SOUNDBYTE: Justin Meram on #CLBvNYC

Columbus Crew SC midfielder Justin Meram spoke with the local media following Thursday's training session at the EAS Training Center at Obetz. The team enters Week 9 of the MLS regular season with a visit from New York City FC on April 29 at MAPFRE Stadium.

Through eight Major League Soccer regular season matches, Columbus Crew SC sits second in the Eastern Conference — buoyed by four dominant performances at MAPFRE Stadium. Unbeaten at home since September 10, 2016, the Black & Gold return for a three-match home stand as springtime in Central Ohio has taken hold.

Entering Week 9 with an opportunity to defend their dominance against New York City FC — a team that's never won at MAPFRE Stadium in three visits — Crew SC know what they're up against in the defending League MVP in David Villa and Co.

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