The Crew stood pat in Sports Illustrated and ProSoccerTalk's Power Rankings after Week 15's 3-0 loss in Philadelphia, but fell in ESPNFC and MLSSoccer.com's polls. With the first-place Montreal Impact coming to town on Saturday (7:30 p.m. ET / Univision Deportes, FOX Sports Ohio), the Black & Gold have the chance to move up in the rankings with a victory.
MLSSoccer.com: 15th (13th)
ESPNFC: 14th (13th)
Sports Illustrated: 13th (13th)
ProSoccerTalk: 13th (13th)
Last week's ranking in parentheses.
Following a 1-0 home victory against Honduras on Friday, Crew striker Jairo Arrieta and Costa Rica look to continue their form on Tuesday as they visit the Estadio Azteca for a road match with Mexico (8:00 p.m. ET / UniMas). Arrieta started and played 57 minutes in La Sele's 2014 World Cup Qualifier on Friday, registering one shot against Honduras. Head Coach Jorge Luís Pinto is expected to start either Arrieta once again in the attack or opt for Real Salt Lake forward Álvaro Saborío against Mexico Tuesday night as Costa Rica hopes to remain on top of the CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying table.
After a snowstorm-induced delay, the Crew and Impact finally met on the pitch at Stade Saputo on Sunday, April 14. Montreal striker Marco Di Vaio opened the scoring in the 68th minute, firing a long-distance shot past an outstretched Andy Gruenebaum to give his team the lead. Di Vaio's class would be matched just four minutes later when Crew forward Dominic Oduro blasted a stunning, left-footed volley to the far post and by Impact 'keeper Troy Perkins to level the two sides. The match remained deadlocked for the next 18 minutes as the Crew earned its first point in Montreal.
Black & Gold veteran defender Chad Marshall has been a part of every Crew Fest the Black & Gold have hosted since 2005. Marshall again signed autographs and took pictures with fans and he enjoyed the opportunity to give back to the fans this year.
“It’s great. They are spending their hard-earned money to come and support us so anything we can give back to them, whether it be our time or anything, is cool,” said Marshall.
“It’s always great to interact with the fans, you couldn’t pick a better day than this, 75 and sunny, and it’s awesome to be out here.”
Every member of the team joined Marshall on the field at Columbus Crew Stadium, some of whom participated in the individual events. Midfielders Tony Tchani and Kevan George showed their gamer skills in the EA Sports’ FIFA 13 tournament, Matias Sanchez competed in a two-on-two tournament, and defenders Eric Gehrig and Drew Beckie were repeatedly submerged in water at the Crew Fest Dunk Tank.
MLSSoccer.com continues to roll out its weekly 'MLS Legends' video series, this week profiling former Crew star Brian McBride.
VIEWER WARNING: Look away during the couple of highlights when he's dressed in red.
Away on international duty, Crew striker Jairo Arrieta and Costa Rica will square off with Honduras Friday night in a pivotal 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifier at the Estadio Nacional in San José. La Sele is currently in third place on the CONCACAF table with four points, ahead of the United States on goal differential after three matches. Costa Rica's roster is highlighted by Arrieta and fellow MLS standouts Álvaro Saborío, Rodney Wallace and Roy Miller. La Sele and Honduras kick off at 10:00 p.m. ET on beIN SPORT.
The United States is also in action tonight as Jürgen Klinsmann's squad takes on Jamaica at Independence Park in Kingston at 9:30 p.m. ET on beIN SPORT.
Eddie Gaven's season-ending knee injury, coupled with Saturday's draw 1-1 draw with the Houston Dynamo, saw the Crew fall to 13th place in each of the four major national media outlets' Power Rankings this week. Perhaps a victory on Wednesday against the Philadelphia Union would see the Crew move back into the top 10.
MLSSoccer.com: 13th (11th)
ESPNFC: 13th (12th)
Sports Illustrated: 13th (12th)
ProSoccerTalk: 13th (12th)
Last week's ranking in parentheses.
Aside from FC Dallas forward Kenny Cooper's five tallies, no other player has scored more goals against the Philadelphia Union than Crew striker Dominic Oduro since the Union was added to MLS as an expansion side in 2010. Oduro has scored four times in eight career appearances against the Union, joining Cooper and former Crew and current San Jose Earthquakes forward Steven Lenhart as the only players to record four tallies versus Philadelphia. Three of Oduro's four strikes against the Union were scored during his spell with the Chicago Fire during the 2011 and 2012 seasons, while his latest tally versus Philadelphia came back on April 6 when the Black & Gold tied the Union 1-1 at Crew Stadium.
MOST GOALS AGAINST PHILADELPHIA UNION
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