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The Columbus Crew is an Americanmarker professional soccer team based in Columbusmarker, Ohiomarker that participates in Major League Soccer. The club was owned by the legendary Lamar Hunt, who also owned the Kansas City Chiefs and FC Dallas until his 2006 death. Upon his death, his son Clark Hunt took over his sports properties. The Crew currently plays their home games at Columbus Crew Stadiummarker, the first soccer-specific stadium ever built by an MLS franchise. From 1996 to 1998, the Crew played their home games at Ohio Stadiummarker on the campus of the Ohio State Universitymarker. The nickname "the Crew" is the result of a local fan contest. The team colors are black and gold. The team mascot is Crew Cat.

The Crew has won five major trophies: MLS Cup 2008, the 2004, 2008 and 2009 Supporters' Shields, and the 2002 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. The Crew won the 2002 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup by defeating the Los Angeles Galaxy by a score of 1 to 0 at Columbus Crew Stadium. The game's lone goal was scored by Fredy Garcia. The Crew then won its first MLS Supporters' Shield during the 2004 in a tie-breaker over the Kansas City Wizards. During the 2008 MLS Season the Crew won its second Supporters' Shield by six points over Houston, en route to defeating the New York Red Bulls in MLS Cup 2008 by a score of 3 to 1. Guillermo Barros Schelotto assisted on all three Crew goals. The Crew reached one other final, the 1998 U.S. Open Cup Final, which was postponed due to a hurricane and controversially relocated from Virginia Beach to Soldier Fieldmarker, then the home of Chicago Fire, who won the match 2 to 1 after extra time.

The Crew clinched the 2009 MLS Supporters' Shield on October 22 after Chivas USA fell to Chicago Fire. This assured the Crew entry into the 2010 edition of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup and the 2010-2011 CONCACAF Champions League. The Black & Gold finished the 2009 MLS campaign with a 13-7-10 regular-season record, good enough for 49 points. The Crew went on to be eliminated by Real Salt Lake in the two-legged Eastern Conference Semifinals, 4-2 on aggregate.The team has 3 major support groups: "The Crew Supporters Union", "The Hudson Street Hooligans", and "La Turbina Amarilla". These supporters groups sit together in the northeast corner of Columbus Crew Stadium, known as the "Nordecke" (pronounced Nord-'eck-uh), which is German for North Corner, and is a tribute to the German heritage of Columbus.


The Columbus Crew is a founding member of Major League Soccer. The team played its home matches in Ohio Stadiummarker from its inaugural year in 1996 through 1998. Beginning in 1999, the Crew played all of their home MLS matches in the newly built Columbus Crew Stadiummarker, the first soccer specific stadium for a top flight team in the United Statesmarker and frequent host to key US Men's National Team fixtures.

MLS Cup 2008 Winners

The Crew won its first trophy in 2002, capturing the 2002 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup by beating the Los Angeles Galaxy 1-0 in the Final. The win earned the Crew a berth into CONCACAF Champions' Cup 2003, where they defeated Árabe Unido of Panamamarker 4-2 on aggregate before being eliminated by Monarcas Morelia as they lost the tie by an aggregate score of 6 to 2. In 2004 the Crew won the 2004 MLS Supporters' Shield.

Guillermo Barros Schelotto signed for the Crew in 2007, and in 2008 had an MLS MVP winning season leading the Crew to once again win the Supporter's Shield in 2008 before winning MLS Cup 2008, beating the New York Red Bulls 3-1 and assisting on all three goals. In 2009 he was rewarded with the honor of becoming the franchise's first Designated Player.

Television and radio

In 2008, Crew matches were telecast locally on the Ohio News Network. Dwight Burgess serves as play-by-play commentator, Bill McDermott and Dante Washington serve as color commentator for home and away games, respectively. Katie Witham is the sideline reporter for all games telecast on ONN.

English radio broadcasts can be heard on 610 AM WTVN with Neil Sika as play-by-play commentator and John Bluem as color commentator. Spanish radio broadcasts can be heard on 1550 AM WDLRmarker with Marcelo Carrera as commentator.

Crew Soccer Updates air weekdays on 105.7 FM WBWRmarker and 106.7 FM WRXS.


Since 2006 adidas has served as kit manufacturer for all MLS teams. Since 2008 Glidden has served as the Crew's shirt sponsor.


Since 2008 the Crew have contested with Toronto FC for the Trillium Cup.

On March 28, 2009, the Columbus-Toronto Rivalry intensified, after a relatively flat rivalry in previous years. Results on the field remained in favor of Columbus, with the total series now 4-0-5 in favor of The Crew. However, an off the field incident involving several fans of both the home side and the large traveling contingent of Toronto FC supporters overshadowed the match itself. In the aftermath of the incident, one Toronto FC fan was arrested, another claimed to have been subdued with taser guns by Columbus Police. Both Toronto FC fans and officials in Columbus pointed fingers at each other. Crew Stadiummarker reported damages to the stadium caused by vandalism in the south End of the stadium where Toronto FC fans were provided with designated seating.

Supporters: The Nordecke Transformation

Before the 2008 season, the Columbus Crew front office demolished the north stands where the most ardent of Crew supporters stood, in order to build a stage that would provide additional revenue by facilitating concerts and other events. Prior to this, the team's three supporters groups (The Crew Supporters Union, The Hudson Street Hooligans, and La Turbina Amarilla) sat apart because of differences between the groups ranging from age to ethnicity. The demolition of the stage forced the groups to come together into the north corner of the stadium, forming one large block of vocal support. Putting their differences aside the three groups formed the "Nordecke." The Nordecke (pronounced Nord-'eck-ah) is German for "North Corner". The name "Nordecke" celebrates the city's German heritage and the section's new site, in the stadium's corner.'


Current roster

As of November 25, 2009.

Notable former players

This list of former players includes those who received international caps while playing for the team, made significant contributions to the team in terms of appearances or goals while playing for the team, or who made significant contributions to the sport either before they played for the team, or after they left. It is clearly not yet complete and all inclusive, and additions and refinements will continue to be made over time.

Head coaches

Nat Name Years
Timo Liekoski 1996
Tom Fitzgerald 1996–2001
Greg Andrulis 2001–2005
Robert Warzycha 2005 (interim)
Sigi Schmid 2006–2008
Robert Warzycha 2009–

Team records

MLS regular season only, through 2006 season

  • All-Time regular season record: 166-165-67 (Through Oct. 26, 2008)




Season MLS Regular Season MLS Cup Playoffs Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup CONCACAF Champions Cup/Champions League SuperLiga
1996 4th, East Quarterfinals Did not enter Did not qualify
1997 3rd, East Semifinals Did not enter Did not qualify
1998 2nd, East Semifinals Final Did not qualify
1999 2nd, East Semifinals Semifinals Did not qualify
2000 4th, Central Did not qualify Quarterfinals Did not qualify
2001 2nd, Central Quarterfinals Quarterfinals Not held
2002 2nd, East Semifinals Champions Did not qualify
2003 5th, East Did not qualify Round of 16 Quarterfinals
2004 1st, East* Quarterfinals Round of 16 Did not qualify
2005 6th, East Did not qualify Round of 16 Did not qualify
2006 6th, East Did not qualify Round of 16 Did not qualify
2007 6th, East Did not qualify Did not qualify Did not qualify Did not participate
2008 1st, East* Champions Did not qualify Did not qualify Did not participate
2009 1st, East* Quarterfinals Round of 16 Did not qualify (08-09) Did not participate
2010 Qualified for Round of 16 Presently participating in Quarterfinals (09-10)
2011 Qualified for Group Stage (10-11)

* Won MLS Supporters Shield† Made the quarterfinals of the CONCACAF Giants Cup which was held instead of the CONCACAF Champions' Cup in 2001

International competition

Columbus Holds a 4-5-3 all-time Record in International friendlies





Minor Trophies

Average attendance

regular season/playoffs
  • 1996: 18,950
  • 1997: 15,043
  • 1998: 12,275
  • 1999: 17,696
  • 2000: 15,451
  • 2001: 17,551
  • 2002: 17,429
  • 2003: 16,250/Missed Playoffs
  • 2004: 16,872/15,224
  • 2005: 12,916/Missed Playoffs
  • 2006: 13,294/Missed Playoffs
  • 2007: 15,230/Missed Playoffs
  • 2008: 14,622/12,911
  • 2009: 14,447/TDB
  • All-Time: 16,344
  • All-Time Best Attendance For A Game: 53,844 on 07/04/2000 at Mile High Stadium.




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