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30 July 9:24 am

Columbus Mayor Michael B. Coleman will be part of today’s Crew press conference to make a major announcement inside Crew Stadium’s Upper 90 Club at 12:00 p.m. ET. Mayor Coleman joins Hunt Sports Group Chairman Clark Hunt to address the media, with Crew President & General Manager Mark McCullers available for comment after the announcement.

26 July 12:00 pm

DOM’S STILL ON PACE
Dominic Oduro has scored eight times through 20 matches this year and is still on-pace to top his career-high 12 goals that he set back in 2011 ... the Crew’s forward -- if he keeps the current pace of 0.40 goals per game -- he could score 13 goals this season.

MARSHALL-O’ROURKE PAIRING STEADY AT CENTERBACK
After making 13 appearances -- including 12 starts -- at central midfield, Danny O’Rourke made his first start at centerback on July 4 alongside Chad Marshall and the two have paired together in the last three matches (and one international friendly) ... the centerback pairing of O’Rourke and Marshall -- who were paired together when the club won MLS Cup in 2008 -- became the fifth centerback pairing Head Coach Robert Warzycha has used in 2013, joining: Marshall/Glauber, Gehrig/Glauber, Gehrig/George and Marshall/Williams.

JAIRO RETURNS
Jairo Arrieta returned to the Crew following the conclusion of Costa Rica’s run in the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup ... Arrieta joined Costa Rica following the Crew’s 3-2 defeat to Sporting Kansas City on Saturday, June 29 – a match in which Arrieta scored his second MLS tally of the season ... Arrieta scored one goal in three starts in group play, tallying in the 3-0 win against Cuba (July 9) and started in the knockout-round match against Honduras on July 21 ... in 2013, has made 11 international appearances -- including nine starts -- and has scored four goals ... in 2013 for the Crew, Arrieta has recorded two goals and two assists in 12 appearances, including nine starts.

FOURTH TRIP NORTH OF THE BORDER
Saturday’s trip to Toronto is the Crew’s fourth of five trips to Canada in 2013 and 13th overall regular-season match north of the border  ... although the Black & Gold fell 2-1 to Vancouver on March 9, the Crew has secured points in 10 of the 12 previous meetings up North and is 4-2-6 in those Canadian-hosted matches ... Columbus is unbeaten (3-0-5) in eight matches at Toronto FC, has a 1-1-0 record at Vancouver and the Crew’s 1-1 draw at Montreal on April 13 improved the Crew’s record at Montreal to 0-1-1 ... additional Ohio ties to Canada include rookie defender Drew Beckie who was born in Regina, Saskatchewan.
 
BLACK & GOLD LOVE BMO FIELD 
The Crew is 3-0-5 in its first eight visits to BMO Field in Toronto dating back to 2007 ... although the Black & Gold have only won three times there, the venue has quickly become the destination for the fewest Crew blemishes (losses) on the road ... of all MLS venues past and present in which the Crew has played a minimum of five matches, BMO Field is the only stadium in which the Crew is unbeaten ... other venues in which the Crew have seen the fewest road losses are listed below as BMO Field is the only active stadium on that list:
 
 
BMO Field (Toronto, Canada). Home of TFC 2007-Present. Crew Record (3-0-5) 
Robertson Stadium (Houston) Home of Houston Dynamo 2006-2011. Crew Record (1-1-4)
Raymond James Stadium (Tampa) Home of Tampa Bay Mutiny 1999-2001. Crew Record (3-3-0)
Tampa Stadium (Tampa) Home of Tampa Bay Mutiny 1996-1999. Crew Record (3-3-0)
(Minimum: 5 games played)            
 
PIPA TAKES ON TORONTO
Federico Higuain has recorded three goals and two assists in just three meetings with Toronto FC ... before assisting Dominic Oduro on the game-winning goal on May 18, the Crew playmaker recorded a brace in the final meeting between the two teams in 2012 on October 28 ... Pipa has been quite efficient against the Reds as he’s scored all three goals on just five shots on frame in 256 minutes.
 
GOALS COULD RETURN  ON SATURDAY
The Crew was unable to find the back of the net against New England last Saturday but the Black & Gold have history on their side with an upcoming tilt at BMO Field ... in all eight previous meetings at BMO Field, the Crew has scored in every match, totalling nine goals and six assists as a team.
 
PLENTY OF ONE-GOAL GAMES IN THE SERIES
The last four meetings between the Crew and Toronto FC have resulted in one-goal affairs ... the Crew is 4-0-0 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 two additional times.
 
DAY MEN ... CHAMPIONS OF THE SUN
This weekend’s afternoon tilt is just the fourth match to be played before 5:00 p.m. local time this season and first since May 4 against New York (4:00 p.m. ET) ... overall, the Crew is 1-1-1, but the Black & Gold are unbeaten on the road (1-0-1) when playing a matinee match.

 

26 July 10:07 am

The Crew's match on Saturday against Toronto FC (2:00 p.m. ET / FOX Sports Ohio) will be featured in over 90 countries worldwide. No matter where you may be around the globe, chances are you will be able to watch the Black & Gold take on their rival to the North.

Here are the worldwide listings:

Al Jazeera: Algeria, Bahrain, Chad, Djibouti, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, UAE and Yemen

Arena Sport: Former Yugoslavia - except Slovenia

Astro Supersport: Malaysia, Brunei

beIN Sport: Indonesia, Vietnam, Japan

C More: Denmark, Norway, Finland, Sweden

Canal +: France

CYTA: Cyprus

GSP TV: Romania

Orange: Poland

Perform: WorldWide

PPTV: China

Prisa TV: Spain

Rightster: Clips WorldWide - highlights only

Setanta Africa: Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Comoros Islands, Congo Brazzaville, Cote d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea Bissau, Guinea Conakry, Kenya, Lesotho,  Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, South Africa, St. Helena, Swaziland, Togo, Uganda, Tanzania, Zambia, Zanzibar, Zimbabwe

Skynet: Myanmar

Šport TV: Slovenia

Sport Klub: Hungary

Ten Sports: Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka

24 July 9:59 am

Following a training session at Crew Stadium, forward Dominic Oduro spent Tuesday afternoon with children from Ethiopian Tewahedo Social Services. The Ghana native shared his story of following his dream to become a pro soccer player and kicked around with the children at the event. Known for his blazing speed on the field, the Black & Gold's leading scorer has embraced the responsibility of being a positive role model in the community that comes with being a professional athlete

22 July 6:02 pm

Crew players Josh Williams, Andy Gruenebaum, Konrad Warzycha, Ben Speas, Shawn Sloan and Ethan Finlay spent Monday afternoon playing games and hanging out with children from the Down Syndrome Association of Central Ohio at Dave & Buster’s. The Black & Gold will work again with the DSACO when Crew Stadium will host its annual Buddy Walk on Sunday, September 22.

22 July 5:04 pm

Channeling Springsteen, check out the latest from Sloan and the Keepers: "Born Near Ohio State"

22 July 12:01 pm

Crew Homegrown defender Chad Barson joined the Children Defense Fund’s Freedom Schools program to read aloud and talk to children about the importance of reading on Monday morning. The reading comes just two weeks before The Crew launches its Get a Kick Out of Reading program that runs during the month of August.

For more information on how to participate in this program and to download the reading score sheet, please visit www.thecrew.com/read.

22 July 11:11 am

The Crew will travel North to Toronto for the second match of the 2013 Trillium Cup presented by Scotts on Saturday (2:00 p.m. ET / FOX Sports Ohio). The Black & Gold have lost just once in nine meetings with Toronto FC, including a 1-0 win at BMO Field on May 17.

Here are the highlights from that match.

MAY 18: TFC 0 - Crew 1

The Crew took down the Reds 1-0 at BMO Field in the 2013 Trillium Cup opener between the two Eastern Conference rivals. Federico Higuaín slotted a perfectly weighted through ball to the speedy Dominic Oduro, who then split two defenders for the game's only tally just before halftime. Oduro's goal ended a two-match scoreless drought for the Black & Gold, propelling his team to the victory.

21 July 12:56 am

The Columbus Crew welcomed special guest Lucas Swanson to Crew Stadium on Saturday night through the club's Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Hero program. Making this night especially memorable was the opportunity he had to meet with Crew goalkeeper and lymphoma survivor Matt Lampson and New England Revolution defender Kevin Alston, who recently made a return to his club after a being diagnosed with a rare but treatable form of leukemia in April, after the match. Lampson also serves as the local spokesperson for the LLS of Central Ohio.

19 July 3:54 pm

Friday is the last day for Crew Digital Content Editor TJ Ansley as he prepares for a new opportunity as the Director of Digital Media with the Portland Trail Blazers of the NBA. Ansley joined the Black & Gold front office in February 2010, overseeing TheCrew.com and the club's social media accounts in the time since.

Thank you for your hard work and best of luck in Portland, TJ!

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