Dec. 17 - In fulfillment of U.S. Soccer's promise to FIFA, Alan Rothenberg announces the formation of Major League Soccer.
June 8 - Lamar Hunt and Family are announced as the investor-operators of the Columbus Major League Soccer Team.
July 7 - Team Columbus names Jamey Rootes as the team's first general manager.
Oct. 17 - Columbus Mayor Greg Lashutka unveils Team Columbus' name, logo, uniform, and colors. Columbus resident Luis Orozco was the only entrant in a month long contest to suggest that the team be named "The Columbus Crew."
Dec. 5 - The Columbus Crew names Timo Liekoski as its first head coach.
Jan. 4 - Tom Fitzgerald is named the first Crew assistant coach.
Jan. 5 - MLS begins its first player combine, bringing more than 250 players to Irvine, CA from Jan. 5-15.
Feb. 1 - MLS assigns United States U-23 National Team player, Brian Maisonneuve, to the Crew. He becomes the Crew's second allocated player.
Feb. 3 - MLS assigns 1990 U.S. World Cup veteran and United States National Team veteran Brian Bliss to the Crew. Bliss becomes the Crew's third allocated player.
Feb. 4 - MLS assigns Uruguayan National Team player, Adrian Paz, to Columbus as its fourth allocated player. The Crew is awarded the first pick in the first-ever MLS Player Draft.
Feb. 6 - Major League Soccer conducts its first player draft, holding the first eight rounds at the Hotel Inter-Continental in New York City. Brian McBride, a two-time All-American from St. Louis, is the first overall player selected by Columbus.
Feb. 7 - MLS conducts the final eight rounds of its first player draft at the Hotel Inter-Continental in NYC. The 10 teams selected 160 players over the two-day, 16-round draft.
March 4 - The MLS supplemental and college drafts are held. With the 10th pick of the first round of the supplemental draft, the Crew selects 1990 and 1994 U.S. World Cup veteran, Paul Caligiuri.
March 6 - The Crew opens preseason training camp in Dublin, Ohio at Soccer First at SportsOhio. The Crew unveils its local investors and also announces that 1460 WBNS Radio has been named the team's radio station and will air all 32 games.
March 13 - Spring training opens for the Crew in Boca Raton, Florida for 10 days of preseason training and scrimmages.
April 13 - The Crew's inaugural game against D.C. United results in a 4-0 Crew victory in front of a crowd of 25,266.
May 17 - SportsChannel Ohio, SportsChannel Chicago and local station WB53, sign agreements to air eight Crew matches.
June 4 - The Crew signs its first discovery option player, Polish international Robert Warzycha.
June 24 - Brian McBride is selected to the first annual MLS Soccer All-Star game to be held on July 14 at Giants Stadium.
June 28 - Columbus receives its fifth allocation when Argentinian defender Ricardo Iribarren is assigned to the Crew.
Aug. 2 - With the Crew in fifth-place and a 6-16 record, Head Coach Timo Liekoski resigns. Assistant coach Tom Fitzgerald is immediately named head coach on an interim basis.
Aug. 7 - The Crew announced that John Ellinger, the men's U.S. National "B" Team head coach, will fill the assistant coach's spot on an interim basis.
Aug. 8 - The Crew acquires U.S. National Team goalkeeper Brad Friedel.
Aug. 16 - The Village of Obetz, Ohio has been selected as the Crew's site for its state-of-the-art training facility.
Sept. 15 - The Crew sets the season record for attendance in Columbus when 31,550 fans come out to see the Crew defeat the MetroStars 2-0 in the last regular season home game of the inaugural year.
Sept. 25 - The Crew makes its first-ever playoff appearance, losing at home, 2-0 to Tampa Bay.
Oct. 18 - Columbus Crew General Manager, Jamey Rootes, is recognized as the league's top executive and awarded the first-ever Major League Soccer Executive of the Year award.
Oct. 24 - The Crew officially removes the interim title from Tom Fitzgerald's name and names him head coach after he led the team to a 9-1 run at the end of the season and into the playoffs.
Nov. 19 - Gentleman Associates, an Indianapolis based research company, grades the "Crew Experience" as outstanding after conducting surveys during the inaugural season.
Feb. 1-2 - The MLS College and Supplemental drafts are held.
Feb. 4 - The team's fifth allocated player, Ricardo Iribarren, learned he would miss the 1997 season due to visa problems.
Feb. 24 - The Crew and MLS re-sign goalkeeper Brad Friedel to a three-year deal.
March 5 - The Crew becomes the first MLS team to land a local network television affiliate, as WTTE Fox 28 signs on to televise games. SportsChannel Ohio will also do games.
March 18 - Columbus plays in the first annual "Dayton Cup for Charity" against Kansas City at Centerville Soccer Stadium. The Wizards win 1-0.
March 24 - Crew Week II kicks off. Mayor Greg Lashutka begins a week of festivities.
March 25 - The Crew Radio Network expands to 16 state-wide affiliates.
March 28 - Crew opens year two at home at Ohio Stadium with a 2-1 shootout win over Colorado.
April 8 - MLS and ESPN announce Shootout Package, 87 % of all MLS games will be televised.
April 9 - MLS announces that Chicago and Miami will join the league as expansion teams in 1998.
April 16 - The Crew's Official website, http://www.thecrew.com, is unveiled.
May 1 - Brian McBride signs a four-year deal with MLS.
May 3 - Thomas Dooley, U.S. National Team star, signs with MLS and the Crew.
May 6 - Issue 1, a Franklin County vote to raise taxes .5 % for a downtown arena and stadium, fails.
May 14 - Crew defeats English Premier League opponent Leeds United 2-1 at Ohio Stadium.
June 3 - U.S. National Team veteran Mike Lapper signs with Crew and MLS.
June 5 - The Crew's first Project-40 player, Ubusuku Abukusumo, is assigned.
June 5 - Ohio State and the Crew sign lease extension through the 1998 season.
July 9 - Brian McBride scores the game-winning goal with two minutes left in the MLS All-Star game in Giants Stadium to give the East a 5-4 win. Robert Warzycha also tallies for the East.
Aug. 11 - The Crew opens state-of-the-art training center in Obetz, Ohio.
Oct. 8 - Columbus wins its first playoff series, beating Tampa Bay 2-0 to win the series two games to none and advance to its first Eastern Conference Finals Series.
Oct. 16 - ESPN, Inc. and MLS sign multi-year TV deal. ABC will air 12 games for the 1998 season.
Oct. 22 - Brad Friedel wins MLS Pepsi Goalkeeper of the Year Award.
Jan. 20 - Former Virginia star Brian West is assigned to the Crew as its second Project-40 player.
Jan 28 - U.S. National Team goalkeeper Juergen Sommer signs with MLS and the Crew.
Jan. 31-Feb. 1 - MLS holds its College and Supplemental drafts. Crew selects South Florida standout Jeff Cunningham with its first round pick.
Feb. 1 - A Dublin City vote to provide a Nortwest Suburban Columbus Stadium for the Crew fails.
Feb. 26 - 21-year-old Trinidad and Tobago star Stern John joins the Crew as a discovery player.
March 2 - Jamaican National Teamer Andy Williams is signed as a discovery option.
March 7 - Crew defeats K.C. 1-0 in a shootout in the second annual "Dayton Cup for Charity."
March 11 - Crew inks television deals with WSYX-Ch. 6 (ABC), WTTE Fox 28 and FOX Sports Ohio to air eight games.
March 21 - Crew kicks off year three of MLS play on the road at Tampa Bay, winning 2-1.
March 30 - Crew Week III kicks off.
April 4 - The Crew wins it's last home opener in Ohio Stadium, downing two-time defending MLS Champion D.C. United 2-1.
April 18 - In the Crew's first game against the expansion Miami Fusion, Stern John scores his first career MLS goal in the 48th minute, and then explodes for two more, giving him his first career hat trick in a 5-1 win.
May 5 - U.S. National Team Head Coach Steve Sampson announces that Crew players Brian McBride, Thomas Dooley, Juergen Sommer, and Brian Maisonneuve have been selected to the U.S. National Team for the 1998 World Cup in France.
May 15 - The Ohio Expositions Commission votes 6-2 to approve the form and content of a land lease to build a soccer-specific stadium on the grounds of the Ohio Expo Center.
May 18 - The State of Ohio Controlling Board approves the lease.
May 19 - Crew announces plans for the construction of the country's first-ever soccer-specific stadium, on the grounds of the Ohio Expo Center. The 25-year lease paves the way for construction of a 22,500 seat stadium. NBBJ is the architect on the project.
May 28 - The Ohio Expositions Commission approves the site.
June 4 - The second to last signature required for the lease's approval is signed by the Ohio Department of Administrative Services.
June 9 - Ohio Governor George Voinovich signs the lease, paving the way for the construction of the country's first stadium built specifically for soccer.
June 14 - Crew rookie Andy Williams makes his first-ever World Cup appearance for the Jamaican National team, in a 3-1 loss to Croatia.
June 21 - Forward Brian McBride scores the lone U.S. goal of the 1998 World Cup in a 2-1 loss to Iran.
July 7 - The Crew edge the Rochester Raging Rhinos 2-1 in sudden-death overtime in the Crew's first-ever U.S. Open Cup Match. Todd Yeagley tallies the game-winning goal in the 103rd minute.
July 7 - The preliminary plans for the Columbus Crew stadium are unveiled at the Ohio Expo Center.
July 16 - The Crew's Brian McBride and Thomas Dooley are voted as starters for the USA MLS All-Stars for the 1998 MLS All-Star game in Orlando.
Aug. 2 - Crew forward Brian McBride becomes the first Crew player to be named MVP of the MLS All-Star game, as he registered a goal and two assists in the first half of the MLS USA All-Stars' 6-1 victory over the MLS World All-Stars.
Aug. 8 - The Crew sets a team record for most goals in a game, by blistering New England for six goals on the way to a 6-1 triumph at Ohio Stadium.
Aug. 14 - The most significant date in U.S. Soccer history occurs in Columbus, as the Crew break ground on a 22,500 seat soccer-specific stadium. MLS Commissioner Doug Logan announces that the new stadium will host the MLS All-Star Game in 2000 and the 2001 MLS Cup.
Aug. 16 - Crew forward Stern John becomes the first player in MLS history to notch three hat tricks in a season, as he blitzes Kansas City for three goals in ten minutes, during the 5-3 win at Ohio Stadium.
Sept. 2 - The Crew announces its 1999 ticket prices, along with premium seating options for the new stadium.
Sept. 15 - The Crew and Sports Radio 1460 WBNS "The Fan" extend their radio partnership through the year 2000, allowing 1460 to remain as the flagship station for the Columbus Crew Radio Network, the only one of its kind in MLS.
Sept. 18 - On the first day of the seat relocation process for the new stadium, the Crew sells 1,181 season tickets. The Club Loges also go quickly as 18 of the 20 available are sold, forcing the Crew to expand the number of Club Loges to 30.
Sept. 27 - In the Crew's 1998 regular season finale against D.C. United, Stern John scores two first half goals to secure the first MLS Budweiser Scoring Championship in Crew history. John finishes his rookie MLS Season with 26 goals, and five assists for a total of 57 points.
Sept. 30 - For the first time, the Crew begins its third consecutive trip to the MLS Playoffs with home field advantage against the NY/NJ MetroStars.
Sept. 30 - In just seven days, the Crew sell out all 1,157 Club Seats in the new stadium.
Oct. 18 - In the last MLS game ever played at Ohio Stadium, the Crew leave "The Shoe' with a 4-2 playoff win over D.C., snapping United's MLS record 13-game playoff win streak. The Crew end the Ohio Stadium era with an all-time home record of 33-20.
Oct. 20 - Brian McBride captures the 1998 MasterCard Goal of the Year award.
Oct. 30 - In the rescheduled Open Cup Final, the Crew lose a 2-1 heartbreaker to the Chicago Fire in sudden-death overtime at Soldier Field.
Nov. 5 - The first pieces of turfgrass sod are laid at the Crew's new stadium. Among those in attendance are Crew owner Lamar Hunt and President/G.M. Jamey Rootes. The entire field is installed in just over a week.
Feb. 9 - The Crew unveils an inaugural game logo and announces the creation of an inaugural game organizing committee.
Feb.25 - In the Crew's largest sponsorship announcement, the Crew announces that they have added eight marketing partners for the season, including Kroger, adidas, OhioHealth, Huntington Banks, McDonald,s, MasterCard, Adam's Mark and Bank One.
March 15 - Columbus Crew Stadium lights go on for the first time
March 16 - U.S. Soccer Federation Secretary General Hank Steinbrecher announces that Crew Stadium will be the site for the U.S. Men's Under-17 National Team game vs. El Salvador on May 22 at 4:00pm. It is the final leg of a two-game series to determine a spot in the FIFA Under-17 World Championship.
April 10 - 1,000 Crew single-game tickets for the inaugural game at Crew Stadium sell out in eight minutes.
April 20 - The Crew travels to Cincinnati to play its A-League affiliate, the Cincinnati Riverhawks, to raise money for tornado relief after a tornado had torn through the Greater Cincinnati area. The event raises over $15,000.
May 1 - The Crew face Kansas City in the Third Annual Dayton Cup for Charity at Centerville Stadium.
May 4 - The Crew holds its first official practice at the new stadium.
May 8 - City, County, and State officials kickoff Crew Week IV with a Crew Stadium Open House, the first-ever event in the new stadium.
May 14 - U.S. Soccer announces that Crew Stadium will be the site for the 1999 U.S. Open Cup Championship.
May 15 - Lamar Hunt receives National Soccer Hall of Fame Medal of Honor.
May 15 - The Crew opens Crew Stadium, the first stadium built specifically for soccer in the United States as the Crew down the New England Revolution 2-0 before a sold-out crowd of 24,741. Jeff Cunningham scores the first goal in Crew Stadium history beating Revs goalkeeper Walter Zenga in the 10th minute. Stern John adds the second goal in the 59th minute.
May 22 - Columbus sets a new record for season tickets sales with 9,083, surpassing the previous mark of 9,078 set by the Crew in 1996. The Black & Gold end the year with 9,282 season tickets.
May 22 - Crew Stadium holds its first soccer double header as the U.S. U-17 squad downs the El Salvador U-17's 4-0 to secure a spot in the FIFA Under-17 World Championship, while the Crew suffers its first loss at Crew Stadium falling to the Tampa Bay Mutiny 1-0 in a shootout
May 29 - The Columbus Crew, Kellogg's and CD 101 sponsor the first non-soccer event in Columbus Crew Stadium when the pop band BoDeans plays a post game.
June 16 - The first-ever Buck-A-Brat night takes place at Crew Stadium. Crew fans devour 14,659 bratwurst.
July 1 - Columbus Mayor Gregory S. Lashutka and Crew President Jamey Rootes announce that Columbus Crew Stadium will host the U.S. Women's National Team in the opening double header of the 1999 Nike U.S. Women's Cup on Sunday, October 3.
July 8 - Brian McBride and Thomas Dooley are voted to the MLS All-Star Team. McBride will make his fourth All-Star appearance, while Dooley will start his second consecutive All-Star game.
July 17 - Stern John tallies a goal and Brian McBride has an assist as the East loses 6-4 to the West in the fourth All-Star game.
Aug. 3 - Head Coach Tom Fitzgerald signs a two-year contract extension through the 2001 season.
Aug. 3 - Crew Stadium is named the site of the 1999 Ohio High School Athletic Association State Soccer Championships. For the first time, every division's championship game will be held at the same venue.
Aug. 4 - Major League Soccer names Don Garber as the league's new commissioner, replacing Doug Logan who had been MLS commissioner since the league's inception.
Aug. 7 - Jeff Cunningham makes his first-ever appearance for the Jamaican National Team, playing against Ghana, in Ghana.
Aug. 18 - Crew goalkeeper Mark Dougherty collects MLS win number 50 and Stern John set a MLS record with his fifth career hat trick in a 4-2 win over NY/NJ at the Meadowlands.
Sept. 1 - The A-League's Rochester Raging Rhinos down the Crew 3-2 in extra time in the semifinals of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup at the Virginia Beach SportsPlex.
Sept. 7 - U.S. Soccer Federation Secretary General Hank Steinbrecher announces that the USSF has renamed the U.S. Open Cup Tournament the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Tournament in honor of his contributions to soccer in the United States.
Sept. 21 - MLS and the Crew announce that forward Brian McBride has signed a multi-year contract with MLS that will keep him in Columbus through the 2002 World Cup and beyond.
Sept. 26 - Brian McBride becomes the first Crew player and the 14th player in MLS history to eclipse the 100-career point plateau after scoring two goals in a 2-1 home win over Miami. His two goals gave him 101 points. The win also set a new team mark for wins in a season with 19.
Oct. 10 - With a crowd of 18,979 in the final regular season home game of the year vs. Chicago, Columbus (MLS' smallest market) finishes the season with the top home attendance in the league, averaging 17,696 per game.
Oct. 12 - The Crew and Major League Soccer unveil the official 2000 MLS All-Star Game logo.
Nov. 13 - The Black & Gold fall one game short of MLS Cup, losing the decisive game three of the Eastern Finals 4-0 at D.C United.
Nov. 15 - The Crew and MLS announce that Stern John has been sold to Nottingham Forest of the English First Division.
Nov. 17 - MLS bans the shootout, changes the game clock direction and realigns the league into three divisions. MLS also announces that "Soccer Saturdays" and a Monday night highlight show will be part of its national T.V. package. The Crew will now play in the Central Division with Dallas, Chicago and Tampa Bay.
Dec. 16 - Crew President and General Manager Jamey Rootes announces that he is leaving the organization to become the new Vice President of Sales and Marketing for the NFL's new expansion franchise in Houston.
Jan. 11 - Crew Stadium is named the 2000 Foremost Sports Facility of the Year by the International Sports Summit. Crew stadium edged out the new Staples Center in Los Angeles.
Jan. 25 - Crew Investor-Operator Lamar Hunt and Hunt Sports Group name Jim Smith the Crew's new General Manager. Smith comes to the team from Ohio State University where he was the Associate Athletic Director for Marketing and Communications.
Feb. 1 - MLS revises its International player rules and expands team roster sizes to 24.
Feb. 6 - MLS holds its first-ever SuperDraft in Fort Lauderdale. Taking the place of the previous college and supplemental drafts, the SuperDraft combined all collegiate, Project-40 and professional players who entered the draft. The Crew trades its first round pick (3rd overall) to Dallas for forward Dante Washington. Columbus drafts four other players, including Columbus area native Christoff Lindenmayer. The MetroStars select UCLA defender Steve Shak as the SuperDraft's first overall pick.
Feb. 7 - The Crew and the 11 other MLS teams open Spring Training 2000 in South Florida.
March 18 - The Crew open the 2000 season on the road against the Tampa Bay Mutiny.
March 25 - Robert Warzycha scores MLS's first-ever regular-season "Golden Goal" to propel the Crew to a 2-1 victory over San Jose in its home opener.
May 3 - The Crew snaps its 13-match winless streak at FRK Stadium, defeating D.C. United there for the first time ever, 2-1, on a Richie Williams own goal.
May 24 - Crew Stadium plays host to its first international exhibition match as German Bundesliga power Hamburg SV come to town, but it is the Crew which streaks to a decisive 4-1 victory.
July 26 - In its second international exhibition match of the season, the Crew plays Newcastle United F.C. of the English Premier League to a 2-2 draw before 18,212 spectators at Crew Stadium.
July 29 - A standing-room-only crowd of 23,495 is on hand as Crew Stadium plays host to the 2000 MLS All-Star Game. Mike Clark, Brian McBride, and Dante Washington all represent the hometown Crew.
Sept. 6 - Matt Napoleon departs for Australia where he will serve as the alternate goalie for the U.S. Men?s Olympic Team at the Sydney 2000 Games.
Sept. 9 - With the Crew already eliminated from postseason contention for the first time ever, a sellout crowd of 24,347 packs Crew Stadium for the the 2000 finale vs. Chicago.
Sept. 13 - Brian McBride departs for England, on loan to First Division club Preston North End F.C. for the duration of the MLS offseason.
Oct. 11 - The U.S. Men's National Team and Costa Rica play to a 0-0 draw in a CONCACAF World Cup qualifying match at Crew Stadium. The second-largest crowd in stadium history 24,430 witnesses the historic event.
Feb. 14 - Crew embarks on its first-ever overseas trip with departure for a 12-day training tour in Germany.
Feb. 21 - Agreement is reached with North American Broadcasting Co. to have Eagle 103.9 (WEGE-FM) become the new flagship station of the Columbus Crew Radio Network.
Feb. 28 - The U.S. Men?s National Team defeats Mexico, 2-0, before a chilled, overfolw crowd of 24,624 at Crew Stadium, in a final-round CONCACAF World Cup qualifying match.
April 4 - The Crew opens its first-ever international competition with a 2-0 loss to CD Saprissa in San Jose, Costa Rica, in the quarterfinals of the FC (CONCACAF) Giants Cup. The Giants Cup involved the confederation clubs with the top attendance marks. The teams played to a 1-1 draw a week later (April 11) at Crew Stadium and Saprissa advanced to the semifinals on aggregate (3-1).
April 19 - Crew launches "5th Major Sport" program, a partnership with the greater-Columbus soccer community to promote the game of soccer.
May 17 - Tom Fitzgerald is dismissed as Crew head coach, after parts of six seasons, and replaced on an interim basis by his top assistant Greg Andrulis.
May 19 - The Crew pulls out a dramatic 2-1 overtime win over D.C. United in Greg Andrulis' debut as head coach. Jeff Cunningham scored the golden goal in the 99th minute after the Crew played the final 32 minutes two men down.
May 29 - The Crew defeats Bayer Leverkusen of the German Bundesliga, 4-3, in an international exhibition match at Crew Stadium.
June 5 - Rookie forward Edson Buddle is named to the U.S. Under-20 National Team for the XIth FIFA World Youth Championship, held in Argentina June 17-July 8. Buddle appeared in three matches and scored one goal.
June 7 - The U.S. Men?s National Team and Ecuador play to a 0-0 tie in an international friendly match at Crew Stadium, with legendary guitarist Eric Clapton in attendance.
June 16 - Dante Washington sets a new club record for points in a game (8), by scoring three goals and adding two assists in the Crew?s 6-1 win over Tampa Bay.
June 24 - The prestigious Ohio All-Star (high school football) Classic is played at Crew Stadium for the first time.
July 6 - The "interim" is lifted from head coach Greg Andrulis' title, as GM Jim Smith announces he will remain at the helm for the balance of the season.
July 15 - Crew "got milk?" billboards go up around greater-Columbus, featuring Crew players Mike Clark, Mike Duhaney, Brian Maisonneuve and Brian West.
July 28 - Mike Clark, Brian McBride and John Wilmar Perez represent the Crew in the 2001 All-Star Game in San Jose, Calif. With his five-point day (2g, 1a), McBride became the all-time leading scorer in all-star game history (6 GP, 5g-7a=17 pts.).
Aug. 1 - The Crew sells the 125,000th bratwurst in the history of its Wednesday Buck-a-Brat Nights.
Aug. 19 - The Crew extends its unbeaten streak to a club-record nine games (7-0-2) with a 1-0 win at NY/NJ.
Aug. 20 - Pop band *NSYNC plays a sold out concert at Crew Stadium.
Sept. 13 - MLS cancels the final week-and-a-half of the 2001 regular season, in the aftermath of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on New York and Washington, D.C. the Crew, whose final two games are cancelled, finish as the No. 4 playoff seed with a 13-7-6 record (45 pts.).
Oct. 9 - Crew forward Jeff Cunningham departs for a loan spell in Germany with Bayer Leverkusen of the German Bundesliga, following an impressive MLS season in which he became the first Crew player ever to achieve double-figure totals in both goals (10) and assists (13).
Oct. 20 - General Manager Jim Smith is named the 2001 MLS Executive of the Year.
Oct. 21 - The San Jose Earthquakes defeat the Los Angeles Galaxy 2-1 in overtime to win MLS Cup 2001 at Crew Stadium.
Oct. 25 - The Crew signs head coach Greg Andrulis, who posted a 12-4-4 regular-season record after taking over, to a two-year extension.
Dec. 6 - MLS announces that its investors committed to funding and operating the league for the next five years, through the 2006 season.
Dec. 9 - Jeff Cunningham earns his first cap for the U.S. Men's National Team in an international friendly match at South Korea. The Jamaican-born Cunningham was sworn in as a U.S. citizen at the Federal Courthouse in Columbus on Nov. 13.
Dec. 16 - The University of North Carolina defeats Indiana University, 2-0, at Crew Stadium in the final of the 2001 NCAA Men's College Cup which kicked off on Dec. 14 with two national semifinal matches.
Jan. 2 - MLS announces innovative five-year broadcast agreement that includes MLS and FIFA World Cup broadcasts, which will air on ABC and ESPN networks. A new company is formed by MLS to manage sales, service and broadcast production for the World Cup properties, which the league purchased.
Jan. 8 - MLS eliminates the Miami Fusion and Tampa Bay Mutiny via contraction, leaving a 10-team league.
Jan. 17 - Veteran midfielder Robert Warzycha is named a player/assistant coach for the 2002 season.
March 23 - The Crew opens its seventh MLS season ? and fourth in Crew Stadium at home vs. the Chicago Fire. The match is broadcast live nationally on ABC.
April 17 - Crew Founder Lamar Hunt announces the promotion of General Manager Jim Smith to the dual role of President/General Manager and signs him to a three-year contract extension.
April 20 - The first annual Connor Senn Memorial Match is played at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium on the Ohio State University campus. The game pits the Crew against the OSU Buckeyes with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the Connor Senn Memorial Scholarship Fund, established after the Ohio State freshman tragically lost his life after collapsing during a game on Sept. 26, 2001.
April 22 - Brian McBride is one of the 23 players named by head coach Bruce Arena to the U.S. World Cup Team that went on to compete in the 2002 FIFA World Cup in Korea and Japan. Crew teammates Brian Maisonneuve and Brian West are named as alternates.
May 6 - The Crew announces a partnership with the American Dairy Association & Dairy Council Mid East for a "got milk?" promotion. In addition to offering milk at the concession stands during Crew games in Crew Stadium, the promotion also features Crew players Tom Presthus, Brian Maisonneuve, Jeff Cunningham and Duncan Oughton sporting milk moustaches on COTA busses throughout the Columbus area.
May 15 - The Crew competes in an international friendly with FC Nurnberg of the German Bundesliga at Crew Stadium, won by Columbus 7-2. May 31-June 30 - Columbus Crew Stadium is transformed into "Cup Headquarters" where the Crew hosts viewing parties for every televised game of the 2002 FIFA World Cup. More than 27,000 people attend the viewing parties, which attract national media attention.
June 5 - Brian McBride tallies the game-winning goal as the U.S. Men's National Team kicks off the 2002 FIFA World Cup with a shocking 3-2 win over world power Portugal in Sowon, Korea.
June 15 - Dante Washington scores the 50th goal of his MLS career. June 17 - Brian McBride tallies his second game-winning goal of the 2002 FIFA World Cup as the U.S. downs rival Mexico 2-0 to advance to the quarterfinals, its best showing in 72 years.
June 24-25 - As a part of the media blitz following the U.S. World Cup Team's successful run in Korea, Brian McBride, along with several of his World Cup teammates, appear on a number of major national television programs, including The Late Show with David Letterman, Connie Chung Tonight, Good Morning America, Live! With Regis & Kelly and ESPN2's World Cup Tonight.
June 25 - Veteran Todd Yeagley announces his retirement due to chronic injuries in his knee and foot. After announcing his retirement, Yeagley joins the Crew's front office as the Assistant to the President/General Manager for the remainder of the season.
June 26 - The Crew plays host to Club Tigres of the Mexican First Division in an exhibition match held at Crew Stadium. Columbus loses its first international exhibition against a Mexican team, 2-1.
June 27 - At Columbus Celebrates Sports, a ceremony held by the Greater Columbus Convention & Visitors Bureau to announce the formation of the Greater Columbus Sports Commission, The U.S. vs. Mexico World Cup qualifier held at Crew Stadium on Feb. 28, 2001 is named the second greatest moment in Columbus sports history. The opening of Crew Stadium is also ranked among the top 20 moments in Columbus sports history.
July 3 - Crew defender/midfielder Duncan Oughton is named to the New Zealand National Team for the Oceana Nations Cup, its regional confederation championship, ultimately won by the Kiwis on home soil. July 11 - Veteran defender Mike Lapper announces his retirement and joins the Crew's front office staff as Director of Soccer Business Development.
July 31 - Brian McBride scores his 50th career MLS goal, all of them coming with the Crew.
Aug. 3 - Brian McBride, Brian Maisonneuve and John Harkes compete for the U.S. National Team in the Pepsi MLS All-Star Game vs. the MLS Stars.
Sept. 3 - Edson Buddle is named MLS Player of the Month for August.
Sept. 8 - The U.S. Women's National Team defeats Scotland, 8-2, at Crew Stadium in the first-ever meeting between the two countries.
Sept. 10 - The Crew comes from behind in dramatic and improbable fashion to defeat K.C., 3-2 in OT, in a U.S. Open Cup semifinal at Crew Stadium, after trailing 2-0 through 75 minutes.
Oct. 16 - Midfielder Kyle Martino is named MLS Rookie of the Year, the first Crew player ever so honored.
Oct. 19 - Jeff Cunningham is named to the MLS Pepsi Best 11 team.
Oct. 24 - The Crew wins its first-ever championship, defeating Los Angeles 1-0 to win the U.S. Open Cup title at Columbus Crew Stadium, behind Freddy Garcia's goal and Jon Busch's shutout.
Dec. - Brian McBride is one of four MLS players featured in the December issue of Vanity Fair.
Dec. 16 - Crew all-time great Robert Warzycha announces his retirement and becomes a full-time assistant coach after spending 2002 as a player/assistant.
Dec. 18 - Brian McBride signs a multi-year extension to keep him with the Crew through 2005 and beyond.
Jan. 6 - Jim Launder, former University of Wisconsin and University of Dayton head coach, is named an assistant coach.
Jan. 10 - Brian McBride begins successful, three-month loan spell with Everton of the English Premier League, which sees him score four goals in eight games.
Feb. 19 - Brian McBride and his wife Dina grace the pages of the 2003 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.
March 7 - U.S. World Cup and Olympic team veteran Frankie Hejduk signed.
March 13 - Veteran MLS All-Star midfielder Ross Paule acquired from the MetroStars, in exchange for Chris Leitch and Jeff Matteo.
April 5 - The Crew opens its eighth MLS season with a 1-1 tie against the defending MLS Cup champion L.A. Galaxy at Crew Stadium on MLS "Opening Day." The game is televised nationally on ABC Sports.
April 16 - Crew defeats Monarcas Morelia of Mexico, 2-0, at Crew Stadium, but is eliminated from the CONCACAF Champion's Cup, 6-2 on aggregate, in the quarterfinal round. Columbus defeated Deportivo Arabe Unido of Panama in the Round of 16.
May 10 - Crew Stadium's Huntington Club is dedicated. Located on the mezzanine level in the southeast corner of the stadium, the fully enclosed, climate controlled, high-end hospitality space is utilized for exclusive group functions during Crew matches and other stadium events.
May 10 - Jeff Cunningham becomes the 14th player in MLS history to score his 50th career goal in a 2-0 win over Colorado.
June 7 - The Home Depot Center opens in Carson, Calif., becoming the second major-league soccer-specific stadium to open in the U.S. (after Crew Stadium).
July 5 - Crew players, coaches and team staff receive their 2002 U.S. Open Cup championship rings in an on-field ceremony prior to game vs. Dallas.
July 6 - The U.S. Men's National Team, including Brian McBride and Frankie Hejduk of the Crew, defeats Paraguay, 2-0, in a friendly at Crew Stadium.
Sept. 20, 24, 28 - Crew Stadium plays host to three first-round doubleheaders in the 2003 FIFA Women's World Cup. The U.S. defeats North Korea, 3-0, before a sellout crowd of 22,828 on Sept. 28.
Oct. 19 - Battling a respiratory infection, Brian McBride comes off the bench to score the 59th and 60th goals of his MLS career, the latter a dramatic game-winner in the final minute of OT at D.C.
Jan. 14 - Goalkeeper Tom Presthus retires months after "Tommy John" surgery to repair a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow.
Jan. 16 - Crew selects Chad Marshall (No. 2 overall) and MAC Hermann Trophy winner Chris Wingert (No. 12) in the first round of the 2003 MLS SuperDraft.
Jan. 20 - Brian McBride transferred to Fulham F.C. of the English Premier League, following eight standout seasons in Columbus.
Jan. 29 - Former New England Revolution assistant John Murphy is named an assistant coach.
Feb. 18 - The Dallas Burn breaks ground on a soccer-specific stadium in Frisco, Texas, due to open in 2005.
Feb. 28 - Defender Mike Clark, the Crew's all-time games-played leader and a member of the team since the inaugural 1996 season, retires.
April 3 - The Crew opens its ninth season by welcoming the MetroStars to Crew Stadium for a 7:30 p.m. match.
May 15 - Crew Stadium celebrates its fifth anniversary with a 4 p.m. match between the Crew and New England Revolution, the same two teams who opened the facility on May 15, 1999.
June 13 - The U.S. defeats Grenada, 3-0, at Crew Stadium in its 2006 FIFA World Cup qualifying opener.
June 21 - Crew specialty license plates, featuring the club's logo, are introduced by the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles.
July 9 - President/GM Jim Smith departs for an executive position with the NFL Atlanta Falcons and Crew Stadium GM Mark McCullers is named Interim GM.
July 14 - Real Salt Lake admitted to MLS as an expansion team for the 2005 season.
July 22 - Crew wins rights to 17-year-old U.S. youth national team star Danny Szetela in a weighted lottery televised live on ESPN News.
Aug. 2 - CD Chivas USA admitted to MLS as an expansion team for the 2005 season.
Sept. 18 - Edson Buddle establishes a new club record for goals in a game, scoring every Crew goal in a 4-2 win over the MetroStars.
Oct. 6 - Crew defeats Chicago, 1-0, to clinch first-ever regular-season Eastern Conference title and run unbeaten streak to 16 games, setting new league record.
Oct. 17 - Crew ties Colorado, 1-1, in regular-season finale to extend its MLS-record unbeaten streak to 18 games (8-0-10) and clinch Supporters Shield, won by the team with the top overall regular-season record (12-5-13, 49 pts.).
Nov. 10 - MLS, Soccer United Marketing and adidas announce exclusive 10-year partnership, making adidas official athletic sponsor and licensed product supplier. The partnership incorporates every aspect of the game, from product creation, to grassroots programs, television rights and retail distribution.
Nov. 12 - Greg Andrulis is named MLS Coach of the Year, making him the first Crew coach so honored, and Robin Fraser is named MLS Defender of the Year.
Nov. 13 - Defender Robin Fraser named to RadioShack Best XI team.
Nov. 17 - The U.S. ties Jamaica, 1-1, at Crew Stadium in CONCACAF semifinal-round qualifying for the 2006 FIFA World Cup.
Nov. 19 - Defender Nelson Akwari and forward Erick Scott are selected by Real Salt Lake in the 2004 MLS Expansion Draft.
Nov. 30 - The Chicago Fire breaks ground on a soccer-specific stadium in the Village of Bridgeview, ulimately opened in 2006.
Dec. 4 - Former head coach Tom Fitzgerald is killed in a motorcycle accident in Tampa, Fla.
Jan. 14 - Jeff Cunningham, the club's career co-goal-scoring leader is traded to Colorado after seven years in Black & Gold.
Jan. 19 - Mark McCullers has the "interim" removed from his title and is officially appointed General Manager.
Jan. 27 - Eddie Carvacho named assistant coach/goalkeeper coach.
Jan. 27 - Crew and the Ohio South Youth Soccer Association (OSYSA) announce multi-year partnership agreement that includes technical development, sponsorship development and promotional opportunities for both parties.
Jan. 31 - Brian Maisonneuve, the last remaining active player from the inaugural 1996 season, announces his retirement after battling ankle injuries for years.
March 27 - Ohio News Network becomes the local TV home of the Crew as part of broader three-year partnership with Dispatch Printing Company.
April 2 - Crew opens its 10th season with 3-0 win over L.A. at Crew Stadium, extending league-record regular-season unbeaten streak to 19 games (9-0-10).
April 15 - MLS announces ratification of the first Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) in league history by the MLS Players Union. Agreement to run through 2009 MLS season.
May 30 - Danny Szetela named to U.S. Unter-20 National Team roster for 2005 FIFA World Youth Championship in Holland by head coach Sigi Schmid.
July 12 - Head coach Greg Andrulis relieved of duties. Assistant coach Robert Warzycha named interim head coach.
July 16 - Crew earns 1-1 tie at Chicago in Robert Warzycha's head coaching debut. Rookie midfielder Eric Vasquez scores the lone goal in his first professional game.
July 27 - Crew defeats Fulham FC of the English Premier League, 2-1, at Crew Stadium in an international exhibition against former star Brian McBride's team.
July 30 - MLS All-Stars defeat Fulham FC of the English Premier League, 4-1, before a sellout crowd of 23,309 at Crew Stadium in the 2005 Sierra Mist MLS All-Star Game.
Aug. 6 - Pizza Hut Park, the new home of FC Dallas and the league's third soccer-specific stadium, opens in Frisco, Texas.
Sept. 3 - U.S. Men's National Team defeats Mexico, 2-0, before a sellout crowd of 24,685 at Crew Stadium in a final-round CONCACAF World Cup Qualifier.
Sept. 16 - Crew Founder Lamar Hunt honored at the U.S. Soccer Foundation's 2005 banquet with its Lifetime Achievement Award.
Oct. 20 - Sigi Schmid named the fifth head coach in Crew history. Interim head coach Robert Warzycha accepts offer to remain as Schmid's top assistant.
Nov. 9 - Captain Robin Fraser, one of the most respected and decorated defenders in league history, announces his retirement.
Nov. 11 - Former Crew star Brian McBride named to the RadioShack All-Time Major League Soccer Best XI team.
Dec. 15 - AEG announces that Houston is the new home of the San Jose Earthquakes. Quakes' name, colors and competition records have been retained by MLS for prospective future expansion team.
Jan. 20 - Crew selects 2005 MAC Hermann Trophy winner Jason Garey with its first pick (No. 3 overall) in the 2006 MLS SuperDraft.
Jan. 30 - Crew names promotion marketing agency Ryan Partnership as its agency of record for marketing services, advertising and promotions.
Feb. 17 - Strategic partnership with AEG LIVE to exclusively book and co-promote concerts at Crew Stadium is announced. The first of those concerts will be The Road & Radio Tour, featuring Kenny Chesney, on Saturday, May 27.
March 9 - Red Bull Company Limited, the Austrian energy drink company, finalizes agreement to purchase the MetroStars and partner with AEG on the construction of the team's soccer-specific stadium in Harrison, New Jersey. With the purchase, the team was renamed the New York Red Bulls.
March 10 - Announces that The Brew @ 105.7 (WBWR-FM), will serve as the Crew's new English radio home.
April 20 - Crew honored with a Central Ohio Emerald Award in the "Partnership" category, by the Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio (SWACO), at its inaugural ceremony.
May 3 - Frankie Hejduk is diagnosed with a torn ACL in his right knee, one day after being named to the USA's 23-man roster for the 2006 FIFA World Cup.
May 11 - Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment (MLSE) and Major League Soccer unveil Toronto FC as the city's newest professional sports team. Toronto became the 13th MLS team and the first outside of the United States.
June 9 - Crew Stadium holds viewing parties for all 64 2006 FIFA World Cup games.
July 26 - The Crew battles Everton of the English Premier League to a 1-1 tie in an international exhibition at Crew Stadium, making its record in friendlies vs. teams from the English Premier League 2-0-2.
July 31 - Fox Soccer Channel inks new five-year programming deal with Soccer United Marketing (SUM) that includes live and exclusive English-language rights to a selection of Major League Soccer (MLS), international friendlies and U.S. Men's and Women's National Team matches through 2010.
Aug. 6 - ESPN Inc. reaches comprehensive multimedia agreement with Soccer United Marketing (SUM) for Major League Soccer rights through 2014.
Sept. 25 - Soccer United Marketing (SUM) reaches comprehensive agreement with Univision Communications Inc. for the broadcast rights to Major League Soccer and other top soccer properties through 2014.
Nov. 11 - Major League Soccer's Board of Governors unveils details of the 2007 MLS competition structure, including the implementation of a Designated Player Rule. That rule allows MLS clubs to sign players whose salary will fall outside of the team salary budget and whose cost above the salary budget charge will be the financial responsibility of the club. A Designated Player's salary charge will be capped at $400,000, but his salary could be higher.
Nov. 14 - Crew Stadium is resodded, with an entirely new natural playing surface being installed for the first time in its nearly eight-year history.
Dec. 13 - Crew Founder Lamar Hunt, one of the most renown pioneers in American sports history, died following an eight-year battle with prostate cancer.
Jan. 11 – Global icon and world-renown soccer player David Beckham signs historic contract with the Los Angeles Galaxy. The 31-year-old midfielder would join the Galaxy after his contract with Real Madrid expired on June 30. Feb. 15 – Crew defeats Real Salt Lake 2-1 in third annual Tom Fitzgerald Memorial Match at the Univ. of South Florida’s Sun Dome.
March 8 – Crew wins the rights to 19-year-old U.S. U-20 midfielder Robbie Rogers via weighted lottery held at MLS Headquarters in NY. March 11 – Crew tops FC Dallas 3-0 in inaugural Lamar Hunt Pioneer Cup, created in honor of late Crew Founder and FC Dallas Investor- Operator Lamar Hunt.
March 20 – Crew announces agreement with Columbus Sports Network (CSN) to broadcast 13 Crew regular season home games, ensuring that every Crew regular season game would be available on TV for the first time ever in 2007. March 22 – Crew announces that for the first time ever all Crew games, home and away, would be broadcast in Spanish.
April 7 - Crew honors late Founder Lamar Hunt on Opening Day with a limited edition commemorative coin. The two-sided coin features the likeness and signature of Mr. Hunt on one side, and the Crew logo along with an image of Crew Stadium on the reverse. The coin is now used for the official coin toss at all Crew home games.
April 19 – Crew signs midfielder Guillermo Barros Schelotto, one of the most beloved players in the history of legendary Argentine club Boca Juniors.
May 9 – Crew acquires forward Alejandro Moreno from Houston. Moreno goes on to lead the club in goals scored in 2007, with seven. May 24 – Frankie Hejduk is named to the U.S. National Team Roster for the 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup, his first call-up since suffering a season-ending ACL tear in April 2006.
June 15 – Robbie Rogers, Danny Szetela and Tim Ward are named to the U.S. roster for the FIFA Under-20 World Cup. June 21 – Frankie Hejduk scores the U.S.’s opening goal in its 2-1 victory over Canada in the CONCACAF Gold Cup semifinal.
June 24 – Frankie Hejduk is named to the 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup All-Tournament Team “Best XI.” June 28 – Eddie Gaven is named to the U.S. roster for the CONMEBOL Copa America tournament. Gaven earns his fourth and fifth caps in the tournament.
June 30 – Crew midfielder Danny Szetela scores the lone U.S. goal in a 1-1 draw with Korea in the U-20 World Cup opener. Robbie Rogers and Tim Ward also start for the U.S. side and play the full 90 minutes.
July 3 – Danny Szetela scores two goals and Robbie Rogers notches two assists in the U.S.’s 6-1 victory over Poland in the U-20 World Cup. July 7 – Crew dedicates Founder’s Park prior to its match against Real Salt Lake. A memorial tribute to Crew Founder Lamar Hunt just south of the Crew Kicker Plaza, the park incorporates existing plaque-on-rock monuments conceived by Mr. Hunt and now features a new layout and landscape design, which was one of his interests.
July 18 – MLS announces that the San Jose Earthquakes will return to the league in 2008 as an expansion team, with an ownership group led by Lew Wolff and John Fisher, principal owners of the Oakland Athletics baseball club. July 19 – Midfielder Guillermo Barros Schelotto and defender Frankie Hejduk are named to the 2007 MLS All-Star Team.
July 23 – Guillermo Barros Schelotto is selected as MLS’ Player of the Week after his two-goal performance against Toronto FC on July 22. July 28 – Crew falls to Aston Villa FC of the English Premier League, 3-1, at Crew Stadium in an international exhibition. AVFC is owned by Cleveland Browns (NFL) owner Randy Lerner. Aug. 2 – Guillermo Barros Schelotto is selected as MLS’ Player of the Month for July, after scoring three goals and notching one assist in four games during the month.
Aug. 31 – Crew sells midfielder Danny Szetela to Racing de Santander of the Spanish Premier League. Sept. 10 – Construction begins on 60’x120’ permanent stage in Crew Stadium’s north end. Sept. 30 – Crew fans sport dark apparel in an effort to “Black Out” the L.A. Galaxy at Crew Stadium. The standing-room-only crowd of 24,300 is the eighth largest home crowd in Crew history.
Oct. 4 – The Crew and ICI Paints announce a landmark long-term partnership that positions the Glidden paints brand as the Presenting Sponsor of the Crew. The most visible element of the partnership will be the prominent placement of the Glidden logo on the front of all Crew jerseys starting in 2008.
Oct. 16 – The Crew and Brad Friedel’s Premier Soccer Academies (PSA) announce partnership to advance youth player development in the state of Ohio and beyond.
Nov. 13 – MLS announces that Seattle will join the league as an expansion team in 2009, becoming the league’s 15th team as a member of the Western Conference.
Nov. 17 – Midfielder Guillermo Barros Schelotto is named to the 2007 MLS “Best XI.” Dec. 18 – MLS announces that each team awarded one additional international player slot, that the distinction between Youth International and Senior International has been removed and that all international player slots will be tradable.
Jan. 29 - Crew names Brian Bliss first Technical Director in club history. Feb. 9 - The Crew Soccer Academy opens its inaugural season in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy league.
Feb. 19 - Crew announces three-year deal with ClearChannel by which News/Talk 610 WTV becomes the club’s English radio home.
Feb. 28 - MLS awards Philadelphia expansion franchise that will begin play in 2010 as league’s 16th team.
March 22 - Crew defeats CD Metapán of El Salvador in an international friendly at Crew Stadium.
March 27 - Crew and Toronto FC announce plans for new competition between the geographic rivals called Trillium Cup, which refers to the official flower of the province of Ontario and official wildflower of the State of Ohio and will be awarded annually to the winner of the regular-season series between the two clubs.
March 29 - The Nordecke is born, as three main supporters groups come together for the first time in the northeast corner of the stadium on opening day.
March 29 - Crew Stadium’s new permanent concert stage is christened by national recording artists Saving Jane, which plays postgame show.
April 10 - Crew and charitable arm, Crew Soccer Foundation, win 2008 Corporate Caring Award in Education category. May 2 - Hunt Sports Group announces promotion of Mark McCullers to the expanded role of President and General Manager.
May 21 - Crew Juniors and Worthington United announce formal youth development club partnership. June 9 - Crew Juniors and Cincinnati United announce strategic partnership whereby Cincinnati United’s premier level (Cincinnati United Premier – CUP) becomes an official youth affiliate.
July 9 - Crew defeats Independiente of Argentina, 2-1, in an international friendly at Crew Stadium. July 10 – Frankie Hejduk and Robbie Rogers named to 2008 MLS All-Star First XI.
July 17 - Robbie Rogers named to U.S. Olympic Team for 2008 Games in Beijing, China. July 18 - Crew Soccer Academy U18s finish third at U.S. Soccer Development Academy (National) Finals.
July 20 - Crew falls to West Ham United of England’s Premier League, 3-1, in an international friendly at Crew Stadium. Aug. 7 - Robbie Rogers and Emmanuel Ekpo begin group play in the 2008 Olympic Games for the U.S. and Nigeria, respectively.
Sept. 2 - Official blog, The Black & Gold Standard, is launched. Sept. 13 - Crew wins inaugural Trillium Cup 5 points to 2, after 1-1 draw with Toronto FC at BMO Field.
Oct. 12 - Crew clinches 2008 Supporters’ Shield with 2-2 tie at Chicago, coupled with the Houston’s 0-0 tie vs. D.C. United. Nov. 6 - Chad Marshall named 2008 MLS Defender of the Year.
Nov. 8 - Crew defeats K.C. Wizards, 2-0, at Crew Stadium to win Eastern Conference Semifinal Series 3-1 on aggregate. Nov. 11 - Sigi Schmid named 2008 MLS Coach of the Year.
Nov. 13 - Crew wins Eastern Conference Championship, 2-1, over Chicago at Crew Stadium, advances to MLS Cup for first time. Nov. 20 - Guillermo Barros Schelotto named 2008 MLS Most Valuable Player.
Nov. 22 - Guillermo Barros Schelotto, Chad Marshall and Robbie Rogers named to 2008 MLS Best XI team. Nov. 23 - Crew earns first-ever MLS Cup Championship, defeating the New York Red Bulls, 3-1, before 27,000 at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. Guillermo Barros Schelotto named MLS Cup MVP after assisting on all three Crew goals, setting a new match record for assists.
Nov. 24 - A raucous, estimated crowd of 1,000 packs the baggage claim area at Port Columbus International Airport to welcome home the newly crowned MLS Cup champs. Nov. 25 - Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland welcomes the 2008 MLS Cup-champion Crew to the Ohio Statehouse for a community celebration. Dec. 2 - Crew exercises option on Guillermo Barros Schelotto’s contract, making the Argentine superstar the club’s first Designated Player.
Dec. 22 - Former Crew standout and longtime assistant coach Robert Warzycha is named the fifth head coach in club history.
Jan. 22 - Former Crew defender Ricardo Iribarren returns to the club as an assistant coach. Feb. 7 - Crew receives Award of Distinction at Touchdown Club of Columbus Annual Banquet, in recognition of its MLS Cup title.
Feb. 11 - U.S. Men’s National Team defeats Mexico, 2-0, before a sellout crowd of 23,776 at Crew Stadium in a final round CONCACAF World Cup Qualifier.
March 18 - Crew signs Dublin native and former Ohio State All-American Eric Brunner.
March 18 - Vancouver granted a MLS expansion team to begin play in 2011.
March 20 - Portland, Ore., granted a MLS expansion team to begin play in 2011.
March 25 - Mayor Michael Coleman announces at Crew media day that Silver Dr. between Hudson and Velma ceremonially renamed MLS Champions Way and unveils street sign.
May 9 – Crew Stadium’s 10th birthday celebrated (six days early) in conjunction with game vs. K.C., a 3-2 Crew victory.
June 25 - Chad Marshall and Robbie Rogers named to U.S. National Team for 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup.
July 2 - Guillermo Barros Schelotto named MLS Player of the Month for June.
July 7 – Crew Stadium plays host to 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup doubleheader, featuring Jamaica vs. Costa Rica and Canada vs. El Salvador.
July 13 - The 2008 MLS Cup-champion Crew visits the White House at the invitation of President Barack Obama for a Rose Garden ceremony recognizing both its championship and longstanding commitment to community service.
July 13 - Guillermo Barros Schelotto and Chad Marshall named to MLS All-Star First XI.
July 25 - Jason Garey scored on a dramatic header from a Frankie Hejduk cross two minutes into stoppage time, completing a second half comeback and giving the Crew a stunning 3-2 victory – and the 2009 Trillium Cup – over Toronto FC.
July 25 – With win over Toronto FC, Crew establishes MLS record with its 19th consecutive regular-season home match without a loss.
July 27 – Crew Soccer Academy 17/18s defender Matt Wiet named to prestigious, national Development Academy Starting XI.
Aug. 18 – Crew defeats Puerto Rico Islanders, 2-0, at Crew Stadium in its first-ever CONCACAF Champions League match.
Sept. 2 - Chad Marshall named MLS Player of the Month for August.
Sept. 16 - Crew becomes first MLS team to win at Saprissa’s Estadio Ricardo Saprissa, 1-0 in CONCACAF Champions League play.
Sept. 26 - Crew extends league-record home unbeaten streak to 22 games (16-0-6) with 2-0 win over L.A.
Oct. 19 - “A Massive Season,” Steve Sirk’s book chronicling the Crew’s 2008 championship campaign, is released.
Oct. 21 - Crew becomes only MLS team to reach quarterfinals of 2009/10 CONCACAF Champions League with 1-1 draw at Puerto Rico Islanders.
Oct. 22 - Crew clinches its second consecutive Supporters’ Shield. Nov. 5 - Chad Marshall named 2009 Defender of the Year for the second consecutive season.
Nov. 16 - Chad Marshall named to the 2009 MLS Best XI squad.
Nov. 17 - Crew head coach Robert Warzycha selected to lead ‘Generation adidas’ tour in South Africa. Nov. 25 – Alejandro Moreno selected by Philadelphia Union in 2009 MLS Expansion Draft.
Nov. 25 - Crew drawn to face Mexican Apertura champion Toluca in CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals on March 9 and 17, 2010.
Mar. 18 - Crew battles Toluca until the end, falling 3-2 in Champions League Quarters. Guillermo Barros Schelotto scored both Columbus goals as it valiantly bowed out of prestigious regional club championship tournament, 5-4 aggregate.
Mar. 19 - Columbus Crew and La Mega 103.1-FM announced that the station would serve as the new Spanish Radio Home for the Crew in 2010.
April 29 - Crew Juniors, the Columbus Crew’s youth development club, and FC Phoenix announced a formal partnership to form Phoenix Crew Juniors (PCJ), providing families in surrounding communities an outstanding local option to be connected with one of the most comprehensive youth soccer models in Major League Soccer and the nation.
May 28 - Work on the first phase of the $5 million project vastly improving the parking infrastructure surrounding Crew Stadium commenced. The portion of the Ohio Expo Center North Lot south of Black & Gold Blvd., east of Korbel Ave. and west of Wilnis Ave. has now been graded, drained and paved. May 29 - Columbus Crew forward Emilio Renteria was voted Major League Soccer Player of the Week by the North American
Soccer Reporters (NASR) for Week 9 of the 2010 MLS season. Renteria supplied two goals for the Crew in as many games played this week, one during the Crew’s 3-1 midweek victory over the New York Red Bulls and the game-winner in their 1-0 win against the Kansas City Wizards on Sunday.
July 13 - Guillermo Barros Schelotto and Chad Marshall were named to the 2010 MLS All-Star First XI.
June 11 - July 15 - Nearly 10,000 fans flocked to Crew Stadium for live telecasts of all 64 games of the 2010 FIFA World Cup. The month-long tournament kicked off on June 11 and became the most-watched ever in the United States.
July 26 - Tyler Pollack scored the game’s lone goal as the Crew Juniors Under-19 squad defeated FC Delco Hammerheads, 1-0, on national TV to win the McGuire Cup National Championship at the Overland Park Soccer Complex, in Overland Park, Kan., where the country’s top teams earned the opportunity to compete in the final step of the 2010 US Youth Soccer National Championship Series.
Sept. 1 - The Columbus Crew staged a dramatic comeback to advance to the 2010 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Final with a 2-1 victory over D.C. United at steamy RFK Stadium.
Oct. 5 - Seattle Sounders FC defended their Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup title with a 2-1 win over the Columbus Crew before a crowd of 31,311 at Qwest Field, which was largest ever for a final in the tournament’s history.
Oct. 22 - The Crew defeated Joe Public FC of Trinidad, 4-1, to cap a successful Group Stage in the 2010/11 CONCACAF Champions League in which it advanced to the quarterfinals for the second straight season.
Nov. 1 - The Crew was drawn to play MLS rival Real Salt Lake in the CONCACAF Champions League Quarterfinals. A pair of all-Mexican match-ups joined the all-U.S. affair in highlighting the quarterfinal stage.
Jan. 28 - The Columbus Crew announced the signing of Jeff Cunningham to a multi-year contract, returning one of the most prolific scorers in league history to the club where he spent his first seven professional seasons.
Feb. 3 - Crew icon Duncan Oughton announced his retirement from professional soccer, following a stellar 10-year career in which he became the longest-serving player in club history. Simultaneously, the Crew announced that he joined the front office as assistant technical director, a newly created role in which he will be involved in a variety of functional areas, including community relations, alumni relations, broadcasting, fan relations and youth player development.
April 13 - Hunt Sports Group extends contract of President and General Manager Mark McCullers for another four years. McCullers, in his seventh full season as General Manager and third as President at the time of the extension, has been consistently steering the organization to substantive growth and progress.
April 23 - The Crew broke another franchise record when it posted the most consecutive minutes without allowing a goal – 414 – between March 19 at D.C. and April 23 at Toronto. The previous record of 373 minutes was set in 2009 from July 25 vs. Toronto to Aug. 30 at New York.
May 17 - The Crew signed its first Homegrown player Aaron Horton. A native of Lewis Center, Ohio, Horton is a product of the Crew Soccer Academy and spent one season at the University of Louisville before turning pro. The Crew would add two more Homegrown Players before the start of the 2012 season.
May 25 - The Crew Soccer Academy announced a partnership with storied youth club Michigan Wolves. With the partnership, the Crew extended its reach in the development of youth talent in the region.
July 6 - Jeff Cunningham broke the Crew’s all- time scoring record in thrilling fashion on July 6 at Vancouver, with a stoppage time goal that also allowed him to tie Jaime Moreno for the MLS all-time scoring lead (133).
July 16 - The Columbus Crew unveiled the “Circle of Honor” in conjunction with the induction of club legend Brian McBride in a ceremony at halftime of the match vs. San Jose. Induction represents the highest club honor and is reserved for only its most iconic figures, whose contributions and accomplishments are recognized with a permanent presence on the west facade within the stadium. McBride was the Crew’s first draft pick in the inaugural 1996 season and went on to have a massive career on and off the field.
Aug. 27 - Cunningham’s 64th goal in Black & Gold was the one that broke the all-time MLS scoring record. On Aug. 27 at Seattle, the veteran forward took a well-placed penalty kick that made him the most prolific goal-scorer in MLS history.
Sept. 1 - The Crew signed head coach Robert Warzycha to a new contract. Warzycha, in his third full season as head coach and 10th on the coaching staff, guided the Crew to the 2009 Supporters’ Shield title, with a 13-7-10 record, and into the quarterfinals of the 2009- 10 CONCACAF Champions League.
Sept. 15 - The Crew launched its “Dare to be Massive” and “Goal 10K” campaigns in an event at Columbus Commons with MLS Commissioner Don Garber, Hunt Sports Group Chairman Clark Hunt, Crew President and GM Mark McCullers and Columbus Mayor Michael B. Coleman. The campaign was deisgned to reinvigorate the community and return the Crew season ticket base to 10,000.
Oct. 15 - The Crew earned its fourth straight playoff berth which matches the club record, first achieved from 1996-99.
Jan. 11 - Fresh off a National Championship at the University of North Carolina, Ben Speas signed on as the third Homegrown player in Crew history. The Stow native also won an NCAA Championship while at Akron in 2010.
Feb. 15 - The Columbus Crew and Perio, Inc. announced a major, long-term partnership that positions the Barbasol brand as the new jersey partner of Ohio’s Major League Soccer club. Through the strategic partnership, the Barbasol wordmark will have prominent placement on the front of all Crew jerseys starting this season. This is the largest sponsorship deal in Crew history.
Mar. 24 - The Crew hosted the expansion Montreal Impact to kickoff the 2012 season at Crew Stadium. Offseason signings Milovan Mirosevic and Olman Vargas scored to lead the Black & Gold to a 2-0 victory in front of 18,197 fans.
May 23 - Justin Meram and Emilio Rentería scored to lift the Crew to its first-ever victory over Seattle Sounders FC at CenturyLink Field in Seattle. The Black & Gold were previously 0-4-3 against former Head Coach Sigi Schmid after he left the Crew for Seattle following the club's MLS Cup victory in 2008.
July 24 - Aaron Horton scored against Stoke City FC of the Barclays Premier League to notch the first tally for a Crew Homegrown player in First Team competition. Minutes later, fellow Homegrown Ben Speas netted the game-winner to help the Crew to a 2-1 win against the English side at Crew Stadium.
July 27 - The Crew signed Argentine forward Federico Higuaín as the club's third-ever Designated Player.
Aug. 5 - Rookie midfielder Kirk Urso suddenly passed away due to a congenital heart defect at the age of 22. Thousands of sympathies from the MLS, U.S. Soccer and University of North Carolina pour in to remember Urso. The Kirk Urso Memorial Fund is later founded to honor his memory and support congenital heart defect research.
Aug. 5 - Country star Jason Aldean set a new Crew Stadium attendance record, drawing over 27,000 fans for his concert during the Ohio State Fair.
Aug. 19 - Federico Higuaín debuted as a second half substitute for the Crew against the Houston Dynamo at BBVA Compass Stadium. The Argentine provided a long ball to a streaking Eddie Gaven to notch his first MLS assist. Higuaín would go on to record three goals and six assists through his first five matches, leading the Crew to a 4-0-1 record in that span.
Sept. 11 - Crew Stadium played host to a 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifier between the United States and Jamaica, drawing a sold-out crowd of 23,881. The U.S. defeats the Reggae Boyz 1-0 to move to 6-0-3 all-time in Crew Stadium.
Nov. 23 - Bowling Green State University and the University of Buffalo play the first-ever NCAA Division I football game at Crew Stadium. Bowling Green defeated Buffalo 21-7 in front of 12,314.
Nov. 28 - Federico Higuaín was voted the 2012 MLS Newcomer of the Year after recording five goals and seven assists in just 13 appearances.
Jan. 11 – U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team Head Coach Richie Williams invited three members of the Crew Soccer Academy – goalkeeper Carter Richardson, midfielder Ben Swanson, and forward Nathan Kohl – to 2013 Spring Residency Roster.
Jan. 17 – With the ninth overall pick in the 2013 MLS Superdraft the Columbus Crew selected University of Notre Dame standout Ryan Finley. In Finley’s senior season with the Fighting Irish, he was second in the nation in both goals (21) and points (46).
Jan. 25 – The Crew announced it had recently been named the recipients of a bevy of awards including: The Smart Business’ 2013 Medical Mutual Pillar Award for Community Service; The Columbus American Marketing Association’s Interactive Marketing, Online Advertising and Guerilla Marketing Awards; and MLS’ Commissioner’s Club Award.
Feb. 1 – The Black & Gold came away with Ghanaian forward Dominic Oduro in a trade with the Chicago Fire for midfielder Dilly Duka and the rights to former Crew player Robbie Rogers. On the back end of that deal, Chicago would eventually send Rogers to LA in exchange for forward Mike Magee.
Feb. 19 – Papa John’s Pizza of Central Ohio along with locally owned hamburger giant White Castle teamed-up with the club to have their products sold at Crew Stadium concessions stands.
Feb. 24 – The inaugural Kirk Urso Memorial Match was played at UNC Greensboro Soccer Stadium slating the Black & Gold against Urso’s alma mater. More than $30,000 was raised for the Kirk Urso Memorial Fund from the match, generated from ticket sales, donations, merchandise sales, raffle and auction items – putting the team that much closer to its 2013 goal of raising $100,000 toward funding a congenital heart defect research grant through the Children’s Heart Foundation.
March 9 – 2012 MLS Newcomer of the Year Federico Higuain and company down Chivas USA 3-0 on the road to win their first game of the 2013 campaign.
April 6 – In the 58th minute of the Crew’s 1-1 tie with Philadelphia, 10-year MLS veteran and two-time defender of the year Chad Marshall became the 46th player in MLS history to surpass 20,000 career minutes played.
May 8 - Longtime Black & Gold legend and Assistant Technical Director Duncan Oughton left the Crew coaching staff to join first-year Head Coach Ryan Nelsen on the sidelines in Toronto. Oughton and Nelson were former international teammates with New Zealand in their playing days.
May 14 – Second-year goalkeeper Matt Lampson added another chapter to his incredibly inspirational journey from cancer patient to cancer survivor as he was named the new local spokesperson for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Central Ohio. The announcement came at the non-profit’s Annual Gala on May 10, which raised more than $275,000 for blood cancer research.
May 15 – The club renewed corporate partnership agreements with OhioHealth, Anheuser-Busch, Cardinal Health, Lifeline of Ohio, Scotts, and added a new partner in Scioto Downs as all parties involved looked to strengthen their respective brand presence in the Columbus community and at Crew Stadium.
May 17, 18, 19 – Crew Stadium hosted the seventh annual Rock on the Range, a three-day concert series featuring names like Alice In Chains, Soundgarden, Smashing Pumpkins, and Korn.
May 30 – The Crew hosted USL Pro’s Dayton Dutch Lions in the Third Round of the 2013 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. Although the team defeated the Lions by a final of 2-1, midfielder Eddie Gaven went down in the 84th minute to a season-ending ACL injury after registering a goal and an assist earlier on in the match to pace the Black & Gold offensive attack.
July 7 – The club teamed-up with CD 102.5 to host international Irish rock band Flogging Molly following its 1-0 shutout win over the Portland Timbers. The concert marked the second consecutive year the band had played a post-match show at Crew Stadium.
July 13 – FA Cup winner Wigan Athletic defeated the Crew 2-1 in an international friendly at Crew Stadium.
July 30 – After nearly 18 seasons at the helm of Major League Soccer’s Charter Club, Hunt Sports Group reached an agreement with Precourt Sports Ventures, LLC (PSV) to sell the operating rights of the Columbus Crew to the Bay Area-based investment management firm. PSV Managing Partner Anthony Precourt assumed the role of Investor-Operator as the club immediately became a part of the privately held investment and management firm’s sports and entertainment business enterprise.
Aug. 24 – The quartet of Chad Barson, Matt Lampson, Ben Speas and Wil Trapp made history as they set a club record for most Homegrown Players starting in an MLS match in the team’s loss at Real Salt Lake.
Sept. 9 – The Crew parted ways with Head Coach Robert Warzycha. Warzycha’s departure marked an end to his 18-year tenure with the club from his days as a player to his various roles within the coaching staff. His 79 wins are tied with former Head Coach Sigi Schmid for most on the Crew’s all-time coaching wins list. In his place, Crew Technical Director Brian Bliss was named Interim Head Coach of the club and would lead the team to a record of 4-4-0 in the team’s final eight games of 2013.
Sept. 10 – Crew Stadium played host to the U.S. Men’s National Team’s 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifier against Mexico. USMNT dispatched Mexico by a final score of 2-0 behind goals by Landon Donovan and Eddie Johnson – qualifying for the FIFA World Cup in the process. The final score of 2-0 was the team’s fourth consecutive Dos a Cero victory over Mexico in Crew Stadium history. The match was the second-most viewed USMNT qualifier in ESPN history (2,243,000 viewers), and combined with the UniMas Spanish-language broad- cast the match drew a combined audience of more than 7 million viewers – second only to the March 26, 2013 match between the USMNT and Mexico at Azteca.
Sept. 21 – Goal-scorer Dominic Oduro celebrates his Crew tally by taking a bite of Papa John’s of Columbus pizza. Footage of the video went viral and a parody sketch was profiled nationally on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.
Sept. 29 – In the club’s 4-2 road win at FC Dallas, the Black & Gold became just the fifth team to reach the 800 goals scored milestone in MLS history. Chad Marshall’s start at center back marked the 250th time he has started for the Crew – extending his club record.
Oct. 3 – After leading the team to a record of 4-1-0 in the month of September, Ghanaian speedster Dominic Oduro was named MLS Player of the Month for the month of September. Over the span of five league matches, Oduro found the back of the net three times – all game-winners – and chipped in two assists to pace the team offensively.
Oct. 9 – The Black & Gold became the first club in Major League Soccer to partner with interactive sports and digital sponsorship agency SportsDigita. The Minneapolis based-tech company who came with an extensive background working with sports franchises like the Cleveland Cavaliers, Miami Dolphins, and Chicago White Sox would assist the club in generating interactive platforms for season ticket and group sales in their new role with the Black & Gold.
Oct. 12 – In his new role as spokesperson for the Central Ohio chapter of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS), Crew ‘keeper Matt Lampson served as co-chair for the non-profit’s Light the Night Walk on the 15th anniversary of the event in Columbus. One of three Light the Night Walk’s held in Ohio this year, Lampson and LLS helped raise over $590,000 for blood cancer research in 2013.
Oct. 22 – Created posthumously to commemorate the life of Kirk Urso back in late 2012, the Crew Soccer Foundation’s Kirk Urso Memorial Fund announced at the annual Crew Team Awards banquet that it had reached its fundraising goal of $100,000 for youth heart health research and programming. Other team awards given that evening included: Barbasol Most Valuable Player (Federico Higuain); Budweiser Golden Boot (Dominic Oduro, 13 goals); OhioHealth Comeback Player of the Year (Bernardo Anor); Defender of the Year (Chad Marshall), Goal of the Year (Ben Speas); the Kirk Urso Heart Award (Eric Gehrig); Breakout Performance of the Year (Wil Trapp); Humanitarian of the Year (Matt Lampson); and adidas Crew Player of the Year (Michael McCloskey, U-15/16; Tyler Kidwell, U-17/18, Connor Klekota, U-19/20).
Oct. 25 – Heartland Bank teamed-up with the club to become the preferred banking partner of the Black & Gold. Founded in 1911 and supported by 11 branches throughout Central Ohio, Heartland Bank’s partnership was the first with a professional sports team in the bank’s century-long history.
Oct. 27 – During halftime of the Crew’s final regular-season game of 2013, team President Mark McCullers announced that the Black & Gold had been named International Organization of the Year by The Columbus Council on World Affairs (CCWA).
Oct. 30 – Crew Stadium hosted the U.S. Women’s National Team as the Stars and Stripes played to a 1-1 draw in the international friendly versus New Zealand.
Oct. 31 – Crew mainstay and 16-year MLS veteran midfielder Eddie Gaven announced his retirement from professional soccer. Gaven departs the club ranking third all-time on the Crew’s career list for goals, minutes, games played and games started. Said Gaven upon his retirement, “I am incredibly blessed to have been a professional soccer player and am extremely grateful to MLS and the Crew for believing in me and giving me the opportunity to fulfill my dream.”
Nov. 6 – Former U.S. Men’s National Team defender and former Hammarby IF manager (Sweden) Gregg Berhalter was named the seventh Head Coach in franchise history. In an additional move, Berhalter was also named the club’s first Sporting Director, overseeing all player personnel decisions following a club restructuring of its soccer operations. With Berhalter assuming control of the Crew’s soccer operations, Interim Head Coach Brian Bliss departed the club after six seasons with the team and Crew President Mark McCullers relinquished his additional role of Crew General Manager to focus on the franchise’s day-to-day business operations.
Nov. 20 – In his first personnel-related decision as a member of the Black & Gold, Sporting Director and Head Coach Gregg Berhalter and the team announced the hiring of former Director of U.S. Soccer Referees Asher Mendelsohn as Director of Soccer Operations and named D.C. United Assistant Coach Josh Wolff to the same position on Berhalter’s staff.
Dec. 12 – The club traded longtime defender Chad Marshall to Seattle Sounders FC in exchange for allocation money and a 2015 Third Round SuperDraft selection. A two-time MLS All-Star in 2009 and 2010, Marshall (2004-2013) departs tied with fellow club legend Duncan Oughton (2001-2010) as the longest-tenured Crew player in team history dating back to 1996.
Dec. 13 – The Crew announced a new partnership with 95.5 The Game, making the station the new English-language radio home of the Black & Gold.
Dec. 17 – The club’s community initiatives are strategically organized under a new platform titled Dare to Care. The Crew’s off-the-field commitment to serving challenged youth, encouraging healthy and positive lifestyles, honoring the military and keeping Columbus beautiful are the main pillars of this program and will be the focus of Crew players, coaches and staff.
Dec. 19 – An affiliate partnership is formed with the Dayton Dutch Lions FC of USL PRO. The agreement between the two Ohio teams enables the Crew to loan a minimum of four players on its Major League Soccer roster to Dayton for the 2014 USL PRO campaign.