WHERE TO WATCH/LISTEN
Saturday's road match against Seattle Sounders FC kicks-off at 10:00 p.m. ET and is set to be televised regionally on SportsTime Ohio as well as streamed live via the FOX Sports GO App. Neil Sika, Jordan Angeli and Brett Hiltbrand are set to have the call in English, with pre-match and post-match coverage airing exclusively on SportsTime Ohio. Locally, the contest is available in English on 97.1 The Fan HD3, as well as via stream on 971TheFan.com, with Chris Doran on the call. A Spanish radio stream is available on ColumbusCrewSC.com, with Juan Valladares on the call.
ZELARAYAN MARKS CREW SC REGULAR-SEASON DEBUT WITH GOAL
Lucas Zelarayan marked his Crew SC regular-season debut by scoring his first MLS career goal in Crew SC’s 1-0 victory over New York City FC this past Sunday. The midfielder's game-winning goal came in the 56th minute, when he received the ball inside the box from Harrison Afful before defeating two defenders and sending and curling a shot into the upper left corner. In addition to his goal, the Argentine finished the match with two shots (one on target), one chance created, 65 touches and 31 passes. With his goal against NYCFC, Zelarayan became just the 14th player in Crew SC history to score in his Crew SC regular-season debut.
ROOM RECORDS FIRST SHUTOUT OF 2020 MLS SEASON
Crew SC goalkeeper Eloy Room recorded a shutout in Sunday’s 1-0 home victory over NYCFC. The midfielder registered three saves en route to helping the Black & Gold record their first clean sheet of the 2020 MLS season. This was Room’s second shutout since joining Crew SC on July 5, 2019, with his last clean sheet coming last year during a home match against the Philadelphia Union (September 29). Since joining Crew SC, Room has made 13 regular-season appearances (all starts), registering 36 saves and six wins.
FIVE CREW PLAYERS MAKE REGULAR-SEASON DEBUT
Defenders Vito Wormgoor and Chris Cadden, as well as midfielders Darlington Nagbe and Lucas Zelarayan, along with forward Fanendo Adi made their first regular-season appearances for Crew SC in Sunday’s Opening Match against New York City FC. Wormgoor, Nagbe and Zelarayan all started for the Crew in Sunday's match, while Adi and Cadden came into the match as substitutes. Notably, Zelarayan scored the game-winning goal in the 56th minute of the contest.
MENSAH MAKES 75TH REGULAR-SEASON START FOR THE CREW
With his start in Sunday's home match against New York City FC, defender Jonathan Mensah reached 75 regular-season starts for Crew SC since joining the Club ahead of the 2017 MLS season. Over that span, Mensah has made 78 regular-season appearances to go with his 75 starts, scoring three goals and providing one assist. In addition to making his 75th start, Mensah wore the captain’s armband while registering three interceptions, three clearances, two tackles and won all four of his aerial duels.
VALENZUELA MAKES FIRST MLS APPEARANCE SINCE 2018 DECISION DAY
Sunday’s match against New York City FC marked Milton Valenzuela’s first regular-season appearance for the Club since October 28, 2018. Valenzuela suffered an injury during the 2019 preseason and had to undergo Anterior Cruciate Ligament reconstruction on his right knee on February 7 of that year. During Sunday’s match, the Argentine defender played the entire 90 minutes, making two tackles, two clearances and two interceptions while also registering 106 touches and 81 passes – more than any player on either team during the match.