MLS might have taken a break for the FIFA World Cup, but USL-PRO play continued as the Dayton Dutch Lions played two matches this past weekend, dropping both.
On Friday, Dayton traveled to Rochester and fell to the Rhinos by a 2-0 final. Ross Friedman, Matt Wiet and Aaron Schoenfeld all started for the Dutch Lions, while Matt Walker came on as a substitute. Schoenfeld paced Dayton with two shots in the contest.
Dayton then returned home for a Sunday encounter with Orlando City SC, again falling by a 2-0 score. Friedman, Wiet, Schoenfeld and Walker all started for the Dutch Lions, with Walker recording two shots and Schoenfeld one.
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Members of the Crew Soccer Academy paid a visit to the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department’s Summer Fun and Adventure Sports Camp. The campers participated in various stations and work alongside Crew Soccer Academy players as they increased their soccer knowledge and abilities.
Members of the Crew Front Office spent last week continuing the work on the Habitat for Humanity-MidOhio: 2014 Home of Hope. Crew players and coaches started the project in March and the work is slated to be completed by the end of July. This project is part of the Dare to Care: Massive Makeover series.
Crew Brand Ambassador and U.S. Men's National Team legend Frankie Hejduk lends his advice to Columbus Alive!'s "World Cup Blowout" issue, giving his tips on the best ways to watch the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Pick up a copy available at various locations around Columbus or online.
Crew goalkeeper Steve Clark joined Neil Sika and Matt Finkes on 95.5 The Game's BIG Show on Wednesday as the Crew heads into the midseason break.
For his efforts in helping the Black & Gold to back-to-back draws against Real Salt Lake and D.C. United, defender Michael Parkhurst was named to MLSsoccer.com's Team of the Week for Week 14. This marks the second time in 2014 the Crew Captain has earned the accolade after he helped his club blank D.C. United, 3-0, in Week One. Goalkeeper Steve Clark and midfielder Ethan Finlay were named Honorable Mention following the multi-fixture week.
Matt Lampson was honored to invite the LLS Indianapolis chapter’s 2014 Boy of the Year Zaki Siddiqui and his family to Crew Stadium on Saturday Night. Zaki (five years old) began his battle with ALL in November of 2010 and has been in remission since May 2013. You can read more about Zaki and his story on the LLS Website.
Looking to continue the Hero program that Lampson started during the 2013 season, the goalkeeper will be working with LLS to invite a child and their family to every home and away match during the 2014 season.
Federico Higuain’s miss on Wednesday from the spot was his first of the season after an impressive 3-for-3 start to 2014. Higuain went 6-for-8 from the spot in 2013 and he had one shot saved -- May 4 against New York’s Luis Robles. He missed one as well, on July 7 against Portland’s Donovan Ricketts. While Higuain was not able to convert on Wednesday night, the Crew went on to find a goal from Ethan Finlay to level the match at 1-1.
Saturday’s meeting is the 59th regular-season meeting between the Crew and United dating back to 1996. The match at FedExField marks just the fourth-ever venue for a regular-season meeting between the two teams. That short list includes Ohio Stadium, D.C.’s RFK Stadium and the Crew’s current home, Columbus Crew Stadium.
Midfielder Ben Speas has recorded an assist in two consecutive matches, both during the busy stretch of three matches in eight days. Both of his assists have been in substitute appearances. Speas played just four minutes before adding a helper in Toronto on May 31 and on Wednesday night Speas was subbed on before the end of the first half and helped Ethan Finlay equalize late.