team of the week

Crew SC trio named to MLSsoccer.com's Team of the Week

Week 3 of the Major League Soccer regular season has come and gone, but the residuals are still rolling in after Columbus Crew SC's, 2-0, win at D.C. United. MLSsoccer.com announced its Team of the Week on Monday, with goalkeeper Zack Steffen, defender and Homegrown Player Alex Crognale and Sporting Director and Head Coach Gregg Berhalter all listed as the league's best in their positions.

The weekly honor is the first of both Steffen and Crognale's young MLS careers.

Steffen blanked United, facing just three shots on goal. Steffen was officially called into action 11 times with three saves, according to Opta. Steffen’s quick reflexes thwarted United’s final ball.

Crew SC Homegrown Player and rookie defender Crognale was voted the Acura Man of the Match after Saturday’s shutout 2-0 win against fellow Major League Soccer charter team, D.C. United, at RFK Stadium. Crognale made his MLS and professional debut, playing the full 90 in the center of the backline en route to winning three tackles, connecting on 27 successful passes and making 11 defensive clearances.

Berhalter saw his side collect maximum points on the road despite changing the team's shape from its usual 4-2-3-1 to a new-look 3-4-2-1 formation. The change worked, opening United to Crew SC's attack. All in all, the Black & Gold pressured D.C. with seven shots (6 on-target), 69 percent passing accuracy in the opposition's half and 63 percent passing accuracy in the final third. The clean sheet was Crew SC's first of 2017.

The Black & Gold return home Saturday, March 25, to host the Portland Timbers for a 7:30 p.m. ET kickoff at MAPFRE Stadium.


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