1:13 AM EST, Mon November 30, 2015
Columbus Dispatch 20 hours ago

Soccer | Former Akron player on a roll with Timbers

adcelannotate = {"mobilepaywallcategory" : "MOBILE_PREM-SPORTS","nativepaywallcategory" : "NATIVE_PREM-SPORTS"};PORTLAND, Ore.— Things could hardly be better for Darlington Nagbe. The 25-year-old midfielder became an American citizen in September, just returned from his first call-up with the U.S. national team and his Portland Timbers are one game away from playing for the MLS Cup. To top it off, Nagbe and his wife are expecting a son next month.
Columbus Dispatch 20 hours ago

Michael Arace commentary | Soccer: Crew captain truly steadies the ship

adcelannotate = {"mobilepaywallcategory" : "MOBILE_PREM-SPORTS","nativepaywallcategory" : "NATIVE_PREM-SPORTS"};Today, exactly 3 1/2 hours before kickoff at Red Bull Arena, Crew SC defender Michael Parkhurst will sit down to a pregame meal. If he has a choice, he will eat what he always eats on game day: chicken with pasta and half an avocado. No bacon will make an overlapping run. Never.
Columbus Dispatch Nov 28, 2015

Soccer | Crew won’t get defensive, Berhalter says

adcelannotate = {"mobilepaywallcategory" : "MOBILE_PREM-SPORTS","nativepaywallcategory" : "NATIVE_PREM-SPORTS"};There are no secrets, not anymore. Only the 90 minutes-plus of the second leg of an Eastern Conference finals separates Crew SC and the New York Red Bulls from playing for the greatest grail in American pro soccer, the MLS Cup.
Columbus Dispatch Nov 26, 2015

Soccer | Playing with playoff lead new to Crew

adcelannotate = {"mobilepaywallcategory" : "MOBILE_PREM-SPORTS","nativepaywallcategory" : "NATIVE_PREM-SPORTS"};On Sunday, Crew SC will enter the second leg of the two-leg aggregate Eastern Conference finals with a 2-0 lead over the New York Red Bulls. It is a situation the Crew welcomes as it plays for a berth in its first MLS Cup final since 2008. It’s also one the Crew hasn’t been familiar with in recent years.
Columbus Dispatch Nov 25, 2015

Soccer | Crew’s Wahl makes case to remain a starter

adcelannotate = {"mobilepaywallcategory" : "MOBILE_PREM-SPORTS","nativepaywallcategory" : "NATIVE_PREM-SPORTS"};Tyson Wahl hadn’t started for Crew SC in nearly two months. On Sunday, Gaston Sauro’s one-game suspension for an accumulation of yellow cards gave Wahl his shot. His reward? Major League Soccer’s highest-scoring offense, the New York Red Bulls, and Bradley Wright-Phillips, the league’s fifth-leading scorer.
Columbus Dispatch Nov 23, 2015

Soccer | Win puts Timbers in control in West finals

adcelannotate = {"mobilepaywallcategory" : "MOBILE_PREM-SPORTS","nativepaywallcategory" : "NATIVE_PREM-SPORTS"};PORTLAND, Ore. — Liam Ridgewell, Dairon Asprilla and Nat Borchers scored, and the Portland Timbers beat FC Dallas 3-1 on Sunday night in the first leg of Major League Soccer’s Western Conference finals.
Columbus Dispatch Nov 22, 2015

Michael Arace commentary | Numbers all add up to opening victory for Crew

adcelannotate = {"mobilepaywallcategory" : "MOBILE_PREM-SPORTS","nativepaywallcategory" : "NATIVE_PREM-SPORTS"};There are 20 teams in Major League Soccer, and 16 of them are on vacation. The four that remain in contention for the MLS Cup are playing in another universe, physically speaking. As the stakes grow, intensity rises, pace quickens and space shrinks. Forces difficult to calculate come into play.
Columbus Dispatch Nov 22, 2015

Soccer | Crew rides fast start past Red Bulls

adcelannotate = {"mobilepaywallcategory" : "MOBILE_PREM-SPORTS","nativepaywallcategory" : "NATIVE_PREM-SPORTS"};Justin Meram had the fastest goal in MLS Cup playoff history, Kei Kamara also scored and the Crew beat the New York Red Bulls 2-0 tonight in the first leg of the Eastern Conference finals.
Columbus Dispatch Nov 22, 2015

Game preview | Crew vs. Red Bulls

adcelannotate = {"mobilepaywallcategory" : "MOBILE_PREM-SPORTS","nativepaywallcategory" : "NATIVE_PREM-SPORTS"};Regular-season records: New York 18-10-6, 60 points (first in Eastern Conference); Columbus 15-11-8, 53 points (second in Eastern Conference)
Columbus Dispatch Nov 21, 2015

Soccer | Crew gets Wil Trapp back just in time for aggressive Red Bulls

adcelannotate = {"mobilepaywallcategory" : "MOBILE_PREM-SPORTS","nativepaywallcategory" : "NATIVE_PREM-SPORTS"};Crew SC knows the New York Red Bulls’ press all too well. In three regular-season games, New York’s aggressive tendencies created problems for the Crew, with the Red Bulls winning two of three. Their fast-paced attack starts, Crew captain Michael Parkhurst said, with a talented set of midfielders, including Sacha Kljestan, Felipe and captain Dax McCarty.
Columbus Dispatch Nov 20, 2015

Michael Arace commentary | Berhalter’s vision for Crew nearly realized

adcelannotate = {"mobilepaywallcategory" : "MOBILE_PREM-SPORTS","nativepaywallcategory" : "NATIVE_PREM-SPORTS"};Gregg Berhalter, the first American to manage a professional soccer team in Europe, was fired by Hammarby of the Swedish league after 18 months on the job. Berhalter had shored up Hammarby’s defense, as he was directed to do — but his team could not score. See ’ya.
Columbus Dispatch Nov 18, 2015

Crew goalkeeper Steve Clark holding up well as foes fire away in playoffs

adcelannotate = {"mobilepaywallcategory" : "MOBILE_PREM-SPORTS","nativepaywallcategory" : "NATIVE_PREM-SPORTS"};The Crew's Steve Clark has played every minute of every game the past two seasons. During the regular season, he faced more shots on goal (168) than all but one other Major League Soccer keeper. In two games of a 4-3 aggregate series win over the Montreal Impact, Clark faced 18 more, saving 14 of them.
Columbus Dispatch Nov 18, 2015

Reader Rewards | Win tickets to the Crew game on Sunday

adcelannotate = {"mobilepaywallcategory" : "MOBILE_FREE","nativepaywallcategory" : "NATIVE_FREE"};Our latest Reader Rewards contest gives you a chance to win two tickets to the Eastern Conference Championship match between Columbus Crew SC and the New York Red Bulls on Sunday.
Columbus Dispatch Nov 17, 2015

Soccer | Crew: Wright-Phillips presents another big challenge

adcelannotate = {"mobilepaywallcategory" : "MOBILE_PREM-SPORTS","nativepaywallcategory" : "NATIVE_PREM-SPORTS"};Crew SC has advanced to the Eastern Conference finals for the first time since 2008 in large part because it frustrated and ultimately shut out one of Major League Soccer’s most potent scorers, Didier Drogba of the Montreal Impact, during a conference semifinal series. Now, to do it again.
Columbus Dispatch Nov 14, 2015

Soccer | Crew to take advantage of break in playoffs

adcelannotate = {"mobilepaywallcategory" : "MOBILE_PREM-SPORTS","nativepaywallcategory" : "NATIVE_PREM-SPORTS"};Logic would dictate that Crew SC should be playing the New York Red Bulls today in Mapfre Stadium in the opening leg of the two-game, total-goals Eastern Conference final. But that won’t happen for another week, in part because a tiny tournament called the World Cup will be played in 2018.

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