Shawn Mitchell, The Columbus Dispatch

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Past articles by Shawn:

Toronto FC 1, Crew 1

The MLS season is the longest in North American major league sports. In Columbus, it suddenly seems short. Crew SC failed to win for a sixth straight game Wednesday night in front of a season-low crowd of 13,410 at Mapfre Stadium, settling for a 1-1 tie against Toronto FC to open the second half of the season. → Read More


Had Crew SC not failed to win nine of its past 10 games, forward Ola Kamara might be the hottest topic in Major League Soccer as it heads toward the All-Star break. Instead, Kamara must settle for being the league’s hottest scorer, albeit one whose prolific production (eight goals in six games) hasn’t meant much during the Crew’s dismal first half. → Read More


FOXBORO, Mass. — The Keystone Cops collision between Crew SC defenders Chad Barson and Waylon Francis was embarrassing. → Read More


A midsummer meeting between Eastern Conference also-rans in cavernous Gillette Stadium might normally be as bland as Major League Soccer gets. → Read More


The age-old conflict between Major League Soccer’s summer schedule and that of the rest of the world will keep Crew SC midfielder Justin Meram from playing in the Rio Olympics next month. Meram, a veteran of the Iraq national team, will not be one of three overage players on Iraq’s roster for the Under-23 Olympic tournament, he said this afternoon. → Read More


Crew SC has occupied ninth place in the 10-team Eastern Conference for two months, long enough to have grown accustomed to its spot near the bottom. Just as familiar is the unwavering message from coach Gregg Berhalter and his players during a 3-5-7 start. “‘It’s all right, stick to it, no panic, a few wins, and we’ll be right where we need to be,’” captain Michael Parkhurst said. → Read More


If it weren’t for the Chicago Fire, Crew SC would have more than one Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup trophy in its case. → Read More


Mapfre Stadium was primed to be its most inhospitable Saturday night, with the first full house of the season ready to go full throat on a longtime Eastern Conference rival. → Read More

Memorial Tournament notebook

Rory McIlroy never made a serious push for the top of the leader board Sunday at the Memorial Tournament, but the world’s No. 3 player didn’t disappoint himself or his fans. → Read More

Memorial Tournament

Dustin Johnson and Gary Woodland entered Sunday’s fourth round of the Memorial Tournament with what appeared to be a leg up on the other members of the final two groups, all of whom began the day with a share of the lead or within a single stroke. → Read More

The Memorial

Three players matched the tournament’s previous best round of 64 on Saturday, but only William McGirt’s scorching 8-under-par round pushed him into the Memorial Tournament lead. → Read More

Memorial notebook

Emiliano Grillo was atop the leader board of the Memorial Tournament with only two holes remaining in the third round when he had to wait not once, but twice. → Read More

Union 3, Crew 2

A shaky defensive effort, two deflections in front of goalkeeper Steve Clark and a questionable red card doomed visiting Crew SC on Wednesday night during a 3-2 loss to the first-place Philadelphia Union at Talen Energy Stadium. → Read More


Crew SC’s comprehensive broadcast deal allows fans to watch games on any device they wish, be it a phone, tablet or laptop. But nothing compares to plopping down and firing up the big-screen television in high definition, one of the club’s broadcast partners said, and the numbers back him up. → Read More


The head of Crew SC rookie Rodrigo Saravia has swollen since the Guatemalan midfielder was drafted in January, but not from arrogance or injury. Instead, it is bursting with soccer knowledge, his brain buzzing with what he has learned from the game at one of its highest levels. → Read More


Crew SC defender Gaston Sauro suffered a torn knee ligament during a scoreless tie at Toronto on Saturday and is expected to miss at least four months, coach and sporting director Gregg Berhalter said this morning. Sauro, the Crew’s second-highest paid player ($601,000), suffered the injury to the posterior cruciate ligament in his left knee as he made contact with Toronto forward Sebastian… → Read More

Crew SC 0, Toronto FC 0

Crew SC failed to score a goal and, as logic dictates, failed to beat Toronto FC on Saturday in front of 26,252 at BMO Field. But it would be hard to consider a 0-0 tie with Toronto a failure. → Read More


When Crew SC traded star striker Kei Kamara last week, there was no time for his Columbus teammates to dwell on his departure. → Read More


Crew SC sporting director and coach Gregg Berhalter has held little-known forward Ola Kamara in high regard since he was signed on Feb. 3. On Thursday, it became clear just how high. → Read More


High-revving Crew SC midfielder Cedrick Mabwati got a rare starting nod from coach Gregg Berhalter on Saturday, and he took full advantage. The Congolese midfielder scored the only goal of the first 54 minutes of a 1-1 tie over the first-place Colorado Rapids, and for an hour or so, the goal put departed star Kei Kamara in the rear-view of a crowd of 15,023 in chilly Mapfre Stadium. → Read More