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21 August 12:13 pm

Winger Ethan Finlay joined CD102.5 FM's Joe Jewett in-studio on Thursday morning to preview Saturday's match against the Houston Dynamo on 614 Night. 

21 August 11:23 am

Saturday's 4-1 triumph over the LA Galaxy perpetuated a positive statistic for the Columbus Crew: the club is unbeaten (5-0-3) when leading at halftime this season. In those eight matches, the Crew has scored 13 first-half goals and has notched exactly three shots on target per first half. Compare that to 1.3 shots on target per first half in the 16 matches that the Crew has been tied or trailing after the first 45 minutes, and you can see the importance of an early start. 

Beyond starting quickly, the statistic is also a testament to the Crew's ability to get results from positive positions. Consider Sporting Director and Head Coach Gregg Berhalter's opinion on the second half against LA:

"The second half was, to me, more of an exercise in counter-attacking. You saw it. We had guys running in the counter-attack. They switched to three in the back ... and it hurt them. There was a lot of open space."

When asked if he thinks his team's style lends itself well to burying teams that have to chase the game against the Crew, Berhalter said that he hopes so. The evidence supports it, and the Crew will be looking for more of the same against Houston on Saturday (7:30 p.m. ET / Time Warner Cable SportsChannel).

Photo Credit: USA Today Sports Images

20 August 10:37 am

Writing ahead of the annual MLS "24 Under 24" series, Top Drawer Soccer's Will Parchman highlighed four such players who have caught his eye this season, one of whom was Crew midfielder Wil Trapp. Here's an excerpt of what Parchman had to say about the Homegrown Player.

"Wil Trapp has a higher ceiling than any player on this list, and I don’t stop shy of saying that. I think it’s a combination of his positional strides over the past year paired with his unbelievable calm in the midfield. The things he does at times don’t make any general kind of sense in the moment. It’s only when you rip out the machinery to see where he connected the solenoids that you understand how he did what he did. And even then, it doesn’t make sense."

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19 August 2:09 pm

The Crew's 4-1 thrashing of the LA Galaxy was certainly a head-turning performance, and national outlets have started to notice. The Black & Gold made gigantic leaps forward in each of the major Power Rankings polls around the soccer world.

See below for the ranks, with last week's assessment indicated afterward:

MLSSoccer.com: 10 (14)

SI.com: 11 (16)

ESPNFC: 12 (14)

Photo Credit: USA Today Sports Images

18 August 4:13 pm

Ashleigh Ignelzi joins Matt Finkes on 95.5 The Game for Massive Monday on The BIG Show. 

18 August 4:10 pm

Columbus Crew players Ethan Finlay and Tyson Wahl stopped by Nationwide Children’s Hospital to take part in an activity group, helping the kids create and decorate photo albums. The players were also able to contribute the first picture to each album, having photos taken with each child.

18 August 2:31 pm

The Crew's Steve Clark, Giancarlo Gonzalez and Tony Tchani were named to MLSsoccer.com's Team of the Week following Saturday's 4-1 win over the LA Galaxy. With three players on the list in Week 23, it's the Black & Gold's highest total of the season. Justin Meram was named honorable mention. 

SEE THE WHOLE TEAM 

18 August 12:55 pm

Justin Meram's bending shot to put the Crew up 1-0 over the LA Galaxy is nominated for AT&T Goal of the Week. The winger's fourth tally of the season is up against FC Dallas' Fabian Castillo, Toronto FC's Gilberto, the Colorado Rapids' Dillon Serna and the LA Galaxy's Gyasi Zardes. 

Voting runs until 11:59 p.m. PT on Thursdays.

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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.

Photo Credit: Greg Bartram