BLACK & GOLD LEAD MLS IN REGULAR-SEASON HOME WINS SINCE START OF 2017 MLS REGULAR SEASON
Since the beginning of the 2017 MLS regular season, no other club has won more home matches than Crew SC. The Black & Gold have played 24 matches at home dating back to a contest against the Chicago Fire on March 4, 2017. Over that span, Crew SC has posted a winning record of 17-4-3, winning 54 of 72 possible points at MAPFRE Stadium. For a list of other teams trailing the Black & Gold in home victories, see the table below.
BLACK & GOLD REGISTER FIFTH CONSECUTIVE REGULAR-SEASON SHUTOUT
With Sunday’s 0-0 draw against Sporting Kansas City at Children’s Mercy Park, Crew SC registered its fifth consecutive shutout and seventh clean sheet of the 2018 MLS regular season. The streak dates back to a road contest against Seattle Sounders FC on May 5 that ended in a 0-0 draw. This is Crew SC’s longest shutout streak in club history, surpassing a string of four-straight clean sheets from March 26, 2011 to April 16, 2011. The scoreless streak began in the 45th minute of a home contest against San Jose at MAPFRE Stadium, meaning that the Black & Gold have not given up a goal in 495 consecutive minutes of regular-season action. The streak is also the eighth-longest shutout streak in MLS history. Should Crew SC register another shutout against Toronto FC this Saturday, the Black & Gold would hold the third longest shutout in MLS history, behind only the Houston Dynamo’s 727-minute shutout streak (2007) and Sporting Kansas City’s 681-minute shutout streak (2000).
DEFENDER GASTON SAURO RETURNS TO ACTION FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE OCTOBER 1, 2016
Defender Gaston Sauro made his 2018 MLS regular-season debut for Crew SC in Saturday’s match against Sporting Kansas City, entering the match as a substitute for Cristian Martinez in the 75th minute. The Argentine had not made an appearance for the club since October 1, 2016, as a knee injury forced him to miss the entire 2017 MLS regular season. Since joining the Black & Gold in 2015, Sauro has made 18 appearances and 16 starts.
CREW SC HAS CONCEDED FEWEST GOALS IN MLS IN 2018
Through 14 matches in the 2018 MLS regular season, Crew SC has only conceded 10 goals, the fewest number of goals conceded in the League. The Black & Gold are trailed by Seattle Sounders FC of the Western Conference, and the New York Red Bulls of the Eastern Conference who have given up 12 goals in 10 matches and 11 matches respectively. For more information, please see the table on the following page.
CREW SC ON A SEVEN-MATCH UNDEFEATED STREAK IN REGULAR-SEASON ACTION
Saturday’s 0-0 draw on the road against Sporting Kansas City ensured that Crew SC extended is undefeated streak to seven consecutive regular-season matches. The streak dates back to a 2-2 draw on April 21 against the New England Revolution. Since then, the Black & Gold have posted a record of 4-0-3, outscoring their opponents 9-3. In addition to drawing against Kansas City, Crew SC drew against the New England Revolution at home (April 21; defeated the San Jose Earthquakes 2-1 at home (April 28); played Seattle Sounders FC to a 0-0 draw on the road (May 5); defeated the Philadelphia Union 1-0 at home (May 9); defeated the Chicago Fire 3-0 at home; and defeated New England 1-0 on the road (May 19).
ZACK STEFFEN REGISTERS CLEAN SHEET, MOVES UP IN CREW SC AND MLS ALL-TIME REGULAR-SEASON CHARTS
Goalkeeper Zack Steffen recorded a clean sheet in Saturday’s 0-0 draw against Sporting Kansas City. Steffen made three saves during the match en route to registering his seventh shutout of the year, and his 16th shutout in MLS regular-season action. This was Steffen’s fifth consecutive clean sheet in the 2018 MLS regular season dating back to a road contest against Seattle Sounders FC on May 5 that ended in a 0-0 draw. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Steffen’s 495-minute scoreless streak – which began in the second half of the April 28th match against San Jose – is the longest regular-season shutout record in club history as well as the 10th-longest regular-season shutout streak in MLS history, just ahead of current Crew SC assistant coach Pat Onstad’s 491-minute streak from 2007.