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.
During the recent Crew road stretch, Matt Lampson was able to meet with two great families as part of his continued efforts with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. In Kansas City, Matt met with 10-year-old Anna Powers and her family. Through Sporting Kansas City’s Victory Project, Anna was able to also meet with Sporting players and watch the match from a special suite. In Houston, Matt worked with LLS to bring 8-year-old Noah Bratsch and his family to BBVA Compass Stadium. Noah, is currently in remission from ALL thanks to his treatment at Texas Children’s Hospital.
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.
Midfielder Wil Trapp joined Joe Jewett on the CD102.5 Morning Show on Friday to preview the weekend match against Vancouver Whitecaps FC and share his love for Game of Thrones.
Dan Haiek and Armchair Analyst Matt Doyle take a look at the Wednesday night match between the Houston Dynamo and the Columbus Crew. Can the Dynamo contain the Crew overlap? Is Giles Barnes about to break out?
THE ROAD TRIP CONTINUES
Wednesday’s match marks the second of three games in a stretch of three tilts in seven days ... the contest also marks the first time in 2014 that the team is playing back-to-back road matches in the club’s extended road trip, traveling directly from Kansas City to Houston before coming home ... including Wednesday’s clash against the Dynamo, the Crew has three more road matches in the month of May ... the team has consecutive away matches scheduled in July (July 4 at Colorado and July 12 at New York) before a trio of consecutive road matches in October (at New England on October 4; at Philadelphia on October 11; and at New York on October 19).
A QUICK TURNAROUND AND A FOCUS SHIFT TO HOUSTON
Following Sunday’s match, Sporting Director and Head Coach Gregg Berhalter was quick to note the team’s rapid turnaround and shift of focus ahead of Wednesday’s road tilt ... said Berhalter, “We need to get guys recovered from this game. Obviously it’s been warm, so we have to recover and get prepared for the next game. We’re going to focus, right from the beginning, on playing our game. That’s our focus. We want our guys to look at this game and see what they could have done better. We’ll give them feedback about what they could have done better and we’re going to move forward.”
BEGINNING A NEW STREAK ...
Sunday’s 2-0 defeat at Sporting KC marked just the second loss for the Crew in 2014 ... the last time the Crew lost -- on April 5 against Toronto -- the team rebounded with a trio of draws as the Crew went unbeaten from April 13-26 ... already this year, the team has gone on a pair of three-match unbeaten streaks, with additional wins in three Match tilts to open the year.
... AND BUILDING OFF A STREAK VERSUS HOUSTON
Last September’s Crew victory against Houston began a new streak against the Dynamo ... the Crew’s 3-1 loss at Houston on August 3, 2013 snapped a nine-match unbeaten streak (3-0-6) against the Dynamo, dating back to March 21, 2009 ... the Black & Gold defeated Houston 2-0 on June 18, 2011 in Houston, but the two teams have drawn four of the last six matches, including a 1-1 draw on June 1, 2013 at Crew Stadium.