CREW SUCCESSFUL ALL-TIME AGAINST PHILADELPHIA ...
Although the Crew/Union rivalry is young, the Black & Gold have experienced success against their fellow Eastern Conference side since the Union’s inception into MLS in 2010 ... with a victory in-hand from earlier this season, the Crew is now 6-3-1 against the Union all-time in regular-season play ... Columbus is 3-1-1 over its last five encounters with Philadelphia, dating back to August 28, 2012 ... the Black & Gold have taken 63.33% of possible points against the Union all-time, trailing only Montreal (70.37%) for most in club history against a single opponent.
... BUT PPL PARK HASN’T BEEN AS KIND
While the Crew is unbeaten at home against the Union (4-0-1 all-time in the regular season), the club’s record at PPL Park is 2-3-0 ... in the Black & Gold’s last trip to Chester, Pa., the club fell by a final score of 3-0 behind goals from Brian Carroll, Conor Casey and Sheanon Williams ... the Crew won its first-ever trip to PPL Park, on August 5, 2010, and added its second victory at Philadelphia on August 29, 2012.
FINLAY CONTINUES BREAKOUT CAMPAIGN
By notching the Black & Gold’s lone tally last weekend at New England, winger Ethan Finlay continued his breakout 2014 season for the Crew ... the goal was Finlay’s ninth of the season and his third over his last four matches ... since his first career MLS goal on May 17 at Portland, Finlay is tied for 10th in League goal-scoring ... among players with at least 18 games played over that same span, Finlay’s 31.03% conversion rate (excluding penalties) ranks fifth in MLS ... the Crew has also posted a record of 5-1-3 in all matches where Finlay finds the back of the net.
TCHANI TIES CAREER-BEST IN ASSISTS
Tony Tchani provided the assist for Ethan Finlay’s first-half goal at Gillette Stadium last weekend, his third assist of the year, which tied the Cameroonian’s single-season MLS best ... in 2010, Tchani’s rookie year, he contributed three assists as a member of the New York Red Bulls ... Tchani’s three assists have all come over the club’s last 11 matches ... the Crew is 2-1-0 when Tchani sets up a tally in 2014.