storylines city vs columbus 2018 pt 1

Rookie Campaign

F Chris Mueller tied M Yoshi Yotún for the team lead when he picked up his 5th assist on Saturday vs. Toronto. Mueller is the only Lion to have appeared in all 19 league matches this season and has played in 21 of City’s 22 matches across all competitions in 2018.

Mueller was the 6th overall pick in the 2018 MLS SuperDraft. Mueller currently leads all players drafted before him in games played, games started, goals, assists and minutes played. He has started 14 games for the Lions this season and totaled 3 goals to add to his 5 assists in 2018.

Lucky Number 13

D Chris Schuler became the 13th different goal-scorer for the Lions this season across all competitions on Saturday against Toronto, tying a Club record set in both 2015 and 2017. 

Schuler’s goal on July 14 marked the fastest City reached 13 different goal-scorers in Club history. D Seb Hines became the 13th different goal scorer for the Lions on Oct. 10, 2015 and Yotún was the 13th Lion to score in 2017 on Sept. 27. 

Game-Winner, Chicken Dinner

F Dom Dwyer’s game-winning goal on Saturday marked his 4th game-winner of the season. Dwyer found the back of the net to secure victory for the Lions against Portland, San Jose, Philadelphia and Toronto in 2018. Dwyer’s 4 game-winners are 1 shy of tying a Club record set by F Cyle Larin in 2017.  

Seizing Opportunities

GK Earl Edwards Jr. made his 1st start in league play this season on Saturday. Edwards made 3 saves in his 1st career MLS victory.

M Dillon Powers appeared in his 2nd league match this season, entering in place of M Tony Rocha in the 56th minute on Saturday. It was his first appearance in MLS since May 18 at Toronto. 

D Shane O’Neill made his Club debut on Wednesday against Philadelphia. O’Neill played the entirety of the match alongside D Amro Tarek.  

Milestone Tracker

M Cristian Higuita’s next MLS start will be his 70th for City, which will pass M Kaka for 3rd in Club history. Higuita’s next MLS appearance will be 85th and tie GK Joe Bendik for 2nd in Club history.

M Yoshi Yotun’s next MLS assist will be his 10th for City, passing M Kevin Molino for 3rd in Club history.

Club Connections

D Jonathan Spector played 13 matches with Crew M Ricardo Clark with the USMNT from 2005 to 2010. M Sacha Kljestan played 7 USMNT matches with Clark from 2007 to 2009.

M Sacha Kljestan was teammates with Crew M Mike Grella at New York Red Bulls from 2015 to 2017.

M Jose Villarreal was teammates with Crew M Hector Jimenez at LA Galaxy from 2012 to 2013. Villarreal was also teammates with Crew F Gyasi Zardes at LA from 2013 to 2017 and with Crew GK Jon Kempin at LA Galaxy in 2017.

F Dom Dwyer and M Uri Rosell were teammates with Crew GK Jon Kempin at Sporting KC from 2012 to 2017 and 2012 to 2014, respectively. Kempin played 10 games while on loan with Orlando City in 2013.

D RJ Allen was teammates with Crew F Patrick Mullins at NYCFC from 2016 to 2017. Mullins was acquired by from D.C. United on July 12. Mullins played 5 minutes on March 3 and 8 minutes on June 20 vs. Orlando City.

M Will Johnson was teammates with Crew D Josh Williams at Toronto FC in 2016. Williams was teammates with D RJ Allen at NYCFC and GK Joe Bendik at Toronto FC in 2015.