Federico Higuain continues to lead MLS in corner kicks this season (121). His career high for a single season was 123 last year, which he is on-pace to potentially break this weekend. Overall, Higuain is third on the Crew’s all-time list for corners, trailing Robert Warzycha (503) and Guillermo Barros Schelotto (423).
Six Crew players 25 years old and younger have at least 19 chances created, per Opta (Finlay: 26, Trapp: 21, Jimenez: 21, Tchani: 20, Francis: 20, Meram: 19). No other team has more than three players with that type of chance creation.
Josh Williams (#3) was taken off the Disabled List this week after missing significant time. He was placed on the disabled list on July 18 following a surgery to remove a rib following a blood clot. Overall in 2014, Williams has made 14 appearances -- including 13 starts -- at rightback and has recorded one assist.
RETURNING HOME TO CONTINUE CREW STADIUM DOMINANCE
The Black & Gold return home this weekend looking to build off of the success of late at Crew Stadium ... in the last three home games dating back to August 16, the Crew has been victorious, outscoring its opponents by a score of 10-1 in wins over the LA Galaxy, Houston Dynamo and Chivas USA ... the club has three home matches re- maining in the 2014 regular-season ... after the two-match homestand against the Revs (Saturday) and Montreal Impact (September 27), the Crew is on the road for three consecutive weekends before closing out the regular-season in a home clash against the Philadelphia Union on October 26.
CREW HAS HAD REVS’ NUMBER OF LATE ...
Saturday’s meeting will be the 62nd regular-season clash between the two teams, the Crew’s most-faced opponent during the season since 1996 ... the Crew’s 30 wins (30-20-11) against the Revs are the most versus any opponent in Black & Gold history, more than D.C. United (24 wins against), New York (24 wins against) or Sporting KC (21 wins).
... AND A STRONG STRETCH AGAINST THE REVS HAS HELPED
Although the Revs won the regular-season series in 2013 with three victories, the Black & Gold have found success against the Revs over the last eight seasons, return- ing to form with the victory in Foxborough on July 26, 2014 ... in the last 19 meetings, dating back to 2007, the Crew is 9-6-4 against the Revs ... during that stretch, the Revs won the regular-season series once: last year ... other than that, the Crew has won the regular-season series four times and the two teams have split results two other times ... from 1996 through 2000, and again from 2002 through 2006, the two conference foes met four times a year.
The Crew's 2-2 draw in Houston kept it relatively level in the weekly Power Rankings. With more huge intra-conference matches on tap, the Black & Gold have an opportunity to make a statement and climb the polls -- and more importantly, the Eastern Conference standings -- in the weeks to come.
See below for the Crew's rank as well as its previous position:
MLSsoccer.com: 10 (10)
ESPNFC: 11 (11)
SI.com: 11 (8)
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Wil Trapp's long-distance strike in Saturday's 2-2 draw with the Houston Dynamo is nominated for AT&T Goal of the Week on MLSsoccer.com. Trapp's first career tally is up against the likes of FC Dallas' Blas Perez, Portland Timbers FC's Diego Veleri, the New England Revolution's Lee Nguyen and Seattle Sounders FC's Lamar Neagle in Week 27.
Voting runs until 2:59 pm ET on Fridays.
Federico Higuain continues to lead MLS in corner kicks this season (119). His career high for a single season was 123 last year, which he is on-pace to potentially break. Overall, Higuain is third on the Crew’s all-time list for corners, trailing Robert Warzycha (503) and Guillermo Barros Schelotto (423).
Always looking to create, Federico Higuain ranks second in Major League Soccer in passes in the final third with 659. Higuain trails Javier Morales (652) of Real Salt lake by just three passes in the final third entering this week.
Crew captain Michael Parkhurst continues to lead Major League Soccer this season in passing accuracy among all defenders that have played at least 20 matches this season. The MLS All-Star has completed 87.53 percent of his passes and has worn the armband in 26 tilts for the Black & Gold in 2014.
LOOKING FOR FIRST WIN IN DYNAMO’S NEW HOME
The Black & Gold return to BBVA Compass Stadium on Saturday for the second time in 2014 ... after falling in the first match in Houston -- a 1-0 Dynamo win on May 7 -- the Crew looks to secure its first win at the Dynamo venue that opened in 2012 ... in the three previous meetings at the venue, the Crew (0-2-1) has battled, with losses coming in just one or two-goal margins on top of the draw in the first meeting on August 19, 2012.
FIVE GAMES, FIVE GOALS FOR MERAM
Justin Meram has been on a scoring tear, registering five goals over the last five matches dating back to August 9 against Toronto FC ... Meram recorded a tally in three straight matches from August 9 - August 23 and returned with a brace following the shutout loss at Montreal.
MERAM MAGIC ...
Justin Meram scored his seventh goal of the season to open the scoring in 3-0 win over Chivas USA on September 7 … Meram has scored a goal in four of the club’s last five matches ... of Meram’s 12 career goals since 2011, seven of them have come in 2014.
... AND JUSTIN HAS BEEN PRODUCTIVE
Of midfielders in MLS that have played at least 20 games this season, Justin Meram enters the week ranked first in minutes per goal scored (165.43) ... a look at Opta numbers is below, showing that Meram has scored once every 1.8 matches for the Crew.
**Numbers entering the week as of 9/8/14
Sunday against Chivas USA, the Columbus Crew achieved a feat it had done just eight other times in club history: register three separate three-goal performances over a four-match span. Excluding overlaps, the club has only been on a stretch of this nature just four other times since its inaugural season in 1996.
Here is a table of every stretch where the Crew has bundled three separate three-goal performances over a four-match span in club history:
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