Crew play-by-play man Neil Sika joins Matt Finkes on 95.5 The Game for "Sika the Truth" every Wednesday.
After reviewing the tape from Saturday's 3-0 victory over the Houston Dynamo, MLS confirmed that winger Ethan Finlay earned a secondary assist on Aaron Schoenfeld's goal. Finlay, quick in transition, played a pass to Waylon Francis, whose cross found Schoenfeld for a tally in the 64th minute.
The added assist gives Finlay six goals and five assists on the season, with each tally or helper coming during the winger's last 14 matches. Finlay has notched at least a goal or an assist in 10 of those 14 contests. The torrid stretch began on May 17 in Portland with the former Creighton Bluejay's first MLS goal. Against the LA Galaxy on August 16, Finlay registered his first career "multi-point" match, with one goal and one assist.
The 2012 MLS SuperDraft first-round selection ranks second on the Black & Gold in both goals and assists, trailing Federico Higuain in both categories.
The Dutch Lions' backline had a decidedly Columbus feel to it last Saturday against the Colorado Rapids Reserves, as both Ben Sweat and Matt Wiet started and played the full 90 minutes in a 2-1 Dayton loss. It was Sweat's second consecutive match for the Dutch Lions. The Black & Gold's 2014 first-round MLS SuperDraft pick recorded one shot in the contest.
Elsewhere in USL-PRO, goalkeeper Brad Stuver played three matches over a five-day span for Wilmington Hammerheads FC. The Crew loanee started in goal against Sacramento Republic FC on Wednesday, August 20 and followed that up with starts at Orange County Blues FC on Saturday, August 23 and at LA Galaxy II on Sunday, August 24. Stuver played every minute of the busy slate for the Hammerheads, earning a victory against Orange County and a draw vs. LA Galaxy II.
Photo Credit: Jeremi Blurton
The Crew's second-straight three-goal victory led to another strong showing in the weekly Power Rankings. The Black & Gold rose two additional spots in each of the three major national polls.
See below for this week's ranks with last week's position indicated afterward:
MLSsoccer.com: 8 (10)
ESPNFC: 10 (12)
SI.com: 9 (11)
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Notching a goal and an assist for the second week in a row, Crew winger Justin Meram was named to MLSsoccer.com's Team of the Week following the club's 3-0 victory over the Houston Dynamo. Despite the convincing win in Week 24, Meram is the Black & Gold's lone representative on the Team of the Week. Goalkeeper Steve Clark was named Honorable Mention.
Crew Sporting Director and Head Coach Gregg Berhalter meets with media regarding transfer rumors concerning Giancarlo Gonzalez ahead of Saturday's match versus the Houston Dynamo.
After taking an early 2-0 lead against LA, the Crew earned a crucial trio of points at home in a 4-1 victory last Saturday. With the win, the Black & Gold are unbeaten (5- 0-3) in 2014 when leading at halftime.
Last Saturday saw a four-goal performance for the Crew behind a couple of season-high statistics on the shooting side. The 21 total shots matched a season high from the June 4 draw against Real Salt Lake, while the 12 shots on goal are a new season benchmark as the Black & Gold buried one-third of their total shots on frame for goals.
The Crew’s Steve Clark, Giancarlo Gonzalez and Tony Tchani were named to MLSsoccer.com’s Team of the Week following Saturday’s 4-1 win over the LA Galaxy. With three players on the list in Week 23, it’s the Black & Gold’s highest total of the season. Justin Meram was named honorable mention.
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