Columbus Crew Schedule in 2014
The Columbus Crew are ready to hit the field this season and take on all of the
best teams in Major League Soccer. The Crew look to have some real potential to put together an impressive season in 2014
if things go well for this squad. Columbus calls the Eastern Conference home, and while the team was unable to reach the postseason
in 2013, hope springs anew this season. This team will be fighting hard all season long with the goal of making the playoffs
on their minds. There are some huge home matchups coming their way this season, and victories in some of those contests could
make or break the team's season. It should be an exhilarating ride in 2014, and you can be there in person when the Crew take
on a top team.
The Crew will definitely look to play up to their potential when Sporting Kansas City visits this season.
Sporting Kansas City went all the way last season, taking home the MLS Cup title, so now any team that defeats them will be
seen as a contender in the Eastern Conference. Columbus would also get a major boost in confidence from a victory against
The team will also have a tough game coming their way any time the New England Revolution hit the field
at Columbus Crew Stadium this season. The Revolution finished with the third-best record in the conference last season, so
the Crew know that they're going to have to step up their game to take them down.
Columbus Crew History
Columbus Crew play in the MLS, or Major League Soccer, which is the premiere soccer league in the United States and Canada
and is also a member of CONCACAF. Nineteen teams in the league compete during the regular season which begins each March hoping
to earn a spot in the postseason. Each team plays thirty four regular season games with the regular season champion being
awarded the Supporters' Shield. The top ten teams advance to the playoffs with the last two teams playing in the MLS Cup in
December. The first season of the MLS was in 1996 with ten charter members of which the Columbus Crew was one. Plans for establishing
the league began as far back as 1988 when U.S. Soccer made an agreement with FIFA to have plans to get a Division I professional
soccer league in place in order to be allowed to host the 1994 World Cup. The league is granted a spot for three American
teams in the CONCACAF Champions League while another team has the chance to qualify via the U.S. Open Cup. Year after year
MLS gains more fans and it stands as one of the five major professional sports leagues in the United States and Canada.
Columbus Crew Rivalries
One of the chief rivals of the Columbus Crew is the New York Red Bulls. Another Eastern
Conference MLS team, the Red Bulls and the Crew brought their rivalry to a new level when they faced off against one another
in the 2008 MLS Cup which the Crew won 3 to 1. Since then the Red Bulls have been constantly looking to exact revenge while
the Crew have been looking to maintain dominance over the New York club. Another rivalry exists with Sporting Kansas City,
formerly the Kansas City Wizards, who the Columbus Crew beat in a tie breaker to win the 2004 MLS Supporters' Shield. Hard
feelings still remain between the two sides even as players and coaches have changed and when the two sides face off against
one another on the pitch you can be sure that the intensity of the competition will be high.
you've never been to a Major League Soccer contest in person, then you've been missing out. MLS is gaining popularity and
respect throughout the soccer community with every passing year, and attending games is becoming more common for people all
across the country. The league has expanded considerably over the past decade, and should continue to. That means more opportunities
to see these amazing players in action from your very own seat in the stadium. Seeing the game from inside the stadium is
a completely different ballgame than watching it on TV, something that is evident as soon as you arrive at the venue. Make
sure to get out and see the Crew take on a top opponent this season.
Columbus Crew Trivia
Crew were given their name as the result of a fan contest. The franchise has competed in the CONCACAF Champions League three
times to date, in 2003, 2009-2010, and 2010-2011, advancing to the quarterfinals each time. The Columbus Crew has won the
Supporters' Shield three times, in 2004, 2008, and 2009, and also won the 2008 MLS Cup. Additionally they won the Lamar Hunt
U.S. Open Cup in 2002. The Columbus Crew play their home games in Columbus Crew Stadium, the first soccer specific stadium
built in the United States.