Columbus Crew and Sporting Kansas City Once Owned by One-in-the-Same

The Columbus Crew faces off Sporting Kansas City this Saturday in the regular season finale, a week before a bye, in a game that could have playoff implications.

The two teams have a long history of competition, including a tiebreaker match in 2004 that lead to the Crew’s first Major League Supporters’ Shield.

Even more interesting, the teams were once both owned by Lamar Hunt. Hunt was the original owner of the Club, who owned it until his death in 2006. (Hunt was also an original founder of the American Football League.)

No doubt, soccer lovers in Ohio and the country-over will be watching this weekend to see how the two teams face-off. This weekend’s also an exciting one, as youth soccer teams from around the country will descend on Columbus for the Crew Fall Classic.

Erie Insurance’s Seriously Good Youth Soccer Spotlight will recognize select teams who’ve done something “seriously good” on the scoreboard at half time. Teams that are featured will receive twenty (20) lower sideline match tickets. Enter here with 100 words or less on why your team, or a team you know, deserves to be in the spotlight.

5 Other Facts You Didn’t Know about the Columbus Crew

  1. The Columbus Crew Stadium was the country’s first major-league stadium built specifically for soccer. (
  2. The Crew Cat is known as “America’s Hardest Working Mascot.” (
  3. The club badge is unique among MLS teams in that it features people. The three men wearing construction hats are meant to represent the hard-working culture of Columbus. (Wikipedia)
  4. The Crew’s primary jersey has been nicknamed “banana kit” and “canary kit” for it’s bright yellow color. (Wikipedia)
  5. The Crew went 9-1 in the last 10 games of it’s first season (1996), despite the resignation of their head coach 22-games into the season. (

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