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After earning yet another dramatic win in the final moments of last Saturday’s (May 15) match against Chivas USA, the still-unbeaten Crew faces a pair of matches this week as it travels to New York Thursday (May 20) to face the Red Bulls in brand-new Red Bull Arena before continuing on to Kansas City for a Sunday (May 23) afternoon match against the Wizards at CommunityAmerica Ballpark.

Thursday’s MLS Game of the Week, which kicks off at 8 p.m., will be televised live nationally on ESPN2 with JP Dellacamera and John Harkes on the call. The battle for first place in the Eastern Conference can also be heard in English on News/Talk 610 WTVN with Neil Sika behind the microphone. The Crew (4-0-2, 14 pts.) trails New York (5-3-0, 15 pts.) by just one point with two games in hand.

New York enters the match after falling to Seattle, 1-0, last Saturday (May 15) at Red Bull Arena, thanks to a goal from Sounders FC in the match’s last minutes. New York is led by Colombian striker Juan Pablo Angel, who paces the club with four goals this season. New York also participated in a Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup qualifying match last Thursday (May 13) and defeated the New England Revolution, 3-0, thanks to two goals by John Wolyniec and a strike from Sinisa Ubiparipovic.

Sunday’s match in Kansas City, which kicks off at 4 p.m. (ET), will be televised live regionally on ONN-TV with Dwight Burgess and Dante Washington on the call. The game can also be heard in English on News/Talk 610 WTVN with Neil Sika behind the microphone, as well as in Spanish on La Mega 103.1-FM, featuring Carlos Cordova and Benny Pietrangelo on the call.

Kansas City, which is currently tied for fifth place in the Eastern Conference with a 2-3-2 record (8 pts.), enters the match after drawing with the Chicago Fire, 2-2, last Saturday (May 15) at CommunityAmerica Ballpark thanks to two second-half goals from Kei Kamara. Kamara leads the Wizards in goals this season with five tallies to his credit, while Josh Wolff and Teal Bunbury share the team lead in assists with one apiece.

The Crew enters its pair of matches this week on the heels of a thrilling 1-0 victory over Chivas USA last Saturday (May 15), thanks to a penalty kick from Guillermo Barros Schelotto in the match’s waning moments. After a Chivas USA foul on the right side, 40 yards from goal, Schelotto sent a lofted free kick to the back post of goal. Chivas forward Justin Braun took down Crew defender Chad Marshall as Marshall skied for the header, drawing a penalty call from referee Jeff Gontarek. Schelotto’s ensuing penalty kick was blasted past goalkeeper Zach Thornton for his fourth goal of the season.

COLUMBUS CREW at New York Red Bulls
Thursday, May 20 – 8 p.m. (ET) at Red Bull Arena
National Television: ESPN2; Regional Television: N/A
Crew Radio: News/Talk 610 WTVN (English)

COLUMBUS CREW at Kansas City Wizards
Sunday, May 23 – 4 p.m. (ET) at CommunityAmerica Ballpark
National Television: N/A; Regional Television: ONN-TV
Crew Radio: News/Talk 610 WTVN (English); La Mega 103.1-FM (Spanish)

2010/11 CONCACAF CHAMPIONS LEAGUE DRAW SET FOR WEDNESDAY, MAY 19
Teams in the CONCACAF Champions League will learn their fate tomorrow (Wednesday, May 19) when the tournament draw will set the Preliminary Round pairings and Group Stage brackets. Seventeen of the 24 qualifiers, including the Crew, already have been determined. The draw at the confederation’s New York headquarters will determine the eight Preliminary Round knockout matches as well as composition of the four, four-team groups. The first leg of the Preliminary Round will be July 27-29 with the second leg a week later. The winners will advance to the six-round Group Stage, which will begin August 17-19. The CONCACAF Champions League is the confederation’s annual club championship which features 24 teams from CONCACAF’s three sub-regions: North America, Central America and the Caribbean. The eventual champion will qualify for the prestigious seven-team FIFA Club World Cup – which annually pits each continental confederation’s champion against the others – in December 2011.

CREW HOLDS DRAW FOR EIGHTH ANNUAL COPA VICTORIA TOURNAMENT
The Columbus Crew is set to host its eighth annual Copa Victoria adult Hispanic-league soccer tournament, thanks to the support of Glidden, Budweiser and adidas. The 24-team, single-elimination tournament will begin on Saturday, May 29, at the Crew Training Center at Obetz and ultimately conclude with the championship game – to be played under the lights at Crew Stadium – after the Crew’s match vs. Colorado on Saturday, Aug. 21. The two-and-a-half-month tournament officially kicked off on Sunday, May 16, as the Crew and representatives from the participating leagues held the official Copa Victoria Tournament Draw Party in the Stadium Club at Crew Stadium. Over 250 team managers and players were on hand to attend the unveiling of the tournament bracket and were later treated to a salsa party, which included dinner and other festivities. Twenty-four teams from four different “ligas,” or leagues, will participate in this year’s tournament, including 2009 champion San Antonio, and for the second consecutive year, the Crew will also present the Copa Victoria Feminine, which will feature eight local women’s teams. The ladies’ championship match will also be played on Aug. 21, prior to the Crew’s match against Colorado. Tournament match days are scheduled for May 30, June 6, June 20, July 11, July 18, August 1 at the Crew Training Center at Obetz (4153 Alum Creek Drive). All of those matches are free and open to the public.

CREW CAREER MILESTONES FOR HESMER, SCHELOTTO
William Hesmer and Guillermo Barros Schelotto continued to move up in the Crew’s all-time record book in Saturday’s win over Chivas. Hesmer’s shutout was the 25th of his Crew career, moving him into a tie for first place on the club’s all-time list, with Jon Busch. Schelotto’s goal was the 28th of his MLS career, moving him into a tie for fifth place on the Crew’s all-time list, with Dante Washington.

CREW STADIUM TO HOST ANNUAL TWO-DAY ‘ROCK ON THE RANGE’ FESTIVAL THIS WEEKEND
Crew Stadium will host America’s premier rock festival, ROCK ON THE RANGE, this Saturday and Sunday, May 22 and 23, for the fourth straight year. Presented by Right Arm Entertainment, AEG LIVE, and Columbus Crew Stadium, the two-day music and lifestyle event will feature over 35 bands on three separate stages. The line-up for the nationally renowned festival centrally located in the heart of the country includes Godsmack, Limp Bizkit, Rob Zombie, Rise Against, Deftones, Papa Roach, Puddle of Mudd, Drowning Pool and many, many more. In addition to the various musical artists scheduled for the festival, ROCK ON THE RANGE also features an expanded festival village, state of the art main stage LED screens, enhanced main stage and second stage sound and light systems, dynamic merchandise and an expanded main-stage field area for fans who purchase Field General Admission tickets. Tickets for ROCK ON THE RANGE 2010 are still available at www.rockontherange.com and www.ticketmaster.com, all local Ticketmaster outlets and the Crew Stadium Box Office.

2010 AT&T MLS ALL-STAR VOTING IS NOW LIVE AND OPEN TO FANS
Fan voting for the 2010 AT&T MLS All-Star First XI is now live. Fans may vote online at http://www.mlssoccer.com/all-star. For the first time in League history, fans may also vote by texting a last name from the ballot to “22442.”  Additionally, fans can text an MLS club name to “22442” to vote for all nominees from that team. Fan voting will comprise one quarter of the total vote for the First XI selections, with MLS players, coaches & GM’s, and media each accounting for one of the other three quarters. The MLS All-Stars will take on Manchester United in the 2010 AT&T MLS All-Star Game at Reliant Stadium, in Houston, Texas, on Wednesday, July 28 (live on ESPN2 and TeleFutura at 8:30 p.m. ET).

CREW, RYAN PARTNERSHIP WIN THREE AWARDS FROM COLUMBUS AMERICAN MARKETING ASSOCIATION
The Columbus Crew and Ryan Partnership, the Crew’s Marketing & Promotions agency of record, won three AIM Awards on May 13 at the annual Achievement in Marketing Awards (AIM), presented by the Columbus American Marketing Association. The awards were for External Campaign of the Year, Collateral Support Campaign of the Year and Print Campaign of the Year.

BARSON CALLED IN TO U.S. U-20 NATIONAL TEAM FOR COR GROENEWEGAN TOURNAMENT
Crew Soccer Academy alum Chad Barson is currently with the U.S. Under-20 National Team in Uitgeest, Netherlands to compete in the Cor Groenewegan Tournament until May 25. Barson, who is coming off a successful freshman season at NCAA powerhouse Akron, and his U.S. teammates play friendlies against Senegal and Korea Republic today (May 18) and May 20 before tournament play begins. In the tournament proper, the U.S. will play abbreviated games with 20 minute halves. On May 22, the team will face Japan, Athletico Mineiro and South Africa. On May 24 the team will play FC Utrecht and Heerenveen, with the semifinals and final set for later that day.

CREW SOCCER ACADEMY TRAVELS TO CLEVELAND-AREA SATURDAY TO FACE INTERNATIONALS
The Crew Soccer Academy once again had a single-match weekend, as it hosted Indiana United last Saturday (May 15) at the Crew Training Facility at Obetz. The 15/16s kicked off the day’s action with a 3-2 setback to Indiana United, with goals coming from Quinn Miller and Rhodes Moore. The 17/18s followed with a 3-0 loss to their counterparts from Indiana United. Both CSA squads will again be in action this Saturday (May 22) as they travel to the Cleveland-area to face Internationals at the Pinnacle Sports Complex in Medina, Ohio. The 15/16s will kick off at 4 p.m., followed by the 17/18s at 6 p.m. The CSA 15/16 squad currently sits in second place in the Great Lakes Division with a 5-2-2 record (10-6-2 overall), while the 17/18s are currently third in the Great Lakes with a 4-4-1 record (9-6-3 overall).