CREW SC LEADS MLS IN ROAD DEFENSE
With its 0-0 draw against FC Dallas at Toyota Stadium this past Saturday, Crew SC notched its sixth road shutout of the year, which leads MLS in regular-season shutouts in 2018. Notably, this is the most clean sheets on the road that the Black & Gold have registered under Sporting Director and Gregg Berhalter, as the club registered two regular-season shutouts on the road during Berhalter’s first season (2014) and three regular-season shutouts in each of the following three campaigns (2015-2017). Similarly, through 14 regular- season away matches, the Black & Gold have only conceded 16 goals, which is tied with Atlanta United FC and Seattle Sounders FC for fewest road goals allowed in the 2018 MLS regular season. For a list of MLS leaders in goals conceded during the 2018 regular season, see the table below.
STEFFEN POSTS NINTH REGULAR-SEASON SHUTOUT OF 2018
Goalkeeper Zack Steffen recorded a clean sheet in Saturday’s match against FC Dallas. The shutout was his ninth of the season, tying his MLS single-season career-high from 2017. This season, Steffen has made 23 regular-season appearances (all starts), registered 55 saves, and tallied 10 wins. Since making his debut for Crew SC in 2017, Steffen has made 57 regular-season appearances (all starts), recording 18 shutouts, 153 saves, and 26 wins.
BLACK & GOLD TIE SINGLE SEASON-HIGH NUMBER OF SHUTOUTS UNDER GREGG BERHALTER
With its recent shutout against FC Dallas, Crew SC posted its ninth shutout of the 2018 MLS regular season and tied its single-season high in clean sheets under Sporting Director and Head Coach Gregg Berhalter, with six matches remaining. Previously, the Black & Gold had posted six shutouts in 2015, eight shutouts in 2014 and 2016, and nine shutouts last year.
GYASI ZARDES NEARING TWO PERSONAL GOAL-SCORING MILESTONES
With 15 goals in 28 regular-season appearances in 2018, Gyasi Zardes is now only one goal away from equaling his single-season career-high of 16 goals. Zardes tallied 16 goals in 32 regular-season appearances (24 starts) in 2014, his second season in MLS. The forward is also only one strike away from bringing his MLS career total to 50 regular-season goals. Zardes joined MLS in 2013 and has made 158 regular-season appearances (143 starts), scoring 49 goals and providing 17 assists.
BY THE NUMBERS: PLAYERS WHO HAVE SCORED FOR CREW SC IN THE 2018 REGULAR SEASON
During the 2018 MLS regular season, Crew SC has had 15 different goal-scorers, the highest number of goal-scorers since Sporting Director and Head Coach Gregg Berhalter took over the club. In 2014, the Black & Gold scored 52 goals, with 12 different players tallying for the club; in 2015, Crew SC registered 58 goals, with eight different players scoring; In 2016, Columbus scored 50 goals through 11 different players; and in 2017, Crew SC scored 53 goals, with 11 different players registering at least one strike. This season, the Black & Gold have scored 35 goals, with 15 different players scoring one or more goals. The current club record for most goal-scorers in a single regular-season is 16, which was achieved in 1997.