. Crew SC demonstrated composure and confidence beating Sporting Kansas City 3-2 in dramatic fashion. After trailing twice, forward Jack McInerney opened his Crew SC account in the 88th minute for the go-ahead goal in his home debut.
Based on the two results, here’s how the Black & Gold fare in this week's Power Rankings:
MLSsoccer.com isn’t totally impressed by Crew SC’s performance last week as it has dropped Columbus a spot from eighth to ninth.
SI.com has given Crew SC the biggest boost, bumping the Black & Gold up to fourth, from last week’s ninth slot. Sports Illustrated applauds the club’s ability to score twice in the final 10 minutes against SKC with MLS leading goal scorer Kei Kamara on the bench.
Bleacher Report has commended Columbus for its strong set piece defending and responsive attack to Sporting KC, nudging them up a spot from ninth to eighth.
Jack McInerney couldn't have picked a better way to make his debut at MAPFRE Stadium. The young Columbus Crew SC striker came on for Kei Kamara in the 64th minute vs. Sporting Kansas City after the Black & Gold had fallen behind 2-1. Twenty-four minutes later, McInerney had scored his first ever Crew SC goal and helped the Black & Gold to a thrilling 3-2 win.
Looking at the stats, it may be difficult to believe Crew SC held a lead only for the final five minutes of the match. Here, we break down the Saturday's match by the numbers.
Crew SC overcame two different setbacks to secure the win. Marcel de Jong’s 14th-minute goal put Sporting KC up for 21 minutes in the first half prior to Ethan Finlay’s 35th-minute equalizer. Graham Zusi then put Sporting Kansas City ahead again in the 62nd minute before Tony Tchani drove home another equalizer in the 80th. It only took eight more minutes for McInerney to make one heck of a first impression on his home supporters.
The chants of “Hi-gua-ín” reverberated throughout MAPFRE Stadium frequently on Saturday night. Translation: Pipa had one busy night taking corners. Crew SC’s attack also did well to apply constant pressure on Sporting KC’s backline to earn said corner kicks. Keeping with the theme of constant pressure, Crew SC also fired off 31 crosses to Sporting KC’s 13. In addition, SKC was forced to make a whopping 26 clearances.
Sporting Director and Head Coach Gregg Berhalter’s system thrives when Crew SC can move the ball efficiently, and the Black & Gold did exactly that. Crew SC won the passing category 491-235 and finished with 80% passing accuracy. Sporting KC mustered up only 57% accuracy.