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26 September 9:11 am

Aaron Schoenfeld hasn't played for Dayton Dutch Lions FC since early July, but his impact while at the Crew's affiliate was so strong that earlier this week, the striker earned USL-PRO Second Team honors.

"The Big Celery" notched 12 goals in 18 USL-PRO appearances in 2014 before being called-up to Columbus. At the time of his recall, Schoenfeld was tied for the USL-PRO scoring lead.

Schoenfeld was the only Dutch Lion named to either of USL-PRO's all-league squads. With the Crew, the Knoxville, Tennessee native has recorded one goal and one assist in 2014.

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15 September 3:25 pm

With Dayton's season coming to an end last week, the last Crew loanee active in USL-PRO this year was Wilmington's Brad Stuver. Unfortunately for the goalkeeper, he and the Hammerheads fell in the first round of the 2014 USL-PRO Playoffs to Sacramento Republic FC by a 4-1 final. 

Stuver started and played all 90 minutes in the defeat, which was fueled by two goals from former Crew player Nemanja Vukovic.

All-told, the former Cleveland State Viking played the final 11 matches of Wilmington's season, compiling a 3-5-3 record with a 1.45 goals-against average. He also notched three clean sheets over the span, which came consecutively on August 30, September 3 and September 5. 

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08 September 3:11 pm

Brad Stuver's run of strong play for the Wilmington Hammerheads continued over the previous week. Over three matches played, the Crew loanee went 1-1-1 in goal with two clean sheets and just two goals conceded over the span.

Stuver began yet another busy week by blanking Orlando City SC to the tune of a 0-0 draw on Wednesday, September 3. On Friday, September 5, the former Cleveland State Viking traveled to Dayton and faced his fellow Black & Gold loanees Matt Walker, Ross Friedman, Matt Wiet and Ben Sweat, who all started for the Dutch Lions in a 4-0 Hammerheads win. Stuver concluded the week by dropping a 2-0 decision to the Rochester Rhinos.

The match against Wilmington was the final contest of the season for Dayton, which finishes 2014 with a 6-18-4 record. As such, all Crew loanees have returned to training with the Black & Gold on a regular basis. Wilmington finished the regular season with a 9-8-11 record, qualifying for the playoffs as the number-seven seed. The club is set to face Sacramento Republic FC in the first round of the postseason.

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03 September 11:53 am

On a sunny Wednesday afternoon in Obetz, the Crew defeated Dayton Dutch Lions FC by a 5-1 score in a friendly scrimmage.

The match was an opportunity for select Black & Gold players to stay sharp as well as to continue fostering the relationship with the club's USL-PRO affiliate. Ben Speas notched two goals for the Crew and guest trainee Kelechi Iheanacho of Manchester City added a hat trick. Sporting Director and Head Coach Gregg Berhalter said that Iheanacho, 17, is training with the Crew to maintain fitness before rejoining the Barclays Premier League side in mid-October.

"It's been unfortunate that we haven't had enough reserve games for the guys that haven't been playing," said Berhalter. "This is an opportunity for them to get game time. We did that in an abbreviated form [with two 35-minute halves]. Overall, I thought it was helpful. Guys like Hector [Jimenez], Jairo [Arrieta], Daniel [Paladini], Kevan [George] -- to give them some minutes -- Chad [Barson], all the guys, it was definitely worthwhile."

George and Paladini also started together in the holding midfield role. Both are candidates to start on Sunday against Chivas USA in the absences of Wil Trapp and Tony Tchani due to yellow-card accumulation. 

"I thought [the pairing] was good. I thought they controlled the game from the middle," said the Crew boss. "Defensively, they were both good. I was pleased."

02 September 12:03 pm

Brad Stuver had another productive week for Wilmington, going unbeaten and allowing just one goal over two matches for the Hammerheads. On Thursday, August 28 he helped Wilmington defeat Orlando City SC by a 3-1 final score. Two days later, he kept a clean sheet in a 0-0 draw against Sacramento Republic FC. Stuver has now started seven matches for the Hammerheads, compiling a 1.43 goals-against average. The goalkeeper was also named to the league's Team of the Week for his efforts.

Elsewhere in USL-PRO, Crew loanee Ross Friedman returned for Dayton after missing two matches, starting and playing 40 minutes in a 7-0 loss to Orlando City SC. Matt Wiet also started for the Dutch Lions in the contest.

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26 August 12:36 pm

The Dutch Lions' backline had a decidedly Columbus feel to it last Saturday against the Colorado Rapids Reserves, as both Ben Sweat and Matt Wiet started and played the full 90 minutes in a 2-1 Dayton loss. It was Sweat's second consecutive match for the Dutch Lions. The Black & Gold's 2014 first-round MLS SuperDraft pick recorded one shot in the contest.

Elsewhere in USL-PRO, goalkeeper Brad Stuver played three matches over a five-day span for Wilmington Hammerheads FC. The Crew loanee started in goal against Sacramento Republic FC on Wednesday, August 20 and followed that up with starts at Orange County Blues FC on Saturday, August 23 and at LA Galaxy II  on Sunday, August 24. Stuver played every minute of the busy slate for the Hammerheads, earning a victory against Orange County and a draw vs. LA Galaxy II.

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18 August 11:16 am

Making his first appearance for Dayton since June 1, Crew defender Ben Sweat started for the Dutch Lions on Saturday, August 16 in a 1-1 draw away to Richmond.

Crew loanees Matt Wiet and Matt Walker also each started in the contest, which featured an 80th-minute equalizer by Dayton's Shintaro Harada.

Sweat, who missed time in early July with a lumbar strain, returned to the pitch from injury on July 23 in the Crew's international friendly against Crystal Palace FC. 

Elsewhere in USL-PRO play, Brad Stuver started and played the full 90 minutes in goal on Friday, August 15 in a 1-0 loss to the New York Red Bulls Reserves.

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12 August 12:28 pm

On paper, it was a tough weekend for the Dayton Dutch Lions, with two road matches in the span of two nights. However, the Crew's USL-PRO affiliate played fantastic soccer and emerged with four points from the possible six.

The doubleheader began on Friday, August 8 with a trip to Charleston to face the Battery in a clash that ended 2-2. Crew loanees Ross Friedman and Matt Walker each started the contest, with Matt Wiet coming in as a late-match substitute.

From there, Dayton traveled to Wilmington to meet the Hammerheads on the very next night, winning by a 2-1 final. Again, both Friedman and Walker started, with Wiet entering as a second-half replacement.

In an odd twist, on-loan goalkeeper Brad Stuver made his debut for Wilmington in the contest, starting and playing the duration for the home side.

Friedman went the full 180 minutes over the two matches, with Walker playing 162 minutes over the span.

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04 August 1:01 pm

Crew loanees Ross Friedman (pictured), Matt Walker and Matt Wiet again all started for the Dayton Dutch Lions in their match on Saturday, August 2 against the Harrisburg City Islanders.

Friedman and Wiet each played 90 minutes in the contest, while Walker played 85. Harrisburg won by a 1-0 final score on an eighth-minute tally by Garret Pettis.

Walker notched two shots in the clash for Dayton, which next plays on both Friday, August 8 and Saturday, August 9.

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28 July 12:07 pm

Fresh off of their successful debuts in Crew shirts against Crystal Palace FC, Matt Walker, Ross Friedman and Matt Wiet returned to the Dayton Dutch Lions, all starting in the club's home bout against OKC Energy FC on Saturday, July 26.

The match, which was won by OKC by a 3-0 final, saw all three Crew loanees go the full 90 minutes.

Friedman registered one shot in the contest.

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