MLSSoccer.com's Dan Haiek and Matt Doyle preview this week's matchup between the Crew and the Houston Dynamo.
Saturday brings the second of three meetings between the Columbus Crew and Houston Dynamo (9:00 p.m. ET / FOX Sports Ohio). The two sides drew 1-1 back on June 1 at Crew Stadium in the first match. Before the Black & Gold travels to Houston, here is a look back at the previous clash.
Dynamo defender Warren Creavalle put Houston up 1-0 just after the half-hour mark, finishing off a Dynamo counterattack from Kofi Sarkodie's cross from the right wing. Making his first MLS start, rookie defender Chad Barson drew a penalty in the 68th minute. Captain Federico Higuaín then converted from the penalty spot to level the match at one and help the Black & Gold to a point at home.
Columbus Crew players Wil Trapp and Ryan Finley teamed up this week with Columbus Metropolitan Library branches in Gahanna and Whetstone to read soccer books and talk to children about the importance of reading. The readings come just days before The Crew launch its Get a Kick Out of Reading program that runs during the month of August. For more information on how to participate in this program and to download the reading scoresheet , please visit www.thecrew.com/read.
On Tuesday, July 30, 2013, Precourt Sports Ventures acquired the Columbus Crew from Hunt Sports Group. Here are a few photos from the announcement.
Columbus Mayor Michael B. Coleman will be part of today’s Crew press conference to make a major announcement inside Crew Stadium’s Upper 90 Club at 12:00 p.m. ET. Mayor Coleman joins Hunt Sports Group Chairman Clark Hunt to address the media, with Crew President & General Manager Mark McCullers available for comment after the announcement.
DOM’S STILL ON PACE
Dominic Oduro has scored eight times through 20 matches this year and is still on-pace to top his career-high 12 goals that he set back in 2011 ... the Crew’s forward -- if he keeps the current pace of 0.40 goals per game -- he could score 13 goals this season.
MARSHALL-O’ROURKE PAIRING STEADY AT CENTERBACK
After making 13 appearances -- including 12 starts -- at central midfield, Danny O’Rourke made his first start at centerback on July 4 alongside Chad Marshall and the two have paired together in the last three matches (and one international friendly) ... the centerback pairing of O’Rourke and Marshall -- who were paired together when the club won MLS Cup in 2008 -- became the fifth centerback pairing Head Coach Robert Warzycha has used in 2013, joining: Marshall/Glauber, Gehrig/Glauber, Gehrig/George and Marshall/Williams.
Jairo Arrieta returned to the Crew following the conclusion of Costa Rica’s run in the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup ... Arrieta joined Costa Rica following the Crew’s 3-2 defeat to Sporting Kansas City on Saturday, June 29 – a match in which Arrieta scored his second MLS tally of the season ... Arrieta scored one goal in three starts in group play, tallying in the 3-0 win against Cuba (July 9) and started in the knockout-round match against Honduras on July 21 ... in 2013, has made 11 international appearances -- including nine starts -- and has scored four goals ... in 2013 for the Crew, Arrieta has recorded two goals and two assists in 12 appearances, including nine starts.
The Crew's match on Saturday against Toronto FC (2:00 p.m. ET / FOX Sports Ohio) will be featured in over 90 countries worldwide. No matter where you may be around the globe, chances are you will be able to watch the Black & Gold take on their rival to the North.
Here are the worldwide listings:
Al Jazeera: Algeria, Bahrain, Chad, Djibouti, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, UAE and Yemen
Arena Sport: Former Yugoslavia - except Slovenia
Astro Supersport: Malaysia, Brunei
beIN Sport: Indonesia, Vietnam, Japan
C More: Denmark, Norway, Finland, Sweden
Canal +: France
GSP TV: Romania
Prisa TV: Spain
Rightster: Clips WorldWide - highlights only
Setanta Africa: Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Comoros Islands, Congo Brazzaville, Cote d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea Bissau, Guinea Conakry, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, South Africa, St. Helena, Swaziland, Togo, Uganda, Tanzania, Zambia, Zanzibar, Zimbabwe
Šport TV: Slovenia
Sport Klub: Hungary
Ten Sports: Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka
Following a training session at Crew Stadium, forward Dominic Oduro spent Tuesday afternoon with children from Ethiopian Tewahedo Social Services. The Ghana native shared his story of following his dream to become a pro soccer player and kicked around with the children at the event. Known for his blazing speed on the field, the Black & Gold's leading scorer has embraced the responsibility of being a positive role model in the community that comes with being a professional athlete
Crew players Josh Williams, Andy Gruenebaum, Konrad Warzycha, Ben Speas, Shawn Sloan and Ethan Finlay spent Monday afternoon playing games and hanging out with children from the Down Syndrome Association of Central Ohio at Dave & Buster’s. The Black & Gold will work again with the DSACO when Crew Stadium will host its annual Buddy Walk on Sunday, September 22.
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