Federico Higuain is just shy of joining the club’s top 10 list for all-time goals scored. At 18 tallies, he is in 11th place, one goal shy of a two-way tie for 10th place with Pete Marino and Robert Warzycha, who each scored 19 goals in a Crew uniform. Jeff Cunningham leads that Black & Gold list with 64.
Josh Williams is the longest-tenured Crew player on the roster dating back to just 2010. He’s made 58 apperances for the Crew. The club is not without MLS veteran presence, though. Michael Parkhurst has 116 career MLS appearances in the regular season, Dominic Oduro has 217 since 2006 and Tyson Wahl has made 112 appearances since joining MLS in 2006 in Kansas City.
The 3-0 shutout victory at D.C. United on March 8 was Steve Clark’s first clean- sheet win since coming to the League in the offseason following time in Norway. By recording a single shutout, Clark is now tied for 12th on the club’s all-time goalkeeper shutouts list with three other ‘keepers that had a Crew clean sheet in their time in Black & Gold.
Saturday’s Opening Match at Crew Stadium is regular-season match number 233 in the tenureof the historic building. The Black & Gold are 117-61-54 all-time, have scored 353 regular-season goals in front of their fans and have seen 21,076 minutes of regular- season intensity backed by the best fans in MLS since the first Crew Stadium match in 1999.
A WIN WOULD MAKE RARE CREW HISTORY ...
A win on Saturday would make for an odd statistical Crew record not achieved in the club’s first 18 years of existence ... the Black & Gold have never opened the season with back-to-back wins ... opening with consecutive victories may be a rare feat, but opening the season unbeaten after two games is not ... most recently in 2010, the club rattled off an eight-game clip of unbeaten soccer, posting an 6-0-2 run through the third week of May.
... BUT TAKE IT ONE GAME AT A TIME
The Crew opened the Gregg Berhalter era with a victory in Gregg Berhalter’s MLS coaching debut ... the Sporting Director and Head Coach began his MLS coaching career after coaching at Swedish side Hammerby IF ... said Berhalter postgame after his first win, “It was a great way to get started ... the emphasis was on starting and playing our game from minute one. I think we did that ... we went out there and we were brave and wanted to play ... when I look at going on the road and controlling the opponent, I think we did well. We scored two fantastic goals on the road and I’m happy with our overall performance.”
BERHALTER AMONG CREW COACHES WITH WINS IN CLUB DEBUTS
Gregg Berhalter, the seventh Head Coach -- and first Sporting Director -- in club history, led the Black & Gold to a win in his first game on the sidelines ... with the win, the Crew is now 5-1-2 all-time in the historic first match under a new coaching tenure, securing points in all but one debut (Sigi Schmid, 2005).
TOUGH TO BEAT GOOD DEFENSE
The Black & Gold blanked D.C. United, 3-0, in the first regular-season test of 2014 ... the Crew saw Philadelphia in the preseason during the Disney Pro Soccer Classic in a 1-0 win for the Crew on February 22 ... Columbus finished the 2014 preseason with a record of 4-0-1, competing in five matches and taking home a tournament title at the Disney Pro Soccer Classic ... the team’s lone draw came in a wild, back-and-forth 4-4 finish against USL-PRO side Orlando City SC to finish group play before a 4-1 victory over defending MLS Cup Champion Sporting KC on March 1.
Adam Bedell is a 6-foot-7 (79 inches tall) forward that the Crew signed officially on Wednesday. Per MLS, he is the tallest rostered player in MLS history. “Adam is a strong, tall target forward that gives additional depth this season,” said Sporting Director and Head Coach Gregg Berhalter.
With the addition of Adam Bedell on Wednesday, the Crew’s active roster sits at 30 players. 31 players are officially under contract, but rookie Homegrown Player Matt Wiet is on the Disabled List presently and does not count as a roster spot while he recovers from an ACL surgery.
Sporting Director and Head Coach Gregg Berhalter faced Ben Olsen as a player just one time, on August 22, 2009, in a 0-0 draw between Berhalter’s LA Galaxy and Olsen’s D.C. United.
The last time Gregg Berhalter faced D.C. United was on July 8, 2010 when Berhalter was a starter in the 2-1 win for LA over United. At the time, Ben Olsen was an As- sistant Coach with United, and less than a month later, Olsen took the reins for D.C.
The Crew’s inaugural game was April 13, 1996 in a 4-0 win for the Crew at Ohio Stadium. 560 regular-season games later -- with Saturday as career regular-season game 561 for the Black & Gold -- the Crew and United square-off to open their 19th seasons in MLS.
BERHALTER DEBUT FOR BLACK & GOLD
The Crew takes the field on Saturday under the leadership of Gregg Berhalter as the Sporting Director and Head Coach begins his MLS coaching career after coaching Swedish side Hammerby IF.
CREW BEGINS 19TH MLS CAMPAIGN
The Columbus Crew begins its 19th MLS season and enters the year with an overall regular-season record of 233-222-105 ... Saturday’s match (March 8) marks the sec-ond earliest Crew season start date in club history, six days after last season’s March 2 opener ... as a point of reference, the latest the Crew started a season was its inaugural campaign – alongside nine other charter teams – when Columbus opened play on April 13, 1996.
SEASON-OPENER: FEAST OR FAMINE
The Crew has shut out their opponents in season openers six times and have been held scoreless in the first 90 minutes four times ... the largest margin of victory was the Crew’s first-ever game – a 4-0 win against D.C. on April 13, 1996 ... the team’s largest deficit was a 5-1 loss at Tampa Bay on March 18, 2000 ... the Crew stormed to a 3-0 defeat of Chivas USA last season on March 2 in Carson, Calif.
PAPA DOM WILL BE OUT FOR SEASON-OPENER
Fans of Freaky Fast Dominic Oduro must wait until the Crew’s Opening Match at Crew Stadium on March 22 to see the Ghanaian speedster ... Oduro was issued a red card for a foul in the 90th minute of the regular-season finale against New England on October 27 of last year and is set to serve the mandatory one-game suspension on Saturday in the club’s first tilt of 2014 ... the red card was the first of his career.
Chad Barson reacts to Wednesday's 1-0 victory versus Malmö FF.
Wil Trapp talks about Wednesday's 1-0 victory over Malmö FF in Bradenton.
Crew Sporting Director and Head Coach Gregg Berhalter shares his thoughts following the Black & Gold's 1-0 win against Malmö FF.
Crew Brand Ambassador Frankie Hejduk talks about his visit to U.S. U-14 Boys' National Team camp and the knowledge he's shared to young players while representing the Black & Gold.