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Past articles by Andrew:

Gyasi Zardes named Crew SC's 2018 MVP

Gyasi Zardes earlier this month was recognized for rebooting his career in 2018, earning MLS Comeback Player of the Year honorsOn Monday, his 19-goal campaign in his debut season with the Crew earned him recognition from his own team.The 27-year-old forward, traded to the Crew in January in a deal that sent forward Ola Kamara to the Los Angeles Galaxy, was named the Crew’s Most Valuable Player… → Read More

Blue Jackets raise their game behind power play, Bobrovsky

RALEIGH, N.C. — A blend of recent improvements has helped the Blue Jackets to their longest point streak since a 10-game unbeaten run in March last season.Over a 5-0-2 stretch, the Jackets power play has graduated from struggling to productive. The Blue Jackets (12-6-2) have potted half of their 12 power-play goals through 20 games in just their last six contests.In recent road games — a 2-1 win… → Read More

Blue Jackets 4, Hurricanes 1 | Cam Atkinson quiets crowd with hat trick

RALEIGH, N.C. — As the Blue Jackets celebrated around forward Cam Atkinson midway through the second period, the crowd of 13,040 at PNC Arena → Read More

Three for the road

RALEIGH, N.C. — As the Blue Jackets celebrated around forward Cam Atkinson midway through the second period, the crowd of 13,040 at PNC Arena, most → Read More

Blue Jackets | Oliver Bjorkstrand moves up in Nick Foligno's absence

RALEIGH, N.C. — The Blue Jackets appear to be over the worst of the illness that cost them several members of their lineup over the last week.But for the third time in four games, they dealt with the absence of a lineup regular.Captain and forward Nick Foligno did not make the trip to Raleigh for their game Saturday night at the Carolina Hurricanes as he continues to tend to a personal matter.… → Read More

Crew SC | Offseason may be time of change

Change tends to be the norm in any Major League Soccer offseason, but it will be especially true for Crew SC in the coming months.Coach and sporting director Gregg Berhalter, who for weeks has been identified as a favorite for the U.S. men’s national team coaching job, could be leaving after five seasons.Then there is the issue of who will operate the team. Precourt Sports Ventures is… → Read More

Blue Jackets | Zac Dalpe fills in after hot start in minors

The Cleveland Monsters loaded up their bus Thursday in advance of a six-hour trip to Hershey, Pennsylvania, for a two-game road swing against the Hershey → Read More

Offseason could be one of change for Crew SC

HARRISON, N.J. — Crew SC began Sunday’s second leg of the MLS Eastern Conference semifinals hopeful that it might be able to extend its → Read More

Crew SC: What's next for Gregg Berhalter, Wil Trapp and Zack Steffen?

HARRISON, N.J. — Crew SC began Sunday’s second leg of the MLS Eastern Conference semifinals hopeful that it might be able to extend its → Read More

Crew SC: Gyasi Zardes played season finale with separated shoulder

In the early minutes of the Crew’s 3-0, season-ending loss to the New York Red Bulls in the second leg of the MLS Eastern Conference semifinals Sunday, it became clear that it would be a difficult night for Crew midfielder Federico Higuain.New York midfielders Tyler Adams and Sean Davis used their speed and skill to deny Higuain the ball, force him into tight spaces in limit his touches.What the… → Read More

Red Bulls 3, Crew SC 0 | Red Bulls' second-half charge knocks out Crew SC

HARRISON, N.J. — In three minutes, the game, series and season unraveled for Crew SC.New York Red Bulls midfielder Daniel Royer brought Red → Read More

Crew SC preps for Red Bulls' best shot

Crew SC carries a 1-0 lead into the second leg of an Eastern Conference semifinal series against the New York Red Bulls. That scoreline, however, is → Read More

Crew SC: Milton Valenzuela demonstrates growth on offense

In a split-second and with just a couple of quick touches, Crew SC produced a lead in the MLS Eastern Conference semifinals.Federico Higuain, with his → Read More

Crew SC | Gyasi Zardes fits right in, has award-winning season

When rumors started circulating during the offseason about the possibility of Gyasi Zardes’ trade to Columbus, he called former teammate and current Crew SC player Hector Jimenez.Zardes had watched the Crew play but didn’t know much about the team or its culture.“He was like, ‘You’re going to love it here,’ ” Zardes said Jimenez told him. Join our group: Join our Columbus Crew SC Fans Facebook… → Read More

Crew SC: Gyasi Zardes voted MLS Comeback Player of the Year

Crew SC needed a striker. Gyasi Zardes needed another opportunity at striker.Late into the night on Jan. 19, a deal was struck, sending forward Ola Kamara → Read More

Crew SC: Zack Steffen voted MLS Goalkeeper of the Year

Zack Steffen has quietly picked up accolades and recognition in his two-year MLS career.Tuesday brought the greatest honor yet in his young career.Steffen, → Read More

Crew SC: Zack Steffen, Wil Trapp get call for U.S. friendlies vs. England, Italy

Crew midfielder Wil Trapp and goalkeeper Zack Steffen, both of whom have emerged as regulars for the U.S. men’s national team in 2018, have been → Read More

Crew 1, Red Bulls 0 | Crew takes Leg 1 of conference semifinal

Gregg Berhalter abandoned his 4-4-2 formation at halftime of Leg 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals against the New York Red Bulls on Sunday at Mapfre → Read More

Crew has little time to rest for Red Bulls

WASHINGTON — Crew SC started its celebration a split second after Nick DeLeon’s penalty kick sailed into the north stands at Audi Field on Thursday night, cementing a shootout win over D.C. United.It was a hard-earned party, 34 regular-season games and 120 minutes of knockout round soccer in the making.But if the Crew wants to have a chance of extending its season, the festivities will be brief.… → Read More

Crew Cuts: Crew SC prevails in second straight knockout round penalty shootout

WASHINGTON – Crew SC was a mere four minutes plus injury time away Thursday from doing what it could not in the 2017 knockout round and avoid penalty kicks altogether. A wave of urgency from D.C. United in front of a sellout crowd of 20,600 at Audi Field and a failed clearance off a Wayne Rooney free kick in the 116th minute gave Nick DeLeon a lane to fire a half volley. His shot zoomed inside… → Read More