Playing out of the Mapfre Stadium in Columbus, Ohio are the black and gold uniformed Columbus Crew SC, a team competing in the Eastern Conference of Major League Soccer. Founded in 1994, Columbus Crew SC were known simply as Columbus Crew, but added SC – which stands for Soccer Club – in late 2014. Its Mapfre Stadium home was the first soccer-specific stadium built for an MLS team, and it has a capacity of 19,968. Columbus Crew reached the MLS Cup playoffs in seven of its first eight season.
They won the U.S. Open Cup in 2002, the Crew’s first piece of silverware.
Two years later, in 2004, Columbus Crew finished top of the Eastern Conference, a feat they repeated in 2008 and 2009 (winning the MLS Supporters’ Shield each time), with the team beating the New York Red Bulls 3-1 in the MLS Cup final in 2008 to win their one and only MLS Cup to date.
The Crew had the chance to add a second MLS Cup to their trophy cabinet in 2015, but they lost 2-1 to Portland Timbers in the final after finishing second in the Eastern Conference.
Former U.S national team player Gregg Berhalter coaches the Columbus Crew, and he will have to be at his best to keep his side’s morale high after the departure of star forward Kei Kamara to New England Revolution; Kamara publically fell out with a team mate and was traded days later during the 2016 season.
Will Columbus Crew miss Kamara’s goals, or will they be able to find a new talismanic forward to lead their attacking line? What do you think?
Columbus Crew SC Betting Lines Today
With their strong historical results, the Columbus Crew betting lines that you will find today generally price them as favorites, particularly when the Crew are at home.
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Columbus Crew SC Scores & Schedule
Wondering what the latest Columbus Crew SC score is, or who the black and gold clad team play next in their schedule? The calendar below has all of that information for you to digest.
Columbus Crew SC Standings Right Now
Columbus Crew fans have grown accustomed to competing in the playoffs most years, but the exit of Kei Kamara is a big loss; he would be a loss to any team he departed from.
What are the Columbus Crew standings right now? The table below shows that information and more besides.
How To Win At Columbus Crew SC Betting
When the Columbus Crew finished second in the Eastern Conference in 2015, they were seven points behind New York Red Bulls due to drawing and losing two home fixtures more than their rivals Their 9-4-4 home record shows that the Crew are a formidable side when playing on home soil, so factor that into your decision making if you decide to make a wager on any of Crew’s games.
Only New England Revolution had a lesser home record out of the teams who finished in the top six. Crew’s was by no way a bad home record, but four of the top six won at least 11 home games, something Crew need to aim for in 2016.
Away from home, Columbus Crew were inconsistent in 2015, and while they won six of their away games, they tied on four occasions, and returned home empty-handed seven times. It was a record that matched table-topping New York Red Bulls, but one that still needs to be improved upon.
Now that Kei Kamara has departed, goals could be difficult to come by, so high-scoring encounters are unlikely. Kamara scored 27 goals in 41 appearances for Columbus before his trade to New England, leaving large boots to fill.
His namesake, Ola Kamara needs to hit the ground running if Crew are to score anywhere near the 58 goals they managed during the 2015 season.
We’d expect Gregg Berhalter to focus his attention on solid defensive displays, making the Crew hard to beat and hoping to nick the odd goal on the counterattack.