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Crew enjoys week off as attention turns to 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa

Chad Marshall

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After a busy stretch that included three games in eight days, the Crew enjoys a week off from training as Major League Soccer begins its mid-season break in anticipation of the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa.

The Crew traveled for a pair of road matches during last week’s action, as it first journeyed to San Jose on Wednesday (June 2) to face the Earthquakes at Buck Shaw Stadium and came away with a 2-2 draw. The Black & Gold pushed from the opening kick, and it paid off almost immediately. In the fourth minute, right back Jed Zayner’s cross fell to the feet of Guillermo Barros Schelotto, who held off two defenders and put a shot on goal. Joe Cannon pushed the rebound aside, but the ball trickled to Jason Garey in the goalmouth, who centered the ball to his right to an unmarked Eddie Gaven for the easy tap-in.

However, the ‘Quakes would equalize less than a minute later, when Arturo Alvarez powered a shot past Crew goalkeeper William Hesmer at the near post. The Crew regained the lead 70th minute when a Schelotto corner kick found the head of Chad Marshall, who rose above a crowd to nod home his first goal of the season. In the 79th minute, San Jose would again respond with an equalizer when Bobby Convey’s corner kick found Scott Sealy, who then headed the ball across goal to Chris Wondolowski for the game-tying header.

The Crew then proceeded on to Colorado, where it fell to the Rapids, 1-0, at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park. In what was a battle between the second and third stingiest defenses in MLS, both sides struggled to create openings throughout the first half and well into the second. The first clear-cut chance of the night came in the 73rd minute, as the Crew poured forward in a counter-attack opportunity. Gaven collected a loose ball and pushed forward with a pass to Steven Lenhart, who then laid the pass off to an open Schelotto. However, the Argentine rushed his shot, pushing the scoring chance over the crossbar. With five minutes remaining on the game, the Rapids would finally break the deadlock when Jamie Smith’s corner kick found the head of a diving Drew Moor for the late game-winner.

With the Crew not returning to the field until June 26 when it hosts D.C. United at Crew Stadium, attention now turns to the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. Crew Stadium will once again serve as “Cup Headquarters” by hosting viewing parties for all 64 games of the World Cup that will be televised live on ABC, ESPN and ESPN2, just as it did in 2002 and 2006.

The games will be shown in high definition on Panasonic HD televisions provided by Best Buy in the Stadium Club tent, located just west of the stadium. Parking and admission to Cup Headquarters will be free, and complementary snacks and Pepsi products will be available to fans in attendance, as will a cash bar and $1 Sugardale hot dogs throughout the tournament. State Farm Insurance, Time Warner Cable, Claddagh Irish Pub, Montgomery Inn and Budweiser are also supporting the events and will be on-site at each of the 64 games.

The 2010 FIFA World Cup begins this Friday, June 11, when host South Africa takes on Mexico at 10 a.m. (ET), and runs through the July 11 final. South Africa is six hours ahead of the Eastern Time Zone and games will kick off at 7:30 a.m., 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. ET. The complete tournament schedule, along with other World Cup news and information, can be found at TheCrew.com/WorldCup.

The World Cup is the most anticipated and watched sporting event in the world. Thirty-two nations qualify for the World Cup Finals, which are held every four years, and they are drawn into eight groups of four. The top two teams in each group, after a three-game round-robin, advance to the Round of 16, which begins the knockout phase of the competition.

Crew Stadium hosted the largest viewing parties in the United States during the 2002 FIFA World Cup, which was co-hosted by Korea and Japan. More than 25,000 people attended the 64 televised matches at Crew Stadium, despite the games being televised in the middle of the night and early morning. Over 7,500 were in attendance for the U.S.-Germany quarterfinal match.

ALL REMAINING HOME GAME BROADCASTS ON ONN-TV WILL BE AVAILABLE IN HD ON TW CABLE
Each of the remaining nine Crew home games being televised by ONN-TV this season will be available in high definition on Time Warner Cable in Columbus. Six of those games will air on HD channel 1310, with three moving to Ch. 1311, which is an add-in HD channel that is used as a sports alternate and only appears on game days as needed. It will become active on the days listed below and the on-screen guide should be updated with the game.

Saturday, June 26         vs. D.C. United, 7:30 p.m. (Ch. 1310)
Wednesday, July 14      vs. Kansas City, 7:30 p.m. (Ch. 1310)
Saturday, July 17          vs. New York, 7:30 p.m. (Ch. 1311)
Saturday, July 24          vs. Houston, 7:30 p.m. (Ch. 1310)
Saturday, Aug. 21         vs. Colorado, 7:30 p.m. (Ch. 1311)
Saturday, Aug. 28         vs. FC Dallas, 4 p.m. (Ch. 1310)
Saturday, Sept. 18        vs. Seattle, 7:30 p.m. (Ch. 1311)     
Saturday, Oct. 2            vs. San Jose, 7:30 p.m. (Ch. 1310)     
Sunday, Oct. 24            vs. Philadelphia, 4 p.m. (Ch. 1310)

CREW, STUDIO 35 TO HOST SPECIAL SHOWING OF “THE GAME OF THEIR LIVES” THIS THURSDAY
The Columbus Crew, Studio 35 and the Crew Soccer Foundation will kick off the 2010 World Cup with a special showing of the 2005 film The Game of Their Lives this Thursday, June 10. The film chronicles the historic win by the United States over England in the 1950 World Cup and should be the perfect way to get fired up for the United States' first game of the 2010 World Cup against England this Saturday, June 12. A portion of each ticket sold for the showing will be donated by Studio 35 to the Crew Soccer Foundation. There will be two showings and the event will include great Crew raffle prizes as well as information on the Crew's World Cup headquarters and the 2010 Crew schedule and special events. Tickets are on sale now to Crew Soccer Nation members for the 7:30pm and 9:30pm showings. Adults: $7.50 - Students: $5.50. Click here for directions to Studio 35 Theaters. Come support the Crew, the USA and the Crew Soccer Foundation next week - it will be the perfect start to the 2010 World Cup in Columbus! Questions on the event can be sent to eric@studio35.com or cwilson@thecrew.com or by calling (614) 447-4143.

CREW TO PARTICIPATE IN PARK STREET FESTIVAL THIS FRIDAY
The Crew will be on hand at the Park Street Festival this Friday, June 11, from 6-8 p.m. The Crew’s station will feature a prize wheel with prizes being awarded throughout the evening, as well as a flat screen television where fans can play EA Sports’ 2010 FIFA World Cup video game on Xbox 360, and defender Eric Brunner and midfielder Kevin Burns will sign autographs from 7-8 p.m., along with members of the Crewzers dance team. The annual Park Street Festival, which runs from Thursday, June 10, through Saturday, June 12, features entertainment, live music, face painting, games, great food and fun for the entire family.

CREW TO PLAY EXHIBITION MATCH AT DAYTON DUTCH LIONS FC JUNE 19
The Columbus Crew will play an exhibition match against recently-founded Dayton Dutch Lions FC of the USL Premier Development League on Saturday, June 19, at 6:30 p.m. at Baujan Sports Field on the campus of the University of Dayton. Ticket information can be found at dutchlionsfc.com. The Dutch Lions, who are affiliated with reigning Dutch champion FC Twente, currently sit in second place in the Great Lakes Division of the PDL’s Central Conference with a 3-0-3 record (12 pts.). They officially qualified for the 2010 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup on May 29 with a 4-1 victory over the Kalamazoo Outrage, and will thus face off against the Rochester Rhinos in their First Round USOC match-up on June 15 at Marina Auto Stadium in Rochester, N.Y.
 
CREW JUNIORS SUPER-20 SQUAD KICKS OFF INAUGURAL SEASON IN USL SUPER-20 LEAGUE
The recently-formed Crew Juniors Super-20 squad kicked off its inaugural season last week (June 2-3) with a pair of victories over Toronto Lynx Juniors at Ultimate Soccer Arena in Detroit. On Wednesday (June 2), the Super-20s defeated the Lynx, 2-1, thanks to goals by Kofi Agyapong and Ben Speas and followed that up with another victory on Thursday (June 3), this time by a score of 1-0, thanks to a strike from Brian Rogers. The Crew Juniors Super-20s are in their first season of competition in the USL Super-20 League, which features over 60 teams in nine divisions. The CJ Super-20s, who are coached by Crew technical director Brian Bliss and compete in the Midwest division, will next take to the field this Sunday (June 13), when they travel to Michigan to take on TKO Premier SC at 6 p.m. at Kalamazoo Soccer Complex.

TUNE IN TO CREWXTRA WEDNESDAY AT 8 AND 11 P.M. ON ONN-TV
This week on CrewXtra, the Crew’s weekly show on ONN-TV, host Beau Bishop will be joined by TheCrew.com video host Ashleigh Ignelzi, Crew TV analyst Dante Washington and Columbus Dispatch reporter Tom Reed at 8 and 11 p.m. CrewXtra is broadcast every Wednesday and provides viewers with in-depth coverage and access to the team every week, including game recaps, breakdowns and previews of the upcoming matches, while interspersing other news, interviews, discussion and features.