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02 May 3:32 pm

Crew Homegrown’s Chad Barson & Aaron Horton served as Celebrity Referees for a Project Hope Fundraiser at Olentangy Liberty High School on Monday, April 29th. Barson is a graduate of Olentangy High School and Horton is a graduate of Olentangy Orange High School. It was a spirited match between a club soccer team and a team of seniors and coaches from the Varsity Soccer team. The club team came out on top with some last minute heroics that was so exciting even Chad and Aaron joined in the celebrations! Project Hope works to make health care available for people around the globe. Click here for more information on Project Hope.

01 May 3:28 pm

As a result of the Crew's impressive showing in Saturday's 3-0 victory against D.C. United, the Black & Gold moved up in three national media outlets' Power Rankings. Columbus jumped four spots in MLSSoccer.com and Soccer by Ives' rankings thanks in-part to Team of the Week performances from Jairo Arrieta and Danny O'Rourke. The only outlet in which the Crew did not move up the board was in ProSoccerTalk's rankings.

MLSSoccer.com: 6th (10th) 

ProSoccerTalk: 11th (11th)

ESPNFC: 8th (11th)

Soccer By Ives: 8th (12th)

*Sports Illustrated's Power Rankings were not available as of Wednesday afternoon

01 May 10:15 am

The Crew's starting midfield of Dominic Oduro, Danny O'Rourke, Tony Tchani and Eddie Gaven in last week's 3-0 win against D.C. United could go unchanged ahead of Saturday's match against the New York Red Bulls (4:00 p.m. ET/NBC Sports Network) after a strong performance against United. If Robert Warzycha does keep the same four players in the midfield, all four players will be facing their former team. Each midfielder has spent time at some point in his career with Major League Soccer's New York franchise, whether it be the Red Bulls or MetroStars incarnation.

Dominic Oduro
A newcomer to the Crew, Dominic Oduro has already played more than double the matches for the Black & Gold than he did for the Red Bulls. The Ghanaian speedster was briefly with New York during the 2009 season, in-between stints with FC Dallas and the Houston Dynamo.

Danny O'Rourke
Traded to the Red Bulls from the San Jose Earthquakes following his rookie season, O'Rourke appeared 28 times during the 2006 season for New York. The following offseason, O'Rourke was taken in the 2006 Expansion Draft by Toronto FC. Before he ever moved to Toronto, the Crew acquired the midfielder and goalkeeper William Hesmer for partial allocation. The rest is history.

Tony Tchani
Selected 2nd overall by the Red Bulls in the 2010 MLS SuperDraft, Tchani made 29 appearances for New York before being traded to Toronto FC in exchanged for Dwayne De Rosario in 2011. Tchani was dealt again in the 2011 season to the Crew for Andy Iro and Leándre Griffit. He has gone on to make 27 appearances for the Black & Gold.

Eddie Gaven
The then-New York/New Jersey MetroStars selected 16-year-old Eddie Gaven 12th overall in the 2003 MLS SuperDraft. Following three seasons, the MetroStars traded Gaven to Columbus in exchange for Edson Buddle. Gaven has gone on to make over 200 appearances for the Crew since 2006.

PLAYER With CLB (Win pct.) With NY (Win pct.)
Dominic Oduro 8 Appearances - 4 Goals, 0 Assists (.563) 3 App - 0 G, 0 A (.167)
Danny O'Rourke 133 App. -  0 G, 7 A (.598) 28 App - 0 G, 2 A (.482)
Tony Tchani 27 App - 2 G, 2 A (.500) 29 App - 1 G, 3 A (.569)
Eddie Gaven 205 App - 35 G, 24 A (.543) 69 App - 16 G, 12 A (.486)

 

30 April 9:55 am

The Crew will look to rebound from two disappointing losses against the Red Bulls last season when the two sides meet on Saturday (4:00 p.m. ET/NBC Sports Network). Here is a look back at the 2012 edition of the Columbus versus New York matchup.

APRIL 7: Crew 1 - Red Bulls 4

A Kenny Cooper brace within the first 15 minutes of the match spelled doom early for the Black & Gold. Thierry Henry added two more as the Crew fell 4-1. The late Kirk Urso earned the only assist of his career, finding an open Chad Marshall on a late corner kick.

SEPT. 15: Red Bulls 3 - Crew 1

A third-minute goal from Milovan Mirosevic wasn't enough to help the Crew to a road result as Henry once again tallied twice and added an assist against the Black & Gold. The Crew was without newcomer Federico Higuaín for most of the match as the Argentine rested a sore heel, but entered as a substitute in the 90th minute.

30 April 8:54 am

Following a morning in which the Black & Gold caught-up with the broadcast team from World Wrestling Entertainment’s Monday Night RAW, a group of Crew players got a backstage opportunity to meet the RAW team that was in town for last night’s show at Nationwide Arena.
 
Crew goalkeepers Andy Gruenebaum, Matt Lampson, Daniel Withrow, alongside forwards Aaron Schoenfeld, Ethan Finlay, Shawn Sloan and Head Athletic Trainer Dave Lagow were able to hang out with WWE Superstars prior to the event. The Black & Gold taped video segments for WWE Active – WWE’s in-match digital platform – as well. After meeting countless personalities and superstars, a WWE Divas Champion and global icon John Cena, the guys sat ring-side where many Crew fans caught glimpses of the Black & Gold live on the USA Network.
 
Additional footage from the WWE World Tour, featuring the Black & Gold’s penalty-kick morning taping at Crew Stadium,will be available at a later date.

29 April 4:02 pm

On Monday morning the Black & Gold caught-up with the broadcast team from World Wrestling Entertainment’s Monday Night RAW. The RAW team is in town for tonight’s show at Nationwide Arena, and a number of Crew players will have backstage access to the event. Goalkeepers Andy Gruenebaum, Matt Lampson, Daniel Withrow, alongside forwards Aaron Schoenfeld, Ethan Finlay and Shawn Sloan will be taking in the action, so keep an eye out for them ringside. This morning the guys hung out with former WWE champion John “Bradshaw” Layfield (JBL) and Voice of the WWE Michael Cole.

29 April 1:44 pm

Following the Crew's 3-0 win against D.C. United on Saturday night, the Black & Gold's reserves returned to action on Sunday morning to take on the West Virginia University Mountaineers at Crew Stadium. Fueled by first half goals from Ryan Finley and Ethan Finlay and second half tallies by way of Aaron Schoenfeld and Bernardo Anor, the Crew topped the Mountaineers 4-0.

The Black & Gold reserves take on the New York Red Bulls in a return to MLS Reserve League action Saturday evening following the First Team's match against New York (4:00 p.m. ET/NBC Sports Network).

SCORING SUMMARY

First Half

Finley (Hyland)

Finlay (Speas)

Second Half

Schoenfeld (Finlay)

Anor (Unassisted)

Crew Lineup: Matt Lampson (Daniel Withrow); Chad Barson, Eric Gehrig, Kevan George, Kyle Hyland; Ethan Finlay (Shawn Sloan), Konrad Warzycha (Drew Beckie), Matías Sánchez, Ben Speas (Bernardo Anor); Justin Meram, Ryan Finley (Aaron Schoenfeld).

26 April 3:50 pm

DEFENDING CREW STADIUM
The Black & Gold enter Saturday riding a 11-game unbeaten streak at Crew Stadium dating back to July 21, 2012 ... in that span, the Crew is 7-0-4 in front of its home fans ... the Crew opened its home schedule with a 1-1 draw against San Jose on March 16, 2013 and later played to a 1-1 draw against Philadelphia on April 6.

A LOOK AT THE GOALS IN THE FIRST 4,999 MINUTES
In the previous 55 regular-season meetings between the Crew and United, the two teams have battled for 4,999 minutes or 83.3 hours ... just short of the 5K minute-mark in the regular-season series, the Crew has led for 1575 of those minutes, trailed for 1291 of them and haS clashed at level scorelines for 2133 minutes.

A CREW UNITED AT HOME AGAINST D.C.
When the two teams last met in the Nation’s Capital on March 23, the Black & Gold were happy to disrupt a recent trend in the regular-season series between the two teams ... prior to the Crew’s win at RFK Stadium on March 23, all five of the previous meetings between the two teams resulted in wins for the home team ... the Crew wouldn’t mind keeping up the home success in Columbus, however, as the team is unbeaten against United (4-0-1) in the last five tilts at Crew Stadium dating back to October 26, 2008.

LAST OF THE BLACK-AND-RED
Saturday’s match ends play in the month of April for the Crew, but it also ends regular- season action against D.C. United ... the Black & Gold only play United twice this sea- son, so the two teams will not partake in their (of late) annual end-of-season playoff implication match ... two seasons ago, a regular-season win for the Crew knocked D.C. out of playoff contention while last season it was United that kept Columbus from a playoff berth.