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22 July 3:51 pm

The Crew split a pair of contests over the last matchweek, with little movement in national Power Rankings to follow.

See the full rankings below, with last week's ranks noted afterward:

ESPNFC: 15 (15)

MLSsoccer.com: 15 (16)

SI.com: 15 (13)

Photo Credit: Daniel Herlensky

21 July 11:58 am

Crew loanee Matt Walker scored the match's opening goal, but the Charlotte Eagles stormed back to notch a 2-1 win over Dayton at DOC Stadium on Saturday, July 19.

Walker was one of three Crew loanees in the starting lineup, joining Ross Friedman (pictured) and Matt Wiet.

The goal was Walker's second of the season in USL-PRO. 

Photo Credit: Jeremi Blurton

16 July 12:06 pm

 

Photo Credit: USA Today Sports Images

Following the 2014 FIFA World Cup, the Crew welcomes Giancarlo Gonzalez and Waylon Francis back to Columbus for tonight’s match against Sporting KC. Many fans in Columbus watched the Costa Rican duo during the tournament, as well as United States Men’s National Team players Graham Zusi and Matt Besler from Sporting KC.

Here are a few numbers and notes to know following the monthlong battle of countries on the world’s stage…

TV Ratings

- USA v. Ghana: 6.3 rating nationally (11.1 million people), 8.9 in Columbus (fifth-highest market).

- USA v. Portugal: 9.6 rating nationally (18.2 million people), 12.6 in Columbus (second-highest market)

- USA v. Germany: 6.7 rating nationally (10.8 millon people), 8.1 in Columbus (seventh-highest market)

- USA v. Belgium: 9.8 rating nationally (16.5 million people), 10.8 in Columbus (tenth-highest market)

- For comparison, here are the average ratings for several other recent national sporting events: Monday Night Football for the 2013 NFL season (9.6), the 2013 World Series (8.9), the 2014 Stanley Cup Final (2.8) and the 2014 NBA Finals (9.3).

Social Media

- 220 million Facebook users have combined for over one billion interactions on the site since it started. It's the largest event, sports or otherwise, in Facebook history.

- With two weeks remaining in the tournament, the World Cup generated 300 million tweets, doubling the entire London Olympics.

- The USA hashflag was the most tweeted of any nation's.

Digital

- Americans made up a full 20% of all the traffic to the FIFA official apps and Web sites. Over the tournament, 36.7 million unique visitors from the United States have visited FIFA.com or the FIFA app. That's about 11.28% of the U.S. population.

Ticketing

- Americans bought more World Cup game tickets than any other country, behind host country Brazil (also happened in 2010 with USA, second behind host South Africa).

16 July 9:56 am

After the Black & Gold's 4-1 loss to New York, ESPN FC has ranked them 15th in their Power Rankings, with MLSSoccer.com slotting them 16th.

See the full rankings below, with last week's ranks noted afterward:

ESPNFC: 15 (12)

MLSSoccer.com: 16 (14)

14 July 2:08 pm

On Saturday, July 12, the Dayton Dutch Lions fell to the Harrisburg City Islanders by a 3-1 score at DOC Stadium.

Dayton, playing without leading goal-scorer Aaron Schoenfeld, conceded two first-half goals in the contest. Brock Granger made it 2-1 in the 77th minute, but a late insurance goal by Harrisburg's Robbie Derschang sealed the three points for the visitors.

Crew loanees Ross Friedman (pictured) and Matt Wiet started the match. Matt Walker entered as a first-half substitute.

Photo Credit: Jeremi Blurton 

08 July 3:14 pm

The Crew's unbeaten streak has stretched to four matches, and as a result, ESPNFC bumped it up one spot in its Power Rankings, with MLSsoccer.com keeping it level.

See the links below for the full rankings, with last week's position indicated as well:

MLSsoccer.com: 14 (14)

ESPNFC: 12 (13)

Photo Credit: USA Today Sports Images

07 July 10:22 am

The Dayton Dutch Lions split a pair of contests last week as they continued their USL-PRO campaign.

On Wednesday, July 2, Dayton fell 2-1 to Pittsburgh Riverhounds at home. A pair of Crew loanees linked up for the match's opening goal, as Aaron Schoenfeld scored from Ross Friedman in the fifth minute. Matt Walker and Matt Wiet also started for Dayton.

On Saturday, July 5, Schoenfeld nabbed a hat trick in a 3-1 road victory over Charlotte Eagles. Friedman and Wiet both started the match, while Walker entered as a second-half substitute.

Schoenfeld now leads USL-PRO in goals with 12 in 18 matches. He is also three goals away from tying the all-time USL-PRO single-season goal-scoring record.

Photo Credit: Jeremi Blurton

02 July 11:33 am

The Crew's home draw against FC Dallas has kept it relatively steady in the national Power Rankings. See the below rankings to find out where the Black & Gold fall among the League's 19 teams.

MLSSoccer.com: 14 (12)

ESPNFC: 13 (13)

Photo Credit: Nate Smallwood

30 June 2:26 pm

The Dayton Dutch Lions earned a 1-0 victory on the road against the Pittsburgh Riverhounds at Highmark Stadium on Saturday, June 28.

Eli Garner scored the match's only goal, which occurred in the 18th minute.

The match featured another heavy dose of Crew influence. Loanees Matt Walker, Ross Friedman, Matt Wiet and Aaron Schoenfeld all started for Dayton. Schoenfeld and Friedman each notched one shot in the contest.

Photo Credit: Jeremi Blurton 

23 June 12:50 pm

MLS might have taken a break for the FIFA World Cup, but USL-PRO play continued as the Dayton Dutch Lions played two matches this past weekend, dropping both.

On Friday, Dayton traveled to Rochester and fell to the Rhinos by a 2-0 final. Ross Friedman, Matt Wiet and Aaron Schoenfeld all started for the Dutch Lions, while Matt Walker came on as a substitute. Schoenfeld paced Dayton with two shots in the contest.

Dayton then returned home for a Sunday encounter with Orlando City SC, again falling by a 2-0 score. Friedman, Wiet, Schoenfeld and Walker all started for the Dutch Lions, with Walker recording two shots and Schoenfeld one.

Photo Credit: Jeremi Blurton