2017 Columbus Crew SC season

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Columbus Crew SC
2017 season
OwnerPrecourt Sports Ventures LLC
Head CoachGregg Berhalter
Major League SoccerEastern Conference: 5th
Overall: 5th
MLS CupConference Finals
(knocked out by Toronto FC)
U.S. Open CupFourth Round
(knocked out by FC Cincinnati)
Trillium CupRunners-Up (3–8)
Lamar Hunt Pioneer CupChampions (2–1)
Carolina Challenge CupChampions
Top goalscorerLeague: Ola Kamara (18)
All: Ola Kamara (19)
Highest home attendance21,289
(EC Finals, November 21 vs. Toronto)
Lowest home attendance10,318
(May 10 vs. Toronto)
Average home league attendance15,439
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The 2017 Columbus Crew SC season was the club's twenty-second season of existence, and their twenty-second consecutive season in Major League Soccer, the top flight of American soccer. Columbus also competed in the U.S. Open Cup, and took part in the Carolina Challenge Cup during preseason. The season covered the period from October 24, 2016 to the start of the 2018 Major League Soccer season.

Crew SC won the Carolina Challenge Cup by going 2–1–0, defeating Seattle Sounders FC in the final game to clinch the title. On August 26, the club won the Lamar Hunt Pioneer Cup with a 2–1 victory over FC Dallas, their second straight year claiming the series and third time in five seasons.

Columbus finished fifth in the Eastern Conference, qualifying for the playoffs for the 14th time in club history. Crew SC eliminated Atlanta United and New York City FC, but fell 1–0 on aggregate to Toronto FC in the conference finals.

Non-competitive[edit]

Preseason[edit]

Midseason[edit]

Competitive[edit]

MLS[edit]

Standings[edit]

Eastern Conference[edit]
Pos Team Pld W L T GF GA GD Pts Qualification
3 Chicago Fire 34 16 11 7 62 48 +14 55 Knockout Round
4 Atlanta United FC 34 15 9 10 70 40 +30 55
5 Columbus Crew 34 16 12 6 53 49 +4 54
6 New York Red Bulls 34 14 12 8 53 47 +6 50
7 New England Revolution 34 13 15 6 53 61 −8 45
Source: MLS
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) total wins; 3) total goal differential; 4) total goals scored; 5) disciplinary points; 6) away goal differential; 7) away goals scored ; 8) home goals scored; 9) home goal differential; 10) coin toss or drawing of lots.
Overall table[edit]
Pos Team Pld W L T GF GA GD Pts Qualification[a]
3 Chicago Fire 34 16 11 7 61 47 +14 55
4 Atlanta United FC 34 15 9 10 70 40 +30 55
5 Columbus Crew 34 16 12 6 53 49 +4 54
6 Portland Timbers 34 15 11 8 60 50 +10 53
7 Seattle Sounders FC 34 14 9 11 52 39 +13 53
Source: MLS
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) total wins; 3) total goal differential; 4) total goals scored; 5) disciplinary points; 6) away goals scored; 7) away goal differential; 8) coin toss or drawing of lots
Notes:
  1. ^

Results summary[edit]

Overall Home Away
Pld Pts W L T GF GA GD W L T GF GA GD W L T GF GA GD
34 54 16 12 6 53 49  +4 12 3 2 34 17  +17 4 9 4 19 32  −13

Source: MLS standings
Pld = Matches played; Pts = Points; W = Matches won; T = Matches tied; L = Matches lost; GF = Goals for; GA = Goals against; GD = Goal difference

Results by round[edit]

Round12345678910111213141516171819202122232425262728293031323334
GroundHAAHHAHAHHHAAAHAAHHAHAAAHAHHHAHHAA
ResultDLWWWLWLLWLWLLWLLWLWWLDLWDWWDDWWWD
Source: Columbus schedule
A = Away; H = Home; W = Win; D = Draw; L = Loss

Match results[edit]

Postseason[edit]

U.S. Open Cup[edit]

Statistics[edit]

Appearances and goals[edit]

No. Pos. Name MLS MLS Cup U.S. Open Cup Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
2 DF Finland Jukka Raitala 28 0 2 0 0 0 30 0
3 DF United States Josh Williams 22 3 5 0 1 0 28 3
4 DF Ghana Jonathan Mensah 26 2 5 0 0 0 31 2
7 MF Brazil Artur 24 0 3 1 1 0 28 1
8 MF Ghana Mohammed Abu 20 0 3 0 0 0 23 0
9 MF Iraq Justin Meram 34 13 5 1 1 0 40 14
10 MF Argentina Federico Higuaín 26 9 5 0 1 0 32 9
11 FW Norway Ola Kamara 34 18 5 1 0 0 39 19
12 FW United States Adam Jahn 21 1 3 0 1 0 25 1
14 DF Costa Rica Waylon Francis 12 0 0 0 0 0 13 0
16 MF United States Hector Jiménez 19 0 4 0 1 0 24 0
17 DF Ghana Lalas Abubakar 7 1 3 0 0 0 10 1
18 MF Panama Cristian Martínez 8 0 0 0 0 0 8 0
19 FW The Gambia Kekuta Manneh 19 4 5 0 0 0 24 4
20 MF United States Wil Trapp 34 0 5 0 1 0 40 0
21 DF United States Alex Crognale 17 0 0 0 1 0 18 0
22 DF Argentina Gastón Sauro 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
23 GK United States Zack Steffen 34 0 5 0 0 0 39 0
25 DF Ghana Harrison Afful 24 0 5 1 0 0 29 1
26 MF United States Ben Swanson 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
27 MF United States Abuchi Obinwa 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
28 MF Denmark Niko Hansen 14 1 1 0 1 0 16 1
29 MF United States Marshall Hollingsworth 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
30 GK United States Logan Ketterer 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
31 DF United States Connor Maloney 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
32 MF Portugal Pedro Santos 9 0 5 0 0 0 14 0
41 GK United States Brad Stuver 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0
MF Guatemala Rodrigo Saravia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Players who left the club during the season:
5 MF United States Dilly Duka 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0
6 MF Cameroon Tony Tchani 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
13 MF United States Ethan Finlay 19 1 0 0 1 0 20 1
24 DF Norway Nicolai Næss 18 0 0 0 1 0 19 0

Source: Columbus stats

Disciplinary record[edit]

No. Pos. Name MLS MLS Cup U.S. Open Cup Total
Yellow card Red card Yellow card Red card Yellow card Red card Yellow card Red card
2 DF Finland Jukka Raitala 4 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
3 DF United States Josh Williams 4 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
4 DF Ghana Jonathan Mensah 7 2 2 0 0 0 9 2
7 MF Brazil Artur 1 0 2 0 0 0 3 0
8 MF Ghana Mohammed Abu 3 0 1 0 0 0 4 0
9 MF Iraq Justin Meram 6 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
10 MF Argentina Federico Higuaín 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
12 FW United States Adam Jahn 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
14 DF Costa Rica Waylon Francis 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0
16 MF United States Hector Jiménez 1 0 1 0 0 0 2 0
17 DF Ghana Lalas Abubakar 2 1 0 0 0 0 2 1
18 MF Panama Cristian Martínez 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
20 MF United States Wil Trapp 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
21 DF United States Alex Crognale 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
23 GK United States Zack Steffen 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
25 DF Ghana Harrison Afful 3 1 0 0 0 0 3 1
32 MF Portugal Pedro Santos 2 0 1 0 0 0 3 0
Players who left the club during the season:
13 MF United States Ethan Finlay 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
24 DF Norway Nicolai Næss 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0

Source: Columbus stats

Clean sheets[edit]

No. Name MLS MLS Cup U.S. Open Cup Total Games Played
23 United States Zack Steffen 9 2 0 11 39
30 United States Logan Ketterer 0 0 0 0 0
41 United States Brad Stuver 0 0 0 0 1

Source: Columbus stats

Transfers[edit]

In[edit]

Pos. Player Transferred from Fee/Notes Date Source
DF United States Alex Crognale United States Maryland Terrapins Signed as a Homegrown Player. Dec 20, 2016 [2]
DF Finland Jukka Raitala Norway Sogndal Free transfer. Dec 23, 2016 [3]
DF Ghana Jonathan Mensah Russia Anzhi Makhachkala Signed as a Designated Player. Jan 3, 2017 [4]
DF United States Josh Williams Canada Toronto FC Selected in Stage Two of the 2016 MLS Re-Entry Draft. Jan 5, 2017 [5]
DF Ghana Lalas Abubakar United States Dayton Flyers Selected in the First Round of the 2017 MLS SuperDraft. Jan 13, 2017 [6]
MF Denmark Niko Hansen United States New Mexico Lobos Selected in the First Round of the 2017 MLS SuperDraft. Jan 13, 2017 [6]
MF Ghana Mohammed Abu Norway Strømsgodset Signed as a Special Discovery Player. Jan 24, 2017 [7]
MF United States Abuchi Obinwa Germany Hannover 96 Free transfer. Jan 25, 2017 [8]
MF Panama Cristian Martínez Panama Chorrillo Completed permanent transfer. Jan 25, 2017 [8]
GK United States Logan Ketterer United States Bradley Braves Selected in the Fourth Round of the 2017 MLS SuperDraft. Feb 20, 2017 [9][10]
DF United States Connor Maloney United States Penn State Nittany Lions Selected in the Third Round of the 2017 MLS SuperDraft. Feb 20, 2017 [9][11]
FW The Gambia Kekuta Manneh Canada Vancouver Whitecaps FC Vancouver receives MF Tony Tchani, $300,000 in allocation monies, future considerations. Mar 30, 2017 [12]
MF Portugal Pedro Santos Portugal Braga Signed as a Designated Player. Aug 8, 2017 [13]

Loan in[edit]

Pos. Player Parent club Length/Notes Beginning End Source
MF Brazil Artur Brazil São Paulo Duration of the 2017 MLS season. Feb 13, 2017 November 30, 2017 [14][15]

Out[edit]

Pos. Player Transferred to Fee/Notes Date Source
DF United States Tyson Wahl Retired. Oct 24, 2016 [16]
FW United States Conor Casey Retired. Oct 27, 2016 [17]
GK United States Steve Clark Denmark AC Horsens Option declined. Signed by Horsens on Jan 17, 2017. Nov 23, 2016 [18][19]
GK United States Matt Pacifici Option declined. Retired. Nov 23, 2016 [18][20]
DF United States Corey Ashe Option declined. Retired. Nov 23, 2016 [18][21]
DF United States Chad Barson Sweden FC Linköping City Out of contract. Signed by Linköping City on Apr 7, 2017. Nov 23, 2016 [18][22]
MF Democratic Republic of the Congo Cedrick Mabwati Spain UCAM Murcia Option declined. Signed by UCAM on Dec 27, 2016. Nov 23, 2016 [18][23]
DF United States Michael Parkhurst United States Atlanta United Columbus receives General Allocation Money. Dec 11, 2016 [24]
MF Sweden Mohammed Saeid United States Minnesota United Selected by Minnesota in the 2016 MLS Expansion Draft. Dec 13, 2016 [25]
MF Cameroon Tony Tchani Canada Vancouver Whitecaps FC Columbus receives FW Kekuta Manneh. Mar 30, 2017 [12]
MF United States Dilly Duka United States New York Red Bulls Waived. Signed by NYRB on Aug 10, 2017. Jul 10, 2017 [26][27]
MF United States Ethan Finlay United States Minnesota United Columbus receives $425,000 in allocation monies. Aug 9, 2017 [28]
DF Norway Nicolai Næss Netherlands Heerenveen Undisclosed fee. Aug 29, 2017 [29]

Loan out[edit]

Pos. Player Loanee club Length/Notes Beginning End Source
MF United States Marshall Hollingsworth United States Pittsburgh Riverhounds On a match-by-match basis. Mar 4, 2017 Oct 15, 2017 [30][31]
MF Panama Cristian Martínez United States Pittsburgh Riverhounds On a match-by-match basis. Mar 4, 2017 Mar 24, 2017 [30][32]
MF Guatemala Rodrigo Saravia Sweden IK Frej Duration of the 2017 Superettan. Mar 4, 2017 Nov 12, 2017 [30][33]
MF United States Ben Swanson United States Pittsburgh Riverhounds On a match-by-match basis. Mar 4, 2017 Apr 20, 2017 [30][34]
MF United States Abuchi Obinwa United States Pittsburgh Riverhounds On a match-by-match basis. Mar 24, 2017 Oct 15, 2017 [35][31]
DF Ghana Lalas Abubakar United States Pittsburgh Riverhounds On a match-by-match basis. Apr 6, 2017 Jul 4, 2017 [36][37]
MF Panama Cristian Martínez United States FC Cincinnati Short-term. May 4, 2017 May 8, 2017 [38][39]
DF United States Connor Maloney United States Pittsburgh Riverhounds On a match-by-match basis. May 19, 2017 Jul 4, 2017 [40][37]

Awards[edit]

MLS Player of the Week[edit]

Week Player Opponent(s) Link
11 Iraq Justin Meram Toronto FC
Montreal Impact
[1]

Postseason[edit]

Crew SC Team Awards[41]

Kits[edit]

Home
Away
Type Shirt Shorts Socks First appearance / Record
Home Gold Gold Gold Match 1 vs. Chicago Fire / 9-5-7
Away Black Black Black Match 2 vs. Houston Dynamo / 7-1-5

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Strauss, Brian (6 April 2017). "MLS clubs have resolution over qualifying for future CCL after format change". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 6 April 2017.
  2. ^ "NEWS: Crew SC signs Alex Crognale as Homegrown Player". ColumbusCrewSC.com.
  3. ^ "NEWS: Crew SC adds experienced European defender Jukka Raitala". ColumbusCrewSC.com.
  4. ^ "Crew SC acquires Designated Player Jonathan Mensah". ColumbusCrewSC.com.
  5. ^ "Crew SC signs defender Josh Williams". ColumbusCrewSC.com.
  6. ^ a b "Crew SC drafts Abubakar, Hansen with Nos. 5 & 9 picks overall". ColumbusCrewSC.com. Retrieved 18 January 2017.
  7. ^ "Crew SC adds defensive midfielder Abu from Norway's topflight". ColumbusCrewSC.com. Retrieved 25 January 2017.
  8. ^ a b "NEWS: Crew SC signs U.S. Youth international Obinwa, completes permanent transfer for Martinez". ColumbusCrewSC.com. Retrieved 25 January 2017.
  9. ^ a b "Crew SC selects Maloney & Ketterer 2017 MLS SuperDraft on Tuesday". ColumbusCrewSC.com. Retrieved 18 January 2017.
  10. ^ "Crew SC signs 2017 SuperDraft pick Ketterer". ColumbusCrewSC.com. Retrieved 21 February 2017.
  11. ^ "Crew SC signs 2017 SuperDraft pick Maloney". ColumbusCrewSC.com. Retrieved 21 February 2017.
  12. ^ a b "Crew SC acquires dynamic foward [sic] Kekuta Manneh in trade with Vancouver". ColumbusCrewSC.com. Retrieved 2 April 2017.
  13. ^ "Crew SC adds 3rd DP in Portuguese midfielder Pedro Santos". ColumbusCrewSC.com. Retrieved 8 August 2017.
  14. ^ "Crew SC acquires Brazilian midfielder Artur on loan". ColumbusCrewSC.com. Retrieved 13 February 2017.
  15. ^ "Report: Artur to return to Brazil after Sao Paulo reject Crew SC offer". MLSSoccer.com. Retrieved 2 December 2017.
  16. ^ "Crew SC defender Tyson Wahl to retire after 2016 MLS season". ColumbusCrewSC.com.
  17. ^ "Crew SC forward Conor Casey retires after 10-year career". ColumbusCrewSC.com.
  18. ^ a b c d e "Crew SC exercises 5 options, brings current roster to 20". ColumbusCrewSC.com.
  19. ^ "AC Horsens forstærker truppen med Steve Clark" [AC Horsens reinforces the squad with Steve Clark]. ACHorsens.dk (in Danish).
  20. ^ Zeigler, Cyd (January 20, 2019). "Former MLS player Matt Pacifici comes out as gay by introducing his boyfriend to the world". OutSports.com. SB Nation. Retrieved January 24, 2019.
  21. ^ "Houston Dynamo to honor Corey Ashe at March 11 game vs. Columbus Crew SC". HoustonDynamo.com. Retrieved 20 March 2017.
  22. ^ "Trio Klar for City!" [Trio ready for City!]. Svenskalag.se (in Swedish). Retrieved 13 April 2017.
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  25. ^ "Saeid selected by Minnesota United in MLS Expansion Draft 2016". ColumbusCrewSC.com.
  26. ^ "Crew SC waives Dilly Duka". ColumbusCrewSC.com. Retrieved 10 July 2017.
  27. ^ "New York Red Bulls Sign Midfielder Dilly Duka". NewYorkRedBulls.com. Retrieved 23 August 2017.
  28. ^ "TRADE - Crew SC acquires TAM & GAM in trade with Minnesota United FC". ColumbusCrewSC.com. Retrieved 9 August 2017.
  29. ^ "Crew SC transfers Nico Naess to SC Heerenveen in the Netherlands' Eredivisie". ColumbusCrewSC.com. Retrieved 30 August 2017.
  30. ^ a b c d "Crew SC completes 5 roster transactions ahead of regular season opener". ColumbusCrewSC.com. Retrieved 4 March 2017.
  31. ^ a b "HOUNDS TIE OTTAWA IN SEASON FINALE, 1-1". Riverhounds.com. Retrieved 16 October 2017.
  32. ^ "HOUNDS FINALIZE ROSTER AHEAD OF SEASON OPENER". Riverhounds.com. Retrieved 27 July 2017.
  33. ^ "Dramatik utan dess like" [Drama without it alike]. Laget.se/IKFrejTaby (in Swedish). Retrieved 15 November 2017.
  34. ^ "Crew SC places Swanson on Season-Ending Injury List". ColumbusCrewSC.com. Retrieved 27 July 2017.
  35. ^ "Riverhounds seek strong start despite challenging opening matchup". TribLive.com. Retrieved 25 March 2017.
  36. ^ "RIVERHOUNDS ADD ABUBAKAR ON LOAN FROM CREW SC". Riverhounds.com. Retrieved 27 July 2017.
  37. ^ a b "Minnesota United 0-1 Columbus Crew SC". MLSSoccer.com. Retrieved 27 July 2017.
  38. ^ "FCC Signs Crew's Cristian Martinez". FCCincinnati.com. Retrieved 10 May 2017.
  39. ^ "Update on FC Cincinnati's roster". Cincinnati.com. Retrieved 10 May 2017.
  40. ^ "RIVERHOUNDS RECEIVE MALONEY ON LOAN FROM CREW SC". Riverhounds.com. Retrieved 27 July 2017.
  41. ^ "2017 Team Awards". ColumbusCrewSC.com. Retrieved 9 December 2017.