Crew play-by-play man Neil Sika joins Matt Finkes for "Sika the Truth" every Wednesday on 95.5 The Game.
The Crew's unbeaten streak has stretched to four matches, and as a result, ESPNFC bumped it up one spot in its Power Rankings, with MLSsoccer.com keeping it level.
See the links below for the full rankings, with last week's position indicated as well:
MLSsoccer.com: 14 (14)
ESPNFC: 12 (13)
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Winger Ethan Finlay was an offensive threat throughout the Crew's Independence Day clash with the Colorado Rapids, eventually netting the equalizer in the 76th minute to help the Black & Gold to a point on the road. For his efforts, Finlay was named to MLSsoccer.com's Team of the Week for Week 17. The honor is the first of Finlay's career.
The Dayton Dutch Lions split a pair of contests last week as they continued their USL-PRO campaign.
On Wednesday, July 2, Dayton fell 2-1 to Pittsburgh Riverhounds at home. A pair of Crew loanees linked up for the match's opening goal, as Aaron Schoenfeld scored from Ross Friedman in the fifth minute. Matt Walker and Matt Wiet also started for Dayton.
On Saturday, July 5, Schoenfeld nabbed a hat trick in a 3-1 road victory over Charlotte Eagles. Friedman and Wiet both started the match, while Walker entered as a second-half substitute.
Schoenfeld now leads USL-PRO in goals with 12 in 18 matches. He is also three goals away from tying the all-time USL-PRO single-season goal-scoring record.
— Nicholas Murray (@NJEMurray) July 6, 2014
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MLSSoccer.com's Dan Haiek and Armchair Analyst Matt Doyle preview the Friday night match between the Colorado Rapids and Columbus Crew. Will Dillon Powers and Vicente Sanchez be too much for Columbus to handle? How much does Wil Trapp mean to the Columbus midfield?
In partnership with the Columbus Council on World Affairs, the Crew Soccer Foundation coordinated a youth forum titled “The World of Soccer is MASSIVE” on June 20 for 50 high-school-aged youth. The event celebrated this year’s FIFA World Cup and gave participating children a behind-the-scenes look at Crew Stadium, helped the youth explore “global jobs in sports” and work in groups to consider the social, political and cultural dimensions of soccer.
The Crew -- and goalkeeper Steve Clark -- allowed just one goal in regular-season MLS action in the month of June. Following the 1-1 draw against Real Salt Lake on June 4, the Crew has held its opponents scoreless for two consecutive matches entering July.
Columbus is 2-5-3 all-time on Independence Day. The last 4th of July win for the Black & Gold was back in 2001 against LA in the Rose Bowl before a crowd of 52,634.
The deadline to vote for eight Crew players are eligible for selection for the 2014 MLS All-Star Game is approaching (July 11). Crew players eligible include: Bernardo Anor, Jairo Arrieta, Steve Clark, Giancarlo Gonzalez, Federico Higuain, Michael Parkhurst, Wil Trapp and Josh Williams ... fans can vote online at MLSsoccer.com for their Fan XI until July 11, selecting one goalkeeper and 10 field players from the ballot ... fans can also utilize the AT&T / EA SPORTS “More than a Vote” Challenge and vote for a favorite forward by scoring goals with them in EA SPORTS FIFA 14 with one goal equaling one vote ... the All-Star Fan XI is set to be revealed during the ESPN2 broadcast of Philadelphia Union vs. New York Red Bulls on July 16 at 7:00 p.m. ET ... the gameday roster, chosen by All-Star head coach Caleb Porter, is set to be announced at a later date.