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08 July 5:38 pm

 

In just a couple of hours, the Crew will kick off against new Eastern Conference rival the Montreal Impact. Originally opened in 2008 for the NASL Impact, the team kicked off MLS play in the newly renovated Stade Saputo on June 16 with a 4-1 win over the Seattle Sounders. Before the Crew plays its first game in MLS's newest stadium, here is your own personal tour of the Stade Saputo:

The view from the northwest corner(where the Nordecke would be at Crew Stadium) of Stade Saputo at field level. Notice the observatory from Olympic Stadium, home of the former Montreal Expos, in the background.

The vantage point from atop the Impact supporters' section facing south.

My view of all the action tonight, from the press box.

Finally, Rusty Wummel and Dave Lagow's office for the night: the visiting locker room.

08 July 12:22 pm

Good morning from Montreal!

To start the day, the guys on the team had breakfast and enjoyed the Wimbledon final between Andy Murray and Roger Federer in the restaurant attached to the hotel. Judging by Cole Grossman and Eric Gehrig's celebration following Federer's slice to win a game in the first set, it seems the Swissman is the overwhelming favorite among Crew players... Minus Murray's fellow Brit Chris Birchall, of course.

Given the players' and coaches' interest in Wimbledon, the team walk was delayed by a couple minutes. On the way out of the hotel, Chris Birchall was kind enough to stop and sign a few autographs for some young fans.

       

The Crew's route on the morning walk included a stroll down Montreal's Rue Saint-Catherine, which is lined with desiginer boutiques. The team gave Emilio Renteria some grief as the striker fought the temptation to visit the Louis Vuitton store.

The morning walk ended with a stretching session in front of one of Montreal's many downtown churches before the guys split up for lunch.

Stay tuned later for more coverage from Stade Saputo before tonight's match.

05 July 3:50 pm

Just a week into the first-ever Premier League season, Robert Warzycha and Everton trampled Manchester United 3-0 at Old Trafford. The 3-0 win is Everton's last victory at Old Trafford. The Red Devils would eventually go on to win their first league title under Alex Ferguson after signing Eric Cantona midseason.

 

Check out The Polish Rifle's nifty goal in the 80th minute to put the Toffees ahead 2-0:

(Sequence starts at 0:12 mark)

03 July 3:21 pm

 

To help celebrate the Fourth of July, TheCrew.com would like to celebrate the members of the Black & Gold, both past and present, that have represented the United States Men's National Time at various points in their careers:

 

Brian Bliss..........................33 caps, 2 goals (1990 World Cup)

Edson Buddle......................10 caps, 3 goals (2010 World Cup)

Jon Busch..............................1 cap

Paul Caligiuri........................110 caps, 5 goals (1990, 1994 World Cups)

Brian Carroll.............................8 caps, 0 goals

Jeff Cunningham.....................14 caps, 1 goal

John DeBrito............................6 caps, 0 goals

Thomas Dooley.......................81 caps, 7 goals (1994, 1998 World Cups)

Brad Evans...............................4 caps, 0 goals

Robin Fraser...........................26 caps, 0 goals

Brad Friedel............................82 caps (1994, 1998, 2002 World Cups)

Eddie Gaven.............................8 caps, 0 goals

John Harkes............................90 caps, 6 goals (1990, 1994 World Cups)

Frankie Hejduk........................85 caps, 7 goals (1998, 2002 World Cups)

Matt Kmosko.............................3 caps, 0 goals

Manny Lagos............................3 caps, 0 goals

Mike Lapper.............................43 caps, 1 goal (1994 World Cup)

Brian Maisonneuve..................13 caps, 0 goals (1998 World Cup)

Chad Marshall..........................11 caps, 1 goal

Kyle Martino...............................8 caps, 1 goal

Brian McBride...........................95 caps, 30 goals (1998, 2002, 2006 World Cups)

Chad McCarty.............................1 cap, 0 goals

Janusz Michallik........................44 caps, 1 goal

Tom Presthus..............................1 cap

Ante Razov................................25 caps, 6 goals

Robbie Rogers..........................18 caps, 2 goals

Jorge Salcedo............................3 caps, 0 goals

Tony Sanneh............................43 caps, 3 goals

Juergen Sommer.......................8 caps (1994, 1998 World Cups)

Scoop Stanisic..........................1 cap

Danny Szetela...........................3 caps, 0 goals

Billy Thompson..........................1 cap, 0 goals

Jonny Walker.............................3 caps, 0 goals

Dante Washington.....................6 caps, 2 goals

Brian West.................................7 caps, 0 goals

Chris Wingert.............................1 cap, 0 goals

John Wolyniec............................2 caps, 0 goals

Current players and staff are in bold.

A few current members of the Crew reflected on their time with the National Team and what it meant to them:

Mike Lapper: "It's an honor anytime you get to represent your country at that level. I think it goes without saying. Those were special times (at the 1994 World Cup), a long time ago. I still have fond memories. I have pictures of me and Tony Meola after we beat Colombia to advance to the next round, which was a huge thing for us... It was a great opportunity for me. I was a young kid, only 24 at the time. It definitely helped kickstart my career."

Eddie Gaven: "(Playing for the National Team) is definitely a goal of mine, for sure. I think it is for any player in this country. To be able to play for your nation and put on your nation's colors, and go out there and play for your country. It's a huge honor. It means a lot. It's something I've had the privilege of doing several times. It's something I hope I can do more of in my career."

Chad Marshall: "It's what every guy strives for. Every pro soccer player wants to eventually play for their national team. It's a great honor to put that jersey on."
 

 

 

03 July 11:04 am

The Crew will make its first-ever trip to Montreal this weekend to face Eastern Conference foe, the Montreal Impact. The Black & Gold opened Crew Stadium for the 2012 season with a 2-0 victory against the Impact back on March 24th. Columbus overpowered a 10-man Montreal after Jeb Brovsky's red card in the 19th minute. Milovan Mirosevic put the Crew on the scoreboard first, scoring his first goal for the Black & Gold with a 30th minute penalty kick drawn by Emilio Renteria. Fellow newcomer Olman Vargas put the nail in the coffin during the 65th minute, powerfully heading home a cross from Shuan Francis on the left flank to beat Impact 'keeper Donovan Ricketts for his first tally as a member of the Crew.

Check out the highlights below:

 

30 June 7:04 pm

FOX Sports Ohio TV Anlayst Duncan Oughton previews the Crew's match tonight against Real Salt Lake.

 

 

29 June 11:08 am

Costa Rican striker Jairo Arrieta rejoined the Crew at training in Obetz on Friday morning. Arrieta is available for selection immediately, but it's likely he will not be part of Robert Warzycha's gameday 18 until July 8 in Montreal.

28 June 3:04 pm

On June 28, 1996 former Crew defender and current assistant coach Ricardo Iribarren was allocated to Columbus in the middle of Major League Soccer's inaugural season. We're happy Ricky liked Columbus so much he decided to say!

25 June 5:13 pm

The Crew Juniors U19 squad had an impressive showing over the weekend to win its group at the US Youth Soccer Regionals in Saginaw, Michigan. On Friday, the Juniors beat South Dakota United Madrid 11-0 in the team's opening match. It continued its dominance on Saturday with a 9-1 win against United 96 from Kentucky. The team finished group play today by beating KCFC 3-2. Cole DeNormandie leads the team with four goals in the tournament. The U19s move on to the semifinals to play New United from Wisconsin.

For more info on the tourney, please visity the USYS website.

21 June 9:24 am

A limited supply of tickets remain for the supporters' trip to Bridgeview this weekend. As of Wednesday afternoon, only five bus spots were open on the two buses the NorOnTour is taking to watch the Crew take on the Fire, according to Kevin McCollough, a member of Crew Union leadership. In all, the supporters groups have sold 205 of the 250 seats in Section 134 at Toyota Park.

To purchase your tickets, head to CrewUnion.com. Tickets will be sold until Friday at noon.