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CREW SC UNDEFEATED IN ITS LAST 6

Crew SC is undefeated in its last six regular-season matches dating back to a 3-1 home victory over the Chicago Fire (August 12). Over that span, the Black & Gold have posted a record of 3-0-3 and have outscored opponents 11-6. This is Crew SC’s longest unbeaten streak of the 2017 MLS regular season, beating a previous streak of three consecutive wins from March 18-April 1. Additionally, this is the longest stretch of consecutive regularseason matches that the Black & Gold has gone undefeated since Sporting Director and Head Coach Gregg Berhalter took over the team. Crew SC’s previous longest undefeated streak in regular-season action under Berhalter was four matches, which was achieved on six different occasions: two times in 2014, three times in 2013 and once in 2016.

CREW SC NETS MOST WINS & POINTS AT HOME

In 2017, Crew SC has won 10 times when playing at MAPFRE Stadium during the regular-season, the highest number of home victories for the Black & Gold since the 2012 MLS season. Additionally, this number also marks the highest number of regular-season victories at home in a single season under Sporting Director and Head Coach Gregg Berhalter since he took over the team in 2014. With 32 points earned at home, this is also the club’s best regular-season home record since 2012, when the club earned 36 points at home. 

KEKUTA MANNEH GETS 4TH GOAL, 3RD ASSIST

Forward Kekuta Manneh tallied Crew SC’s second goal in Saturday’s match against Vancouver Whitecaps FC, scoring from outside the box in the 63rd minute. Manneh also provided the assist on Ola Kamara’s 19th-minute goal, his third helper of the 2017 MLS regular season. In addition to his goal and his assist, Manneh played 70 minutes, had three shots on target, created one chance and made two tackles. Manneh’s performance against Vancouver earned him a spot in MLSSoccer.com ’s Team of the Week. In 2017, Manneh has made 15 regular-season appearances (nine starts) for the Black & Gold, scoring four goals and providing three assists.

KAMARA EQUALS OUTPUT FROM 2016

Ola Kamara tallied his 16th goal of the 2017 MLS regular season in Saturday’s match against Vancouver Whitecaps FC, equaling his goal output from the 2016 MLS regular season. Kamara scored in the 19th minute after receiving a cross from forward Kekuta Manneh. Last year, the Norwegian forward scored 16 goals in 25 regular-season appearances (20 starts) while providing two assists. This season, Kamara has made 30 regular-season appearances (29 starts), registering 16 goals and three assists. Should Kamara reach 17 regular-season goals in 2017, he would tie with Brian McBride for fourth place on the Black & Gold’s list of most goals scored in a single regular season. With his 16 tallies this season, Kamara becomes only the second player in Crew SC history to register 16 goals or more in back-toback seasons.  The other player to have achieved this feat is Stern John, who scored 26 regular-season goals in 1998 and 18 regular-season goals in 1999.

KAMARA SCORES 4TH GOAL IN 4 MATCHES

With his goal against Vancouver Whitecaps FC this past Saturday, forward Ola Kamara has now scored in four consecutive regular-season matches for Crew SC this year, dating back to a home contest against the LA Galaxy (August 23). This is second time this season that Kamara has scored in three or more consecutive regular-season matches, having previously scored in three matches from March 11-March 25. In 2017, only three other players have had longer goal-scoring streaks in MLS this year: Diego Valeri (eight consecutive matches), David Accam (five consecutive matches) and Ignacio Piatti (five consecutive matches). Should Kamara score against the New York Red Bulls this weekend, he would tie with Accam and Piatti for second longest scoring streak of the 2017 MLS regular season, as well as lead the Black & Gold in the same category. Currently, Kamara is tied with midfielder Federico Higuain for longest Black & Gold scoring streak of the year, as Higuain also scored in four consecutive regular-season matches from April 29-May 10. Additionally, if Kamara scores in each of his next two matches, he would tie Stern John, Jeff Cunningham and Alex Pineda Chacon for Crew SC’s longest regular-season goal -scoring streak, with six matches.

KAMARA RISES ALL-TIME SCORING CHART

Ola Kamara’s goal against Vancouver Whitecaps FC this past Saturday tied him with Kei Kamara for ninth place on the Black & Gold’s all-time regularseason scoring chart with 32 goals. He is now behind only Jeff Cunningham (64 goals), Brian McBride (62 goals), Federico Higuain (48 goals), Stern John (44 goals), Edson Buddle (42 goals), Eddie Gaven (35 goals), Justin Meram (35 goals) and Guillermo Barros Schelotto (33 goals).

GOAL-A: KAMARA AMONG TOP 5 SCORERS

Since the beginning of the 2016 MLS season, Ola Kamara has recorded 32 goals in regular-season action, with only three other players scoring more than the Norwegian forward in that time span: David Villa (42), Bradley Wright-Phillips (40) and Ignacio Piatti (34). On Kamara’s scoring prowess, Crew SC Sporting Director & Head Coach Gregg Berhalter gave the following quote at training this week: “His movement and his finishing are really good. And when you have a guy who has good movement and good finishing and you have guys that can get him into good positions, it becomes difficult to defend him.”

KAMARA SCORED AGAINST 14 CLUBS

Following his goal against Vancouver Whitecaps FC this past weekend, forward Ola Kamara has now scored against 14 different opponents in the regular season, per the Elias Sports Bureau. This ties him with Chris Wondolowski for second place in MLS’ all-time list of most teams scored against in a single regular season. Wondolowski achieved this in 2015, a season in which he scored 16 regular-season goals. Kamara and Wondolowski trail Mike Magee, who scored against 15 different opponents in the 2013 MLS regular season, scoring 21 goals. Should Kamara score against the New York Red Bulls on Saturday or against Orlando City SC on October 15, he would tie Mike Magee for most teams scored against in a single regular season; should he score against both, he would set a new MLS regular-season record.

BLACK & GOLD SCORERS EYE MILESTONE

Heading into their home match against the New York Red Bulls at MAPFRE Stadium this Saturday, the Black & Gold are on the verge of achieving a club first: having three players score 10 or more goals each in a single regular season. As it stands, Ola Kamara has tallied 16 strikes, Justin Meram has scored 11 goals and Federico Higuain has found the back of the net on nine occasions in the 2017 MLS regular season. Should Higuain score another regular-season goal in 2017, it would mark the first time in club history that three Crew SC players have each scored 10 or more regular-season goals in one year.

MERAM TIED FOR LEAD IN GAME-WINNERS

Through 30 regular-season appearances (28 starts) in 2017, midfielder Justin Meram has tallied 11 strikes for the Black & Gold, with five of those goals being game-winners. All five of Meram’s game-winning goals have come against Eastern Conference opponents: Orlando City SC (April 1), Toronto FC (April 15), Montreal Impact (May 13), Philadelphia Union (July 22) and Chicago Fire (August 12). Additionally, four of those goals were scored at MAPFRE Stadium, with only his game-winner against Montreal being scored on the road. With his haul of five game-winning goals, Meram is tied with Cyle Larin, Jack Harrison and Diego Valeri for most game-winning goals scored in MLS during the 2017 regular season. Meram also leads Crew SC in this category, ahead of Federico Higuain, Kekuta Manneh and Ola Kamara, all of whom have scored two game-winning goals in regular-season action this year. 

 HIGUAIN & MERAM LEAD ASSISTS

In 2017, no other Crew SC players have recorded more regular-season assists than Federico Higuain and Justin Meram. Both midfielders have registered seven assists this season, two more than Wil Trapp (five assists). Currently, Higuain is two assists away from tying his career-high number of assists (nine) in a year for the club in regular-season action, which he achieved in 2013 and 2015. In addition to helping set up nearly a third of the Black & Gold’s 45 goals this season, both Higuain and Meram have also contributed by scoring a large portion of Crew SC’s goals, with Higuain recording nine goals while Meram has tallied 11 strikes. 

TRAPP HITS CAREER-HIGH 5TH ASSIST

Midfielder Wil Trapp provided the helper on Kekuta Manneh’s 63rd-minute goal in Saturday’s match against Vancouver Whitecaps FC. This was Trapp’s fifth regular-season assist of 2017, a new career-high for the midfielder whose previous career-high of four assists came in the 2014 MLS regular season. Of Trapp’s five assists this year, two of them have been game-winning assists: in a road contest against Minnesota United FC (July 4) and at home against the Chicago Fire (August 12).  Trapp’s performance against Vancouver earned him a spot in MLSSoccer.com ’s Team of the Week, his first of 2017. This year, Trapp has made 30 regular-season appearances (30 starts), registering five assists.


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