Black & Gold Bullets: September 23
· After Saturday’s impressive win over rivals the Chicago Fire, the Crew has now won three of four and sits two points back of New England for the fifth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. MLSsoccer.com’s Andrew King recaps how Columbus was able to take advantage of the short-handed Fire.
· The Black & Gold jumped out to an early 1-0 lead over Chicago behind a 15th minute goal by forward Dominic Oduro – his team-leading 11th goal on the year. While the goal was impressive in its own right, people were buzzing about Oduro’s unique sideline celebration seen on MLSsoccer.com.
· Following the match, Interim Head Coach Brian Bliss moved to 3-1-0 after taking over as the team’s new manager. Leading up to the match, Adam Jardy of The Columbus Dispatch examines what the Crew brass might be looking for in their long-term head coaching plans and why Bliss isn’t sure what will determine his future.
· When the U.S. Men’s National Team defeated Mexico back on September 10, they moved to 7-0-1 all-time at Columbus Crew Stadium. Just as the venue has become a safe haven for the Men’s National Team, the U.S. Women’s National Team has also gone unbeaten in Columbus with a record of 4-0-1. Last week, U.S. Soccer announced that Crew Stadium would host the women’s national team in an upcoming friendly against New Zealand on October 30. Read the official release here.