Luis Diaz - Mapfre Stadium

Match Notes: Columbus Crew SC vs. Chicago Fire - Aug. 31, 2019

CREW SC TO HOST ALUMNI NIGHT AT MAPFRE STADIUM ON SATURDAY

Columbus Crew SC is set to host Alumni Night at MAPFRE Stadium this Saturday, August 31, surrounding its regular-season home match against the Chicago Fire. Alumni Night will feature former Crew SC players in attendance participating in pre-match autograph opportunities, as well as in a halftime ceremony. Saturday’s Alumni Night event is set to feature Mike Clark, Jeff Cunningham, John Harkes, Alejandro Moreno and Duncan Oughton among other former Crew SC players.

DIAZ SCORES FIRST MLS CAREER GOAL, TALLIES ASSIST

Luis Diaz scored his first MLS career goal in Sunday’s 3-1 victory over FC Cincinnati. The midfielder’s goal came in the first minute of first-half stoppage time, when he sped down the right flank and fired a shot past goalkeeper Przemyslaw Tyton after receiving a through ball from Pedro Santos. In addition to scoring a goal, Diaz also registered the assist on Gyasi Zardes’ 22nd-minute goal, when he sent in a cross from the right flank to Zardes, who finished inside the box. Notably, the assist was Diaz’s third helper in eight regular-season appearances (four starts) for Crew SC since joining the Black & Gold on July 2, 2019.

ZARDES REGISTERS SECOND BRACE OF 2019

Gyasi Zardes recorded a brace during Sunday’s 3-1 win over FC Cincinnati. Zardes’ first goal came in the 22nd minute, when he put away a cross from Luis Diaz. The forward struck again 11 minutes later, this time finishing off a cross from Harrison Afful. With the brace in Sunday's match, Zardes brought his 2019 regular- season tally to 11 goals in 23 appearances (all starts). The brace marked the sixth time Zardes has scored two or more goals in
56 regular-season appearances (all starts) since joining Crew SC ahead of the 2018 MLS season.

ZARDES HITS DOUBLE DIGITS IN GOALS FOR THIRD TIME

Gyasi Zardes’ brace in Sunday’s match took his tally to 11 goals during the 2019 regular season, marking the third time the forward has scored 10 or more goals in a single regular season. Zardes had previously tallied 16 strikes in 2014 and 19 goals in 2018. In all, Zardes has scored 64 goals in 187 regular-season appearances (172 starts) since making his MLS debut in 2013.

SANTOS LEADS CREW SC IN MINUTES PLAYED IN 2019

Pedro Santos, who started in Sunday's match against FC Cincinnati, has played more minutes for Crew SC than any other player thus far in the 2019 regular season. Through 28 regular-season appearances (25 starts), Santos has played 2,314 minutes in 2019 while scoring nine goals and providing five assists. For a list of Crew SC's leaders in minutes played during the 2019 regular season, see the table below.

CREW SC ON THE VERGE OF REACHING MILESTONE IN REGULAR-SEASON HOME MATCHES

Crew SC is on the verge of reaching a milestone in regular-season home victories. The Black & Gold currently have 199 regular-season home wins. With its next regular-season victory at home, the Crew would become one of only six MLS clubs to have won 200 or more regular-season matches at home dating back to the 1996 season. For a list of the other teams on this list, see the table below.

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