With an off week and three 0-0 draws around MLS in Week Three, it's comes to no surprise that Crew SC saw little movement across the Week Three Power Rankings. The Black & Gold remain in the top half of the major media outlets' rankings ahead of Saturday's clash with the New York Red Bulls.
See the full rankings below.
MLSsoccer.com: 5 (4)
SI.com: 7 (7)
ESPNFC : N/A (4)
Crew SC saw a spike across the weekly Power Rankings following Saturday's 2-0 win over Toronto FC. The Black & Gold placed as high as fourth on MLSsoccer.com and ESPNFC's lists.
See the full rankings below, last week's rankings are noted in parentheses.
Crew SC's Hernan Grana and Justin Meram earned MLSsoccer.com Team of the Week honors following the Black & Gold's 2-0 win over Toronto FC in Week Two. Meram opened the scoring against the Reds to notch his first goal of 2015, while Grana was instrumental in helping the home side to the clean sheet at MAPFRE Stadium. Crew SC returns to action on March 28 vs. the New York Red Bulls at MAPFRE Stadium.
Listen to what Gregg Berhalter, Ethan Finlay and Steve Clark had to say following Crew SC's 2-0 win over Toronto FC in MAPFRE Stadium's 250th all-time Major League Soccer regular-season match.
This weekend’s match against Toronto FC is the 250th all-time regular season contest for Crew SC at historic MAPFRE Stadium. The Black & Gold have played in the iconic venue since 1999, recording a record of 126-65-58. Over that span, Crew SC has scored 380 goals at MAPFRE Stadium while only conceding 267, a differential of +113. Columbus begins its 17th season at MAPFRE Stadium with this match. Over the years, the stadium has also hosted eight U.S. Soccer FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – specifically four consecutive “Dos a Cero” victories for the U.S. over Mexico (2001, 2005, 2009, 2013) – FIFA Women’s World Cup matches, MLS Cup 2001, two MLS All- Star Games and a number of concerts.
Crew SC has gone unbeaten over its last 10 Opening Matches at home, with a 5-0-5 record over the span. The club has a goal differential of +10 (14 goals four, four goals against) in those contests. Crew SC has kept a clean sheet in six of those Opening Matches, including a stretch of three in a row from 2010 - 2012. Last season, Colum- bus defeated Philadelphia by a final score of 2-1 in the Opening Match.
The Black & Gold begin the eighth-annual Trillium Cup rivalry series with this match against Toronto FC. The two teams have battled for the rivalry cup during each season since the Reds’ entry into Major League Soccer in 2008. Crew SC has earned the Trillium Cup five of the previous seven seasons, but Toronto FC captured it last season after winning all three meetings between the sides. Total points in the teams’ matches decides the winner, with the first tiebreaker being away goals and the second tiebreaker being overall goal differential.
OPENING WITH A BANG
Crew SC has experienced success in recent home openers, going unbeaten over its last 10 such contests at MAPFRE Stadium ... the Black & Gold have gone 5-0-5 in their last 10 Opening Matches, accumulating a goal differential of +10 (14 goals four, four goals against) ... Crew SC has kept a clean sheet in six of those Opening Matches, including a stretch of three in a row from 2010 - 2012.
The MLS Disciplinary committee has suspended Columbus Crew SC midfielder Tony Tchani one game and fined the player an undisclosed amount for his 77th minute challenge in the club’s match last weekend at Houston ... Tchani will miss the Opening Match at MAPFRE Stadium as a result of the suspension.
NINE-TENTHS OF THE LAW
Following a season in which Crew SC kept the ball at a 54.12% rate, good for fourth in MLS, the Black & Gold continued their strong possession ways last weekend in Houston ... Columbus recorded the second-highest rate of possession among any MLS club on the League’s opening weekend, holding the ball at a 59.43% rate against the Dynamo ... only Philadelphia (62.06%) notched a higher rate.