Five-year-old Leukemia survivor Luke Brenner joined the rest of the Crew faithful at Crew Stadium last Saturday night to watch his favorite team take on New York. Luke and his family were there as guests of Matt Lampson and his LLS Hero program and had the opportunity to come down onto the field after the match to meet with the goalkeeper and many of his Black & Gold teammates.
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.
Dominic Oduro's latest Papa John's-inspired haircut certainly got a rise out of soccer fans around the world. Check out the highlights below.
The Guardian’s Football Weekly Podcast (listen at 32:15 mark)
FOX Sports 1 – Crowd Goes Wild
CBS Sports Network – The Jim Rome Show
Comcast SportsNet – SportsTalk Live
Sports Illustrated's Extra Mustard
MLSsoccer.com’s “The Sideline”
Following a third-straight draw, the Crew saw very little movement in this week's Power Rankings. The only change for the Black & Gold was a one-spot drop in Sports Illustrated's Planet Fútbol's rankings, while holding firm on MLSsoccer.com and ESPNFC's lists.
See the full rankings below with last week's ranking in parenthesis.
MLSsoccer.com: 6 (6)
ESPNFC: 5 (5)
A pair of Steve Clark's saves on Saturday against the New York Red Bulls are nominated for Save of the Week this week. Clark's mulitple efforts are up against Houston's Tally Hall, New York's Luis Robles and FC Dallas' Chris Sietz for the Week Eight crown.
Voting runs until 11:59 p.m. PT on Thursday.
Called into action early against the New York Red Bulls on Saturday, Crew goalkeeper Steve Clark earned MLSsoccer.com Team of the Week honors for his five saves to help the Black & Gold to a point at home. The accolade is Clark's first in 2014.
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.