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16 April 8:29 am

With that great first touch from Dominic Oduro on his goal against Montreal, why not make it an animated GIF.

Text G3 to 22442 or click here to vote for Dom for Goal of the Week.

15 April 12:28 pm

Vote early and often for Crew striker, Dominic Oduro, for MLSsoccer.com Goal of the Week!

Text G3 to 22442 or click here to vote.

14 April 2:29 pm

Head Coach Robert Warzycha

Dominic Oduro on his match-tying goal

Andy Gruenebaum on team's performance

Chad Marshall talks post-match on the 1-1 draw

13 April 6:20 pm

Radio voice of the Columbus Crew Neil Sika previews Sunday's matchup with Montreal. Neil describes the weather situation in Quebec that caused the match to be pushed back to Sunday and what the mood of the team is like with an extra day on the road. 

Catch all of the action on Sunday starting at 11:35 a.m. with the Crew Pre-Game Show on 106.7 FM.

12 April 2:25 pm

GOALS GONE WILD ON THE ROAD
Headed up against the Eastern Conference-leading Montreal Impact, the Crew does have an advantage when it comes to road success in 2013. The Black & Gold lead MLS in road goals with six through three away matches ... after scoring three goals to open the year at Chivas USA (March 2) the Crew has continued to score on the road with a single goal in the 2-1 loss at Vancouver (March 9) before netting a pair in the 2-1 win at D.C. (March 23).

GRUENEBAUM TESTED AND DELIVERING
Through five games this season, Andy Gruenebaum is one of eight MLS goalkeepers with a goals against average of 1.00 or less ... six of those ‘keepers -- including Gruenebaum -- have started in each of their team’s matches ... not only has the 30-year-old Crew netminder seen the third-most shots of the eight ‘keepers with a 1.00 GAA or less, but Gruenebaum also has recorded 15 saves -- a feat only three others on that list have accomplished ... the list of the six aforementioned ‘keepers is below:

GK TEAM GP SH SV GAA
Jimmy Nielsen SKC 6 11 8 0.50
Carlo Cudicini LA 4 9 6 0.75
Troy Perkins MTL 5 21 17 0.80
Nick Rimando RSL 5 21 17 0.80
Andy Gruenebaum CLB 5 20 15 1.00
Bill Hamid D.C. 5 26 21 1.00

BACK TO CANADA FOR THE CREW
Saturday’s trip to Montreal is the Crew’s second trip to Canada in 2013 and 11th overall regular-season match north of the border ... although the Black & Gold fell 2-1 to Vancouver on March 9, the Crew has secured points in eight of the 10 previous meetings up North and is 3-2-5 in those Canadian-hosted matches ... in addition to the 1-1-0 record at Vancouver, Columbus is unbeaten (2-0-5) in seven matches at Toronto FC ... prior to the early-season loss at Whitecaps FC, the club’s only previous Canadian blemish was a 2-1 loss to Montreal on July 8, 2012 in the inaugural visit to Stade Saputo ... additional Ohio ties to Canada include rookie defender Drew Beckie who was born in Regina, Saskatchewan.

FINDING THE BACK OF THE NET
After being shut out in two of the team’s first five matches in 2012, the Crew has scored in each of its first five matches this season ... the Black & Gold are among five other teams that have not been shut out in 2013 ... that list includes FC Dallas, LA, Philadelphia, Portland and Vancouver ... Chivas USA has not been shut out since the Black & Gold blanked the Goats 3-0 in the season-opener on March 2.

SECOND-HALF STRIKERS
The Crew has provided plenty of second-half excitement thus far in 2013 as the club has scored seven of of its eight goals after halftime ... Josh Williams scored the team’s only first-half goal in the 15th minute at D.C. on March 23 ... as a point of comparison, last season the Black & Gold recorded 21 of their 34 goals after the second-half whistle ... this year, the Crew has seen goals just seconds into the second half (Arrieta, 46’ at VAN on 3/9) as well as an insurance goal in second-half stoppage time (Oduro, 94+’ at CHV on 3/2).

12 April 1:27 pm

MLSSoccer.com's Nick Firchau counts down the Top 5 Wardrobe Malfunctions in MLS History. A familiar face shows up in the top spot.

11 April 3:29 pm

Through six weeks of the 2013 season, the Crew remains in the top half of most MLS Power Rankings. See where the Black & Gold rank in the minds of the national media and read what others are saying about the Crew:

MLSSoccer.com: 5th

Sports Illustrated: 9th

ProSoccerTalk: 10th

ESPN FC: 11th

Soccer By Ives: 9th

11 April 12:47 pm

On April 13, 1996, the Crew played its first-ever MLS match. The Black & Gold topped D.C. United 4-0, behind a Brian McBride brace in front of 25, 266 fans at Ohio Stadium. The first tally in Crew history was actually an own-goal commited by the United defense in the 18th minute.

Bo Oshoniyi, Mike Clark, Mark Watson, Janusz Michallik, Billy Thompson, Doctor Khumalo, Shane Batelle, Brian Bliss, Pete Marino, Brian McBride and Adrian Paz formed the first starting XI for the Black & Gold, while Todd Yeagley, Brian Maisonneuve and Mac Cozier came off the bench in the victory.

11 April 8:28 am

Grantland.com's Roger Bennett and U.S. Men's National Team legend Alexi Lalas have constructed a guide for fans looking to jump on an MLS club's bandwagon. Here's what the two have to say about Crew supporters:

A toasty glow radiated out from this club whose fans revel in the Crew’s past glories and hard-hat work ethic. Yet, at the center its genuine midwestern goodness lies a complexity: This is a team that has learned to savor and celebrate everything and everyone unabashedly. It's a trait that makes this the perfect rooting interest for those who savor the big hugs and musical comedy stylings of Glee. William McKinley High School may be located about 90 miles away in Lima, Ohio, but the Crew shares its culture of upbeat, tolerant humanism. Witness Frankie Hejduk, a fish-out-of-water Finn Hudson type who arrived as a laid-back Southern California surfer dude yet somehow fit right in. That's proof this is a team even Blaine Anderson could love. In his words, “If we all share musical shame with each other, we could all become a more cohesive team for regionals.”

What do you think of the duo's description of the Crew fanbase?

Comment below and read the whole article on Grantland.

10 April 9:32 am

With Louisville's appearance in the National Championship game, Drew Beckie jumped from third to first to win the 2013 Crew Bracket Challenge. It's the second year in a row that a rookie has won the challenge as the Canadian joins Ethan Finlay, who took the crown last year.

FINAL STANDINGS

  1. Drew Beckie - 219 pts.
  2. Wil Trapp - 183
  3. Aaron Schoenfeld - 176
  4. Eric Gehrig - 159

The Scoring System:

  • 3 points for each team correctly picked to advance to the Round of 32.
  • 5 points for each team picked in the Sweet 16.
  • 10 points for each team in the Elite 8.
  • 25 points for each team in the Final 4.
  • 50 points for each team in the National Championship.
  • 100 points for correctly picking the National Champion.