For his efforts in helping the Black & Gold to back-to-back draws against Real Salt Lake and D.C. United, defender Michael Parkhurst was named to MLSsoccer.com's Team of the Week for Week 14. This marks the second time in 2014 the Crew Captain has earned the accolade after he helped his club blank D.C. United, 3-0, in Week One. Goalkeeper Steve Clark and midfielder Ethan Finlay were named Honorable Mention following the multi-fixture week.
The Dayton Dutch Lions played a rare two matches on back-to-back days last weekend, both on the road in California, but couldn't come away with a victory in either.
The Crew's USL-PRO affiliate first fell by a 4-3 final at Orange County Blues. Black & Gold loanee Matt Walker tallied in the 12th minute to open the scoring, but four unanswered goals by Orange County aided the home side to the victory.
On the very next day, Dayton played LA Galaxy II as part of a doubleheader at StubHub Center, following the LA Galaxy-Chivas USA match. Aaron Schoenfeld pulled a late goal back for the Dutch Lions, but LA Galaxy II won by a 5-1 final.
Matt Wiet played 90 minutes in both matches; Walker, Schoenfeld and Ross Friedman started against Orange County, wheras Walker and Schoenfeld were each subbed on against LA Galaxy II.
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Ethan Finlay's 88th-minute equalizer against Real Salt Lake on June 4 is nominated for AT&T Goal of the Week honors in Week 14. Finlay is up against Colorado's Deshorn Brown, FC Dallas' Fabian Castillo, New York's Peguy Leyindula and Chicago midfielder Harrison Shipp.
Voting runs until 11:59 p.m. PT on Thursday.
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Matt Lampson was honored to invite the LLS Indianapolis chapter’s 2014 Boy of the Year Zaki Siddiqui and his family to Crew Stadium on Saturday Night. Zaki (five years old) began his battle with ALL in November of 2010 and has been in remission since May 2013. You can read more about Zaki and his story on the LLS Website.
Looking to continue the Hero program that Lampson started during the 2013 season, the goalkeeper will be working with LLS to invite a child and their family to every home and away match during the 2014 season.
Federico Higuain’s miss on Wednesday from the spot was his first of the season after an impressive 3-for-3 start to 2014. Higuain went 6-for-8 from the spot in 2013 and he had one shot saved -- May 4 against New York’s Luis Robles. He missed one as well, on July 7 against Portland’s Donovan Ricketts. While Higuain was not able to convert on Wednesday night, the Crew went on to find a goal from Ethan Finlay to level the match at 1-1.
Saturday’s meeting is the 59th regular-season meeting between the Crew and United dating back to 1996. The match at FedExField marks just the fourth-ever venue for a regular-season meeting between the two teams. That short list includes Ohio Stadium, D.C.’s RFK Stadium and the Crew’s current home, Columbus Crew Stadium.
Midfielder Ben Speas has recorded an assist in two consecutive matches, both during the busy stretch of three matches in eight days. Both of his assists have been in substitute appearances. Speas played just four minutes before adding a helper in Toronto on May 31 and on Wednesday night Speas was subbed on before the end of the first half and helped Ethan Finlay equalize late.
THE ROAD TO BRAZIL
The Crew’s match at D.C. United has been moved to FedExField as part of a Road to Brazil double-header ... Road to Brazil, a 10-day, seven-game tour featuring FIFA World Cup-bound nations, is set to take place across the United States just days prior to the 2014 FIFA World Cup ... the Black & Gold road match – previously scheduled for a 7:00 p.m. ET kick that day at RFK Stadium – is now being held as the second match of the evening at FedExField in Landover, Md. following the conclusion of Spain versus El Salvador ... Road to Brazil is being organized by Major League Soccer’s commercial arm, Soccer United Marketing.
A THIRD SHOT AT UNITED
The Crew opened the Gregg Berhalter era with a 3-0 win over D.C. United on March 8 at RFK Stadium ... the away victory began the club’s three-match road unbeaten streak (2-0-1) ... the Crew found a late equalizer in a 1-1 draw on April 19 in the second meeting ... the 2014 regular-season series concludes this weekend.
SCORE FIRST AGAINST UNITED AND SUCCEED ...
Since the start of the 2009, the Crew has secured points in seven of the eight meetings between the Crew and United in which the Black & Gold have scored first ... overall, the Black & Gold are 7-4-2 in the last five seasons against United.
... BUT LATE-GAME MAGIC POSSIBLE IF D.C. SCORES FIRST
The Crew has had success when scoring first against United, but a Black-and-Red goal to open the scoring doesn’t necessarily mean a win for D.C ... Hector Jimenez’s 90th-minute goal gave the Crew a crucial point at home and secured the second batch of late-game Crew magic of 2014 when the teams last met on April 14.