BACK ON THE MLS GRIND ...
The Crew resumes MLS action for League contest number 16 in 2014 as the Black & Gold return with a 4-5-6 record ... after Saturday’s tilt against FC Dallas, the Crew has several pairs of grouped home and road matches to begin the middle of summer ... following back-to-back road contests at Colorado (July 4) and New York (July 12), the team is home for a stretch of three home matches in eight days, including League matches against Sporting KC (July 16) and Montreal (July 19) before an international friendly against Crystal Palace (July 23).
... BUT THE FIFA WORLD CUP BREAK WAS BUSY FOR CREW
The Crew’s last League match was June 7 at FedExField in a 0-0 result against D.C. United ... after getting a bit of rest, the team played two Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup matches during the most recent 2014 FIFA World Cup break ... after playing 120 minutes on June 17 against North American Soccer League side Indy Eleven, the team again saw an extra-time match on Wednesday night in Chicago.
STRONG TRENDS AGAINST FC DALLAS
The Crew welcomes FC Dallas to Columbus on Saturday as the Black & Gold look to continue its recent success against the Hoops ... since falling in both 2007 League matches, the Crew has secured points in eight out of its last 10 matches against FC Dallas dating back to August 16, 2008 ... the Crew has won its last two matches against the Hoops and within this current 10-match trend, the Black & Gold put together a four-match unbeaten streak (2-0-2) from August 2009 through April 2011.
MLS might have taken a break for the FIFA World Cup, but USL-PRO play continued as the Dayton Dutch Lions played two matches this past weekend, dropping both.
On Friday, Dayton traveled to Rochester and fell to the Rhinos by a 2-0 final. Ross Friedman, Matt Wiet and Aaron Schoenfeld all started for the Dutch Lions, while Matt Walker came on as a substitute. Schoenfeld paced Dayton with two shots in the contest.
Dayton then returned home for a Sunday encounter with Orlando City SC, again falling by a 2-0 score. Friedman, Wiet, Schoenfeld and Walker all started for the Dutch Lions, with Walker recording two shots and Schoenfeld one.
Photo Credit: Jeremi Blurton
Newly acquired winger Alvaro Rey gives his first interview since joining the Black & Gold.