Saturday’s victory over New York was Head Coach Robert Warzycha’s 69th career regular-season win as Crew boss. Warzycha’s next victory will be his 70th regular-season win, an important coaching milestone in MLS. Only 13 other coaches since 1996 have recorded 70 regular-season wins in their coaching career, and only four active coaches in the League have 70 or more wins (Sigi Schmid, 182; Bruce Arena, 154; Dominic Kinnear, 123; and Jason Kreis, 86). A 70th win for Warzycha would also tie the coach with Tom Fitzgerald (1996-2001) for most wins as a Head Coach of the Black & Gold as Fiztgerald won 70 games in 144 contests as the man on the sideline.
The Crew and Toronto FC meet for the second time in four weeks. The Crew could secure the Trillium Cup, presented by Scotts, for the fifth time. 2008 marked the first year the award was up for grabs and the Crew held the trophy from 2008-2010 before a Toronto regular-season series victory gave the Reds the cup for 2011 - Toronto’s only Trillium Cup victory. The Crew regained the award last season with three victoies over Toronto. Trillium is the provincial flower of Ontario and the state wildflower of Ohio and Scotts joined as the presenting sponsor of the award ahead of the 2013 series.
Of the seven victories this season, the Crew has shut-out its opponent in six of those matches. Saturday’s 2-0 victory over New York marked Matt Lampson’s second clean sheet this year and second in front of the Crew Stadium faithful. The Crew has yet to end a match in a 0-0 draw this year, so when the Black & Gold keep their opponents off the board, the numbers suggest that there will be some offense to complement the stingy backline effort to give the club a win.
Columbus Mayor Michael B. Coleman will be part of today’s Crew press conference to make a major announcement inside Crew Stadium’s Upper 90 Club at 12:00 p.m. ET. Mayor Coleman joins Hunt Sports Group Chairman Clark Hunt to address the media, with Crew President & General Manager Mark McCullers available for comment after the announcement.
Dayton Dutch Lions head coach Patrick Bal called into Inside the Crew to preview the match up between Dayton and Columbus on May 29 in the third-round of the U.S. Open Cup.
Ethan Finlay, Matt Lampson and Konrad Warzycha stopped by Nationwide Children’s Hospital with Crew Cat to visit with patients and family members of patients. They played soccer, musical instruments and created drawings for the kids in attendance and Matt Lampson’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle drawings were a hit. Each child received a mini-soccer ball autographed by each player and Crew Cat.
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— Konrad Warzycha (@k_warzycha) May 21, 2013
Following the Crew's 3-0 win against D.C. United on Saturday night, the Black & Gold's reserves returned to action on Sunday morning to take on the West Virginia University Mountaineers at Crew Stadium. Fueled by first half goals from Ryan Finley and Ethan Finlay and second half tallies by way of Aaron Schoenfeld and Bernardo Anor, the Crew topped the Mountaineers 4-0.
The Black & Gold reserves take on the New York Red Bulls in a return to MLS Reserve League action Saturday evening following the First Team's match against New York (4:00 p.m. ET/NBC Sports Network).
Crew Lineup: Matt Lampson (Daniel Withrow); Chad Barson, Eric Gehrig, Kevan George, Kyle Hyland; Ethan Finlay (Shawn Sloan), Konrad Warzycha (Drew Beckie), Matías Sánchez, Ben Speas (Bernardo Anor); Justin Meram, Ryan Finley (Aaron Schoenfeld).