Voting for the 2013 Latino del Año award began Monday on MLSSoccer.com. The Crew's Federico Higuaín and Jairo Arrieta are each up for the award this year. Higuaín is placed alongside the New England Revolution's Juan Agudelo, Portland Timbers' Diego Chará and Real Salt Lake's Joao Plata in Group B. Arrieta competes in Group E against Real Salt Lake playmaker Javier Morales, FC Dallas striker Blas Pérez and LA Galaxy midfielder Junhinho.
Voting for in the Group Stage of the annual competition through Wednesday, November 6.
Dominic Oduro's left-footed volley against the Montreal Impact on April 14 has been nominated for AT&T Goal of the Year. Among the first groups unveiled, Oduro's strike has been placed in Group C against Vancouver Whitecaps FC's Diago Kobayashi, Real Salt Lake's Yordany Alvarez and LA Galaxy's Landon Donovan.
Voting for Groups A-D is open until 11:59 pm PT, Thursday, October 31.
For his left-footed beauty against the New England Revolution, Crew forward Aaron Schoenfeld has been nominated for AT&T Goal of the Week on MLSSoccer.com. The second-year striker was a driving force in the Black & Gold attack in the 3-2 loss, providing his first career goal and an assist as a halftime substitute.
Schoenfeld faces stiff competition this week from Gaby Torres' winner in Colorado and Tim Cahill's fastest goal in MLS history, so be sure to vote early and often.
Following his team-leading 13th goal of the season on Saturday, Crew forward Dominic Oduro has been nominated by MLSSoccer.com as a Top 3 Performer for Week 34. The Ghanaian speedster registered a goal and an assist in the weekend's 3-2 loss to the New England Revolution after being named MLS Player of the Month for September.
Due to a nagging hip injury suffered in the Crew's 1-0 loss to Sporting Kansas City on October 5, Federico Higuaín will miss Saturday night's Eastern Conference clash against the New England Revolution. Though the Argentine playmaker began jogging once again during the week, Interim Head Coach Brian Bliss and the team's medical staff ruled Higuaín was not fit for game action.
Ethan Finlay will replace Higuaín in the lineup as Dominic Oduro will join Jairo Arrieta on the Crew frontline.
"We said it yesterday that the decision regarding Federico traveling would be a flight-time call," Bliss explained. "After consulting with Federico and the medical staff, we determined that he would be unable to go tonight and so it made sense that he would not travel with us yesterday."
Following the Montreal Impact's 2-1 win over the Philadelphia Union, the Crew needs a win in New England tonight coupled with a Toronto FC win or draw against the Chicago Fire. Higuaín will be re-evaluated and could return with a berth a chance to clinch an MLS Cup Playoff berth next week against the Revolution in Columbus.
"We'll re-evaluate his availability next week, but for now, we believe we have what it takes to get three crucial points tonight," Bliss said.
Crew defender/midfielder Kevan George earned his third cap for the Trinidad & Tobago National Team on Tuesday night as the Soca Warriors drew New Zealand in a friendly, 0-0, in Port of Spain. George entered the match in the 83rd minute, replacing Khaleem Hyland in the T&T midfield.
George is expected to be back and available for selection for the Black & Gold's match against New England on Saturday.
The Crew travels to New England for a crucial Eastern Conference battle with the Revolution on Saturday with both sides' playoff hopes on the line. The match will be the second of three meetings this season between the two MLS Charter Members as the Revs topped the Black & Gold, 2-0 at Crew Stadium. Here is a look back at the prior meeting this season.
The Black & Gold fought the Revolution for 90 minutes, but the Revs netted two in stoppage time to take three points on the road as Jose Gonçalves and Diego Fagundez led New England to victory.
The Crew saw a slight drop across all national media outlets' Power Rankings in Week 33 following Saturday's loss to Sporting Kansas City. The Black & Gold peaked at number 12 in MLSSoccer.com's rankings. Full rankings are below.