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17 October 2:39 pm

CRUCIAL ROAD TRIP CONCLUDES

After claiming six points from a two-match homestand, the Crew began a three-match road swing and thus far has captured three additional points from the first two matches ... after hitting a snag in a defeat away to New England on October 4, the club completed a two-goal comeback in defeating Philadelphia last weekend ... the trip concluded this weekend with the club’s second trip to Red Bull Arena in 2014 ... following this match, the Crew is set to close-out its 2014 regular season with a home date against the Union on Sunday, October 26. 

POGATETZ DEBUTS

Discovery Signing Emanuel Pogatetz made his club debut last weekend in Philadelphia, recording seven minutes off the bench to help the Black & Gold close-out the 3-1 victory ... a veteran of the Austrian National Team, the Barclays Premier League and the German Bundesliga, Pogatetz signed with Columbus on September 9. 

LOCKED AND LOADED

By virtue of Justin Meram’s goal in Philadelphia, the Crew became one of just five MLS clubs to boast three players with eight goals each in 2014 ... the full list is below:

Team Players
Columbus Crew Higuain (11), Finlay (10), Meram (8)
FC Dallas Perez (10), Castillo (10), Michel (8)
Seattle Sounders FC Martins (17), Dempsey (14), Neagle (8)
Portland Timbers Valeri (11), Adi (9), Urruti (9)
LA Galaxy Keane (19), Zardes (16), Donovan (10)

 

17 October 1:24 pm

Crew Homegrown Goalkeeper Matt Lampson recently announced his non-profit the LampStrong Foundation, Inc. is officially an 501(c)(3) as recognized by the IRS.

This Sunday, Crew staff, family and friends are running the Columbus Marathon in support of the LampStrong Foundation. The team has already raised over $2,500 towards the goal ahead of the race.  Click here to check out more about the Team LampStrong Marathon Team.

If you would like to support the team on Sunday, wear Crew gear, or  -- if you prefer --  LampStrong T-shirts are available in the Crew Gear Store for a $25 donation to support Team LampStrong runners who will be running in lime green LampStrong Foundation tech shirts.

Lampson and the Crew thanks all runners and others who have supported the LampStrong Foundation.

16 October 1:59 pm

Saturday's comeback victory in Philadelphia put Sporting Director and Head Coach Gregg Berhalter's Crew one step closer to the MLS Cup Playoffs -- in fact, the Black & Gold are about as close as you can possibly be to in without having officially clinched. Should the Crew officially qualify, Berhalter would set a club record in becoming the first Head Coach in club history to make the playoffs in his first full season as the Crew boss without any prior experience with the Black & Gold.

The full list of all full first-year Crew Head Coaches to make the postseason is below:

Year Coach Record Place Previous Experience with Crew
1997 Tom Fitzgerald 15-17-0 Fourth (out of five) 1996 (10 matches as Interim Head Coach)
2002 Greg Andrulis 11-12-5 Sixth (out of 10) 2001 (20 matches as Interim Head Coach)
2009 Robert Warzycha 13-7-10 First (out of seven) 2005 (16 matches as Interim Head Coach)
2014 Gregg Berhalter 12-10-10 (in progress) TBD N/A

 

15 October 12:33 pm

Matt Lampson continued his LLS Hero program during the month of September by meeting with many special Heroes and their families. To date, Lampson has honored 26 Heroes at Crew matches.

Continuing the Hero program that Lampson started during the 2013 season, the goalkeeper works with LLS to invite a child and his or her family to every home and away match during the 2014 season.

14 October 4:20 pm

Although the Crew moved little in this week's Power Rankings, the national media had complimentary words about the Black & Gold's comeback, with ESPNFC calling it "impressive."

See below for this week's ranks as well as last week's position indicated afterward.

MLSsoccer.com: 8 (7)

ESPNFC: 8 (8)

SI.com: 10 (10)

Photo Credit: USA Today Sports Images

14 October 10:15 am

The Crew SC Foundation is committed to providing soccer field space for challenged youth in the Central Ohio Community. Check back for updates on our 2015 projects.

 

13 October 2:49 pm

Following a standout performance in the Crew's 3-2 comeback win at Philadelphia over the weekend, midfielder Tony Tchani earned MLSsoccer.com Team of the Week honors for Week 31. Enjoying a breakout fifth season in MLS, the occasion marks Tchani's third Team of the Week appearance in 2014. Defender/midfielder Hector Jimenez earned an honorable mention nod for his contributions in the win.

VIEW THE FULL TEAM ON MLSSOCCER.COM