It's no surpise that three of Major League Soccer's most prolific scorers in Jeff Cunningham, Jaime Moreno and Brian McBride have done the most damage in the long-standing rivalry between the Columbus Crew and D.C. United. During his time with the Black & Gold, McBride tallied 11 times against United in the rivalry's early days. Moreno was always a thorn in the Crew's side for United, finding the net 15 times in 37 career regular season matches with D.C. against Columbus. As MLS' all-time leading scorer, Cunningham scored five times against D.C. United while playing with the Crew. In total, Cunningham scored 11 times against United.
Eddie Gaven leads all active Crew players with two goals in the rivalry. Gaven also tallied twice against United with the NY/NJ MetroStars, including his first career goal coming on a game-winner against D.C. after entering the match as an emergency goalkeeper. Both of Gaven's goals for the Black & Gold have come in the Crew's last five matches against United.
On the D.C. side, forward Carlos Ruiz has scored 10 times against the Black & Gold. In his first season with United, he has yet to score against the Crew for the Black-and-Red. Six current United players have each scored one goal in the rivalry.
All-Time Leading Scorers vs. D.C. United
*Active player, Played for Crew
|3||Brian McBride (11 with Crew)||12|
|4||Jeff Cunningham (5 with Crew)||11|
All-Time Leading Scorers vs. Columbus Crew
*Active player, Played for D.C. United
|2||Jaime Moreno (All with D.C.)||15|
|3||Raul Diaz Arce (5 with D.C.)||12|
|5||Carlos Ruiz* (0 with D.C.)||10|
In case you'd forgotten, the Crew and D.C. United met almost exactly a month ago in the Nation's Capital. Josh Williams and Ben Speas scored to snap United's 18-match home-unbeaten streak as Andy Gruenebaum made several miraculous second half saves to seal the 2-1 victory.
The win wasn't without controversy, however. It appeared D.C. midfielder Kyle Porter had scored just before halftime to put United up 2-1 at the break. But after a few moments of deliberation, referee Allen Chapman ruled the strike offside. In the days after, the Professional Referee Organization ruled the tally should have counted.
Despite the ruling, the Crew's three points stand-- adding more ammunition in an original MLS rivalry.
Re-live the victory as you prepare for Saturday's match between the two sides at Crew Stadium (7:30 p.m. ET/FOX Sports Ohio). BUY TICKETS
Andy Gruenebaum is up for MLS Save of the Week for his ridiculous performance against the Chicago Fire. Andy's on-handed stop on an Austin Berry attempt makes the list, although there were numerous ones to choose from.
Make sure you take a second or two and vote Gruenebaum for Save of the Week!
Crew Brand Ambassador Frankie Hejduk teamed up with the AIDS Resource Center Ohio to participate in the 2013 Dr. Robert J. Fass Memorial AIDS Walk on April 20 at Bicentennial Park in downtown Columbus.
More than 1,200 runners and walkers took part in the event that raised $144,654 for AIDS service organizations in Central Ohio.
Frankie getting the runners pumped up before the race. (Photo courtesy of Jacob Porter)
Frankie cheering on the runners and walkers. (Photo courtesy of Jacob Porter)
Good Day Columbus' Carolyn Bruck and Frankie Hejduk after the AIDS Walk. (Photo courtesy of Jacob Porter)
In preparation for this summer's FIFA U-20 World Cup in Turkey, Crew midfielder Wil Trapp has joined U.S. U-20 training camp in Carson, Calif. Trapp is one of seven MLS Homegrown players in the camp. The central midfielder is expected to play a key role for the Yanks in the tournament after being named to the CONCACAF U-20 Championship Best XI last month.
Joining Trapp in California is Crew Technical Director Brian Bliss, who serves as an Assistant Coach on Tab Ramos' staff.
The camp runs from April 22-29 at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.
Crew Brand Ambassador, Frankie Hejduk, kicked off the Anti-Bullying Walk/Run at New Albany Schools for the Kick-Off to Peace Week.
MLSSoccer.com's Matt Doyle counts down the top five set piece takers in MLS history. The choice at number one shouldn't come as a surprise to Crew fans.
MLSSoccer.com's Dan Haiek and Matt Doyle breakdown this weekend's matchup between the Crew and Fire, highlighting Ben Speas as a player to watch in the Black & Gold attack.
It took him until his fifth game in Black & Gold, but once Stern John scored, he didn't stop. John netted his first tally for the Crew on April 18, 1998 against the Miami Fusion. The Trini striker added two more in a 23-minute span to lead the Black & Gold to a 5-1 victory over the Fusion.
John bagged his first of five hat tricks in his two seasons with the Crew, a total that is still a franchise record. The striker scored 44 goals through two seasons in Columbus, good for third-most in club history.