Ross Paule (right) and Chris Armas (left) will battle for control of the midfield.
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Chicago, Colorado on Crew agenda

COLUMBUS, O.H. - The Columbus Crew will play a pair of games this week, starting with a U.S. Open Cup Round of 16 game vs. the Chicago Fire on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. at Crew Stadium.

The Crew advanced to the Open Cup Round of 16 with a 2-1 win over the A-League's Syracuse Salty Dogs on June 30 at Crew Stadium. Crew midfielder Ross Paule tallied a stoppage-time penalty kick for the game-winner, after midfielder Kyle Martino was taken down just inside the box. Tickets for the Round of 16 game vs. Chicago are priced at regular MLS Crew pricing, and are also included in the full-season ticket package as "International Game." Tickets are currently on sale.

After the Open Cup match-up on Tuesday, Columbus heads west to face the Colorado Rapids on Saturday, at 5 p.m. at Invesco Field at Mile High. Saturday's game will be televised live nationally on ESPN2.

The Crew are unbeaten in their last three MLS games (1-0-2) after a 1-1 tie vs. New England last Saturday. The Crew is 5-5-5 (20 pts.) on the year and in third place in the Eastern Conference, just three points behind the first-place MetroStars, and one point behind second-place D.C. United in the tightly packed East. Columbus has played two fewer games than the rest of the East.

Colorado is in third place in the West with a 5-5-7 record and 22 points. Colorado travels to Dallas on Tuesday to face the Burn in the U.S. Open Cup Round of 16.

Tuesday and Saturday's games can be heard in English on The New Eagle, 103.9, or online through and Tuesday's game is also on

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

COLUMBUS CREW vs. Chicago Fire (USOC Round of 16)
Tuesday, July 20 - 7:30 p.m. (ET) at Crew Stadium
Crew Radio: The New Eagle, 103.9 (English)
Crew Webcast:,,

COLUMBUS CREW at Colorado Rapids
Saturday, July 24 - 5 p.m. (ET) at Invesco Field at Mile High
National television: ESPN2; Crew Radio: The New Eagle, 103.9 (English)
Crew Webcast: and

Crew forward Erick Scott is part of the 25-man roster that has been called into training camp by the Costa Rican under-23 national team as they prepare for the 2004 Summer Olympics in Greece. Scott left for Costa Rica Sunday,(July 18, and 18 players will later be named to the final roster to travel to Greece. Costa Rica is in Group D in the Olympics with Morocco, Iraq and Portugal. They will face Morocco on Aug. 12, Iraq on Aug. 15 and Portugal on Aug. 18. If named to the final 18-man roster, Scott will miss up to five MLS games and one Open Cup game.

The Crew's 1-1 tie vs. New England on Saturday clinched the season series for the Black & Gold against the Revolution. Columbus is 2-0-1 (7 points to 1) on the year vs. New England with just one game left between the two East rivals. The Crew would own the tiebreaker against the Revs if the two teams are tied at the end of the year.

The Crew's weekly radio show on 1460 The Fan, "Added Time With The Crew," is hosted by Dwight Burgess and airs from 7-7:30 p.m. every Tuesday. Fans can call 614-821-1460 to join in the show. This week's show will feature Crew head coach Greg Andrulis, a Crew player and one other guest.

Columbus Crew specialty Ohio license plates are now on sale. The plates feature the logo of the Columbus Crew, Ohio's only Major League Soccer team. The plates cost $35 in addition to standard license plate renewal fees, with $25 going to the Sports Commission and $10 going to the State of Ohio. The specialty plates can also be personalized with up to six characters for an additional $35. The specialty plates are available at any Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicle office or at Registration forms can also be obtained by calling 888-752-8373.

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