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Match Notes: Crew SC vs. New England

Columbus Crew SC will host the New England Revolution for the first time this season on Wednesday. Kick-off for the Eastern Conference rivalry at MAPFRE Stadium is set for 7:30 p.m. ET. Here are the most important facts and figures ahead of the match-up:
 
CREW SC LOOKING TO END HOMESTAND WITH WIN
Columbus Crew SC plays its 16th 2015 Major League Soccer regular-season match and its ninth at MAPFRE Stadium by hosting the New England Revolution on Wednesday, June 24. This is the second of two matches scheduled between Crew SC and the Revolution this year. Historically, the series between Crew SC and the Revolu­tion has favored Columbus, with the Black & Gold possessing a 31-21-12 record all-time against the Revs. Columbus is 17-8-6 in matches against New England in Columbus. The 64 games played against the Revolution are the most games played against a single club in Crew SC history.
 
LAST REGULAR SEASON MEETING
On April 11, 2015, Crew SC and the Revolution played to a scoreless draw at Gillette Stadium. Steve Clark recorded his second shutout of the season, 10th shutout of his career and second career shutout of New England. The draw marked Crew SC’s second draw of the 2015 season, following a 2-2 draw with Vancouver Whitecaps FC just three days earlier.
 
CLARK ON THE VERGE OF 50
Goalkeeper Steve Clark’s next appearance/start would be the 50th of his MLS and Crew SC career. Since joining the club prior to the 2014 season, Clark has played every minute of every regular-season match for Columbus. Watch what the goalkeeper has to say about the upcoming milestone here.
 
CLOSELY CONTESTED
Since the start of the 2013 season, only one regular season match between Crew SC and the Revolution has had a final margin larger than one goal. While New England had Crew SC’s number in 2013, winning all three contests, the Black & Gold responded last year to the tune of two wins in three matches. For the first time since 2011, Crew SC and the Revolution will play only twice in the regular season.
 
WAYLON FRANCIS TIED FOR LEAD IN ASSISTS AMONG DEFENDERS
Crew SC defender Waylon Francis is currently tied for the lead in assists among de­fenders with four, a number that is shared with D.C. United’s Taylor Kemp. Francis is also one of 17 defenders in MLS to have created at least 10 chances.
 
WHERE TO WATCH/LISTEN
Saturday’s 7:30 p.m. ET start is available locally on Time Warner Cable SportsChannel. “Crew SC Matchday” on TWC begins at 7:00 p.m. ET. Dwight Burgess, Neil Sika and Ashleigh Ignelzi are set to have the call of the match at 7:30 p.m. ET. Fans can also listen to the match on the radio on Crew SC’s English-language radio partner CD102.5 FM or in Spanish on La Mega 103.1 FM. A complete list of places to catch the Black & Gold on TV is available here.
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