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06 April 2:06 pm

From Burkina Faso to Malaysia to Finland, today's match between the Crew and Philadelphia Union will be broadcast in 88 countries worldwide. Of course, for fans in Ohio the match will be telecast on FOX Sports Ohio. It is also available online via MLSLive and as part of the Direct Kick package.

Here is the full list of availability around the world:

Nex Media: (Indonesia)

Skynet: (Myanmar)

Canal + Scandinavia: (Denmark, Norway, Finland, Sweden)

PPTV: (China)

Sport Klub: (Hungary)

TEN Sports: (Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka)

Sport TV: (Slovenia)

Setanta Africa: (Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Comoros Islands, Congo Brazzaville, Cote d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea Bissau, Guinea Conakry, Kenya, Lesotho,  Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, South Africa, St. Helena, Swaziland, Togo, Uganda, Tanzania, Zambia, Zanzibar, Zimbabwe)

Al Jazeera: (Algeria, Bahrain, Chad, Djibouti, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, UAE and Yemen)

Arena Sport: (Former Yugoslavia - except Slovenia)

Astro Supersport: (Malaysia, Brunei)

05 April 3:47 pm

U.S. Soccer celebrates its 100th anniversary Friday. While the Crew has only been involved in the past 18 years, the organization has left its mark on soccer in the United States.

PLAYERS

Through the Crew's 18 years, 37 players that have donned the Black & Gold either as a player or coach have also earned a cap with the U.S. Men's National Team at some point during their playing career. Forward Brian McBride (95 caps), Frankie Hejduk (85 caps) and Brad Friedel (82 caps) have represented the U.S. more than any other Crew players past and present. McBride scored 30 times in his International career, the most of any Crew player to wear the Red, White and Blue.

Chad Marshall and Eddie Gaven are the only current players to earn a call-up to the USMNT.

CREW STADIUM

Famous for hosting three U.S. versus Mexico FIFA World Cup Qualifiers - all 2-0 victories for the United States - Crew Stadium has become the go-to venue for hosting the rivalry when it matters most. Crew Stadium will once again welcome the U.S. and Mexico for a 2014 World Cup Qualifying Hexagonal round match on September 10, 2013.

In total, the Yanks are 6-0-3 in Columbus. The United States has only surrendered one goal in nine matches at Crew Stadium.

The U.S. Women's National Team has also seen success in Columbus. The U.S. Women are currently 4-1-0 in Crew Stadium. Crew Stadium was also selected as one of the host venues of the 2003 FIFA Women's World Cup. 22,828 fans were in attendance to see the USWNT to a 3-0 victory over North Korea.

04 April 2:23 pm

Heading into Final Four weekend, rookie Wil Trapp owns a seven point lead over Aaron Schoenfeld after correctly selecting four out of the Elite 8 teams in the NCAA Men's Basketball Championship bracket. However, if Louisville beats Wichita State, Drew Beckie could win the 2013 Crew Bracket Challenge. Every player chose exactly one of the Final 4 teams, and Beckie is the only one that has a National Championship hopeful with Louisville.

STANDINGS

  1. Wil Trapp - 183 pts.
  2. Aaron Schoenfeld - 176
  3. Drew Beckie -169
  4. Eric Gehrig - 159

The Scoring System:

  • 3 points for each team correctly picked to advance to the Round of 32.
  • 5 points for each team picked in the Sweet 16.
  • 10 points for each team in the Elite 8.
  • 25 points for each team in the Final 4.
  • 50 points for each team in the National Championship.
  • 100 points for correctly picking the National Champion.

 

04 April 1:59 pm

The Crew welcomed Zimbabwean forward Lucky Mkosana on-trial with the club on Thursday. Mkosana most recently spent time with the Harrisburg City Islanders of USL-PRO, where he scored seven goals in 16 appearances last season. As a trialist with the Philadelphia Union last fall, Mkosana scored against the Crew in a Reserve League match.

Mkosana was drafted 23rd overall by the Chicago Fire in the 2012 MLS SuperDraft, but was not signed after preseason training.

Photo: The Dartmouth

02 April 10:13 am

The Crew will face the Philadelphia Union for the first time in 2013 on Saturday. The three meetings between the two sides last season provided plenty of drama and fireworks as the Black & Gold won two of the three matches. 

Let's revisit.

APRIL 14: Union 1 - Crew 0

Last year's series began in Philadelphia in a nationally televised clash on NBC Sports Network. An unfortunate handball from Eric Gehrig in the area led to a Union penalty. Gabriel Gómez converted from the spot for the match's only tally to lift the home side to victory. Eddie Gaven, Chad Marshall and Andy Gruenebaum are the only holdovers from the starting XI in last year's tilt expected to be in the lineup on Saturday.

AUGUST 29: Union 1 - Crew 2

In a return to PPL Park, defender Carlos Valdes put the Union ahead in the first half when his free kick took a deflection off the Crew wall to beat Matt Lampson in goal. Josh Williams equalized with his first career goal just before halftime. Later in the second half, the defender was sent off after an altercation with Union forward Antoine Hoppenot to leave the Black & Gold with 10 men for the final 22 minutes of the match. After fending off a flurry of Philadelphia attempts on goal in the late moments of the game, newcomer Federico Higuaín orchestrated an attack that ended with Eddie Gaven burying Justin Meram's final pass into an empty net in the 95th minute to earn the Crew three points on the road.

SEPTEMBER 29: Crew 3 - Union 2

A month following Gaven's stoppage time heroics, the two clubs met at Crew Stadium in a late September goal fest. Jairo Arrieta netted a brace to give the Black & Gold a 2-0 cushion after 50 minutes. The Union battled back, as Hoppenot drew a penalty in the 65th minute that Danny Cruz converted to cut the deficit in half. Later in the 86th minute, Jack McInerney equalized on a one-touch tally from a Roger Torres cross. Just a minute later, Milovan Mirosevic netted the late winner to keep the Crew's playoff hopes alive heading into October. The winning tally was shrouded in controversy as Mirosevic appeared to be offside, but the linesman's flag remained down.

01 April 11:40 am

Finding Frankie Hejduk around Columbus just became that much easier.

The Crew legend and Brand Ambassador will be driving a custom Crew Camaro provided Coughlin Cars around town for the next few months. Stay tuned to TheCrew.com for details on how you can win Frankie's ride.

28 March 3:03 pm

Fresh off Tuesday night's 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifier between Costa Rica and Jamaica, Crew striker Jairo Arrieta returned to training with the Crew Thursday morning in Obetz. Though Arrieta was not featureed in La Sele's 2-0 win over the Reggae Boyz or in last Friday's 1-0 loss to the United States, Arrieta was proud to represent his country in an effort to qualify for soccer's biggest stage.

With one goal in three matches so far this season, Arrieta knows he must continue to produce for the Black & Gold to earn a call-up for Costa Rica's next Qualifiers in June.

"It's an honor for me to be playing for my National Team, but the only way I can play with the National Team is by performing with the Crew," the striker said through a translator. "I'm focused on doing a great job with the Crew, that way I have the opportunity to be called-up again."

In addition to the World Cup Qualifiers in June, Arrieta could miss time with Crew for this summer's CONCACAF Gold Cup. Arrieta helped Costa Rica clinch a berth in the tournament by earning the Golden Boot in the Copa Centroamericana in January.

"I know I will play in qualifying games in the near future," Arrieta said.

"The only way I'll have that chance is if my performance with the Crew is better and better every game."

25 March 4:42 pm

The United States will face a tall challenge in Turkey this summer as the draw for the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup was held on Monday. The U.S. has been placed in Group A with European powers Spain and France, along with a yet to be determined African nation.

"We're welcome to any challenge," U.S. U-20s Assistant Coach and Crew Technical Director Brian Bliss said Monday. "It's obviously a very strong group with those two European teams. Whatever African team makes it, you know they're going to be good. Historically, [African nations] have been very good at the youth World Cup level."

Bliss and Homegrown midfielder Wil Trapp will head to Turkey in June, hoping to make an impact on the world stage.

"When you get to the World Cup, there are 24 teams and everybody is good," Bliss said. "It looks like a very difficult group, but we finished strong in CONCACAF and I think that will give us confidence heading into [the World Cup].

"I won't say I like our chances better than anybody, but I don't fear any of those teams for any reason."

The U.S. will hold a camp in April to reassess talent ahead of the tournament this summer.

25 March 12:37 pm

After two rounds of play in the 2013 NCAA Men's Basketball Championship Tournament, the Crew Bracket Challenge is tightly contested. Wil Trapp leads Drew Beckie by three points with 118 points, while Aaron Schoenfeld sits just three points behind Beckie. Eric Gehrig trails his teammates after picking up just 104 points in the first two rounds.

To no one's surprise, the West region of the bracket gave everyone trouble. However, Ohio State Final Four hopes are still alive as three players picked the Buckeyes to advance. Beckie chose Gonzaga to win the region and dance all the way to Atlanta.

STANDINGS

  1. Wil Trapp - 118 pts.
  2. Drew Beckie -114
  3. Aaron Schoenfeld - 111
  4. Eric Gehrig - 104

The Scoring System:

  • 3 points for each team correctly picked to advance to the Round of 32.
  • 5 points for each team picked in the Sweet 16.
  • 10 points for each team in the Elite 8.
  • 25 points for each team in the Final 4.
  • 50 points for each team in the National Championship.
  • 100 points for correctly picking the National Champion.
25 March 10:29 am

With Bill Hamid coming off MLS Player of the Week honors, the Crew knew it would be tough to beat the 22-year-old D.C. United goalkeeper in Saturday's match at RFK Stadium. As expected, Hamid made several acrobatic saves to keep United in the game as the Black & Gold peppered him with nine shots on goal throughout the afternoon.

Not to be outdone, Crew backstop Andy Gruenebaum fed off Hamid's play on the other end of the field to make several key stops to help the Crew to the 2-1 victory away from home.

Gruenebaum's Double Save

"[Hamid] played out of his mind again," Gruenebaum said after the match. "He’s had a couple back-to-back games where he’s just feeling it and right now he’s on fire.

"Anytime you see someone on the other end make a great save it, you hope – I mean, you obviously don’t want to have to be in that position, but when it happens you hope to be there and it was an interesting game. It was probably one of the weirdest games I’ve ever played in.”

Added Head Coach Robert Warzycha: "[Hamid] did very well on Chad [Marshall]'s save, and following with Tyson Wahl. I think the second half, the goalies did a very good job. They did what they were supposed to do. They made some saves and there were some clear chances, but they stood on their heads and they were very, very good.”

Perhaps the top highlight of Saturday afternoon was Gruenebaum's back-to-back-to-back saves from Lionard Pajoy, Brandon McDonald and Dwayne De Rosario attempts that NBC Sports broadcaster Arlo White could only describe as "a miracle."

The humble Gruenebaum claims some luck was involved.

“It was a shot through traffic from the top, I didn’t see it until the end so I wasn’t able to hold it clean, but I just saw [De Rosario] there wide open so I just got up and just tried to make myself big.

"I kind of got lucky there.”