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16 August 10:25 am

 

A classy chip from Federico Higuain last Saturday was just the thing to finish off the New York Red Bulls, and more than enough to win the Columbus Crew playmaker his first AT&T Goal of the Week award of the season.

Higuain’s goal captured nearly 41 percent of the vote for the Week 24 award, easily outpacing a crowded field and second-place winner Felipe Martins of Montreal.

The goal – which was the subject of MLSsoccer.com’s Anatomy of a Goal series this week – capped the Crew’s 2-0 upset win over the Red Bulls at Crew Stadium, in front of a euphoric crowd and new team owner Anthony Precourt.

Final Votes - Week 24 (online poll and text vote):

1. Federico Higuain (CLB): 40.74%
2. Felipe Martins (MTL): 17.68%
3. Camilo Sanvezzo (VAN): 16.73%
4. Kei Kamara (SKC): 12.99%
5. Landon Donovan (LA): 11.86%

You can view all of this year's winners here.

16 August 10:20 am

PLENTY OF ONE-GOAL GAMES IN THE SERIES
The last five meetings between the Crew and Toronto FC have resulted in one-goal affairs ... the Crew is 4-1-0 in those matches and has shut-out Toronto twice in those matches ... the contests have been close, though, as the Crew has scored two goals twice in those four matches and have been held to single goals three additional times.

LOOKING FOR BACK-TO-BACK WINS
The Black & Gold will try to accomplish something they haven’t been able to do all season -- capture back-to-back victories ... although the club won the last match of the 2012 season and the first tilt of 2013, the last time the team won back-to-back contests was last season on August 29, (2-1 win) at Philadelphia and September 1, (2-1 win) against Montreal.

PIPA’S BRACE...
Federico Higuain scored two goals against New York on August 10, as the Designated Player recorded his third career brace and first since October 28, 2012 at Toronto in the 2012 season finale ... Higuain’s sixth and seventh goals this season pull the Argentine closer to the team lead for goals this year, trailing only Dominic Oduro (nine goals).

... AND THE CAPTAIN IS MONEY FROM THE SPOT
With his penalty kick goal on Saturday against New York, Federico Higuain is now 5-for-7 from the spot this year ... his five converted goals ties a single-season club record, tying Guillermo Barros Schelotto (2010, 5) and Andres Mendoza (2011, 5) ... Higuain is now third on the club’s all-time list for career penalty kick goals with six overall (five in 2013), trailing Schelotto (13), Brian McBride (11) and Jeff Cunning- ham (8) ... Higuain also set a new single-season career high in goals with seven now through 23 matches ... he scored five goals in just 13 appearances in 2012 after joining the Black & Gold halfway through the campaign.

DOWN TO TWO CLUBS THAT ARE NOT SEEING RED...
Through the first 23 matches this season, the Black & Gold have benefitted from smart soccer and a shortage of send-offs ... in fact, the Crew is one of two remaining teams in MLS this year -- joining D.C. United -- that have not been issued a red card ... last season through 23 matches, the Crew was issued just one red card: a Cole Grossman straight red in the 19th match of the season at Sporting KC on July 28, 2012.

... AND CHASING A RED CARD FAMINE RECORD
If the Crew can continue to avoid an ejection, the club could be on its way to matching a club record for fewest red cards in a season ... the record of zero ejections -- set in a 32-match season in 1999 -- has been relatively untouched in the years since ... the closest the team has come to matching the record were four seasons with two red cards (2000, 2003, 2004, 2012) ... on the flip-side of the ejection argument, the club record for most red cards in one season -- seven in 2009 -- for now seems to be safe for another campaign.

15 August 3:43 pm

Saturday’s victory over New York was Head Coach Robert Warzycha’s 69th career regular-season win as Crew boss. Warzycha’s next victory will be his 70th regular-season win, an important coaching milestone in MLS. Only 13 other coaches since 1996 have recorded 70 regular-season wins in their coaching career, and only four active coaches in the League have 70 or more wins (Sigi Schmid, 182; Bruce Arena, 154; Dominic Kinnear, 123; and Jason Kreis, 86). A 70th win for Warzycha would also tie the coach with Tom Fitzgerald (1996-2001) for most wins as a Head Coach of the Black & Gold as Fiztgerald won 70 games in 144 contests as the man on the sideline.

14 August 4:14 pm

The Crew hosts Toronto FC in the third -- and deciding -- match of the 2013 Trillium Cup presented by Scotts on Saturday (7:30 p.m. ET / TICKETS). Before the Black & Gold welcome their rival to the North, here is a look back at the meeting in Toronto back on July 27.

JULY 27: TFC 2 - Crew 1

With a chance to clinch the Trillium Cup, the Crew gained an early lead from Dominic Oduro's strike from outside the box in the 17th minute. That score would hold for most of the match, but late goals from Jonathan Osorio and Andrew Wiedeman would earn Toronto FC its first win on home soil over the Black & Gold. The Reds' 2-1 victory makes Saturday's game all the more important as the Crew aims to retain the Trillium Cup.

14 August 3:53 pm

Crew Brand Ambassador Frankie Hejduk spent Monday at Fort Campbell, Kentucky with Fox Sports 1's Road to Launch tour that kicked off in San Diego last week and will conclude in Boston on Saturday. The club legend along with UFC Fighters Jake Ellenberger and Liz Camouche, former NHL player and Nashville Predators announcer Stu Grimson and others in the FOX Sports Salutes the Troops Event at the base. Hejduk and the others also participated in physical training with troops, obstacle challenges and air assault school (repelling from a 40-foot building) throughout the day.

FOX Sports 1 launches on Saturday, August 17.

14 August 12:21 pm

On Saturday, Crew forward Dominic Oduro shocked fans with a freshly dyed Ghana-themed fro-hawk. The red, yellow and green 'do certainly turned as many heads as Oduro's blazing speed on the pitch typically does.

Does Oduro have the "most interesting" hair in MLS? Watch the slideshow above and be the judge!

 

14 August 11:46 am

 

The fantastic goal by the Columbus Crew’s Federico Higuain was set up by high pressure, a quick transition, and an unbalanced Red Bull defense. 

See a goal you’d like to see analyzed? Tweet @Gaetjens with goal suggestions.

VOTE HIGUAÍN FOR GOAL OF THE WEEK

14 August 9:42 am

Crew Captain Federico Higuaín and veteran defender Chad Marshall were named to MLSSoccer.com's Team of the Week for their roles in the Black & Gold's 2-0 victory against the New York Red Bulls. Higuaín scored both goals in the match, while Marshall anchored the Crew backline to the shutout. The Black & Gold joined the Philadelphia Union and Sporting Kansas City as the only clubs with multiple players on the Team of the Week.

13 August 2:00 pm

The fine folks at SB Nation have developed a new method of figuring out which MLS fans should follow with a new survey.

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13 August 9:19 am

 

MLSSoccer.com's Simon Borg believes there should have been two more penalty kicks rewarded to the Black & Gold in the Crew's 2-0 win over the New York Red Bulls on Saturday.

What do you think? Share your thoughts below.