The results are in: following the Crew's 3-3 draw away to Portland, national soccer writers have held the Black & Gold relatively steady in this week's Power Rankings. MLSSoccer.com is the most bullish on the Crew, ranking it 11th.
See the full rankings below, followed by last week's position on the charts:
MLSSoccer.com: 11 (12)
ESPNFC: 15 (14)
SI.com: 14 (13)
Matt Lampson teamed up with the Portland Timbers Saturday evening to help give 10-year-old Brooke a much needed break from her treatment for Acute Myeloblastic Leukemia.
Brooke and her family received tickets to Providence Park from the Timbers front office and then had the opportunity to take to the pitch for a post-match meet and greet with the Crew goalkeeper. Lampson was able to offer advice to Brooke, as well as talk about her love of soccer and the outdoors.
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.
In addition to being voted MLS Player of the Week, Crew playmaker Federico Higuaín was named to MLSsoccer.com's Team of the Week for his two-goal effort against the Portland Timbers. With six goals and three assists this season, it marks the fourth time in 2014 that Higuaín has earned a spot on the Team of the Week.
Playmaker Federico Higuaín is nominated yet again for MLSsoccer.com's AT&T Goal of the Week honor following his sensational chip of Timbers goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts on Saturday in the Crew's 3-3 draw at Portland. Also nominated this week are Seattle Sounders FC's winner from Obafemi Martins, Jermain Defoe's blast for Toronto FC, Vincent Nogueira's half-volley for the Phildelphia Union and New England Revlolution defender Chris Tierney's free kick.
Voting runs until 11:59 p.m. PT on Thursdays.
Crew loanee Aaron Schoenfeld factored heavily for the Dayton Dutch Lions this past weekend, notching two goals and one assist in the club's 5-3 road defeat to Harrisburg City Islanders.
The goals were Schoenfeld's third and fourth of the season. He opened the scoring for the Dutch Lions in the first minute of play, and completed his brace in the 69th minute.
Matt Walker also started for Dayton, playing 68 minutes in the contest. Brad Stuver served as the backup goalkeeper.
MLSsoccer.com's Dan Haiek and Armchair Analyst Matt Doyle preview the Saturday night match between the Portland Timbers and Columbus Crew. Should the Crew switch to a diamond midfield? Is Fanendo Adi the savior in the Pacific Northwest?