The Black & Gold will host the Chicago Fire in the fourth meeting in MLS and U.S. Open Cup play this season between the two Midwestern rivals on Saturday night at Crew Stadium (TICKETS) in a match with major playoff implications. Having fallen by a single goal to the Fire in each of the previous three matches with the Fire in 2013, the Crew will look to learn from past mistakes on Saturday as it looks to keep playoff hope alive.
Here is a look back at the June 22 clash with Chicago at Crew Stadium.
Federico Higuaín put the Crew on top early, converting a penalty in the seventh minute after Dominic Oduro was taken down in the box by Chicago 'keeper Sean Johnson. But after the halftime break, former Black & Gold winger Dilly Duka equalized for the Men in Red in the 52nd minute to shift the momentum for the visitors. Two minutes later, Fire forward Mike Magee netted the winner on a chested tally from Joel Lindpere's service. Though the Crew put nine shots on target, the home side was unable to find an equalizer in the final half hour of the match.
U.S. Soccer gives fans an exclusive look at the spectacle of the USA vs. Mexico 2014 World Cup Qualifer at Crew Stadium last week.
Fans voted Federico Higuaín as a Top 3 Performer in Week 29 for his two-assist effort against the Montreal Impact in a comeback 2-1 victory at Stade Saputo. Seattle's Obafemi Martins was named the MLS Player of the Week with Higuaín finishing just behind the Nigerian.
Crew players teamed up with The Ohio Bass Federation and The Military Order of The Purple Heart for the inaugural Casting with the Crew event at O’Shaughnessy Reservoir. With two tickets to the US vs. Mexico World Cup Qualifier on the line, Drew Beckie helped lead his boat to the victory, sending Purple Heart recipient Jacob Tate from Lima to the match. After the weigh in ceremony and the tickets were handed out, the entire group was treated to a great BBQ lunch provided by Kroger.
It was one of the upsets of the season thus far, and it left Montreal Impact coach Marco Schallibaum calling the Columbus Crew his team's version of kryptonite. And it may have started at the feet of genius playmaker Federico Higuain, but it finished with the head of veteran defender Chad Marshall.
Marshall may have had an ugly moment in that 2-1 win at Stade Saputo - an early miscommunication with goalkeeper Matt Lampson that let Marco Di Vaio, No. 2 on this list, head home his league-leading 18th goal of the season. But he made up for it later with a clinical, towering header and his usual stellar defensive performance and his organization of the back line. For his efforts he earned the top spot in this week's Castrol Index.
After inspiring the Crew to a 2-1 road win over the weekend against the Montreal Impact with two second-half assists, Crew Captain Federico Higuaín has been nominated for MLSSoccer.com's Top 3 Performers for Week 29. The performance was the Argentine's third multi-assist match with the Crew, with his last coming on September 1, 2012, also against the Impact. Higuaín's challengers include Thierry Henry, Robbie Keane and Obafemi Martins among others.
Crew forward Dominic Oduro is up for AT&T Goal of the Week honors following his match-winner against the Montreal Impact in Saturday's 2-1 victory. Oduro's competition for the award includes Seattle Sounders FC's Obafemi Martins, LA Galaxy's Robbie Keane, New York Red Bulls' Fabián Espíndola and the New England Revolution's Kelyn Rowe.
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For his two-assist effort to lift the Crew to a comeback victory over the first-place Montreal Impact, Argentine playmaker Federico Higuaín has been selected as Soccer by Ives' Player of the Week after missing three matches due to suspension and injury. Higuaín currently leads the Black & Gold with eight helpers on the year to go with nine goals this season.
Higuaín and the Crew remain four points out of a playoff spot with five matches left in the season, starting with the Chicago Fire on Saturday at Crew Stadium (7:30 p.m. ET / TICKETS).
The KICKTV crew captures the build-up, electric atmosphere and end result of last week's 2014 World Cup Qualifier at Crew Stadium.
Following the United States' stunning 2-0 win over Mexico for the fourth-straight time at Crew Stadium, Sports Ilustrated's Grant Wahl (as he typically does) broke Earth-shattering news via Twitter:
Waiting on the field in Columbus for the Honduras-Panama finish (2-1 HON now). Frankie Hejduk is break-dancing for the fans.
— Grant Wahl (@GrantWahl) September 11, 2013
Soon after Wahl's tweet, the above video was posted to YouTube by user RyanRosenblatt. And for that, we are forever grateful.