COLUMBUS – After two straight road games on the West Coast, the Crew (3-3-4, 13 pts.) returns home this Saturday, May 28, at 7:30 p.m. to face Western Conference foe Chivas USA (3-4-3, 12 pts) at Crew Stadium.
The match will be televised live regionally on ONN with Dwight Burgess and Duncan Oughton calling all the action and Katie Witham reporting from the sidelines. It will also be broadcast in high definition exclusively to Time Warner Cable Mid-Ohio customers in Columbus on Ch. 1311. The game can be heard in English on News/Talk 610 WTVN and on-line at TheCrew.com, with Neil Sika and John Bluem behind the microphone, and in Spanish on La Mega 103.1, with Carlos Cordova and Benny Pietrangelo on the call.
The Black & Gold is still undefeated at home (3-0-2) and looks to bounce back from a 1-0 setback suffered at Portland last Saturday (May 21). It will face a team led by former Crew defender Robin Fraser, who took over the reins of the Goats in the offseason.
Chivas USA is coming of a 1-0 loss in the ‘Superclasico,’ as games against its intra-city rival LA Galaxy are called. Chivas is led offensively by former Crew forward Alejandro Moreno, who is tied for the team lead in goals scored (3, with Justin Braun), and in assists (2, with three other players). Their roster also features former Crew midfielder and New Zealand international Simon Elliott.
The last time the teams met they battled to a scoreless draw at Home Depot Center on April 9. The Black & Gold’s all-time record against Chivas at Crew Stadium is 3-1-2, with the last victory being a 1-0 decision on May 15, 2010.
The Crew will travel to New York twice next week, first for a Reserve League match on Monday, May 30, and then on Saturday, June 4, for the second-regular season encounter with the Red Bulls.
The Black & Gold returns home for back-to-back matches against Real Salt Lake on Wednesday, June 8, and the Chicago Fire on Sunday, June 12.
COLUMBUS CREW vs. Chivas USA
Saturday, May 28 – 7:30 p.m. (ET) – Crew Stadium
National Television: N/A; Regional Television: ONN (in HD on TWC Ch. 1311)
Crew Radio: News/Talk 610 WTVN (English); La Mega 103.1 (Spanish)
Crew Webcast: TheCrew.com (English)
$1 DRAFT NIGHT PRESENTED BY BUDWEISER RETURNS SATURDAY
$1 Draft Night presented by Budweiser returns to Crew Stadium this Saturday night (May 28). Fans of legal drinking age will be able to enjoy Bud and Bud Light on draft at different locations throughout the stadium. This special promotion will run though the first half of the match.
CREW MIDFIELDER ROBBIE ROGERS CALLED UP TO NATIONAL TEAM DUTY
Crew midfielder Robbie Rogers has been named to the 23-man U.S. National Team roster for the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup. Rogers will join his teammates in Cary, N.C., following the Chivas USA match to prepare for the tournament, and will be on hand for the final tune-up match against Spain on June 4 before beginning the Gold Cup against Canada in Detroit on June 7.
FORWARD TOMMY HEINEMANN NAMED TO MLSSOCCER.COM BEST XI FOR WEEK 10
Crew forward Tommy Heinemann was named one of MLSSoccer.com’s Best XI this week for his performance against Portland last Saturday (May 21). According to the League’s website Heinemann “showed a great deal of promise in his first start. Active, tireless and solid in the air.”
FIRST EVER NORDECKE CUP TAKES PLACE AT CREW STADIUM SATURDAY
The Crew’s three official supporters groups will descend on Crew Stadium this Saturday, May 28, for the Inaugural Nordecke Cup. Twelve teams, representing the Hudson Street Hooligans, Crew Union and La Turbina Amarilla, will battle it out for bragging rights and a trophy from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. before the Crew-Chivas USA match.
CREW SOCCER ACADEMY 15/16s AND 17/18s SPLIT MATCHES AT OBETZ
The CSA 15/16s and 17/18s hosted Michigan’s Vardar and the newest partner of the Crew Soccer Academy, Michigan Wolves, this past weekend at the Crew Training Center at Obetz. On May 21, the 15/16s lost to Vardar, 2-1, with Quinn Miller scoring the lone goal for CSA. On Sunday, May 22, the leaders of the 15/16 Central Conference Great Lakes Division proceeded to defeat the Wolves, 2-1, behind goals by Jeremy Fernandes and Ray Olavarria. On May 21, the 17/18s topped Vardar, 6-2, with a hat-trick by Brett Elder, a brace by Christopher Davis and a lone goal by Rhodes Moore. The next day, the 17/18s dropped a 3-1 decision to the Wolves despite Conor Klekota’s temporary game-tying goal. The CSA teams return to action after Memorial Day weekend as they visit Sockers FC at Northern Illinois University on June 4, and FC Milwaukee at its complex in Wisconsin on June 5.
CREW SOCCER ACADEMY AND CREW JUNIORS TRYOUTS BEGIN NEXT WEEK
The Crew Soccer Academy and the Worthington, Phoenix and New Albany Crew Juniors will begin holding tryouts for all their teams from U7 to U19 next week. Tryouts begin on or around June 1 and are open to boys and girls who are born between August of 1992 and July of 2005. All players must register online at www.thecrewyouth.com, where information can be found on schedule and location for all tryouts.
CREW FREESTYLE SOCCER TRYOUTS TO BE HELD FRIDAY AT CREW STADIUM
The Columbus Crew is looking for talented and outgoing individuals who can perform freestyle soccer tricks. Tryouts for the Crew Street Team will take place at Crew Stadium this Friday, May 27, at 4 p.m. Performers selected will work as part of the Street Team and represent the Crew brand at various events, festivals and on Crew game-days. For more information about the Crew freestyle tryouts call 614-447-4115.