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STARTING XI | Columbus Crew SC vs. Minnesota United - July 28, 2020

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CREW SC UNDEFEATED THROUGH FIRST FIVE REGULAR-SEASON MATCHES FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE 2010

Through five matches in the 2020 MLS regular season, Crew SC is undefeated with a record of 4-0-1. This season, the Black & Gold have defeated New York City FC 1-0 during Opening Match (March 1), before earning a point in a 1-1 road draw against 2019 MLS Champions Seattle Sounders FC (March 7), winning against FC Cincinnati 4-0 (July 11), defeating the New York Red Bulls 2-0 (July 16) and most recently defeating Atlanta United 1-0 (July 21). The last time Crew SC began the regular-season undefeated in its first five matches was 2010, when the Black & Gold started with a record of 3-0-2.

CREW SC ONLY CLUB TO WIN THREE MATCHES OF MLS IS BACK TOURNAMENT GROUP STAGE

With its 1-0 win over Atlanta United on Thursday night, Crew SC became the only club to win each Group Stage match of the MLS is Back Tournament, earning the maximum possible nine points. The Black & Gold also led all teams competing in the MLS is Back Tournament in Goal Differential (+7). BLACK & GOLD

ONLY CLUB TO POST THREE SHUTOUTS DURING MLS IS BACK TOURNAMENT GROUP STAGE

In addition to being the only club at the MLS is Back Tournament to win all three Group Stage matches, Crew SC's shutout win over Atlanta United also made them the only club to not concede a goal during the Group Stage. The Crew's clean sheet against Atlanta United (July 21) was the Club's third consecutive shutout, dating back to a regular-season match against FC Cincinnati (July 11). Additionally, the last regular-season goal Crew SC allowed from open play was against Vancouver Whitecaps FC last year in a 1-1 draw on September 21, 2019.

TARBELL GETS FIRST BLACK & GOLD START, SHUTOUT

Goalkeeper Andrew Tarbell made his first regular-season appearance (first start) for Crew SC during the regular-season match against Atlanta United (July 21). The goalkeeper made six saves during the contest en route to keeping a shutout against Atlanta United. This was Tarbell’s first clean sheet of the 2020 regular-season. Tarbell joined Crew SC in a trade with San Jose Earthquakes on February 19, 2020.

NAGBE PERFECT IN PASSING ATTEMPTS AGAINST ATLANTA UNITED

Midfielder Darlington Nagbe completed one hundred percent of his passes during Crew SC's regular-season match against Atlanta United (July 21). In 80 minutes played, Nagbe completed all 43 of his attempted passes. Notably, this is the second time Nagbe has attempted over 40 passes in an MLS match and completed each one, having previously completed all 48 of his passes for the Portland Timbers against FC Dallas (October 26, 2014).

ZARDES: TOP AMERICAN GOAL SCORER IN MLS SINCE 2018

Since the beginning of the 2018 MLS regular season, no American player has scored more goals in the League than forward Gyasi Zardes. The 28-year-old has tallied 36 goals in 65 regular-season appearances (all starts) for Crew SC, the fourth-most goals in MLS regular-season action over that same span.

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