Category: Columbus Crew

2015 MLS Cup scores 874,000 total viewers for Columbus-Portland final

Despite recording the lowest-ever overnight rating in the league’s 20-year history, the final viewing number for the 2015 MLS Cup wasn’t as bad as some first feared. A total of 668,000 people watched the game on ESPN, while 206,000 viewed the game on Univision Deportes for a grand total of 874,000 people. As of press time, the viewing numbers for UniMas have not yet been released. In the first year of MLS’ mega TV deal with ESPN, FOX Sports and Univision, the 2015 MLS Cup saw a 30% decline compared to the 964,000 who tuned in last year to watch Landon ... Read more

Remember the best of Columbus’s MLS Cup, not one section’s terrible moment

As the rogue wheel hurdled down the busy highway towards my car, I found myself with enough time to think, “wow, I didn’t expect to have a near-death experience on this trip.” That was literally my first thought as the bouncing mass of steel and rubber came into my view; not “maybe I should swerve to the shoulder. like the car in front of me did.” In the end, the angle of the wheel was far too extreme to put my car in danger, and it bounced safely to the side of the highway without incident. Still, I wasn’t expecting ... Read more

10 things we learned from the 2015 MLS Cup final

Here are the ten things we learned from the 2015 MLS Cup. 1. The Timbers are champions It wasn’t a beautiful final, but this year’s MLS Cup from MAPFRE Stadium was a classic for all the controversy, intensity, and insanity it had from start to finish. The Timbers, thanks to two goals in the first seven minutes, won it 2-1. In many respects, it was a tremendous performance – Portland limited Columbus to a single shot, and hit the post three times in a second half that they dominated even as the Crew pushed for an equalizer. This has been ... Read more

Timbers edge Columbus 2-1 to capture MLS Cup

Photo credit: AFP Portland’s Diego Valeri and Rodney Wallace scored in the first seven minutes and the Timbers defeated host Columbus 2-1 Sunday to win the Major League Soccer Cup playoff final. It was the first time the Timbers had lifted the champion’s trophy, denying Columbus a second MLS title after their breakthrough in 2008. “This is special for us,” said Valeri, who was named the match’s Most Valuable Player. “I’m really thankful. I’m happy for myself and my teammates.” In only their fifth MLS season, the Timbers became just the third expansion club to win the crown, after the ... Read more

MLS Cup preview: Columbus Crew seek second MLS crown against Portland Timbers

Photo credit: AFP. With Sierra Leone striker Kei Kamara providing the scoring spark and Michael Parkhurst anchoring the backline, the Columbus Crew bid for a second Major League Soccer crown Sunday against Portland. The Crew, whose lone title came in 2008, will host the Timbers in the MLS Cup championship match. Portland won their only meeting this season 2-1 at Columbus in September. SEE MORE: 5 must-see games on television this weekend. Kamara, 31, briefly played at Norwich City in England’s Premier League. He netted 22 goals this season to share the league scoring crown while US midfielder Ethan Finley ... Read more

MLS Cup: Similarities could become defining differences

A few things to keep in mind as you watch Columbus and Portland go after it Sunday in Mapfre Stadium, where the 20th MLS Cup will be decided: Nagbe and Trapp as the key midfield connectors Two men central to Sunday’s action had their international coming out party about a year apart, both in interesting ways, although in very different settings. Darlington Nagbe, the silky smooth Portland Timbers midfielder, earned his first US national team cap in St. Louis last month, and it really was quite a lovely moment. Nagbe, Liberian-born but having lived almost all of his 25 years ... Read more

10 things we learned from the second legs of MLS’s conference finals

Here are the 10 things we learned from the second legs of the MLS Conference Championships. 1. The Finalists Are Set The Columbus Crew SC and Portland Timbers will contest MLS Cup 2015 at MAPFRE Stadium on Sunday, Dec. 6, at 4:00 p.m. ET. The match will be broadcast by ESPN. In Columbus and Portland, the league has two finalists it can be proud of. The Crew upset the New York Red Bulls in what was, save for incredible last-gasp drama, a convincing triumph. The Timbers knocked out FC Dallas thanks to a couple of stoppage time goals, set pieces, ... Read more

Columbus book berth in MLS final against Portland Timbers

Photo credit: AFP The Columbus Crew dropped a 1-0 decision to the New York Red Bulls but won on aggregate 2-1, advancing to the MLS Cup final where they will face the Portland Timbers. New York won the second leg 1-0 on Sunday at Red Bull Arena on a header from forward Anatole Bertrand Abang in the third minute of extra time. Columbus however won the first leg 2-0 on goals from midfielder Justin Meram and forward Kei Kamara on November 22 in Columbus. The Crew will host Western Conference champ Portland in the championship match December 6. The Crew ... Read more