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19 August 11:55 pm

By Brad Friedman

It was a wild night at MAPFRE Stadium: wild weather, wild momentum swings and an abundance of raw emotion.

Both Columbus Crew SC and New York City FC had their moments. Each side controlled various periods of the match, generating high-quality opportunities and pushing the action forward. The topsy-turvy play even continued after a 45-minute weather delay, making for an intriguing finish.

Much like the play on the field, the box score finished almost as even as it could be. Here, we take a closer look at those numbers and break down how they affected the outcome.

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Cedrick Mabwati registered his first Crew SC goal. Mabwati ran though New York City’s backline, gave the ball to Kei Kamara who fed a perfect through ball back to him. Mabwati made quick work with the goal, scoring just five minutes after coming on for Justin Meram in the 67th minute.

17

These clubs had no history together prior to Wednesday night, but they looked like rivals who had been sparring with one another for years. 17 fouls, on top of three New York City yellow cards, made for a physical game with plenty of screaming and hollering between players.

18

Kamara’s 24th-minute score not only kept him ahead of Toronto FC’s Sebastian Giovinco for most goals in MLS this season, but it also moved him up in the Crew SC history books. The goal put him in a tie with Stern John for the second most goals in a single season for Crew SC. Kamara has nine more goals to go before breaking John’s record of 26 goals in a season, which he set in 1998.

50.3

Crew SC held the advantage in possession, but it doesn’t get much closer than that. The Black & Gold held a slightly larger advantage at the half, to the tune of 54.2%, but an early second-half surge from New York City lessened the gap.

60

Harrison Afful played an hour in his Crew SC debut and he made the most of it. Afful’s speed shined through along the right side, allowing Crew SC to spread the field and create more space to attack in the box. He also showed great discipline when being played one-on-one, making slick moves on the ball and escaping some close-quarters situations. 

18 August 5:04 pm

MLSsoccer.com has published this infographic on Columbus Crew SC Homegrown midfielder Wil Trapp, showcasing his passing accuracy and influence on the club's success. 

13 August 3:39 pm

Columbus Crew SC will play its first ever match against New York City FC on Wednesday night at MAPFRE Stadium. It will be the second time this season the Black & Gold will face an MLS opponent for the very first time (see Orlando City SC in April).

With that in mind, we went back in the history books to find facts and figures from Crew SC debuts against other clubs. Take our quiz and tell us how well you do on Twitter and Facebook.

12 August 5:34 pm

Crew SC forward Kei Kamara stopped by the Westside Boys and Girls Club today to speak to a group of more than 50 kids about how sports and academics can help them pursue their dreams.
 
Kei shared his personal story and explained how sports helped him achieve his goals after immigrating to America from his native Sierra Leone. After speaking to the group Kei answered questions and signed autographs.
 
The event was part of Crew SC’s “Give Forward” initiative, which is sponsored by MAPFRE Insurance.

11 August 10:08 am

After a gritty 2-1 win in Colorado, here is where Columbus Crew SC stands in the MLS Power Rankings, according to MLSsoccer.com, Sports Illustrated and Bleacher Report.

MLSsoccer.com has bumped Crew SC up from rank 10 to 8, stressing that the Black & Gold accomplished what few Eastern Conference teams have done - getting a road win in the West.

The folks over at Sports Illustrated are all about Kei Kamara (and we can't blame them). Kamara's brace against Colorado not only secured three points, but put him ahead of Sebastian Giovinco for the MLS goals lead. Thanks to Kamara, SI moved Crew SC up one spot to ninth.

Bleacher Report moved Crew SC up three ranks, from 12th to ninth. Combine a comeback victory with the difficulty of playing in the mountains, and Crew SC earned its way back into the top 10, Bleacher Report says.