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Second-half rally helps Crew tie Dynamo

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By DAN KARELL

The Houston Dynamo were cruising towards their third straight win after the first 45 minutes on Saturday evening.

The second 45 minutes though were a different story.

Behindto two goals scored in a nine-minute span early in the second half, the Columbus Crew stunned the Dynamo as both teams settled for a point in a 2-2 draw at BBVA Compass Stadium.

Analysing The Race For The MLS Playoffs

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September is here, and that means that Major League Soccer enters that period when the results seem to matter even more. Some teams have surprised thus far, others have followed form, but with a month and change left, teams that haven't risen to the top will be fighting to make the cut.

Let's group these teams into categories, and see how they all shake out:

EASTERN CONFERENCE

Sure things:

DC United – A dismal 2013 behind them, their lead should help them withstand a slightly road-heavy backend of schedule.

Crew sign veteran Austrian centerback Pogatetz

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By DAN KARELL

The Columbus Crewaren't finished adding to their roster just yet.

In the thick of the playoff race, the club have signedveteran centerback Emanuel Pogatetz. The 31-year-old Pogatetz joins the club asa free agent, and most recently played for FC Nurnberg in Germany.

Meram brace, Anor header power Crew past Chivas USA

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By DAN KARELL

COLUMBUS, Ohio With the Columbus Crew in need of a morale-boosting win, the team relied on one of their unsung heroes to secure victory.

Following a listless first half between both teams, the Crew were lifted by a pair of Justin Meram goals and a Bernardo Anor header to defeat Chivas USA, 3-0, in theonly meeting between the pair this season.

A Look at How the Eastern Conference Playoff Race is Shaping Up

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There has been a lot going on in the Eastern Conference lately, and all of it means a lot to the Philadelphia Union's playoff chances.

With just nine games left in the 2014 MLS regular season, the Philadelphia Union are sitting in seventh place and on the outside looking in. But they have been one of the hottest teams in MLS (as evidenced by their eighth place ranking out of the top 100 teams in the United States and Canada) and are just three points behind the Columbus Crew for the fifth and final playoff spot - and perhaps most importantly, they have a game in hand on the Crew.

Galaxy roll over DCU in Donovan-led team rout

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By MARK EDWARD HORNISH

CARSON, Calif. If the LA Galaxy set out to send a message to the rest of Major League Soccer, it went something like this: "Be afraid. Be very afraid."

The Galaxy harshly welcomed D.C.

Crew’s Gall shows promise in pro debut

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By DAN KARELL

It only took a few moments to see why Romain Gall has generated so much interest as a top young American midfielder.

Gall made his professional debut with the Columbus Crew last Saturday in a 3-0 victory against the Houston Dynamo.

SBI MLS Rookie of the Week: Adam Bedell

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By RYAN TOLMICH

Standing at a hulking 6-foot-7, Columbus Crew rookie Adam Bedell has the ability to change the game with just the flick of his head.

That is exactly what the 22-year-old forward did Saturday, as Bedell scored his second goal of the season in the Crew's 3-0 victory over the Houston Dynamo at Crew Stadium.

Crew continue offensive explosion, rout Dynamo

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By DAN KARELL

COLUMBUS, Ohio For the second consecutive week, the Columbus Crew's offense came to life.

Receiving contributions from unsung heroes Justin Meram, Adam Bedell, and Aaron Schoenfeld, the Crew easily dispatched the Dynamo, 3-0, on a warm, muggy Saturday evening in front of 17,551 fans at Crew Stadium.

Matt Besler and Adam Jardy |Episode 423

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Sporting KC and U.S. Men's National Team defender Matt Besler checks in to talk MLS, CONCACAF Champions League, and why he loves playing for Sporting KC. In the second segment, Adam Jardy of the The Columbus Dispatch shares his reporting on the current state of the Crew.

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Crew to unveil new brand and logo on Oct. 8

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By DAN KARELL

The Columbus Crew's foray into the future will begin before the end of the 2014 Major League Soccer season.

In an e-mail sent out to fans, the Crew announced that they will be revealing their new brand and logo design at an event on Oct.

Crew provide fitting tribute to Donovan’s career at Crew Stadium

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By DAN KARELL

Landon Donovan played his final game at Crew Stadium last Saturday evening, 15 years, two months, and 25 days after his first appearance in the United States' first soccer-specific stadium.

Prior to the game, which finished 4-1 in favor of the Columbus Crew, the Crew honored Donovan with a video tribute anda giftthat included a piece of the net from his prior match in central Ohio, where he scored the second goal in another U.

SBI MLS Team of the Week: Columbus Crew

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By RYAN TOLMICH

Saturday was supposed to be Landon Donovan's day. With retirement looming, the LA Galaxy star was meant to be the man-of-the-hour, with ceremonies, gifts and praise aplenty to make sure that Donovan's achievements were more than recognized.

Revs Draw With Portland As SKC Extends Lead At Top Of Eastern Conference

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Charlie Davies scored his second goal in as many games as the New England Revolution were held at home by the Portand Timbers while elsewhere in MLS, Sporting Kansas City opened up a five-point lead at the top of the Eastern Conference as they cruised to a 4-1 win over Toronto FC.

Both teams came into the match at Gillette on the wrong side of the playoff standings, and it looked like it was going to be the Revolutions's night when in the 27th minute Davies ran onto a Diego Fagundez through ball to make it 1-0.

Crew rout Galaxy on Donovan’s final trip to Columbus

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By DAN KARELL

COLUMBUS, Ohio It was supposed to be Landon Donovan's night at Crew Stadium, but the Columbus Crew weren't having any of that.

Coming off a lackluster performance in a 3-2 defeat to Toronto FC, the Crew took their game to a new level, routing Donovan and the LA Galaxy, 4-1, in front of a sold-out crowd of 20,729.

SBI MLS Rookie of the Week: Nick Hagglund

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By DAN KARELL

Toronto FC completed their first season sweep of the Columbus Crew last Saturday, and a big reason for their latest road win was rookie defender Nick Hagglund.

The No. 10 overall selection in the 2014 MLS SuperDraft started and playedthe full 90 minutes in TFC's 3-2 victory over the Crew, neutralizing forwards Adam Bedell, Jairo Arrieta, and playmaker Federico Higuain through the run of play.

Moore leads TFC to complete season sweep of Crew

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By DAN KARELL

For the first time in club history, Toronto FC have completed a season sweep of the Columbus Crew.

Even without Jermain Defoe in action, TFC's other forwards picked up the slack as both Gilberto and Luke Moore scored in a 3-2 victory over the Crew at Crew Stadium on Saturday evening.

MLS Ticker: D.C. United partners with Sunderland; Arena blames hits out at league; and more

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By RYAN TOLMICH

Count D.C. United as the latest MLS sideto find a European counterpart.

D.C. United announced Friday that they have partnered with Premier League side Sunderland in an effort to expand the two side's global fan base. Sunderland, who features U.S. Men's National Team striker Jozy Altidore, finished 14th in the Premier League last season.

Crew land U-20 USMNT midfielder Gall in weighted lottery

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By DAN KARELL

One of the most promising young American midfielders in Europe is leaving to join MLS.

The Columbus Crew have completed the signing of Under-20 USMNT midfielder Romain Gall from French side FC Lorient, a source told SBI.

All Mix-ed Up

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I know what to do. Considering my recent misdirection episode, I feel for any scribe handed bad info and realize it can happen to anybody. Most of you have probably seen or tangentially read a report from NSC pal Grant Wahl claiming that Mikkel Diskerud had agreed a deal with the Columbus Crew until his dad/agent asked for more money.

MLS Ticker: Diskerud talks break down; Spurs in for Yedlin; and more

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By RYAN TOLMICH

Despite the long-standing rumors, it appears U.S. Men's National Team midfielder Mix Diskerud's move stateside has hit a snag.

After agreeing to a handshake deal with the Columbus Crew, talks between Diskerud's father/agent Paaland club have reportedly broken down due to a last second demand for higher pay.

Dispatch from the Abyss: Chicago Fire (1) vs. Columbus Crew (1)

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Mad Mike: The Penalty Scorerer (Chicago-Fire.com)

In the post-apocalyptic wasteland known as The Bridge View, the Chicago Fire is incapable of anything except draws, and OTF's Alex White is losing it...

Like most descents into madness, it all started reasonably enough. After last game's clean sheet, coach Frank Yallop elected to continue sacrificing offensive fire-power (personified by rookie Harrison Shipp) for a defensive set-up that achieved an elusive feat of not-bottling-things.

Columbus Coach Greg Berhalter says big U.S. international wants to come play for the Crew

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Columbus Coach Greg Berhalter says big U.S. international wants to come play for the Crew - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Columbus Crew Coach Greg Berhalter claims to have a "big USMNT player" coming to the Crew. Photo provided by The Columbus Dispatch.

Berhalter starts a new rumor, of an unknown USMNT player contacting him with the interest to play for Columbus.

Ethan Finlay and Charlie Davies | Episode 421

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Columbus Crew winger, Ethan Finlay joins the show talk about is scoring surge, Kirk Urso Memorial Night, and of course Settlers of Catan. In the second segment, New England Revolution forward Charlie Davies discuss his current form.

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Berhalter claims USMNT player wants to join Crew

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Another U.S. Men's National Team player may soon be joining the Columbus Crew.

Crew head coach Gregg Berhalter said following his side's practice on Thursday morning that a representative of a U.S. player reached out to him on Wednesday.

SBI MLS Goal of the Week: Federico Higuain

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MLS Ticker: Espindola returns to full training; Lade loaned to Cosmos; and more

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By DAN KARELL

D.C. United has been dealing with some injury issues in the last four weeks but they received some good news on Monday.

Forward Fabian Espindola returned to full training this week after missing the last four league matches with a medial collateral ligament strain in his right knee.

Heaps Coaching Decisions Cost New England At Least A Point

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The New England Revolutions losing streak is up to eight games after Saturday nights 2-1 home defeat to the struggling Columbus Crew.

A.J. Soares' 50th-minute goal brought the Revs' level after Columbus scored the first goal just before halftime, but Ethan Finley's game-winning goal in the 84th-minute sealed the win for the visiting Crew.

Parkhurst Victorious in New England Return

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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. From 2005 till 2008, Michael Parkhurst was a rock in the New England Revolution's back line, earning Rookie of the Year, Defender of the Year, and MLS Best XI honors while leading the team to three straight MLS Cup appearances and a U.

Higuain breaks scoring drought as Crew top struggling Revs

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By TIM FONTENAULT

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Federico Higuain's first goal in more than two months could not have come at a better time for the Columbus Crew, who have now won consecutive games for the first time since opening the season with three wins.

Higuain scored his seventh goal of the season on a free kick just before halftime and Ethan Finlay broke a deadlock with six minutes to play, as the Crew sent the New England Revolution to their eighth-straight loss in a 2-1 victory at Gillette Stadium Saturday night.

Gonzalez

SBI Tuesday Rewind: Donovan gets farewell; Gonzalez leaves MLS; Jones lands in New England; and more

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As it turns out, Landon Donovan will get a final match with the U.S. Men's National team. After Donovan was unceremoniously cut from the World Cup squad this summer, it looked like Donovan would never wear the red, white and blue again. But U.S. Soccer announced Tuesday he will get a farewell match, even if it's not a full-blown testimonial.

Palermo officially sign Gonzalez to three-year deal

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By FRANCO PANIZO

The I's have been dotted and the T's have been crossed. Giancarlo Gonzalez is now a member of Palermo.

Palermo officially announced on its website on Tuesday that Gonzalez hascompleted his move to the Serie A club from the Columbus Crew, signing a three-year contract.

Report: Crew’s Gonzalez sold to Serie A side Palermo

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Giancarlo Gonzalez enjoyed a standout World Cup for Costa Rica, and generated plenty of transfer interest, and that interest has reportedly produced a dream room for the Columbus Crew standout.

Costa Rican outlet Al Dia is reporting that Gonzalez has been sold to Serie A side Palermo, and has signed a four-year contract.

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AFTER 90: Big Gulp

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From Ohio With Love  COLUMBUS VS. TORONTO
CREW STADIUM

FIRST HALF:
1' - A beautiful evening in Central Ohio as the rivalry between Crew and TFC continues. What better way to celebrate the Trillium Cup glory than with a big jug of refreshing imported Ohio drinking water!

Higuain equalizer leaves Crew, Fire tied at Toyota Park

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By JUSTIN REASH

The Chicago Fire and Columbus Crew, two of the oldest MLS teams renewed their rivalry in a match requiring the Fire to earn three points to keep their playoff hopes alive. In the end, the points were shared after an open and entertaining match.

Goals from Mike Magee and Federico Higuain left the Eastern Conference rivals tied, and both having missed a chance to bolster their playoff hopes.

The Rest

Gall, Martir replace Thompson, Turner for U-20 USMNT training camp

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By DAN KARELL

The Under-20 U.S. Men's National Team have made a couple of late additions to their roster for this month's training camp.

With the U-20s set to fly to Buenos Aires on Monday, head coach Tab Ramos called in both Columbus Crew midfielder Romain Gall and Chivas de Guadalajara defender Luis Martir as replacements for San Jose Earthquakes forward Tommy Thompson and Orlando City defender Tyler Turner.

Piatti double helps Impact halt Crew winning streak

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The Columbus Crew went to Canada looking to extend their winning streak to three matches, and looking to move a step further away from what is becoming a real logjam of a race for the final playoff spots in the Eastern Conference.

The Montreal Impact sent the Crew back to Ohio with zero points and a tough defeat as Argentine Designated Player Ignacio Piatti opened his account with a pair of goals to lead Montreal to a 2-0 victory on Saturday at Stade Saputo.

Match Day 26 - Welcoming a Wounded Rival

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Sporting KC welcomes the Houston Dynamo, a team that Kansas City knows quite well over the last few years. Since 2011, no two teams have met more in MLS than these two. Both teams are heading into tomorrow's game with their tail between their legs a bit. Both Sporting and the Dynamo come into the game having lost their last game 3-0.

Job done, road travelled, crew subdued - Columbus Crew 2 Toronto FC 3

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Toronto defeated the Columbus Crew for the third time in the 2014 season. I am not going to head to the TFC archives just now, but I suspect that it is the first time an opponent has been beaten three times by Toronto in a year. It was TFC's ninth victory and it is more than a little satisfying to calculate that a third of those victories were against Columbus.

THE MATCHUP: It's a Crew, Crew Summer

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COLUMBUS VS. TORONTO
CREW STADIUM - SATURDAY 7:30PM ET
TV: SPORTSNET 360

MANUFACTURED DERBY NAME:
"The New Soft"

FACTS* AND STATS**
COLUMBUS CREW
- Crew Stadium is the USA's first soccer-specific stadium and winner of the "Most Flammable Scoreboard Award" 2010 - 2013.