Black & Gold Bullets: October 28

Monday's headlines heading into the offseason

Anthony Precourt

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Greg Bartram

Michael Arace of The Columbus Dispatch writes about the optimism that surrounds the Crew headed into the offseason following the regular-season finale yesterday. Wrote Arace, “There is opportunity here, and you could feel it in Crew Stadium yesterday … the atmosphere was upbeat, if not buoyant. There is a new owner in town, and he was on the premises. A new coach is coming. The feeling is better than it was a year ago, that is for sure.”

Sunday saw the Crew’s 2013 campaign come to a close as the Black & Gold fell at home to the New England Revolution by a final score of 1-0. In what was a physical game for both sides, a 28th minute goal from Juan Agudelo proved to be the deciding factor in what was otherwise a closely contested match. Andrew King of MLSsoccer.com has the full match recap and analysis of the Black & Gold’s regular-season finale.

During halftime of the Columbus-New England game, Crew President and General Manager Mark McCullers announced that the team was named the International Organization of the Year by the The Columbus Council on World Affairs (CCWA). The award symbolizes the team’s commitment to cultivating both international and local relationships with stakeholders through the game of soccer and they join past recipients such as the City of Columbus, Cardinal Health, and Battelle as other local organizations to receive the prestigious honor. TheCrew.com has the official release and discusses why the area’s strong soccer culture has allowed the team to be brand ambassadors for the Greater Columbus Area on an international level.

When Crew Investor-Operator and Chairman Anthony Precourt acquired the Crew back on July 31 he made it clear from the get-go: he is here to win. Precourt has had active hands in his team’s head coaching search and day-to-day operations in the front office. In a phone interview with Adam Jardy of The Columbus Dispatch on Friday, Precourt made his intentions clear that finding the right head coach “is [his] biggest priority” and that he wants “this to be the best decision for Columbus going forward.”

Ahead of its upcoming trip to Columbus on Wednesday night, the U.S. Women’s National Team hung four goals on New Zealand in a 4-1 win in Candlestick Park in San Francisco. Paced by forward Christen Press – one goal and one assist – the No. 1 ranked team in the world moved to 12-0-3 in 2013. With a chance to move to 11-0-1 all-time versus New Zealand in Crew Stadium Wednesday, USsoccer.com recaps how the USWNT was able to find success en route to victory Sunday night.

Dominic Oduro’s long journey to MLS is profiled by Anthony Zillis of MLSsoccer.com. While the Ghanaian is praised for leading the Black & Gold in goals during the 2013 season, Crew fans reading this article will learn a lot more about the goal-scorer and how his path may never have led to soccer.