Black & Gold Bullets: September 30
• Last night, the Crew continued their winning ways with a huge 4-2 win on the road at FC Dallas. With the victory, the Black & Gold passed the Chicago Fire and New England Revolution in the standings and now sit just one point back of the Philadelphia Union for the final playoff spot in the east. MLSsoccer.com’s Andrew King profiles what the wins mean moving forward and why Interim Head Coach Brian Bliss believes, “the ball’s in our court.”
• For six years Brian Bliss served as the Crew’s first Technical Director – a job with a bit more security than a head coaching position. While Bliss knows that the role of the coach is never a permanent appointment across any professional sport, he is open to the challenge and wants to be the next Crew Head Coach. In an interview with The Columbus Dispatch’s Adam Jardy, Bliss explains why he “has more to offer on the field” as a head coach than as a technical director.
• During the Crew’s most recent home game, 9-year-old sports beat writer Christian Deiss of the Putnam Standard (WV) got the chance to visit Crew Stadium and cover the Black & Gold’s 3-0 win over the Chicago Fire. Deiss, an aspiring pro soccer player himself, caught up with Crew rookie Dan Withrow – a former standout at Marshall University in West Virginia – to find out just what it takes to make it in the big leagues.
• Only a month into their three-year network television deal with the English Premiere League, NBC Sports is already making noise on the ratings front. With an average of nearly 391,000 viewers per match through their first 22 broadcasts, they trail only Fox Sports 1 and ESPN in viewership. Richard Sandomir of The New York Times examines the network’s cable success and how it has helped out the MLS in the process.