Black & Gold by the numbers: April 18
In his next appearance, midfielder Eddie Gaven will move into sole possesion of third place on the club’s all-time games played list ... Gaven enters the weekend with 203 club appearances, tied for third with Jeff Cunningham ... while Gaven is 18 appearances behind the second-place Mike Clark (221), his teammate in the starting lineup -- Chad Marshall -- enters the weekend on top of the list with 229 games played for the Black & Gold ... Gaven already holds the number three spot on the club’s games started list (192) behind Clark (216) and Marshall (226).
Perhaps it’s something about Robert Warzycha’s halftime speech, but the Crew has come out extra-energized in the second half of matches this season and the team’s scoring has reflected as much ... with one third of the team’s goals scored (3-of-9) in the first fifteen minutes of the second half, the Black & Gold share the League lead with Portland for most goals in the 45-60 minute window of matches ... the Crew also shares the lead with Chivas USA in goals in the window between minutes 61-75 with three tallies courtesy of back-to-back weeks of Dominic Oduro 72nd-minute strikes
Federico Higuain leads the Black & Gold in corner kicks this season with 26 and the Argentine is not far behind the League lead ... Pipa trails only Sporting KC’s Graham Zusi (5 games played, 29 corner kicks).
Saturday’s match will be the 10th regular-season meeting between Robert Warzycha and Frank Klopas ... per the Elias Sports Bureau, the two will be on opposing benches for the sixth time as Klopas holds a 4-1-0 edge over the Crew boss since 2011 ... as players, Klopas and Warzycha met four times between 1996 and 1998 with Klopas posting a 3-1-0 record.