Venue: MAPFRE Stadium (Columbus, OH)
Referee: Jose Carlos Rivero
Assistants: Jeffrey Greeson, Brian Poeschel
Fourth Official: Chris Penso
Weather: 45 degrees and cloudy
CLB – Justin Meram (Artur) 13’
CLB – Justin Meram (Higuain) 77’
CLB – Justin Meram (caution) 19’
ORL – Servando Carrasco (caution) 60’
ORL – Tommy Redding (caution) 76’
Columbus Crew SC: Zack Steffen; Harrison Afful, Alex Crognale, Nico Naess, Jukka Raitala; Wil Trapp ©, Artur (Mohammed Abu 90+2’); Ethan Finlay (Niko Hansen 86’); Federico Higuain, Justin Meram; Ola Kamara (Adam Jahn 89’)
Substitutes not used: Brad Stuver, Hector Jimenez, Waylon Francis, Josh Williams
Orlando City SC: Joe Bendik; Will Johnson ©, Jose Aja (Tommy Redding 43’), Jonathan Spector, Donny Toia; Matias Perez Garcia (Scott Sutter 71’), Servando Carrasco (Cristian Higuita 62’), Antonio Nocerino, Giles Barnes, Carlos Rivas; Cyle Larin
Substitutes not used: Josh Saunders, Hadji Barry, Victor Pagliari Giro, Richie Laryea
- Midfielder Justin Meram recorded a brace today to bring his career total to 27 goals for Crew SC in regular-season action. The two goals brought Meram’s season total to three, following last week’s goal against Portland. This was Meram’s second-ever brace in the regular-season and his first brace since a 3-0 win at MAPFRE Stadium against Chivas USA on September 7, 2014.
- To date, Meram has made 159 regular-season appearances (107 starts), scored 27 goals and provided 28 assists. He is the longest-tenured player in the current Black & Gold roster and ranks 11th in the all-time regular-season goal-scoring chart for Crew SC.
- Midfielder Artur notched his first regular-season assist for the Black & Gold, setting up Justin Meram’s opening goal against Orlando. The Brazilian made five tackles today, two more than anyone else on the field. Artur has made five appearances (four starts) for Crew SC in the 2017 MLS regular season.
- Federico Higuain notched his second assist of the season and 37th regular-season assist for Crew SC in 128 appearances (123 starts). It was his second consecutive assist of the season following a helper last week against Portland. Today’s assist tied the Argentine with Brian Maissonneuv for fifth in the all-time regular-season assists chart for the club. Higuain has played every minute of every match for the Black & Gold in the 2017 MLS season.
- Goalkeeper Zack Steffen registered his second MLS career win and second MLS career shutout with today’s 2-0 win over Orlando. He also made a season and career-high four saves on the night. Steffen has started in all five of the Black & Gold’s regular-season matches this season, recording 13 saves.
- Crew SC earned its third victory of the 2017 MLS season and the club’s third consecutive victory of the regular season. The Black & Gold’s last three consecutive regular-season victories came on October 11, 2014 against the Philadelphia Union (3-2), October 19, 2014 against the New York Red Bulls (3-1) and on October 26, 2014 against the Philadelphia Union (2-1).
- Today’s match marked the sixth all-time regular-season meeting between the Black & Gold and Orlando. With the win, Crew SC’s all-time regular-season record against Orlando is now 3-1-2. It was the club’s second consecutive regular-season victory against Orlando.