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Columbus Crew 2014 News and Updates
10/29/14 - With their win over Philadelphia, coupled with Kansas City’s loss to New York, the Columbus Crew made their route to MLS Cup a little bit shorter. The Crew claimed the third seed in the Eastern Conference, setting up a match with second-seeded New England.
10/23/14 - There’s a significant prize awaiting the newly-rebranded Columbus Crew SC this weekend, and that’s the difference of one game in the postseason, but they also need a little help. If the Crew can win against Philadelphia, coupled with a loss by Sporting Kansas City, the Crew will clinch third place in the East and a pass out of the knockout round.
9/24/14 - As the Major League Soccer season draws to a close, the playoff picture is becoming clearer – though the Eastern Conference has yet to have any of their teams clinch a postseason berth as of yet. The Columbus Crew are hanging on, sitting in fifth place just above the red line dividing the contenders from the pretenders (the top five teams from each conference qualify for the postseason). The Crew solidified their hold on a postseason slot with a 1-0 win over third place New England at home last weekend; Federico Higuain, the Crew’s leading scorer this year, found the back of the net once again, off a free kick in the 48th minute. Higuain had a chance for a second goal late in the game, when the Crew earned a penalty kick, but he mis-struck the ball for a save by the New England goalkeeper. The Crew have just five games left this season, with Montreal coming into Crew Stadium this weekend.
9/16/14 - Not since 2011 have the Columbus Crew qualified for the Major League Soccer postseason…and this year’s squad are making every effort to make it through, claiming a point over the weekend with a 2-2 draw in Houston to stay just above the crucial “red line” at fifth place in the Eastern Conference standings. The Crew are tied with Philadelphia Union on points, with the Crew holding the tiebreaker of better goal differential over the Union. Both of the Crew goals came in the second half; Wil Trapp cutting an early Crew deficit in half in the 48th minute, followed by an Ethan Finlay goal in the 54th minute which would prove to be the final goal of the game. The Crew will host the New England Revolution this weekend in their next action.
9/10/14 - MLSsoccer.com called the Columbus Crew’s 3-0 win over visiting C.D. Chivas USA this past weekend “the Justin Meram show” – and rightly so. Meram scored a brace (two goals) while the third Crew goal was scored by Bernardo Anor, who returned to action after recovering from an injury in July. The Crew had additional opportunities as well; in first-half stoppage time, a Chivas USA defender tripped Columbus’s forward Aaron Schoenfeld in the penalty area, but the spot kick, taken by Federico Higuain, hit the crossbar and caromed away. Meram’s goals came in the 52nd and 59th minutes, while Anor’s came in the 80th minute. With Columbus now in the all-important fifth spot in the Eastern Conference, the Crew will be looking for more points when the team heads this weekend to Houston, always a dangerous side.
9/4/14 - The Columbus Crew managed to hold onto the crucial fifth spot in the Eastern Conference, despite suffering a 2-0 loss to the Montreal Impact on the road last weekend. Even though the Crew entered the game on a roll of form, the squad largely failed to generate many scoring chances against the Impact, who were motivated by the debut of a new acquisition as a Designated Player, and who was responsible for both Montreal goals. The Crew pressed hard in the second half, forcing the Impact netminder into key saves, but were unable to find the back of the net. The Crew are back home this weekend to face C.D. Chivas USA.
8/27/14 - The streaky Columbus Crew are at it again, this time on a hot streak. After a surprising blowout of Western Conference contender Los Angeles, the Crew welcomed Eastern rival Houston to Crew Stadium, and for the second straight weekend, it was a big night for the offense, as the Crew kept pace in the conference race with a 3-0 shutout of the Dynamo. Justin Meram maintained his run of good form for the Crew, scoring the game’s first goal; then, notching an assist with a well-placed cross to teammate Adam Bedell in the 59th minute that led to the Crew’s second goal. The final goal was scored for Columbus by second-half substitute Aaron Schoenfeld. The Crew are level on points with Toronto, who owns the tiebreaker on head-to-head results, and two points clear of New York, who holds down fifth place on the East ladder. The Crew close out their August schedule with a visit to Montreal this weekend.
8/21/14 - The Columbus Crew were not kind hosts to the hot side of the moment, Los Angeles, as the Crew laid a Massive smackdown in a 4-1 victory this past weekend. Crew forward Justin Meram played a key role early, opening the scoring for the Yellow and Black in the 23rd minute with a tricky spin followed by a curving shot that beat the Galaxy goalkeeper. Meram would collect an assist just 10 minutes later, faking a shot then playing a through ball to teammate Ethan Finlay who timed a cut to the goal just right to double the Columbus lead. After allowing the Galaxy to cut the lead in half not long into the second half, the Crew took advantage of L.A.’s offensive pressure to score a pair of goals on the counterattack, first by Ben Speas, then Giancarlo Gonzalez. The Crew hope to stay in the playoff hunt when Houston comes to town this weekend.
8/14/14 - For the first several years after Major League Soccer expanded into Canada with the creation of Toronto F.C. and the so-called “Trillium Cup” competition the following year, the Columbus Crew dominated their rivals from the Great White North, winning all but one year. This year, however, saw the Crew fall for just the second time, as TFC claimed the final match of the season between the two teams by a 3-2 scoreline, and for the first time won all three meetings by an 8-4 aggregate score. The Crew were on their back foot the entire match, playing catch-up all game as Toronto opened the scoring, followed by a Crew goal scored by Federico Higuain via penalty kick in the 45th minute. Toronto needed just 15 minutes in the second half to move on top, then Justin Meram re-equalized at the 82nd minute. However, the Crew gave up the game-winner just two minutes later. Columbus hosts the high-flying Los Angeles Galaxy this weekend.
7/30/14 - Moving into fourth place in the East, the Columbus Crew got a late strike from Ethan Finlay to grab a 2-1 victory on the road at New England, who have now lost eight straight. The victory was the Crew’s second straight win after a tough winless skein that reached seven games. While the Revolution had a number of scoring opportunities in the first half (including 15 corner kick opportunities), but it was Columbus who got on the scoreboard first, off a free kick from Federico Higuain in the 43rd minute. The Revs equalized just a few minutes into the second half, but in the 84th minute, Finlay collected a nice through ball from teammate Justin Meram, who had just entered the game, and Finlay made no mistake with his shot. The Crew head to the home of rival Chicago this weekend.
7/23/14 - In a tight week on the schedule, the Columbus Crew split a pair of home games, falling 2-1 to visiting Sporting Kansas City in a midweek match, followed by a 2-1 victory over Montreal Impact on the weekend. While the Crew were bolstered somewhat by the return of defenders Giancarlo Gonzalez and Waylon Francis from the surprising Costa Rica national squad, the team’s lack of healthy forwards meant that playmaker Federico Higuain had to start the game as the lone forward. After SKC struck first shortly before halftime, the Crew got a bit of luck about 15 minutes into the second half, going up a man, and a few minutes later the recipient of an own goal by Kansas City. But SKC would get their gamewinner shortly before the final whistle. However against the Impact, the Crew’s fortunes were reversed, getting a pair of goals from Bernardo Anor, his first since Opening Kick in March. After a midweek friendly against English side Crystal Palace, the Crew head to Foxborough, Mass. to take on New England.
7/16/14 - Last weekend’s match between the Columbus Crew and New York Red Bulls was not pretty for the Black and Gold, who fell to the Red Bulls 4-1 at Red Bull Arena. The Crew could not keep the French former international star Thierry Henry down, as Henry scored once and notched three assists for the Red Bulls, who moved three points ahead of the Crew while solidifying for now their grip on fifth place in the Eastern Conference. The Crew’s lone tally came from sub Adam Bedell, who snapped a Crew scoreless streak that dated back to late April. The Crew also lost Jairo Arrieta to injury during the game, and will be without the services of Bernardo Anor their next game, after Anor was ejected for a second yellow card during the game. That next game for the Crew will be a midweek tilt against second place Sporting Kansas City, followed by another home match, this one against Montreal.
7/9/14 - It took some late effort but the Columbus Crew managed to get a point from a 1-1 draw with Colorado on an Independence Day trip to see the Rapids, keeping the Crew close to the top five in the Eastwern Conference of Major League Soccer. The Crew got their equalizing goal in the 76th minute of the match, when a Colorado midfielder made a poor back pass, which allowed Ethan Finlay to collect his fourth goal of the season. The Crew are actually even on points with New York, though the Red Bulls have a tiebreaker advantage at the moment. The Crew will attempt to break that deadlock in their next game, as a matter of fact, heading to New Jersey to take on the Red Bulls this weekend.
6/26/14 - Despite taking a lead late in the second half, the Columbus Crew couldn’t finish off Eastern Conference rival Chicago in their U.S. Open Cup matchup, as the Fire advanced to the quarterfinals of the nation’s oldest cup competition 4-2 after extra time. The Crew’s Jairo Arrieta put one home in the 55th minute on a classic bicycle kick from six yards out; then 15 minutes later, Bernardo Anor found a deflected shot in his path and sent home a low shot for the Crew’s second goal. The Fire re-tied the score in the 83rd minute, then a few minutes into extra time, sent another one into the back of the net, and added an insurance goal in the 108th minute for the final scoreline. The Crew resume MLS play this Saturday when they host F.C. Dallas at Crew Stadium, followed by an Independence Day visit to Colorado.
6/19/14 - In a game that was probably closer and more difficult than they would have liked, the Columbus Crew defeated North American Soccer League side Indy Eleven of Indianapolis 2-1 after extra time, in a midweek U.S. Open Cup match played at InfoCision Stadium at the University of Akron. The Crew jumped out to a fast lead when Bernardo Anor sent one home in just the fourth minute of the game, but then things turned sour for Columbus, as they would find themselves a man down to Indy for most of the rest of the game – a situation exacerbated in the 110th minute when a second man was ejected. However, Indy could not take advantage, and ultimately committed a foul in their penalty area, leading sub Jairo Arrieta to slot home the spot kick and give the win to the Crew. Columbus returns to Crew Stadium for their next MLS tilt, when FC Dallas come to town on June 28.
6/16/14 - The Columbus Crew caught a lucky break in their game against D.C. United, part of a soccer doubleheader at FedEx Field in suburban Landover, Md. with a Spain-El Salvador friendly (won by La Furia Roja 2-0). The luck came late in the second half, when DCU’s Fabian Espindola’s penalty kick – awarded when the Crew’s Bernardo Anor was called for a handball in the penalty area – went right into the hands of Crew goalkeeper Steve Clark. The blown PK by Espindola was the best scoring opportunity by either team on the night; the Crew were outshot by DCU 14-10, with United notching three shots on goal to Columbus’s two, and Columbus also lost the possession battle as well, 52.1% to 47.9%. Next up for the Crew is a unique trip to the University of Akron’s FirstEnergy Stadium on June 17, for a U.S. Open Cup battle with the North American Soccer League’s Indy Eleven, a second-division side. Their next MLS battle will occur on June 28, when F.C. Dallas comes to Crew Stadium.
6/3/14 - The Columbus Crew’s last game in May was the second of their Trillium Cup matches with fellow Eastern Conference foe Toronto F.C., north of the border at Toronto’s lakeside BMO Field. (For the record, the great white trillium is the official provincial flower of Ontario, and also the official state wildflower of Ohio – hence the naming inspiration for the rivalry cup.) Unfortunately for the Massive side, TFC emerged victorious 3-2 on a pair of goals from longtime English Premier League star Jermain Defoe, and a late gamewinner by Doneil Henry, giving the Canadians ownership of the rivalry cup for just the second time since its creation. The Crew held leads of 1-0 and 2-1 at points; Columbus forward Justin Meram opening the scoring in the first half, and Agustin Viana putting the Black and Yellow back in front in the 65th minute. But Henry’s injury-time strike put the game and the Trillium Cup out of reach for 2014. The Crew have a pair of games this week, on June 4 against Real Salt Lake at Crew Stadium, then pay a visit to D.C. United this weekend.
5/21/14 - The scoring drought is over for the Columbus Crew…but the winless streak continues, with a 3-3 draw on the road at Portland. Federico Higuain put away two first-half goals, a 25 yard chip shot in the 14th minute and a penalty kick given in stoppage time when Portland defender Futty Danso pulled down the Crew’s Giancarlo Gonzalez in the box on a corner kick. The second half was quiet for much of the duration, until a wild finish saw three goals (one by the Crew, two by the Timbers) scored in a five minute stretch between the 80th and 95th minutes. Despite giving up two points with the equalizing goal by Portland, the single point earned by the Crew moves them up to sixth place in the Eastern Conference, with 13 points. The Crew host Chicago this weekend.
5/8/14 - Just three points separate the top five sides in Major League Soccer’s Eastern Conference, from the three-way logjam among Sporting Kansas City, the New England Revolution and New York Red Bulls at the top, through resurgent D.C. United. In the midst of this bunch are the Columbus Crew, who were unable to gain some ground in a 2-0 loss to Sporting KC in Kansas last weekend. After taking on the Houston Dynamo on April 7, the Crew return home for a battle with Vancouver this weekend; midfielder Wil Trapp will be back in the starting XI for the Crew after missing the first game in his MLS career due to a pair of yellow cards earned in the loss to Kansas City.
4/30/14 - They’re yellow, and they’re Massive, and they’re atop Major League Soccer’s Eastern Conference. A home draw with New York Red Bulls has given the Columbus Crew a one-point cushion in the East table going into May’s action, when the Crew heads to Sporting Park on May 4 to take on defending MLS Cup holders Sporting Kansas City. Leading the way with the Massive attack is forward Federico Higuain, whose four goals have him tied for fourth leaguewide with D.C.’s Fabian Espindola. Five players total have found the back of the net for the 3-1-3 (W-L-D) Crew; aside from Higuain, forward Jairo Arrieta (two goals), and midfielders Bernardo Anor (two goals), Hector Jimenez and Justin Meram (one goal each) have tallied for the Crew through their first seven games.
Columbus Crew 2014 Season
Columbus Crew hope to live up to their “Massive” nickname in 2014, after a disappointing 2013 season that saw the Crew let go of longtime head coach (and former Crew stalwart player) Robert Warzycha, as well as interim coach Brian Bliss. Gregg Berhalter was named the new coach late in 2013, after the completion of the regular season. Returning for the Crew are team captain and sole Designated Player, Argentine forward Federico Higuain, who found the back of the net 11 times in all competitions, second only to Ghanian Dominic Oduro (13), who also returns for the Crew.