Weekly update: Crew to face Rapids

The Crew (2-1-0, 6 pts.) will make its second road trip of the 2005 season this weekend when the Black & Gold head to Denver to face the Colorado Rapids (0-2-1, 1 pt.) on Saturday, April 23, at 9 p.m. at INVESCO FIELD at Mile High. Columbus improved to 2-1-0 on the year after defeating Eastern Conference rival D.C. United, 1-0, last Friday.

Saturday's game in Colorado is not televised locally but can be heard in English on 103.9, TED-FM, or online at TheCrew.com and MLSnet.com.

The Crew returns home on Saturday, April 30, when they face Chicago at 7:30 p.m. at Crew Stadium.

COLUMBUS CREW at Colorado Rapids

Saturday, April 23 - 9 p.m. (ET) at INVESCO FIELD at Mile High

Crew Radio: 103.9, TED-FM (English)

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

A LOOK AT COLORADO

Colorado sits at 0-2-1 (1 pt.) on the year, and tied for fifth in the Western Conference, after a 1-0 road loss at Real Salt Lake last Saturday. Colorado finished third in the Western Conference last year with a 10-9-11 record. The Rapids lost in the first round of the 2004 Western Conference playoffs to Los Angeles, by a 2-1 aggregate score.

CONNOR SENN MEMORIAL MATCH SET FOR WEDNESDAY AT OHIO STATE

The Ohio State men's soccer team will host the Columbus Crew in the Fourth Annual Connor Senn Memorial Match on Wednesday, April 20, at 7 p.m. in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. All proceeds from the match will benefit the Connor Senn Memorial Scholarship Fund, which has raised over $42,000 to date. Tickets for the event are $5 for adults and $3 for children and can be purchased online at www.ohiostatebuckeyes.com or by calling 1-800-GO-BUCKS.

The Connor Senn Memorial Match raised more than $7,500 last year for the scholarship fund, which was started by Dr. Lance Senn, Connor's father and a former member of the Ohio State tennis team. Connor collapsed during Ohio State's match at Akron Sept. 26, 2001 and died that night from a congenital heart defect. A native of Granville, Ohio, Connor was a freshman walk-on defender who had earned a starting position midway through the 2001 season. He saw action in eight of 10 matches, starting five.

The Connor Senn Memorial Scholarship Fund gives two $500 scholarships to one male and one female senior high school level soccer player. The scholarship winners will be announced during halftime of the match April 20. The scholarship fund will become fully endowed once it reaches $100,000. Those wishing to make a contribution to the Connor Senn Memorial Scholarship Fund can do so by sending a check to Kristyn Carman, The Ohio State University, Gift Processing, The Fawcett Center, Room 709, 2400 Olentangy River Road, Columbus, OH 43210 (account #410775).

CREW RESERVE DIVISION SCHEDULE IS SET, FIRST CREW GAME IS SUNDAY IN COLORADO

The Crew and MLS have finalized the 2005 reserve division schedule. Each of the 12 MLS teams will field a reserve division team and play a 12-game schedule (six home, six away) during the 2005 season. All teams will play a minimum of seven opposing reserve division teams at least once throughout the year. The reserve division standings will consist of a single table with the team that finishes in first place at the end of the regular season earning the title of reserve division champions and a $20,000 team bonus.

The Crew begins its reserve schedule this Sunday, April 24, at Colorado. The majority of the Crew reserve games will be at Obetz. The complete reserve schedule is: at Colorado (April 24, Noon), vs. Chicago (May 1, 10 a.m.), vs. Real Salt Lake (May 22, 10 a.m.), vs. MetroStars (May 29, 10 a.m.), vs. Colorado (June 11, 6:30 p.m.), at MetroStars (June 19, 10 a.m.), vs. D.C. (July 3, 10 a.m.), at New England (Sept. 11, 10 a.m.), at Real Salt Lake (Sept. 25, Noon), vs. Chicago (Oct. 2, 10 a.m.), at Chicago (Oct. 9, 11 a.m.) and at D.C. (Oct. 16, 10 a.m.). This schedule is tentative and subject to change.

2005 SIERRA MIST MLS ALL-STAR GAME SET FOR COLUMBUS ON JULY 30

MLS and The Crew announced on March 8 that the MLS All-Stars will face Brian McBride and English Premier League club Fulham FC in the 2005 Sierra Mist MLS All-Star Game to be played on Saturday, July 30, in Crew Stadium (ABC Sports at 3:30 p.m. ET). Crew Soccer Nation members (season ticket holders) will get a priority offer to purchase tickets before they go on sale to the general public. The on-sale date for the general public will be announced in the near future.

U.S.-MEXICO RETURNS TO CREW STADIUM ON SEPTEMBER 3

The Crew, in conjunction with U.S. Soccer, announced on March 9 that Crew Stadium will be the site for the U.S.-Mexico World Cup Qualifying match on Saturday, Sept. 3, at 7:30 p.m. (ET). The game will be shown live on ESPN Classic and Telemundo. Ticketing details will be announced at a later date, but Crew Soccer Nation Members will receive a priority offer to purchase tickets before they go on sale to the general public.

CREW INJURY REPORT

Player              Status     Injury
Stephen Herdsman    Out        Groin Strain
Duncan Oughton      Out        Knee (R)
Ross Paule          Out        Post Concussion Syndrome
David Testo         Out        Ankle Sprain (L)


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