Matt Lampson invited 4-year-old ALL survivor Marley Phillips and her family to Crew Stadium Saturday night for the team’s matchup with D.C. United.
After enjoying an exciting finish from the sidelines, Matt met with the family to offer words of encouragement and advice to Marley.
Looking to continue the Hero program that Lampson started during the 2013 season, the goalkeeper will be working with LLS to invite a child and their family to every home and away match during the 2014 season.
Crew play-by-play man Neil Sika joins Matt Finkes on 95.5 The Game every Wednesday for Sika the Truth.
Thanks to Wil Trapp and Hector Jimenez's late-game heroics to rescue a point at home for the 10-man Crew against D.C. United over the weekend, the Black & Gold stood firm in this week's Power Rankings. The Crew slipped slightly on MLSsoccer.com and Sports Illustrated's Planet Fútbol lists, while moving up one spot in ESPNFC's rankings. See the full rankings below.
MLSsoccer.com: 6 (5)
ESPNFC: 5 (6)
Forward Aaron Schoenfeld drew -- and converted -- a first-half penalty kick to help Dayton Dutch Lions FC to a 1-0 victory over the Harrisburg City Islanders at Skyline Sports Complex in Harrisburg on Saturday. Fellow loanee Kevan George played the entire 90 minutes, while Ryan Finley came on as a second-half substitute.
The Dutch Lions are 2-1-1 on the season and third on the USL-PRO table after four matches.
Hector Jimenez's 90th-minute equalizer against D.C. United is nominated for AT&T Goal of the Week in Week Seven. It marks the second-straight week Jimenez has played a part in a Goal of the Week nominee, as he earned a second assist on Federico Higuaín's tally against San Jose on April 13.
The Crew winger is up against Seattle's Obafemi Martins, LA's Stefan Ishizaki, Vancouver's Kekuta Manneh and Real Salt Lake's Ned Grabavoy.
Voting runs until 11:59 p.m. PT on Thursday.
With his three shots against San Jose last Sunday (April 13), forward Dominic Oduro now has 99 shots as a member of the Crew. Oduro has made seven shots in the young 2014 season and his career-best 92 shots in 2013 helped boost him to a career-high 13 goals.
Three players are quickly approaching the milestone of 50 games played for the Crew. Bernardo Anor has only one more game left until he hits the 50-game mark, which he could earn against DC United on Saturday. Tony Tchani has 48 games under his belt as a member of the Crew and will look to complete his 50th game for the Crew as early as next weekend against New York Red Bulls (April 26). Federico Higuain currently has 47 Crew games played and would be looking for his 50th Columbus Crew match potentially against Sporting Kansas City on May 4.
Crew defender Michael Parkhurst hit a career milestone of 120 games played in MLS last Sunday. Parkhurst has played five games for the Crew in 2014 and totaled 115 games from 2005-08 with the New England Revolution before departing Europe for five years.
The five finalists for the 2014 induction into the Crew Circle of Honor are set to be made on Saturday following the conclusion of stage one voting on Saturday at noon. A complete list of candidates and criteria for entry is available at TheCrew.com.
CREW’S SUCCESS AGAINST UNITED IN COLUMBUS
The Crew has successfully defended its home field in six of the past seven meetings with D.C. United at Crew Stadium ... the Black & Gold have not lost to D.C. United at Columbus Crew Stadium since August 18, 2007 when the club was defeated 2-0 ... the Crew has gone 5-0-1 at home against United -- with four straight wins -- since that loss.
SCORE FIRST AGAINST UNITED AND SUCCEED
Since the start of the 2009, the Crew has secured points in seven of the eight meetings between the Crew and United in which the Black & Gold have scored first ... overall, the Black & Gold are 7-4-1 in the last five seasons against United.
HIGUAIN MOVING ON UP
With his goal at San Jose last Sunday, Federico Higuain moved up the Crew’s all-time top 10 goal-scoring list ... in just 47 career regular-season matches, he currently has 20 goals as a member of the Crew and departed a three-way tie for 10th place alongside Robert Warzycha and Pete Marino (19 goals) ... his goal moved him into a tie for ninth place with Alejandro Moreno (20 goals) ... Higuain will have to score four more goals this season to take over eighth place, which is held by Brian Maisonneuve (23 goals).