The Crew travels to New England for a crucial Eastern Conference battle with the Revolution on Saturday with both sides' playoff hopes on the line. The match will be the second of three meetings this season between the two MLS Charter Members as the Revs topped the Black & Gold, 2-0 at Crew Stadium. Here is a look back at the prior meeting this season.
The Black & Gold fought the Revolution for 90 minutes, but the Revs netted two in stoppage time to take three points on the road as Jose Gonçalves and Diego Fagundez led New England to victory.
Despite having the week off from MLS play, the Crew slipped across Week 33's Power Rankings. The Black & Gold took the biggest hit in MLSSoccer.com's rankings, where they fell from 12th to 15th place. Full rankings are below.
MLSSoccer.com - 15th (12th)
ESPNFC - 15th (14th)
Sports Illustrated - 15th (14th)
Matt Lampson and Team LampStrong helped raise over $14,000 for blood cancer research ahead of Saturday's Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Light the Night Walk at Bicentennial Park in downtown Columbus. Here are the top tweets and Instagram photos from the event.
On Week 13 of NBC Sports Network's MLS Insider, Federico Higuaín chats about his move from Argentina to play for the Crew and his connection to classic rock, with a particular emphasis on the Rolling Stones.
*Higuaín's segment begins at the 08:18 mark.
The Crew welcomed special guest Parker MacDonald to Crew Stadium on Saturday night through the club's Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Hero program. Part of Parker’s experience was the opportunity to come down onto the field for a post-match meet and greet with starting goalkeeper Matt Lampson.
The Crew saw a slight drop across all national media outlets' Power Rankings in Week 33 following Saturday's loss to Sporting Kansas City. The Black & Gold peaked at number 12 in MLSSoccer.com's rankings. Full rankings are below.
Days after Landon Donovan tied Jeff Cunningham's all-time MLS scoring lead with 134 goals, MLSsoccer.com's Jeff Bradley caught-up with the former Crew striker to talk about the record and his prolific career. The two discuss the Jamaican-born striker's humble beginnings and the speed that helped him score 134 times during his MLS career.
For the Crew's Boot Breast Cancer match against Sporting Kansas City on Saturday, winger Dominic Oduro showed up to the stadium sporting his latest hairdo: a pink mohawk with pink ribbons on the the sides of his head for Breast Cancer Awareness month. The design is no surprise as a Ghana flag, a Black & Gold Crew-hawk and various other designs have decorated Oduro's dome in weeks previous.
For more on Oduro's evolving hair, check out Andy Edwards' feature on MLSSoccer.com.
With his assist in the 4-2 victory over FC Dallas, Federico Higuain now has a club-leading nine assists in 2013. With 11 goals already in his clip, Higuain is one assist shy of becoming the second player in Crew history to record 10 or more goals and 10 or more assists in a single season. If he’s able to record a helper in one of the final three matches of 2013, he’d become the first player in 12 seasons to do so as Jeff Cunningham posted 10 goals and 13 assists in 2001.
The Crew has put together its first three-game winning streak of 2013 and has found plenty of scoring in the current stretch. The Black & Gold averaged three goals per game in that trio of wins, marking the first time since 2008 that the club posted a three- game winning streak while averaging three tallies per game in that span. In 2008, from August 23 to September 6, the Crew secured victories of 3-0, 2-1 and 4-0 while this year’s edition featured wins of 2-1, 3-0 and 4-2 from September 14 through September 29.
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Dominic Oduro’s five game-winning goals in 2013 is currently in a seven-way tie for second-most in MLS this season behind Chris Wondolowski’s six game-winners. Oduro’s last three matches featured game-winning goals for the Crew as he recorded his second three-goal month of 2013 following a trio of goals in the month of April.