MLSsoccer.com's Nick Firchau and Armchair Analyst Matt Doyle preview the Saturday evening match between the New York Red Bulls and Columbus Crew.
Crew play-by-play man Neil Sika joins Matt Finkes for "Sika the Truth" every Wednesday on 95.5 The Game.
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)
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Winger Ethan Finlay was an offensive threat throughout the Crew's Independence Day clash with the Colorado Rapids, eventually netting the equalizer in the 76th minute to help the Black & Gold to a point on the road. For his efforts, Finlay was named to MLSsoccer.com's Team of the Week for Week 17. The honor is the first of Finlay's career.
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.
— Nicholas Murray (@NJEMurray) July 6, 2014
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MLSSoccer.com's Dan Haiek and Armchair Analyst Matt Doyle preview the Friday night match between the Colorado Rapids and Columbus Crew. Will Dillon Powers and Vicente Sanchez be too much for Columbus to handle? How much does Wil Trapp mean to the Columbus midfield?
In partnership with the Columbus Council on World Affairs, the Crew Soccer Foundation coordinated a youth forum titled “The World of Soccer is MASSIVE” on June 20 for 50 high-school-aged youth. The event celebrated this year’s FIFA World Cup and gave participating children a behind-the-scenes look at Crew Stadium, helped the youth explore “global jobs in sports” and work in groups to consider the social, political and cultural dimensions of soccer.