News & Notes - July 5
Following an intense 2-0 win over Real Salt Lake before a season-high crowd of 19,674 on Saturday (June 30), the Crew travels to the Province of Quebec to face the Montreal Impact at Stade Saputo on Sunday, July 8. Columbus looks to build upon its recent positive results as it climbs up the Eastern Conference standings.
Sunday’s match will kick off at 7:30 p.m. and be televised live regionally on FOX Sports Ohio, with Dwight Burgess and Duncan Oughton calling all the action. The game can also be heard in English on News/Talk 610 WTVN and on-line at TheCrew.com, with Neil Sika on the call, and in Spanish on La Mega 103.1, with Carlos Cordova behind the microphone.
Since opening Stade Saputo on June 16, Montreal (5-11-3, 18 pts.), has won just two of its last six contests and has lost three of its last four. Most recently, the Impact dropped a 3-1 decision to Sporting KC on Wednesday (July 4). The Impact is led by local product Patrice Bernier and by former Serie A standout Bernardo Corradi who have both tallied four goals each. Corradi, however, suffered a torn ACL in training on June 18 and will not be available for selection. The other big off season acquisition, Matteo Ferrari, may also be unavailable due to injury as well as captain Davy Arnaud who will be suspended due to yellow card accumulation. The Impact will be able to count on Bernier and the club’s first ever Designated Player, former Bologna and Italian national team star, Marco Di Vaio.
The Crew is now 4-1-3 in its last eight games and 6-5-4 overall (22 pts.), after the win over RSL in which Tony Tchani tallied his second goal in as many games and Eddie Gaven notched his 30th in Black & Gold. This is the second of three matches between the Crew and Impact, with the Black & Gold having topped Montreal 2-0 behind goals by Milovan Mirosevic and Olman Vargas on March 24.
Next up, the Crew returns home to host Sporting KC on Saturday, July 14, at 7:30 p.m. at Crew Stadium.
COLUMBUS CREW at Montreal Impact
Sunday, July 8 – 7:30 p.m. (ET) – Stade Saputo, Montreal, Quebec
Regional Television: FOX Sports Ohio
Crew Radio: News/Talk 610 WTVN (English); La Mega 103.1 (Spanish)
Crew Webcast: TheCrew.com (English)
CREW PUB TOUR CONTINUES THIS SUNDAY AT BBR DOWNTOWN
The Crew continues its 2012 Pub Tour with a viewing party at BBR downtown (106 Vine St., Columbus, OH 43215) this Sunday, July 8. The Black & Gold’s match at Montreal kicks off at 7:30 p.m. (ET) and televisions in the pub will be tuned to FOX Sports Ohio so fans can enjoy the game. There will also be prizes and giveaways, including autographed memorabilia.
CREW JUNIORS U-20s REMAIN UNDEFEATED WITH WIN OVER CHICAGO FIRE
The Crew Juniors Under-20 team, coached by Crew technical director Brian Bliss, continued their run at the USL Super-20 League title by defeating the Chicago Fire 2-0 Sunday (July 1) at TOYOTA Park. The U-20s have three games left in the regular season, starting with a tilt against the Kings Soccer Academy of Cincinnati on Thursday, July 5. The 20s will close out the regular season over the weekend when they host Michigan’s Waza FC and Alliance Academy on Saturday and Sunday, July 7-8, respectively. The U-20s are well on pace to qualify for the USL Super-20 Championships in Bradenton, Fla., which are set to begin on July 19.
TICKETS FOR U.S. WORLD CUP QUALIFIER AGAINST JAMAICA GO ON SALE JULY 17
Tickets for the Sept. 11 U.S. National Team World Cup qualifying match vs. Jamaica at Crew Stadium will go on sale to the public on Tuesday, July 17, at 10 a.m. through ussoccer.com, by calling 1-800-745-3000, at all central Ohio Ticketmaster ticket centers (including Kroger stores) and the Crew Stadium ticket office (open Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.). The game, in the Semifinal Round of CONCACAF qualifying for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, will kick off at 8 p.m. Crew Soccer Nation Gold and Black members will have access to special presale opportunities on Monday, July 9, and Tuesday, July 10. Ultimate Fan Tickets (special VIP packages that include a premium ticket, a custom-made official U.S. National Team jersey with name and number, VIP access to the field before and after the game, and other unique benefits) are also available exclusively through ussoccer.com.