Despite having the week off from MLS play, the Crew slipped across Week 33's Power Rankings. The Black & Gold took the biggest hit in MLSSoccer.com's rankings, where they fell from 12th to 15th place. Full rankings are below.
MLSSoccer.com - 15th (12th)
ESPNFC - 15th (14th)
Sports Illustrated - 15th (14th)
Matt Lampson and Team LampStrong helped raise over $14,000 for blood cancer research ahead of Saturday's Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Light the Night Walk at Bicentennial Park in downtown Columbus. Here are the top tweets and Instagram photos from the event.
On Week 13 of NBC Sports Network's MLS Insider, Federico Higuaín chats about his move from Argentina to play for the Crew and his connection to classic rock, with a particular emphasis on the Rolling Stones.
*Higuaín's segment begins at the 08:18 mark.
The Crew welcomed special guest Parker MacDonald to Crew Stadium on Saturday night through the club's Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Hero program. Part of Parker’s experience was the opportunity to come down onto the field for a post-match meet and greet with starting goalkeeper Matt Lampson.
The Crew saw a slight drop across all national media outlets' Power Rankings in Week 33 following Saturday's loss to Sporting Kansas City. The Black & Gold peaked at number 12 in MLSSoccer.com's rankings. Full rankings are below.
Days after Landon Donovan tied Jeff Cunningham's all-time MLS scoring lead with 134 goals, MLSsoccer.com's Jeff Bradley caught-up with the former Crew striker to talk about the record and his prolific career. The two discuss the Jamaican-born striker's humble beginnings and the speed that helped him score 134 times during his MLS career.
For the Crew's Boot Breast Cancer match against Sporting Kansas City on Saturday, winger Dominic Oduro showed up to the stadium sporting his latest hairdo: a pink mohawk with pink ribbons on the the sides of his head for Breast Cancer Awareness month. The design is no surprise as a Ghana flag, a Black & Gold Crew-hawk and various other designs have decorated Oduro's dome in weeks previous.
For more on Oduro's evolving hair, check out Andy Edwards' feature on MLSSoccer.com.
With his assist in the 4-2 victory over FC Dallas, Federico Higuain now has a club-leading nine assists in 2013. With 11 goals already in his clip, Higuain is one assist shy of becoming the second player in Crew history to record 10 or more goals and 10 or more assists in a single season. If he’s able to record a helper in one of the final three matches of 2013, he’d become the first player in 12 seasons to do so as Jeff Cunningham posted 10 goals and 13 assists in 2001.
The Crew has put together its first three-game winning streak of 2013 and has found plenty of scoring in the current stretch. The Black & Gold averaged three goals per game in that trio of wins, marking the first time since 2008 that the club posted a three- game winning streak while averaging three tallies per game in that span. In 2008, from August 23 to September 6, the Crew secured victories of 3-0, 2-1 and 4-0 while this year’s edition featured wins of 2-1, 3-0 and 4-2 from September 14 through September 29.
5, 2, 3
Dominic Oduro’s five game-winning goals in 2013 is currently in a seven-way tie for second-most in MLS this season behind Chris Wondolowski’s six game-winners. Oduro’s last three matches featured game-winning goals for the Crew as he recorded his second three-goal month of 2013 following a trio of goals in the month of April.
WE WANT MORE, WE WANT MORE
Winners of three in a row and four of its last five, the Crew enters the weekend hungry for more points with three games remaining ... with a bye weekend (Oct. 12) approaching, the Black & Gold need to secure key points against Sporting KC ... following the bye weekend, the Crew opens a home-and-home series with New England to finish the regular season ... in a 12-game stretch from June 15 against Montreal through August 31 against Seattle, the Crew secured four wins for a total of 12 points, or an average of one point per game ... conversely, in this current stretch of five games under Interim Head Coach Brian Bliss, the Crew also has four wins (12 points), but is averaging 2.4 points per game.
A SEPTEMBER TO REMEMBER
It was a whirlwind first month for Interim Head Coach Brian Bliss, taking over on September 2 before coaching his first match two days later in the 2-0 win over Houston on September 4 at Crew Stadium ... the winds of change brought the Crew success in September as the team registered 11 goals and 11 assists, marking the first time since 1998 that the team had posted 10 or more goals or 10 or more assists in the month of September ... the victories last month also marked the first four-win September for the Crew since 2004 ... last October, the Crew went 1-1-1 and just missed the 2012 postseason, falling a point behind Houston for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
ANOTHER DEFENSIVE PERFORMANCE
Certainly the Crew would have had a tough time securing four wins in five matches without a stretch of strong defensive performances ... over the last five matches, the club has recorded two shutouts and allowed a single goal to the then-Eastern Conference-leading Montreal Impact ... the club’s only loss in that stretch allowed three goals to Sporting KC on September 7 ... despite that three-goal match, the Black & Gold backline has allowed an average of just 1.2 goals per game under Interim Head Coach Brian Bliss.