Weekly update: Must-win at home
The Crew returns home this weekend to take on the Chicago Fire on Saturday, September 17, at 7:30 p.m. (ET) at Columbus Crew Stadium.
Saturday's game matches The Crew with the fourth-place team from the Eastern Conference, allowing them a chance to pick up more points in the race for the final playoff spot in the same conference. The team is currently 12 points away from the fourth and final playoff spot with just seven games remaining.
The Crew (9-13-3, 30 pts.) is 5-3-1 under Interim Head Coach Robert Warzycha after losing to the New England Revolution, 3-1, on the road in Foxboro on Saturday. Chicago (13-10-3, 42 pts.) sits in fourth place in the Eastern Conference after a 2-1 victory over the L.A. Galaxy on the road on Sunday, September 4.
Saturday's game will be televised nationally on HDNet, in high definition. It can be heard in English on 103.9, TED-FM, or in Spanish on AM-1550, Radio Sol. It can also be heard in English and Spanish on-line at TheCrew.com and MLSnet.com.
Tickets for Crew home games can be acquired at the Crew Stadium Box Office, at any area Ticket Master outlet, via phone at 614-431-3600 or on line at TheCrew.com.
COLUMBUS CREW vs. Chicago Fire
Saturday, September 17 - 7:30 p.m. (ET) at Crew Stadium
National Television: HDNet (High Definition)
Crew Radio: 103.9, TED-FM (English); AM-1550, Radio Sol (Spanish)
Crew Webcasts: TheCrew.com and MLSnet.com (English and Spanish)
CREW WEEKLY SCHEDULE
DAY DATE EVENT TIME (ET) Tues. September 13 Training at Crew Stadium 10:00 a.m. Wed. September 14 Training at Obetz 10:00 a.m Thurs. September 15 Training at Obetz 10:00 a.m. Fri. September 16 Training at Obetz 10:00 a.m. Sat. September 17 Crew vs. Chicago Fire - Crew Stadium 7:30 p.m.
CREW RESERVES FALL 3-2 TO REVOLUTION RESERVES
The Crew Reserves lost 3-2 to the Revolution Reserves on Sunday in Boston. Knox Cameron and Devin Barclay scored for The Crew who played a man down for 70 minutes after a Domenic Mediate red card in the 20th minute.
ADDED TIME WITH THE CREW SET FOR TUESDAY AT 7 P.M. ON 1460 THE FAN
Added Time With The Crew, The Crew's half-hour radio show on 1460 The Fan, will air this Tuesday, September 13, from 7-7:30 p.m.
HERDSMAN SURGERY SET FOR WEDNESDAY
After missing 17 games with a groin injury, Stephen Herdsman will undergo season-ending surgery on Wednesday, September 14. The surgery entails a right adductor release and pelvic floor repair. Herdsman had the same surgery on his left groin area last season.
BREW WITH THE CREW SET FOR THURSDAY FROM 7-9 P.M. AT ADOBE GILA'S
Crew fans can join The Crew and CD101 this Thursday from 7-9 p.m. for Brew With The Crew at Adobe Gila's at Easton. Crew goalkeeper Matt Jordan will be on hand for the festivities.
SECOND ANNUAL CREW SOCCER FOUNDATION SILENT AUCTION ON TAP FOR SATURDAY
Crew General Manager Mark McCullers announced that the Second Annual Crew Soccer Foundation Silent Auction will be held on Saturday, September 17, in conjunction with The Crew's 7:30 p.m. game vs. Chicago that evening.
The auction will take place in the Stadium Club tent located on the west side of Crew Stadium beginning at 6 p.m., when gates open for the game, and running for an hour and a half until the game kicks off at 7:30 p.m. It will then close at 7:30 p.m. for the duration of the game, before resuming for another 45 minutes following the game.
All proceeds will go to the Crew Soccer Foundation, the club's charitable arm [501(c)(3)], whose initiatives include the successful Kicks for Kids program - now in its eighth season - which affords deserving children, who might not otherwise have the opportunity, the chance to attend Crew home games.
The auction, coordinated by Crew assistant coach/director of soccer business Mike Lapper, will provide an opportunity for fans to bid on some fabulous, unique items and packages. In addition to priceless soccer memorabilia, there will also be a wide variety of auction items from a great many supporting organizations and companies.
Among the items that have been donated to the auction so far are framed jerseys from soccer stars Brad Friedel, Freddy Adu, and Tony Meola; Golf foursomes to some of the finest private golf courses in central Ohio; Romantic packages, including hotel stays and fine dining gift certificates; Getaway packages; gift baskets and many more great packages.
The Crew Soccer Foundation is dedicated to giving back to the community that supports Ohio's Major League Soccer club, by serving as a catalyst for community investment and development. Leveraging the club's unique status as the state's - and region's - acknowledged soccer leader, the CSF works to advance the sport at all levels and enrich the overall quality of life in central Ohio and beyond, with an emphasis on developing the potential of our area's young people.
Fans must be present to participate and cash, check, Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express will be accepted. For more information on the Crew Soccer Foundation, please contact Dave Stephany, executive director, at 614-447-4190 or DStephany@thecrew.com.
CREW TO HOLD OPEN TRYOUTS ON OCTOBER 8 AT OBETZ
Columbus Crew General Manager Mark McCullers announced that the club will hold open tryouts for the 2006 season on Saturday, October 8, at the Crew Training Center at Obetz.
The tryout will be an all-day affair, with registration beginning at 7 a.m. and the evening session ending at 6 p.m. Select members of the Crew coaching staff will be in attendance throughout the day to assess and evaluate the entire player pool. As part of that evaluation process, the coaching staff will reserve the right to dismiss candidates at any time throughout the day. College players will not be eligible to participate in the tryout. There is no pre-registration, just show up on the day of the tryout.
All tryout participants will receive a tryout shirt that is theirs to keep. There will be a $50 administrative fee per player, which must be paid in cash or check prior to the first training session. All proceeds from participation in the Crew open tryout will benefit the club's charitable arm, the Crew Soccer Foundation.
Individuals wishing to try out are solely responsible for any and all accommodations and transportation they deem necessary. They are also responsible for their own training gear, such as cleats and shin guards and anything else they might need to perform to the best of their abilities. Players must also bring their own ball.
For further information, interested players are encouraged to e-mail Mike Lapper, Crew assistant coach and Director of Soccer Business Development, at email@example.com or call 614-447-4141.
CREW INJURY REPORT
Player Status Injury Ryan Kelly Out Knee Sprain (R) Stephen Herdsman Out for the year Groin (L) Jon Busch Out for the year Knee (R) Duncan Oughton Out for the year Knee (R) Ross Paule Out for the year Post Concussion Syndrome