Crew News & Notes - May 11

Crew travels to San Jose to face Earthquakes on Saturday

Kevin Burns

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The Crew (3-1-4, 13 pts.) travels to California to face the San Jose Earthquakes at Buck Shaw Stadium on Saturday, May 14 at 10:30 p.m. (ET). The Black & Gold will look to extend its unbeaten streak to eight games on the heels of its 1-1 draw against the Seattle Sounders last Saturday (May 7).

The match will be televised live regionally on ONN with Dwight Burgess and Dante Washington calling all the action. The game can 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. 

The Black & Gold enters the match on the heels of its 1-1 draw against the Seattle Sounders at Crew Stadium last Saturday (May 7). Forward Emilio Renteria extended his streak to four straight goals with a deftly taken penalty kick in the 67th minute. The Crew leads the series with San Jose with a 18-12-3 record. The teams drew both matches in 2010, 0-0 at Crew Stadium (Oct. 2) and 2-2 at Buck Shaw behind goals by Eddie Gaven and Chad Marshall (June 2).

San Jose, which enters a match at Vancouver on Wednesday (May 11) with a 1-4-2 record (5 pts.), most recently defeated the Portland Timbers 1-0 in U.S. Open Cup qualifier on May 4 behind a late goal by defender Ike Opara. The 2010 MLS Golden Boot winner, Chris Wondolowski, leads the team in goals scored with three and the Black & Gold could face former forward Steven Lenhart who played his first full match on April 30 after undergoing a right knee arthroscopy at the beginning of the year. Former Crew defender and Pickerington native Chris Leitch will also be available for selection for the Quakes on Saturday.

The Crew continues its two-game road trip with a visit to MLS expansion team Portland Timbers at JELD-WEN stadium on May 21, at 11 p.m., before returning home on May 28 to host Chivas USA at Crew Stadium.

COLUMBUS CREW at San Jose Earthquakes
Saturday, May 14 – 10:30 p.m. (ET) – Buck Shaw Stadium
National Television: N/A; Regional Television: ONN
Crew Radio: News/Talk 610 WTVN (English); La Mega 103.1 (Spanish)
Crew Webcast: TheCrew.com (English)

MITTS, U.S. WOMEN’S NATIONAL TEAM TAKES ON JAPAN AT CREW STADIUM THIS SATURDAY

The United States Women’s National team will play host to Japan this Saturday, May 14, at 6:30 p.m. at Crew Stadium. The match is the first of three final tune-up matches for the USWNT before it embarks on the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Germany on June 26. The WNT will travel to Cary, N.C., where it will face Japan again on Wednesday, May 18, before the final pre-World Cup exhibition at Red Bull Arena against Mexico on June 5. Tickets to Saturday’s match, which will be televised nationally on Fox Soccer Channel, are still available. The squad will be the 21-player World Cup roster that includes Cincinnati native Heather Mitts named by U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Pia Sundhage this week.

CREW PUB TOUR CONTINUES THIS SATURDAY AT KEYSTONE PUB
The Crew’s Pub Tour presented by Budweiser, the Crew’s away game viewing experience, continues this Saturday (May 14) at Keystone Pub (1081 Gemini Place, Columbus, 430240). Fans are encouraged to join Crew staff and fellow Crew fans as they cheer on the Black & Gold to victory.

CREW SOCCER ACADEMY 15/16s SPLIT RESULTS, 17/18s LOSE AND DRAW IN CHICAGO

Both the CSA 15/16s and 17/18s traveled to Chicago last weekend for matches against the Chicago Fire Academy and the Chicago Magic.  The 15/16s defeated the Magic 1-0 behind a goal by Alex Ranalli and lost to the Fire Academy 1-0. The 17/18s drew the Fire 1-1 with a goal by Zachary Leedom and lost to the Chicago Magic 4-1. Brett Elder scored the lone Crew goal in the loss. Next up the CSA 15/16 and 17/18s  host the Classics Elite from San Antonio, Texas on Saturday, May 14, at the Crew Training Center at Obetz before traveling to Butler University on Sunday, May 15, for a showdown with the Indiana United Academy

ROCK ON THE RANGE RETURNS NEXT WEEKEND

Crew Stadium will host America’s premier rock festival, ROCK ON THE RANGE, next Saturday and Sunday, May 21 and 22, for the fifth straight year. The world-famous festival will feature artists such as headliners Avenged Sevenfold and A Perfect Circle as well as Disturbed, Black Label Society, Alter Bridge and Staind. The ROTR celebration will start early on Friday night, May 20 with a pre-festival Anniversary Party at Crew Stadium, featuring performances from two of the world’s craziest throwback rock artists--Steel Panther and Lez Zeppelin. Tickets for ROTR 2011 are still available at www.rockontherange.com and www.ticketmaster.com, all local Ticketmaster outlets and the Crew Stadium Box Office.

CREW SOCCER ROCKS CONTINUES MAY 17 IN HURON
Select Crew players will travel to Huron, Ohio, for a Crew Soccer Rocks clinic Tuesday, May 17, for the Bay Area Soccer League at Osborn Park (3910 East Perkins Ave, Huron, 44839). BASL participants will be able to learn from the pros and interact with Crew players and coaches in the event which will include an autograph session after the clinic.

MIDFIELDER KEVIN BURNS ON CREWXTRA THIS WEDNESDAY
CrewXtra, the weekly show on ONN Wednesdays at 8, 8:30, 11 and 11:30 p.m., will feature midfielder Kevin Burns this week, along with Crew Radio Man Neil Sika, Shawn Mitchell of the Columbus Dispatch, and host Beau Bishop, as they discuss last Saturday’s 1-1 draw against the Seattle Sounders FC and the upcoming trip to visit the San Jose Earthquakes this Saturday.