Columbus Crew Schedule
It is well known among soccer aficionados that the Columbus Crew are among the top teams
in the league as far as both success and fan support. Soccer has been on the rise in the United States for the past few decades
and the level of skill and fan enthusiasm in the MLS is evidence of just how far the sport has come in the country. The beautiful
game still has a long way to go in the United States to catch up with the popularity it has achieved everywhere else in the
world but those in the country who follow it are among the most dedicated and passionate fans in all of sports and nowhere
is this more true than in Columbus.
The Columbus Crew is currently jockeying for position to make the playoffs in the
stacked Eastern Conference of the MLS. There are still three regular season home games for the Crew to score some big wins
in hopes of moving up the standings before the playoffs. On September 20th the New England Revolution come to Columbus Crew
Stadium for a huge late season game that could not only help the Crew move up the standings but could also give the team a
big lift and momentum heading into the postseason. On September 27th the Montreal Impact come to town in another big game.
The final home game of the regular season will be on October 26th when the Philadelphia Union come to town. This will be your
final chance to cheer on the Columbus Crew and provide them with some momentum heading into the postseason and is sure to
be a thrilling game.
Columbus Crew Major League Soccer
The 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
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.
There are few events as exciting
as seeing one top notch soccer team compete at home against another. The players in the MLS have grown up playing the sport
that they love and are out there s much to advance the popularity of the sport in the United States. Soccer is the most popular
sport in the world and gives birth to the most fervent and dedicated fans. One step into a stadium when the local national
team is playing and you will understand what all of the fuss is about. Unrelenting action, otherworldly footwork, stunning
slide tackles, and mind blowing, acrobatic saves by goalkeepers will have you seeing exactly why soccer is referred to as
"the beautiful game." You will be chanting and singing along and barely even need to use your seat as move after move will
have you jumping up and cheering for the home team. By the time the referee blows the final whistle you will be anxiously
awaiting the next opportunity to attend a Columbus Crew game and will find yourself an MLS and soccer fan for life.
The Columbus 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.