The Columbus Crew, unbeaten in a team-record 10 straight games, host the L.A. Galaxy Saturday
The Crew will look to run their team-record unbeaten streak to 11 games this weekend when the Black & Gold host the Los Angeles Galaxy on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at Crew Stadium.
Saturday's game is also the third annual Faith and Family Night at Crew Stadium. Christian rock band New Method will play on the Crew Kicker Plaza from 6-7:15 p.m. prior to the game.
The Crew are unbeaten in their last 10 games (3-0-7) after a 1-1 tie at the MetroStars last Sunday. The Crew are 7-5-10 (31 pts.) on the year and sit in second place in the East, trailing the MetroStars by just two points (33). Columbus is four points ahead of third-place D.C. United, seven ahead of New England and eight ahead of Chicago. The Crew has played one fewer game than the entire Eastern Conference.
Saturday's game will be televised nationally on Fox Sports World. The game can be heard in English on The New Eagle, 103.9, or online through TheCrew.com and MLSNet.com. It can also be heard in Spanish on AM-1550.
Tickets for Crew home games can be acquired at the Crew Stadium Box Office, at any area Kroger Ticket Master outlet, via phone at 614-431-3600 or on line at TheCrew.com.
COLUMBUS CREW vs. Los Angeles Galaxy
Saturday, Sept. 4 - 7:30 p.m. (ET) at Crew Stadium
National television: Fox Sports World
Crew Radio: The New Eagle, 103.9 (English); AM-1550 (Spanish)
Crew Webcast: TheCrew.com and MLSNet.com (English)
HEJDUK NAMED TO 23-MAN U.S. ROSTER FOR WORLD CUP QUALIFIERS ON SEPT. 4 AND SEPT. 8
U.S. men's national team manager Bruce Arena announced that Crew midfielder/defender Frankie Hejduk is one of 23 players called into camp to train for the upcoming FIFA World Cup qualifiers against El Salvador and Panama. Hejduk will miss The Crew's games on Sept. 4 and Sept. 8 and return for the Sept. 18 match.
The U.S. meets El Salvador on Saturday, Sept. 4, in Foxboro, Mass., at 4 p.m. (ET). The team then travels to face Panama at the Estadio Rommel Fernandez on Wednesday, Sept. 8, in Panama City at 9 p.m. (ET).
CREW STADIUM TO HOST VIEWING PARTIES FOR UPCOMING WORLD CUP QUALIFIERS
Crew Stadium will host viewing parties for the U.S. men's national team's World Cup qualifying matches on Sept. 4 against El Salvador at 4 p.m. (ET), and on Sept. 8 vs. Panama at 9 p.m. (ET). The Sept. 4 game vs. El Salvador is live on Fox Sports World and can be viewed in the Stadium Club at Crew Stadium, while the Sept. 8 game in Panama is also live on Fox Sports World and can be viewed in Crew Stadium's Huntington Club. Admission is free for both viewing parties. Crew Stadium will also host viewing parties on Oct. 9 and Oct. 13.
COLUMBUS RUNS UNBEATEN STREAK TO A TEAM-RECORD 10 GAMES, NOW UNBEATEN FOR THE MONTHS OF JULY AND AUGUST
After a 1-1 tie at the MetroStars on Sunday, the Crew set a team record by going unbeaten in 10 consecutive games (3-0-7). The previous record of nine (7-0-2) was set on 7/4 to 8/19, 2001. Columbus also had a seven-game (4-0-3) unbeaten streak earlier in the year from 5/1 to 6/12 that ranks as the third longest unbeaten streak in team history. The 10-game run also left Columbus unbeaten for the months of July and August.
SCOTT CALLED IN BY COSTA RICA FOR WORLD CUP QUALIFYING MATCHES
Erick Scott has been called-in by Costa Rica for their World Cup qualifying matches on Sunday and next Wednesday, September 8. The Ticos play in Guatemala on Sept. 5 at 4 p.m. (local time) and then host Canada on Sept. 8 at 8 p.m. (local time). Costa Rica lost its first match, 5-2, to Honduras in Costa Rica.
BUSCH TIES CREW RECORD FOR SAVES IN A GAME WITH 12
Though he was not forced into many difficult saves during the Crew's 1-1 tie at the MetroStars on Sunday, Crew goalkeeper Jon Busch equaled the Crew record for saves in a game with 12. The previous mark of 12 was set by Mark Dougherty on June 5, 1999, in a 1-0 loss at D.C.
CREW HAVE MOST POINTS IN LEAGUE OVER PAST 19 GAMES
After starting the season 0-3, The Crew has gone 7-2-10 over the past 19 games with 31 points. The 31 points is tied for the most of any team over their past 19 games. Kansas City also has 31 points over its past 19 games.
COLUMBUS PUSHES ITS MLS RECORD TO 18-STRAIGHT SUCCESSFUL PENALTY KICKS
The Crew have stretched their MLS record to 18-straight successful penalty kicks after Ross Paule scored on a PK at the MetroStars on 8/29. Colorado held the previous mark of 14 consecutive without a miss.
FIVE STRAIGHT ROAD TIES SETS MLS RECORD
With their fifth straight road tie (1-1) on 8/29 at the MetroStars, Columbus set a new MLS record for consecutive ties on the road. The previous record of four straight ties was set by Colorado in 2001.
FIRST COLUMBUS CREW FOUNDATION AUCTION RAISES OVER $5,000
The first fnnual Columbus Crew Foundation Auction that was held August 21, raised over $5,000. All proceeds will go to the Columbus Crew Foundation (501(c) 3), benefiting the Crew's Kicks for Kids program. Kicks for Kids is a partnership program providing Crew game tickets for local children's organizations. It's an opportunity to give disadvantaged children, honor students, and other great kids the experience of a lifetime. The auction was the first of its kind at Crew Stadium and will take place next season as well.
"SOCCER AID II" RAISES OVER $8,000 FOR JDRF
"Soccer Aid II," a unique adrenaline-loaded fundraiser for Juvenile Diabetes Research, raised over $8,000 this year for the Mid-Ohio Chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). The exciting program was launched in the United States by Crew Head Coach Greg Andrulis in 2003, and capitalizes on soccer fans' passion for the sport to raise money for a disease that is very important to Greg and his family, Juvenile Diabetes. Greg's nine-year-old son Austin has diabetes. The concept is simple: Soccer fans bid on-line at TheCrew.com and MatchNight.com for a chance to win autographed soccer jerseys of premier soccer players from around the U.S. and world, as well as a chance to experience the thrill of match day at Columbus Crew Stadium. The winning bidder not only received the autographed jersey, but they got two tickets to the Crew's game vs. D.C. on August 21, a Soccer Aid T-shirt, played a 30-minute game prior to the August 21 game, and participated in a post-game reception with Crew players and staff. The two-year "Soccer Aid" total has eclipsed $20,000. Soccer Aid is fashioned after the highly successful "Football Aid" program from the United Kingdom, which grew out of a father's desire to create an exciting and rewarding way to raise funds for diabetes research. Craig Paterson founded "Football Aid" in May 2001 in the UK. Football Aid is now global with events throughout Europe, raising over $2 million.