Crew can clinch playoffs vs. Metros

Edson Buddle will look for a way past the MetroStars defense on Saturday.

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COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Crew will look to run their team-record unbeaten streak to 13 games when the Black & Gold battle the MetroStars for first-place in the Eastern Conference on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at Crew Stadium. The Crew are unbeaten in their last 12 games (5-0-7) after a 1-0 win at San Jose on September 8.

The Crew (9-5-10, 37 pts.) lead the MetroStars (10-9-6, 36 pts.) by one point for first place in the Eastern Conference, and have played one fewer game than the rest of the East.

Saturday's game can be heard in English on The New Eagle, 103.9, or online through TheCrew.com and MLSNet.com. The game can also be heard in Spanish on AM-1550 WXOL.

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. MetroStars

Saturday, Sept. 18 - 7:30 p.m. (ET) at Crew Stadium

Crew Radio: The New Eagle, 103.9 (English); AM-1550 WXOL (Spanish)

Crew Webcast: TheCrew.com and MLSnet.com (English)

CREW MAGIC NUMBER TO CLINCH A PLAYOFF SPOT IS TWO, CAN BE FIRST TO CLINCH ON SATURDAY

With a 13-point cushion on last place New England in the Eastern Conference, The Crew's magic number to clinch a playoff spot is two points. Columbus needs a combination of two points won or lost by New England to clinch its seventh playoff appearance in nine years. The Crew have 37 points and six games left, while New England has 24 points, five games remaining and can only reach a maximum of 39 points. One Crew win and/or one New England loss would clinch for Columbus, who also own the tiebreaker against the Revolution after winning the season series 2-0-2.

CREW STRETCHES TEAM-RECORD UNBEATEN STREAK TO 12, TIED FOR 2ND LONGEST IN MLS HISTORY

After the 1-0 win at San Jose on September 8, the Crew stretched their team record unbeaten streak to 12 consecutive games (5-0-7). The 12-game streak is tied with five other teams for the second longest in MLS history, trailing only a 15-game run by Los Angeles over the course of the 1997 and 1998 seasons (shootouts included). The previous Crew 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.


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