In a surprise move, Jairo Arrieta stepped up to the spot against the Red Bulls to convert the penalty drawn moments before by Justin Meram on Saturday night. It marked just the second time since Federico Higuaín joined the Crew in August 2012 that someone other than the Argentine has taken a spot kick in game action. A similar move occured earlier this year in the Crew's 4-1 preseason win over Sporting Kansas City in which Arrieta and Higuaín elected to have Arrieta take -- and convert -- the penalty.
After the match, Sporting Director and Head Coach revealed that he lets his players decide who should take penalties in game action.
"[Arrieta and Higuaín] decided [who would take it] between themselves," Berhalter said. "Jairo wanted to get off the mark, he was anxious to score, and it was good that he took it and made it."
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Only in his third season with the Black & Gold, Higuaín is just four penalties short of Guillermo Baros Schelotto's club record for spot kicks taken and two tallies shy of Brian McBride's Crew record for penalty kick goals.
Dayton Dutch Lions FC fell 5-1 at home to the Richmond Kickers over the weekend. Crew loanee Kevan George went the full 90 minutes at centerback for the home side, while Aaron Schoenfeld and Ryan Finley each saw action in the Dutch Lions' attack.
Dayton returns to action on Sunday when it hosts the Charleston Battery.
Hector Jimenez’s goal against D.C. on April 19 was the fifth of his career and first in a Crew jersey -- coming at the perfect time in the 90th minute of the match to secure a 1-1 draw. The goal also marked the fifth Crew player to score in 2014 as Jimenez, Justin Meram and Jairo Arrieta each have a goal. Those three players trail Bernardo Anor (two goals) and Federico Higuain (four goals) on the team’s leaderboard.
Thierry Henry did not record a shot in his last visit to Crew Stadium on May 4, 2013 (and did not play in the last meeting of 2013). Limiting his effectiveness is an obvious strategy as the Frenchman has only played two total matches at Crew Stadium. Henry’s only other match in Columbus was lethal for the Black & Gold, as Henry’s brace gave New York a 4-1 win at Crew Stadium on April 7, 2012.
The votes have been counted and the five finalists for the Crew’s Circle of Honor induction taking place on Saturday, September 27 are Mike Clark, Frankie Hejduk, Brian Maisonneuve, Guillermo Barros Schelotto and Robert Warzycha. Cast your vote at TheCrew.com before Friday, May 23. The celebration is Saturday, September 27 and the Circle of Honor presentation is presented by OhioHealth. The first 10,000 fans through the gates will receive a commemorative Circle of Honor Bobblehead of the inductee presented by OhioHealth.
MLSsoccer.com's Dan Haiek and Armchair Analyst Matt Doyle preview the Saturday evening match between the Columbus Crew and New York Red Bulls. Is Roy Miller the best left back in MLS? Do the Red Bulls have an answer for the overlapping Columbus fullbacks? Find out Saturday at 730 p.m. ET on MLS Live.
On World Malaria Day, Crew forward Dominic Oduro will join the battle to beat malaria as part of the Online Soccer Academy World Juggle-A-Thon.
Soccer players of all ages are invited to join Oduro by juggling at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, April 25. Players can juggle on their own or with their teammates, friends and families. Prior to April 25, jugglers can challenge themselves and others by raising much needed funds that allow Nothing But Nets to send assist families in need. Every $10.00 raised will help protect families in Africa from malaria.
Learn more about the OSA Juggle-a-Thon.
Matt Lampson invited 4-year-old ALL survivor Marley Phillips and her family to Crew Stadium Saturday night for the team’s matchup with D.C. United.
After enjoying an exciting finish from the sidelines, Matt met with the family to offer words of encouragement and advice to Marley.
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.
Crew play-by-play man Neil Sika joins Matt Finkes on 95.5 The Game every Wednesday for Sika the Truth.
Thanks to Wil Trapp and Hector Jimenez's late-game heroics to rescue a point at home for the 10-man Crew against D.C. United over the weekend, the Black & Gold stood firm in this week's Power Rankings. The Crew slipped slightly on MLSsoccer.com and Sports Illustrated's Planet Fútbol lists, while moving up one spot in ESPNFC's rankings. See the full rankings below.
MLSsoccer.com: 6 (5)
ESPNFC: 5 (6)