Columbus Crew SC continues to impress on the road, and the MLS Power Rankings are responding accordingly.
With goal contributions from Federico Higuain and Justin Meram, the Black & Gold showed resiliency on their way to earning the club’s third road win of the season after defeating New York City FC 2-1 in its first-ever match at Yankee Stadium. With the victory, here’s how the Black & Gold stand in this week’s Power Rankings:
MLSsoccer.com has Crew SC slotted in at the seventh spot, up two positions from last week, seeing the win on the road as a testament to the club’s current strong level of play.
Bleacher Report brings Columbus up two spots – from eighth to sixth – marking another week of positive gains after applauding the skills of Crew SC goalkeeper Steve Clark.
SI.com gives Crew SC the best ranking of the three publications, putting the Black & Gold at the number two slot overall, noting that the club has lost just once in its previous eight matches.
“Three is the magic number.” Crew SC traveled to Yankee Stadium for the first time ever and left one of North America’s most hallowed sports venues with three points. Road wins are hard to come by in the Eastern Conference, and in such a tight playoff race, these points are huge for the Black & Gold—amusing something so big for Columbus happens on the smallest pitch in MLS.
Justin Meram recorded his second game-winning goal this season in the 83rd minute, after subbing in for Cedrick Mabwati in the second half. Following Mabwati's goal on August 19 against New York City FC and Jack McInerney's tally on August 22 versus Sporting Kansas City, Crew SC has now received a goal from a substitute in three straight matches.
Three is also the number of Champions League winners NYCFC boasts, with Andrea Pirlo, Frank Lampard and David Villa.
Finally, three is the number of saves Crew SC goalkeeper Steve Clark made tonight to ensure his team’s victory. This was his 25th all-time win in Black & Gold and is now just one shy of tying Andy Gruenebaum for fourth place in club history.
Federico Higuain recorded Crew SC's first goal in the 10th minute and added the game-winning assist on Meram's tally. Higuain broke a tie with Guillermo Barros Schelotto in all-time club goal-scoring with his 34th, moving into solo sixth place in club history. Plus, his game-winning helper this afternoon was his ninth all-time, breaking a tie in that category with Simon Elliott and Brian Maisonneuve to move into fifth place all-time in Black & Gold history.
Crew SC also notched 34 crosses against New York City FC, compared to the expansion club’s four. This led to 23 clearances by NYC, while Columbus was only required to get it out of danger nine times.
Crew SC defender Chad Barson presented the Gladden Community House with more than 300 items of soccer equipment today.
The equipment was collected prior to the July 25th match at MAPFRE Stadium and was donated as part of the "Barson’s Boots" drive. Along with the donation to Gladden Community House, the more than 1,000 items donated through the program were distributed to Kicks for Kids Worldwide and youth throughout Central Ohio.
The event was held as part of Crew SC’s Give Forward initiative, which is sponsored by MAPFRE Insurance.
With just three regular-season home matches left, Columbus Crew SC’s historic 20th season is entering its final stretch.
At the beginning of the season, the club recognized some of its most loyal supporters – season ticket members who have been there since day one – on the pitch at MAPFRE Stadium. This past Saturday, the Crew SC front office extended another special message to all of its season ticket members.
The front office staff unveiled a tifo that read “Built By You. Thank You, Season Ticket Members.” The tifo, in reference to the popular supporter slogan “Built Not Bought,” was unveiled, fittingly, during the 20th minute of the match against Sporting Kansas City.
The tifo was conceptualized, designed, drawn and sewn together by front office staff. Its message: This club was built by the supporters through season ticket deposits and Crew SC is forever grateful for their support.
Columbus Crew SC players Chad Barson, Steve Clark and Ben Speas visited the rehab and cardiac units at Nationwide Children’s Hospital today to visit the young patients and their families.
The players took pictures and signed mini-soccer balls for the kids. Each child also received a soccer-themed activity packet.
This event was part of Crew SC’s “Give Forward” initiative, which is sponsored by MAPFRE Insurance.
Columbus Crew SC collected four points in two home matches in Week 25, triggering surprising movement in the MLS Power Rankings.
After drawing 2-2 with New York City FC in their first-ever meeting on Wednesday, the Black & Gold turned it up a notch four days later. Crew SC demonstrated composure and confidence beating Sporting Kansas City 3-2 in dramatic fashion. After trailing twice, forward Jack McInerney opened his Crew SC account in the 88th minute for the go-ahead goal in his home debut.
Based on the two results, here’s how the Black & Gold fare in this week's Power Rankings:
MLSsoccer.com isn’t totally impressed by Crew SC’s performance last week as it has dropped Columbus a spot from eighth to ninth.
SI.com has given Crew SC the biggest boost, bumping the Black & Gold up to fourth, from last week’s ninth slot. Sports Illustrated applauds the club’s ability to score twice in the final 10 minutes against SKC with MLS leading goal scorer Kei Kamara on the bench.
Bleacher Report has commended Columbus for its strong set piece defending and responsive attack to Sporting KC, nudging them up a spot from ninth to eighth.