The Crew is currently in its 16th season so here are a few nuggets surrounding the number 16
16 wins over FC Dallas, the Crew’s next opponent, the first one on Aug. 14, 1996 was a 3-2 Shootout win. The latest was the 2-0 victory on April 1, 2011
The Crew has played 16 games so far this season with a record of 6-4-6 and back-to-back wins going into the match at Dallas
Eddie Gaven has recorded 16 shots on target so far this season averaging one shot on goal per game. Two of those have made it into the back of the net.
Chad Marshall has suffered 16 fouls this year. That would be one every 90 minutes. Marshall who is a contender for an All-Star starting spot has only caused 12 fouls so far
Referees have whistled 16 fouls caused by Eddie Gaven who leads the league in fouls suffered with 42
The Best of the Rest
Eddie Gaven has been called upon to take most corner kicks this year. In 16 games he has taken 50
10 players have been named to MLSSoccer.com’s Team of the Week so far this season. Chad Marshall (3 times, weeks 2, 3 and 4), Dilly Duka (week 5), Emilio Renteria (week 7), Tommy Heinemann (week 10), Andres Mendoza (twice, week 11 and 15), Julius James (week 13), William Hesmer, Bernardo Anor (both for week 14) and Rich Balchan (Week 15). They join Crew coach Robert Warzycha who was named Manager of the Week in week 5.
The Crew is only five goals away from tallying its 700th. The Black & Gold sits firmly in 4th place in all-time scoring behind DC United (763), LA (747) and FC Dallas (715). New York rounds out the top five with 679 goals.
7 vs 0
Seven red cards have been shown to Crew opponents this season: against Dallas (4/1), Sporting KC (4/16), Toronto FC (4/23), San Jose (5/14), Chivas USA (5/28), Houston (6/18) and Colorado (6/26). The Black & Gold’s record with a man advantage is 4-1-2. The Crew is one of only three teams who has not seen red this year. Chicago and Portland are the other two. Sporting KC leads the league in red cards with five.
1 vs 2
Crew goalkeeper William Hesmer is one shutout away of recording the 40th in his career. He recorded 38 of them in Black & Gold putting him two away from 40 wearing a Crew uniform