Match Preview: Crew vs. DC United
By Nick Webster
The Columbus Crew returns to Crew Stadium for three straight home matches, beginning with a visit from Eastern Conference foe D.C. United at Crew Stadium on Saturday, April 27 at 7:30 p.m. ET. FOX Sports Ohio is televising the game regionally, with Dwight Burgess, Duncan Oughton and Ashleigh Ignelzi providing play-by-play coverage and analysis. Neil Sika and John Bluem are calling the action for 610 AM WTVN, with Carlos Cordova and Benny Pietrangelo behind the microphone for La Mega 103.1 FM, and Juan Valladares doing sideline duty.
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Crew Stadium is set to host College Night on Saturday when the two teams open another chapter in their storied rivalry. College students can enjoy $15 student tickets (not available on the day of match) by visiting TheCrew.com/April27 and using the promo code “Student27.” Additionally, students 21 and older can enjoy happy hour pricing from 6:00-7:30 p.m. at the stadium, including half-priced beer.
In the previous 55 regular-season meetings between the Crew and United since 1996, the two teams have battled for 4,999 minutes. In that time, 19 players have recorded a regular-season appearance for both the Crew and D.C. United. The legacy goes even further onto the sidelines as both head coaches – Black & Gold boss Robert Warzycha and D.C.’s Ben Olsen – played their entire MLS careers with the clubs they now manage.
Owners of Major League Soccer’s second-longest active home unbeaten streak, the Crew enters Saturday riding an 11-game unbeaten run at Crew Stadium dating back to July 21, 2012. During the stretch, the Crew is 7-0-4 in front of its home fans. The feat is tied for second longest in club history as the Crew has seen identical 11-game stretches in 2001 and 2004-2005.
Saturday’s match at Crew Stadium completes the regular-season series between the Crew and United. Earlier this season, the Crew defeated United 2-1 when the two teams met on March 23 at RFK Stadium. The Black & Gold are 15-7-5 against United at home, including a five-game unbeaten streak (4-0-1) against D.C. at Crew Stadium dating back to October 26, 2008.
Columbus Crew vs. D.C. United
Saturday, April 27 – 7:30 p.m. ET – Columbus Crew Stadium, Columbus, OH
Regional Television: FOX Sports Ohio
Match will be aired on FOX Sports Ohio’s alternate channel in certain locations. Alternate channel information can be found here:http://bit.ly/ZV9DjQ
Crew Radio: 610 WTVN (English); La Mega 103.1 (Spanish)