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29 July 1:27 pm

Federico Higuain's bending free kick has been nominated for Week 20's MLS AT&T Goal of the Week.

The opening tally in the Crew's match at New England, Higuain's gorgeous free kick helped the Black & Gold on to their second consecutive victory.

Voting runs until 2:59 a.m. ET on Friday and the winner is announced on Friday.

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29 July 12:24 pm

Columbus Crew Sporting Director and Head Coach Gregg Berhalter joined members of the Crew front office at the Habitat for Humanity Home of Hope dedication ceremony last week. The ceremony wrapped up a four-month long project that began in March with Crew players and coaching staff. 

See below for photos of the dedication and the work-in-progress, as well as a video of the project.
 

28 July 5:14 pm

Crew goalkeeper Steve Clark put forth another sensational performance in New England and his efforts did not go unnoticed. Clark was named by SI's Planet Futbol to MLS' Best XI for Week 20. Here's what author Liviu Bird had to say about Clark:

"Important saves for Clark included an early tip over the bar from Teal Bunbury and a 1-on-1 foot save on Kelyn Rowe in a close road win over New England. Particularly away from home, a goalkeeper will likely have to play well for his team to have a chance, and Clark was as responsible for the final result as any other Crew player."

To view the full article, click here.

Photo Credit: USA Today Sports Images

28 July 1:07 pm

Fresh off of their successful debuts in Crew shirts against Crystal Palace FC, Matt Walker, Ross Friedman and Matt Wiet returned to the Dayton Dutch Lions, all starting in the club's home bout against OKC Energy FC on Saturday, July 26.

The match, which was won by OKC by a 3-0 final, saw all three Crew loanees go the full 90 minutes.

Friedman registered one shot in the contest.

Photo Credit: Daniel Herlensky

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