Crew News & Notes - April 5

Crew travels to the Home Depot Center to face Chivas USA Saturday

Crew vs. Chivas USA

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Victor Decolongon (Getty Images)

On the heels of its 2-0 victory over FC Dallas last Friday, the Crew (1-1-1, 4 pts.) looks to continue its positive run as it travels to the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. for another Western-Conference matchup against Chivas USA (0-2-1, 1 pt.), this Saturday (April 9) at 10:30 p.m. (ET).

The match will be televised live regionally on ONN with Dwight Burgess and Duncan Oughton calling all the action. The game can also be heard in English on News/Talk 610 WTVN and on-line at TheCrew.com, with Neil Sika behind the microphone, and in Spanish on La Mega 103.1, with Carlos Cordova and Benny Pietrangelo on the call.

Chivas USA enters the match winless and first-year coach Robin Fraser hopes to reverse the Goats’ fortunes. Fraser – who was the 2004 MLS Defender of the Year as a member of the Crew – will rely on former Crew forward Alejandro Moreno’s firepower after Moreno gave Chivas an early lead in its 1-1 draw against Toronto on Saturday.

The Crew’s record in 12 matches against Chivas is 4-6-2 and a Black & Gold win at the Home Depot Center would be its first in six contests vs. the Goats in California. Last season, the teams split the series with a 1-0 victory at Crew Stadium for the Black & Gold (5/10) and a 3-1 win for Chivas in Carson (7/31).

With his next goal, Crew forward Jeff Cunningham will become the club's all-time leading goal scorer, a designation he currently shares with Brian McBride (62). Cunningham enters the match against his most recent former team with 132 career goals scored, which is just one behind all-time MLS leading scorer Jaime Moreno.

COLUMBUS CREW at Chivas USA
Saturday, April 9  – 10:30 p.m. (ET) – The Home Depot Center
National Television: N/A  Regional Television: ONN
Crew Radio: News/Talk 610 WTVN (English); La Mega 103.1 (Spanish)
Crew Webcasts: TheCrew.com (English)

AWAY GAME VIEWING PARTY AT FADO IRISH PUB THIS SATURDAY
The Crew will host a viewing party this Saturday (April 9) at Fado Irish Pub (4022 Townsfair Way Columbus, OH 43219), the second stop in the Crew’s new Pub Watch Party Tour presented by Budweiser. Kickoff is slated for 10:30 p.m. (ET), as the Crew takes on Chivas USA on ONN. Everyone is encouraged to join their fellow Crew fans and have a chance to win some great Crew prizes.

CHAD MARSHALL NAMED TO TEAM OF THE WEEK FOR SECOND STRAIGHT WEEK
Black & Gold captain Chad Marshall was named to the MLSsoccer.com Best XI for the second straight week. Marshall was named for his stellar performance in the Crew’s 2-0 win over FC Dallas in the first leg of the Lamar Hunt Pioneer Cup at Crew Stadium last Friday.

CREW SOCCER ROCKS KICKS OFF APRIL 12 AT CUSA IN CENTERVILLE
Several members of the Crew will travel to Centerville for the first Crew Soccer Rocks clinic of the 2011 season on Tuesday, April 12, from 6-8:45 p.m., at Oak Grove Park. More than 800 youth are expected to participate in the event, which will also include a post-clinic autograph signing.

U.S. U20 NATIONAL TEAM QUALIFIES FOR CONCACAF U20 CHAMPIONSHIPS QUARTERFINALS
The United States Under-20 National Team defeated Panama 2-0 on April 2 to advance to the quarterfinals of the CONCACAF U20 Championship in Guatemala City. Crew defender Korey Veeder is with the U20s for the tournament, which also serves as the U-20 FIFA World Cup qualifier later this year, though he has yet to see action. The U20s will next face tournament host Guatemala on Wednesday, April 6, at 10 p.m.

CREW SOCCER ACADEMY 15/16s DEFEAT INDIANA UNITED, 17/18S BATTLE TO SCORELESS DRAW
The Crew Soccer Academy 15/16s and 17/18s hosted their Indiana United Academy counterparts at the Crew Training Center at Obetz on Saturday, April 2. The 15/16s won their match, 3-0, behind goals by Jeremy Fernandes, Thomas Harr and Jared Robinson. The 17/18s held Indiana United to a scoreless draw. Next up for the Crew’s elite youth program is a visit from the Cleveland Internationals Academy the Saturday, April 9.

CREW JUNIORS U13 GOLD RETURN FROM 10-DAY TRIP TO ENGLAND
The Crew Juniors U13 Gold team has returned from a 10-day trip the England where it took in some sights, some international friendlies at Emirates Stadium and Wembley Arena and participated in matches against local U13 and U14 squads. Matches included visits to Notts County U13 Academy team, Market Bosworth High School U14s as well as Leicester City U13s  and Northampton School For Boys U14s.

INSIDE THE CREW RADIO SHOW DEBUTS ON ESPN 1460 COLUMBUS TUESDAY
The Crew and RadiOhio are launching a new weekly magazine show called “Inside the Crew” tonight – Tuesday, April 5, from 8-9 p.m. – on 1460 ESPN Columbus. It is hosted by radio play-by-play man Neil Sika and TV color analyst Duncan Oughton and will air every Tuesday at that time. The debut show will feature Crew technical director Brian Bliss, former Crew star and current Chivas USA coach Robin Fraser, Crew midfielder Eddie Gaven, and FC Dallas color analyst Bobby Rhine.

GOALKEEPER WILLIAM HESMER ON CREWXTRA THIS WEDNESDAY
CrewXtra, the weekly show on ONN Wednesdays at 8, 8:30, 11 and 11:30 p.m., will feature goalkeeper William Hesmer this week, along with Crew radio man Duncan Oughton and Shawn Mitchell of the Columbus Dispatch, as they discuss last Friday’s win over FC Dallas and the upcoming trip to the Home Depot Center this Saturday with host Beau Bishop.