Crew Brand Ambassador and U.S. Men's National Team legend Frankie Hejduk lends his advice to Columbus Alive!'s "World Cup Blowout" issue, giving his tips on the best ways to watch the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Pick up a copy available at various locations around Columbus or online.
Crew goalkeeper Steve Clark joined Neil Sika and Matt Finkes on 95.5 The Game's BIG Show on Wednesday as the Crew heads into the midseason break.
For his efforts in helping the Black & Gold to back-to-back draws against Real Salt Lake and D.C. United, defender Michael Parkhurst was named to MLSsoccer.com's Team of the Week for Week 14. This marks the second time in 2014 the Crew Captain has earned the accolade after he helped his club blank D.C. United, 3-0, in Week One. Goalkeeper Steve Clark and midfielder Ethan Finlay were named Honorable Mention following the multi-fixture week.
Matt Lampson was honored to invite the LLS Indianapolis chapter’s 2014 Boy of the Year Zaki Siddiqui and his family to Crew Stadium on Saturday Night. Zaki (five years old) began his battle with ALL in November of 2010 and has been in remission since May 2013. You can read more about Zaki and his story on the LLS Website.
Looking to continue the Hero program that Lampson started during the 2013 season, the goalkeeper will be working with LLS to invite a child and their family to every home and away match during the 2014 season.
Federico Higuain’s miss on Wednesday from the spot was his first of the season after an impressive 3-for-3 start to 2014. Higuain went 6-for-8 from the spot in 2013 and he had one shot saved -- May 4 against New York’s Luis Robles. He missed one as well, on July 7 against Portland’s Donovan Ricketts. While Higuain was not able to convert on Wednesday night, the Crew went on to find a goal from Ethan Finlay to level the match at 1-1.
Saturday’s meeting is the 59th regular-season meeting between the Crew and United dating back to 1996. The match at FedExField marks just the fourth-ever venue for a regular-season meeting between the two teams. That short list includes Ohio Stadium, D.C.’s RFK Stadium and the Crew’s current home, Columbus Crew Stadium.
Midfielder Ben Speas has recorded an assist in two consecutive matches, both during the busy stretch of three matches in eight days. Both of his assists have been in substitute appearances. Speas played just four minutes before adding a helper in Toronto on May 31 and on Wednesday night Speas was subbed on before the end of the first half and helped Ethan Finlay equalize late.
THE ROAD TO BRAZIL
The Crew’s match at D.C. United has been moved to FedExField as part of a Road to Brazil double-header ... Road to Brazil, a 10-day, seven-game tour featuring FIFA World Cup-bound nations, is set to take place across the United States just days prior to the 2014 FIFA World Cup ... the Black & Gold road match – previously scheduled for a 7:00 p.m. ET kick that day at RFK Stadium – is now being held as the second match of the evening at FedExField in Landover, Md. following the conclusion of Spain versus El Salvador ... Road to Brazil is being organized by Major League Soccer’s commercial arm, Soccer United Marketing.
A THIRD SHOT AT UNITED
The Crew opened the Gregg Berhalter era with a 3-0 win over D.C. United on March 8 at RFK Stadium ... the away victory began the club’s three-match road unbeaten streak (2-0-1) ... the Crew found a late equalizer in a 1-1 draw on April 19 in the second meeting ... the 2014 regular-season series concludes this weekend.
SCORE FIRST AGAINST UNITED AND SUCCEED ...
Since the start of the 2009, the Crew has secured points in seven of the eight meetings between the Crew and United in which the Black & Gold have scored first ... overall, the Black & Gold are 7-4-2 in the last five seasons against United.
... BUT LATE-GAME MAGIC POSSIBLE IF D.C. SCORES FIRST
The Crew has had success when scoring first against United, but a Black-and-Red goal to open the scoring doesn’t necessarily mean a win for D.C ... Hector Jimenez’s 90th-minute goal gave the Crew a crucial point at home and secured the second batch of late-game Crew magic of 2014 when the teams last met on April 14.
MLSSoccer.com's Dan Haiek and Armchair Analyst Matt Doyle preview the Saturday evening match between D.C. United and the Columbus Crew. What can we learn from the previous two meetings between these two clubs? Will Ben Speas continue to pull the strings in the Columbus attack?
On June 5, 2002, the U.S. Men's National Team began its historic run in the 2002 FIFA World Cup with a 3-1 win over world power Portugal. The team, featuring Crew legends Brad Friedel, Frankie Hejduk and Brian McBride and current coaches Gregg Berhalter and Josh Wolff went on to the tournament's Quarterfinal round.
Columbus Crew midfielder/defender Kevan George was in the active roster for Trinidad & Tobago's friendly against Lionel Messi and Argentina on Wednesday night. George, wearing the number five shirt, came on as a second-half substitute in the 71st minute, replacing Andre Boucaud.
Argentina won the match by a 3-0 final in its capital city of Buenos Aires. George, who earned his sixth cap, helped the Soca Warriors keep Argentina scoreless over the match's final 19 minutes of play.
George and Trinidad & Tobago next face Iran on Sunday in Sao Paolo, Brazil.
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