In advance of its Military Appreciation Night on May 24, the Crew joined forces with Operation Buckeye to help prepare care packages that will be sent to servicemen and women overseas. Defender Michael Parkhurst, Goalkeeper Brad Stuver and members of the Crew front office spent Monday afternoon filling boxes with food, toiletries and letters of encouragement to help brighten soldiers' spirits while they serve the United States Military in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The Crew's Costa Rican contingent of Waylon Francis, Giancarlo Gonzalez and Jairo Arrieta talk about the upcoming FIFA World Cup.
Ashland Medical Affairs, Ashland Women’s International Network and Ashland’s African American Leadership Team invited Jeff Hogan of 10TV and Crew goalkeeper Matt Lampson to kick-off their second annual celebration of National Women’s Health Week.
Hogan spoke about 10TV’s Commit to Be Fit program, while Lampson spoke about being a Hodgkin's Lymphoma cancer survivor, the importance of a healthy lifestyle and making the most of his second chance at life. Lampson discussed his work with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Central Ohio and his own non-profit organization, The LampStrong Foundation, Inc. After speaking to the group, he signed autographs and took photos with the Ashland employees and their family members in attendance.
Sporting Director and Head Coach Gregg Berhalter and defender Michael Parkhurst discuss the Crew's recent FIFA World Cup preliminary camp call-ups with the media.
Aaron Schoenfeld, on-loan from Columbus, notched the Dutch Lions' goal in a 1-1 draw with LA Galaxy II on Saturday, May 10 at DOC Stadium.
Schoenfeld's tally came in the 43rd minute, and served as an equalizer after Chandler Hoffman opened the scoring for the visitors in the 41st.
Matt Walker (pictured below), Ben Sweat and Kevan George also started for the Dutch Lions. Walker recorded one shot in the contest. Brad Stuver served as the back-up goalkeeper for the match.
(Photo Credit: Jeremi Blurton)
Matching his season-high for corner kicks with eight on Wednesday in Houston, Federico Higuain recorded his 200th corner as a member of the Crew. Currently at 203 in 51 career games played, Higuain became just the third player in Crew history to record 200 or more corner kicks. Robert Warzycha is the club’s all-time leader with 503 and Guillermo Barros Schelotto is in second with 423. Both players are finalists for the Crew’s 2014 Circle of Honor Induction. Higuain recorded eight corner kicks in a match earlier this season on March 29 at Seattle.
Saturday’s match-up is the first meeting for first-year MLS coaches Sporting Director and Head Coach Gregg Berhalter and Vancouver Head Coach Carl Robinson. As players, Berhalter -- who played for LA from 2009-2011 -- was an MLS opponent of Robinson, who spent 2009-2011 between Toronto FC (2009) and New York (2010-11).
The Crew has played Vancouver just four times in the regular-season since Whitecaps FC joined MLS ahead of the 2011 campaign. Now playing just once a year, the Crew gets its only look at Vancouver for the season on Saturday. Hector Jimenez -- who previously played for Western Conference side LA Galaxy -- has plenty of experience against Vancouver. In fact, Jimenez has six appearances against Whitecaps FC, two more matches than the Crew has ever played against the Canadian side.
COMPLETING THE BUSY STRETCH
Saturday’s match completes a stretch of three matches in seven days as the Black & Gold look to snap a two-match losing streak ... after a pair of road matches, the Crew looks to enjoy the home-crowd advantage at Crew Stadium ... the last time the Crew was home -- a 1-1 draw against New York on April 26 -- a season-high attendance of 18,026 fans was recorded.
SECURING POINTS AT HOME
The Crew returns home for the first of only two home tilts at Crew Stadium this month ... thus far in 2014, the Black & Gold have secured points in three of their first four home contests ... the team’s lone home defeat came more than a month ago in a 1-0 loss to Toronto FC and the team responded with points in its next two matches -- a pair of 1-1 draws on April 19 (against D.C.) and April 26 (against New York).
IT’S BEEN AWHILE, VANCOUVER
The Crew and Whitecaps FC meet for their lone opposite-conference meeting of the season on Saturday at Crew Stadium ... the last time the two teams last played was way back in the Crew’s second match of 2013 on March 9, 2013 ... to give a bit of perspective, since the two teams played at BC Place -- a total of 41 regular-season matches ago -- the Crew has played several teams four times ... specifically, the Black & Gold have faced Eastern Conference opponents Sporting KC, Houston and New York four times since the Crew and Vancouver last met.
TRAPP AVAILABLE SATURDAY
Vice Captain Wil Trapp is available for selection on Saturday after missing his first match of 2014 ... Trapp was absent from the lineup on Wednesday while he served a mandatory one-match red-card suspension ... Trapp was issued a pair of yellow cards in last Sunday’s match at Sporting KC ... Trapp had previously started every game since his debut on July 7, 2013.