CRUCIAL ROAD TRIP CONCLUDES
After claiming six points from a two-match homestand, the Crew began a three-match road swing and thus far has captured three additional points from the first two matches ... after hitting a snag in a defeat away to New England on October 4, the club completed a two-goal comeback in defeating Philadelphia last weekend ... the trip concluded this weekend with the club’s second trip to Red Bull Arena in 2014 ... following this match, the Crew is set to close-out its 2014 regular season with a home date against the Union on Sunday, October 26.
Discovery Signing Emanuel Pogatetz made his club debut last weekend in Philadelphia, recording seven minutes off the bench to help the Black & Gold close-out the 3-1 victory ... a veteran of the Austrian National Team, the Barclays Premier League and the German Bundesliga, Pogatetz signed with Columbus on September 9.
LOCKED AND LOADED
By virtue of Justin Meram’s goal in Philadelphia, the Crew became one of just five MLS clubs to boast three players with eight goals each in 2014 ... the full list is below:
|Columbus Crew||Higuain (11), Finlay (10), Meram (8)|
|FC Dallas||Perez (10), Castillo (10), Michel (8)|
|Seattle Sounders FC||Martins (17), Dempsey (14), Neagle (8)|
|Portland Timbers||Valeri (11), Adi (9), Urruti (9)|
|LA Galaxy||Keane (19), Zardes (16), Donovan (10)|
Crew Homegrown Goalkeeper Matt Lampson recently announced his non-profit the LampStrong Foundation, Inc. is officially an 501(c)(3) as recognized by the IRS.
This Sunday, Crew staff, family and friends are running the Columbus Marathon in support of the LampStrong Foundation. The team has already raised over $2,500 towards the goal ahead of the race. Click here to check out more about the Team LampStrong Marathon Team.
If you would like to support the team on Sunday, wear Crew gear, or -- if you prefer -- LampStrong T-shirts are available in the Crew Gear Store for a $25 donation to support Team LampStrong runners who will be running in lime green LampStrong Foundation tech shirts.
Lampson and the Crew thanks all runners and others who have supported the LampStrong Foundation.
Saturday's comeback victory in Philadelphia put Sporting Director and Head Coach Gregg Berhalter's Crew one step closer to the MLS Cup Playoffs -- in fact, the Black & Gold are about as close as you can possibly be to in without having officially clinched. Should the Crew officially qualify, Berhalter would set a club record in becoming the first Head Coach in club history to make the playoffs in his first full season as the Crew boss without any prior experience with the Black & Gold.
The full list of all full first-year Crew Head Coaches to make the postseason is below:
|Year||Coach||Record||Place||Previous Experience with Crew|
|1997||Tom Fitzgerald||15-17-0||Fourth (out of five)||1996 (10 matches as Interim Head Coach)|
|2002||Greg Andrulis||11-12-5||Sixth (out of 10)||2001 (20 matches as Interim Head Coach)|
|2009||Robert Warzycha||13-7-10||First (out of seven)||2005 (16 matches as Interim Head Coach)|
|2014||Gregg Berhalter||12-10-10 (in progress)||TBD||N/A|
Matt Lampson continued his LLS Hero program during the month of September by meeting with many special Heroes and their families. To date, Lampson has honored 26 Heroes at Crew matches.
Continuing the Hero program that Lampson started during the 2013 season, the goalkeeper works with LLS to invite a child and his or her family to every home and away match during the 2014 season.
Although the Crew moved little in this week's Power Rankings, the national media had complimentary words about the Black & Gold's comeback, with ESPNFC calling it "impressive."
See below for this week's ranks as well as last week's position indicated afterward.
MLSsoccer.com: 8 (7)
ESPNFC: 8 (8)
SI.com: 10 (10)
Photo Credit: USA Today Sports Images
Following a standout performance in the Crew's 3-2 comeback win at Philadelphia over the weekend, midfielder Tony Tchani earned MLSsoccer.com Team of the Week honors for Week 31. Enjoying a breakout fifth season in MLS, the occasion marks Tchani's third Team of the Week appearance in 2014. Defender/midfielder Hector Jimenez earned an honorable mention nod for his contributions in the win.
Following the Black & Gold's win in Philadelphia on Saturday, Crew Brand Ambassador Frankie Hejduk and defender Josh Williams were on hand Sunday to help kick-off CMH Fashion Week at the Westin Columbus downtown. Check out some of the photos from the event below.
|The Crew’s Josh Williams and Brand Ambassador Frankie Hejduk kick off the 2014 CMH Fashion Week on Sunday, Oct. 12 during the High Tea event at the Westin in downtown Columbus. Williams and Hejduk were outfitted in custom suits provided by Columbus’ 1812 Society.||Williams and Hejduk pose with CW Columbus Stars Cameron and Alissa, Angela An from 10TV and Thomas McClure, the Founder and Director of CMH Fashion Week.|
|Williams poses with a couple Crew fans at the CMH Fashion Week High Tea kickoff event.||Two young Crew fans who won scarves featuring the new Columbus Crew SC badge pose with Williams.|
|Williams and Hejduk met up with Columbus icon and CMH Fashion Week sponsor Charles Penzone.|